If you ever dreamed of becoming a pilot and working for airlines, you’re in the right place. Born to Fly website will provide you with information on how to become a commercial pilot. I am a pilot and just recently I’ve come across a similar path to yours. I realise that many people have no clue what to begin with and how to make their dream come true – which inspired me to create this website.
Air travel becomes more and more accessible to a regular person. Airlines optimise their costs and compete with each other, making travelling by airplane equally expensive as travelling by other means of transport. Therefore, aviation market is growing very dynamically and the demand for pilots is constantly rising. This rise is interrupted with periods of market saturation and economic crises, yet every several years, airlines employ and train pilots who have just completed all the training courses and got their commercial pilot CPL(A) licence, while their flight time merely exceeds 200 hours. We’re experiencing this situation at present.
How to become a pilot? – stages of training
Sailplane pilot licence, SPL
A theoretical and practical training for sailplane pilot licence. Though not compulsory, sailplane experience will make training on airplanes easier in the future.
Training for PPL(A) licence
A theoretical and practical training for private pilot licence. The first airplane licence you’ll get.
Having received your PPL(A) licence, you’ll be required to obtain some experience in flying airplanes in order to begin practical training for commercial pilot CPL(A) licence .
Training for ATPL(A) licence
A theoretical training essential for beginning practical training for commercial pilot CPL(A) licence and Instrument Rating. You receive your ATPL(A) licence only after meeting specific requirements and exceeding 1,500 hours of flight time– that is, in practice, when you’ll be flying for airlines.
Training for CPL(A)
A practical training for commercial pilot licence. At the moment when you begin the training, you’ve got at least 150 flying hours built on airplanes.
Multi-engine piston MEP(L) rating
A theoretical and practical training for multi-engine aircraft. Here you begin flying on larger machines.
Training for Instrument RatingA practical training for Instrument Rating, i.e., for instrument flight which is similar to airline flying. It’s the most advanced and demanding training so far.
A training for Multi Crew Co-operation. You use all the knowledge and experience acquired during flights on a simulator of a more advanced airplane certified for two-pilot crews.
Airlines prefer young and well-educated candidates, most often aged 25-35, though at times both younger and older individuals are employed.
The simplest and least expensive way to educate oneself to become a commercial pilot is to enrol at one of aviation colleges. However, if you’ve already passed that stage, you can take the alternative path and get all the required ratings at an aviation school.
The overall costs of all ratings (EUR)
From the very beginning, training for a CPL(A) with all the required ratings and training courses can take about 2 years, and involves costs of ab. EUR 30,000 – 35,000. The remuneration of a beginner airline pilot starts from EUR 2,000 per month and allows him to have the incurred costs recouped or the credit taken for training courses reimbursed in a relatively short time. Moreover, remuneration grows with experience, transfer to other types of airplanes, and becoming pilot-in-command.
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In you free time, read the aviation specifics in order to prepare for everything that awaits you during numerous training courses and hours you’re going to spend at the airport.