Up in the sky!

The job of a pilot is very exciting. It doesn’t require one to be confined to a cubicle 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for 5 days a week. You can travel and explore the world as part of your job.

There are plenty of flight schools around the world. One can choose from the many flight courses available. Diploma courses and Degree courses are offered by different colleges. Flight courses generally include ground school training and flight training. The ground school provides the academic knowledge and can be instructor led or computer-based. Flight training is done in the aircraft and imparts the knowledge and skills needed for aerial navigation. Different courses include a varying number of flight hours. The first certificate obtained will be that of the private pilot. Completing additional semesters and flight hours will earn the commercial pilot license. The instrument rating is needed to fly during the night and in reduced visibility. Multi-engine rating is needed to fly a multi-engine aircraft. Completing the required dual flying hours and ground instruction hours can earn the flight instructor certificate.

Flight schools offer both part 61 and part 141 training programs. Part 61 doesn’t require ground school and can be taken by part-time students. Part 141 provides more comprehensive training and has more advantage when it comes to hiring.

Apart from the training, pilots require many soft skills. Coordination and communication skills are very important. Ability to manage stress is also important. Choosing the right flight school and flight course can be tricky. That decision depends on what one wants to do with the aviation degree.  All the aspects including the school location, course fees, etc. should be considered before arriving at a decision. Enrolling in the right course may pave the way towards a fulfilling and rewarding career.