Become commercial pilot
Be physically and mentally sound. In order to obtain more than the most basic of licenses, you'll need to hold a first or second-class medical certificate from the FAA. Vision is the main concern here; in order to work your way up the totem pole of pilot-hood, you'll need to have vision that can be corrected to 20/20. And if you're colorblind, well, it depends. Since there are different variations and degrees of severity when it comes to being colorblind, you may or may not be a candidate.
- You can be as young as 16 to hold a student license, 18 to hold a commercial license, and 23 to hold an ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) license.
- You will be going through routine assessment as you progress. When you hit the big time, you'll also be examined to make sure you're of sound mind, both personality-wise and intellectually.
- It all depends on the route you go. If you do learn to fly through a private flight club, you're paying for every hour you're in the air. Getting your CPL may cost you $10, 000. Getting other certifications (like IR and ground school) can also cost thousands of dollars too. Pilots can make very good money, but it may not be for a while.
- At the minimum, complete general education requirements. We'll talk more on the what-you-need-to-know stuff later, but college starts you on the math, the English, and the physics skills. It also shows employers that you can commit to a strict regimen and succeed.
- Some schools offer aviation degrees and even offer training as part of the degree. When you graduate, you'll have your Commercial Pilot License and a degree. This can be done through a four-year university or a technical program.
- Now comes the reality check: Joining the military is no small decision. It's a commitment of a decade or so (depending on your branch), you have to be physically fit, have the right mindset, and be willing to risk your life. While it's a good route to becoming a pilot, it's not the only one.