Many people dreams of becoming a pilot and flying into the horizons. However, becoming a commercial pilot is certainly no child’s play and in this highly competitive profession, an aspirant has to overcome a number of hurdles before he/she can acquire a commercial pilot license. Acquiring a commercial pilot license is primary requirement to become a professional pilot and a culmination of a long series of rigorous procedures that an aspirant has to undergo. Only then, can this aspiring pilot hope to sit in the cockpit of an aircraft.
Any aspirant, says popular pilot Richard Earl Bucklew , who wants a career in the aviation industry needs to complete a specified number of flight training hours before he/she is eligible to take the test to obtain a commercial pilot license. In most countries, the minimum number of flight training hours that an aspiring pilot is required to complete is two hundred and fifty hours. However, to enroll for flight training the aspirant has to secure a pilot license, be physically fit and have outstanding vision. Moreover, attending flight school is not cheap and the aspirant needs to be prepared to burn his/her pockets when comes to paying the instructor’s fees, hourly aircraft rentals and other miscellaneous expenses.
For attending pilot training school, it is imperative for the aspirant to complete his/her college education. However, as an aspirant if you does not have college education and still intend to become a professional pilot, then you need to go to certain special schools. Such schools should offer a college education and degree along with completing your pilot training at same time. Apart from the technical requirements of becoming a commercial pilot, every aspiring pilot needs to consider the following:
- Is this right career option for the aspirant?
Being a commercial pilot has a number of advantages and is an ideal career option for many people. However, no everyone can become a pilot, as an aspirant needs certain inherent characteristics to succeed in this profession. Most of the time, an aspirant needs to fly at high altitudes as a pilot and may away from his family members for long period. Moreover, the pilot is responsible for the safety of the passengers on his/her aircraft.
- Scheduling your training
Most aspirants complete their flight training within three months before they can graduate to apply for a commercial pilot’s license. However, the aspirant also needs to focus his/her time and effort on flight training and then formulate a planned schedule to complete training session and obtain a commercial pilot license within the short period. This could take six months to one year if the aspirant has to finance his training program.
- Selecting the right flight training school
Apart from paying the tuition fees, the aspirant has to consider many factors when selecting the appropriate flight training school. However, the two most important factors are the quality of the training imparted by the school and the professional competence of the flying instructors.
Above all, Richard Earl Bucklew says an aspiring pilot needs to focus on his/her flight training and work hard to overcome the obstacles in his/her path. If the aspirant can achieve this then it will not be long before he/she get his/her pilot’s license.