How to Become an Airline Pilot
Many share the dream from children being a pilot and at the moment of starting to investigate do not know which courses are the ones that must carry out. In this article we clarify the doubts that you can have describing the path that you must take depending on the type of flight that you want to realize.
Private Pilot: The Starting Point To Be Pilot
The first step you have to take is to “learn to fly” an airplane. The course to achieve this is Private Pilot, which in an estimated time of 8 months you will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge, which will allow you to present yourself to the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) to take the exams and obtain the License of Private Pilot. At the end of the course you will board a plane and be able to take off, perform a stabilized flight and land, without risking your life and anyone else’s life. With this license you can realize flights NOT REMUNERADOS in single engine airplanes of less than 5,700 kilos in visual conditions, therefore this license DOES NOT ALLOW YOU to WORK like pilot.
Navigation: Accumulate The Flight Experience You Need
If your dream goes beyond knowing how to fly a plane and what you are looking for is to work and live on it, then you will have to start accumulating flight experience that allows you to reach the 200 hours in command of an airplane that are needed for obtain the Commercial Pilot License. Therefore, once you have obtained your Private Pilot license, you must start flying as much as you can. Generally, this stage is called Navigation or Accumulation of Flight Experience and consists of making the largest number of navigation flights that satisfy you to meet the requirements to obtain the licenses and ratings that you will require at the time of applying a job as a pilot. The amount of hours to accumulate are about 130 that can be done in one or two stages of navigation, with an estimated total duration of 14 months.
IFR Enablement: Expands the Field of Your Flight Operations
The Qualifications in aviation, allow to extend the operations of flight to the holder of an aeronautical license. The Instrument Flight Enabling or IFR Enabling allows a pilot to be able to fly in adverse weather conditions and / or low visibility. It is very important to obtain it, since most air works demand it and especially the Airline. In order to obtain it you will have to complete the IFR Qualification Course, which has an estimated duration of 8 months and gives you the theoretical and practical knowledge to meet the requirements required by the DGAC to be able to take the exam and obtain the IFR Enablement.
Commercial Pilot: Do What You Love Your Labor Source
The Commercial Pilot License is the one that will open the doors so that YOU CAN WORK AS A PILOT. Once you have at least 180 hours of flight experience, you have to take the Commercial Pilot Course, which lasts 4 months and teaches theoretical and practical knowledge so you can take the exams before the DGAC and obtain the Commercial Pilot License.
All hours count
It is very important that you keep in mind that all the flying hours you make and go to command, both instruction and navigation, count in your flight log. Therefore, all the courses that you will add in terms of hours and flight experience to fulfill the 200 hours of flight and thus you can approach to fulfill your objective of being Commercial Pilot.