3 Things You Need to Know Before Becoming a Pilot

Becoming a pilot is a dream of many people. Being a pilot is a great career choice and for many people it can bring them great joy and fulfillment. If you are considering starting on the path of becoming a pilot there are some things you need to know so that you can be aware of what will be expected of you and what you will need to do. Here are some tips.

1. Talk to Your Doctor First

Sadly, not everyone can become a pilot. There are strict physical restrictions that you must be able to meet before you can become a pilot. Many people start on the process of becoming a pilot without even knowing if they are even a candidate, this is why you need to talk to a doctor first.

You can't just go to any doctor to get a physical examination. You should instead go to an aviation school, or talk to your family doctor about who they can refer you to who can help you get the exact physical you need since there are very specific requirements. Once you have passed the physical you can move onto the next step.

2. Be Ready to Invest Money

Flight school is not cheap, but is worth it in the long-run seeing that pilots can make a great income. The price of flight school is comparable to what any professional would need to pay to become trained. In addition, the teachers at the school are highly qualified and so you will be responsible for helping fund the school, the equipment and the salaries of your teachers.

Before you apply for aviation school you need to be prepared to either take out student loans, or have a wealthy benefactor help pay for your schooling. This will help make your schooling easier if you have thought about how to pay for it first. 

3. Know it Will Take Time

Lastly, it is important to know that anything worth having will take time. Before you can get licensed there will be certain things you need to complete. First you will have ground school, where you learn about flying planes, then you will have air school, where you will actually get to fly the planes. Then after that you still have to get many hours to qualify for getting a license. This in no way should prevent you from becoming a pilot, but it should help you make an informed decision.

By knowing these things you can be confident that becoming a pilot is right for you. To learn more about the process, visit resources like http://aviation.parkland.edu/.