If you dream of becoming a pilot, commitment and persistence are some of the most required things to achieve it. However, there are more technical and legal pilot requirements that you need to fulfill to become one. We’ll describe them in detail below:
Be at least 18 years of age
As with any legal permit there are age requirements. You’ll need to be at least 18 to be able to apply for a commercial pilot’s license. An Airline Transport Pilot’s certificate requires 23 years of age. Plenty of time to build experience and mature into those 4 stripes. However you can start your training even earlier. Our youngest student at the moment is 13. At 16 she’ll be able to solo, and then earn her private pilot certificate at 17.
Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
English is the language of the skies, quite literally. In every aircraft, manual, airport and crew the predominant language is English and a proven understanding of it is critical to be able to develop your work in a professional, accurate and seamless way.
Hold at least a private pilot certificate
Of course it is necessary to have a document that certifies that you are able to fly an airplane. A private pilot certificate permits you to fly an aircraft privately, which means, not for a payment. This is the most basic certificate you have to hold on your way to becoming a commercial pilot.
Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of this section that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought. But a permit it’s not all, you have to be able to demonstrate, practice and have experience flying different kinds of aircraft. You can achieve this by accumulating flight time, flying different airplanes and experiencing different situations like commercial pilots do every day. All the experience and skills acquired through these actions is demonstrated with documentation, which is key in the process of becoming a commercial pilot.
Knock out the knowledge and practical
Practice and theory go hand in hand when becoming a pilot, and passing both tests is required to demonstrate the capacity and skills you possess to control and manage a commercial airplane, with all the things that it implies. Learn to study. At the private pilot level you got through. During Instrument and commercial training you should learn to really study. When you go for a type rating and get that stack of 737 manual to memorize in a week you’ll be glad you learned to study.
Healthy and Fit to Fly
To exercise the privileges of a commercial pilot certificate, you must hold at least a current second-class medical certificate. However we recommend that everyone on a professional pilot career path get a 1st class medical. It is better to clear any health hurdles today than after you’ve invested the time and money to earn your licenses.
The pilot’s’ health is important, and that’s where this requirement comes. In order to ensure your health is in optimum status, a medical certificate needs to be issued to you stating your current health overview.icle
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Knowing the pilot requirements you’ll need to complete it becomes clearer and easier to achieve them and pursue the dream of being a commercial pilot.