Choosing to become a pilot is a very noble career choice. Whether you want to become a commercial pilot, a military pilot, a law enforcement pilot or a medical pilot you need to have a license. First step is however, to decide on the class of pilot you want to become. Secondly, find out medical requirements, and thirdly what will the training cost and include.
The most common option is the commercial pilot, which is classified as a pilot who pilots any aircraft for commercial uses; whether the craft is a helicopter or plane which moves people or cargo nationally or internationally. Deciding to become a commercial pilot is a very expensive venture and is also hard work. Many people are attracted to the romantic side of being a pilot but have no clue as to what the career entails.
Requirements for Becoming a Commercial Pilot
You will need to have a medical certificate report about your thorough medical history, and any family illnesses. Also following tests are required to be passed successfully to ensure you are physically fit to sit the pilots’ course:
- the accuracy of your eyesight
- ECG, or electrocardiogram, to ensure you have a well-functioning heart
- a hearing test
- a lung test or spirometry
- a blood, cholesterol, and urine test
Cost of the Training for a Commercial Pilot
There are many routes to take whether through university, pilots’ school, or modular flight courses. Whatever route you decide to take, it may have you paying about £40,000 to £120,000. Some airlines have formulated a plan for charges for your flight ratings which may have you paying as much as £35,000 additional if you are offered a job with them.
What Does the Commercial Pilot’s Training Entail?
The training to become a commercial pilot is very intense. If you are a beginner in training, you will have to enrol in the integrated course which covers all aspects of pilot training. The course is a full-time commitment which will have you doing flight training and ground training. This complete course is generally facilitated by an Approved Training Organization, which is certified.
The modular course will have you doing short modules of pilot training which are beneficial for people who already have a certain amount of pilots’ experience. They can work at their regular jobs and do the training at their convenience. This takes a lot longer than enrolling in a flight school full time, but this is suited for people that are willing to go the long route.
Whatever path of training you choose, the training will be very demanding. Firstly, you will be training in a light aircraft as well as simulated exercises and also do training in the classroom. This will tie in all the manual training as well as the technical, theoretical information which will enable you to be qualified for what is called the multi-engine rating.
After you have cleared this hurdle, you will be eligible for the Commercial Pilots License. On reaching this stage of your training and qualifying for the CPL, you are free to fly for private companies. If you want to become a full-fledged commercial pilot, your training needs to continue to qualify for the Airline Transport Pilot License. This is where you need to get the required 1,500 flight hours to be able to fly commercially aircrafts like Boeing B737 or an Airbus A320.