What are all the steps of becoming a commercial pilot in the united states pr canada?

Question by Fady T: What are all the steps of becoming a commercial pilot in the united states pr canada?
i am only 16 and i really want to be a commercial pilot. What do i have to do. i have no clue how long it takes and the steps of becoming one, and i never heard of any flight schools in PA. (that’s’ where i live)


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  1. Jared says:

    There are 3 possible ways to obtain your commercial pilot certificate.

    -Flight Academy
    -Private lessons

    At your age the only plausible option is to go through private lessons. You can find these at many small airfields or even large airports. The proper name for these are ‘fixed base operators’ or FBOs. They are substantially cheaper than flight academy and the price is spread over time. You need to be an officer to fly in the military, which requires a 4-year college degree.

    So the first thing for you do is contact an FBO to arrange an introductory flight (most call these ‘discovery flights’). This will cost somewhere around $ 100 and it will give you a good indication of what flying will be like. It will help you to decide whether to pursue it or not.

    If you decide to take lessons, ask the instructor where you can find an FAA approved medical examiner. You need to obtain at least a level 3 medical certificate in order to fly solo. You need a level 2 certificate to fly commercially… but it won’t be necessary until later.

    Then you must take your private lessons. You will have to log 40 hours of flight time minimum in order to take the final exams and get your private pilots certificate. However most pilots say it takes over 50 realistically. During these lessons you will be expected to pay for airplane rental, instructor fees and supplies.
    My rental cost is $ 95/hour and my instructor is $ 45/hour. This fluctuates of course depending on the area. My lessons are 1 hour on the ground and 1 hour in the air so I am paying for an hour airplane rental and 2 hours instructor time… My costs are close to $ 200 per hour of flight time I log.
    However after you are skilled enough to fly solo (15 hours experience or so) you won’t always need an instructor for lessons, so you save a lot of money.

    Once you have your private pilot certificate you can add additional ratings through more training. The next step is the instrument rating, it has its own special requirements but requires nowhere near as many lessons as your private license did. The lessons will cost about the same.

    Then you will need to take lessons to add your multi-engine rating, and after that you will want a multi-engine instrument rating.

    With all of these you will be able to fly multi-engine aircraft even during conditions which you need to depend on your flight instruments.

    After this you can further train for your commercial pilots certificate which will allow you to fly for money.

    At this point your hours of experience will likely be too low for higher-paying jobs. The next logical choice would be to obtain a flight instructors certification. Then you can work as a flight instructor for a couple years to log enough hours for a higher paying job. Expect to make very little money during this time. Most people don’t know of this very low-paying period in a pilot’s career.

    If you don’t want to instruct then you could find other work not related to airlines that would be willing to take you on. Some people fly for traffic reports, banner towing or pile-line surveying.

    If you want to fly for an airline you will also need a 4-year college degree… and it doesn’t matter what subject. You need an edge over other applicants and they want to see you have the ability to learn. To fly for a major airline you will also have to obtain an additional license which requires a minimum of 1500 hours if I remember correctly. That of course will be a later part of your career.

    It will cost a lot of money total, but don’t feel discouraged. Its certainly worthwhile. Even a young person can pay their lessons with smart budgeting.

    I take my lessons while I am in college. I take out financial aid and student loans to pay for school and I always have plenty extra left over. I also work a part-time job. These together make sure I have the money to pay for my lessons. Also flight schools will often have special offers which can save you quite a lot when lessons are purchased in blocks.

    Good Luck

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