The festive season is all about making dreams come true, so it’s the perfect time to start putting your career plans to become a pilot into action! There’s more demand for private and commercial pilots than ever before, so follow these essential steps from Monmouth Executive Airport in NJ, and take to the skies.
Complete pilot training at a reputable flight school
The FAA (Federal Aviation Association) offers several types of pilot’s licenses which determine what kind of aircraft you will be qualified to fly. This includes private pilot, recreational pilot, commercial pilot and sports pilot certifications. Be sure to choose a flight school that is FAA-certified where you will learn from qualified, experienced instructors.
Earn your private pilot’s license
This is the perfect starting point for your career, and by achieving a set amount of 40 flying hours, passing examinations and demonstrating your skills and knowledge to your flight instructor, you’ll meet the requirements for this license.
You’ll also have to be over the age of 17, and be medically cleared by an FAA medical exam.
Earn your commercial pilot’s license
This is an additional license that qualifies you to fly commercial aircraft. You need to be over the age of 18, pass a physical exam that includes an eye test, and have logbook endorsements from an authorized instructor to support your level of flying experience. You’ll need to have 150 hours of flight time with 50 hours being as Pilot in Command, be able to demonstrate the required mathematical and aeronautical expertise, and have strong written and oral English language skills.
Get experience in the air
While the abovementioned licenses qualify you to fly a commercial aircraft, it’s your experience in the air that will determine your career progress, as entry level jobs are very competitive. One way to do this is to qualify for a Certified Flight Instructor’s certificate and work for a few years gaining experience and training new pilots. Other popular options include flying as a banner-towing pilot, for skydivers or for sight-seeing experiences before moving into roles at regional airlines.
Take your exciting first step with Monmouth Airport’s flight school in NJ!
When it comes to choosing from the best flight schools in New Jersey, experience is everything. Our flight school has over 20 years of pilot training experience in training professional and amateur pilots in a range of 10 different aircraft, as well as logging over 68,000 flight instruction and rental hours.
We have our own FAA certified A&P/IA on premises and our location outside of the crowded New York area airspace designations means that you get to enjoy scenic open skies as you learn to fly.