Apr 102012

Before knowing the “how” of becoming a pilot, you must first know the “why”…..

Reason 1:  I want to be a commercial / professional pilot

In the United States, there are two paths to becoming a professional pilot – civilian or military.

Military Pilot Career Path

While this website does not yet have much info on the military pilot career path, here are some questions to think about:

F18 Hornet (photo courtesy of Wikepedia)




Do you want to be a fighter pilot and fly airplanes like this




C5 Galaxy (photo courtesy of Wikepedia


Or do you want to be a transport pilot and fly these babies






Helicopters?  Or Fixed Wings?

You also have to decide what branch of the military you want – Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, etc.

So many questions….the key is to do your research.  If you have a specific question, feel free to leave a comment below or email me, and I will look the answer up for you.

Civilian Pilot Career Path

If you’re not crazy about taking orders from anyone and the military is not for you, you can still have an awesome career as a pilot.  There are plenty of opportunities for pilots in these types of jobs:

Airline pilots

Corporate pilots

Cargo pilots

and lots more…..

To find out more about how to become a professional pilot without joining the military, Check out the following articles:


Reason #2: I want to fly just for the fun of it

If you want to learn to fly just for fun, but don’t want to make a career out of it, follow these steps and you’ll be off the ground before you know it!


Get a FREE Private Pilot Prep Kit

This FREE Kit includes the following to get you going in the right direction:

PPL Kit pic

  • Cost of Flight Training Worksheet: Figure out what it will cost YOU to get your Private Pilot’s Certificate based on your unique situation.  Don’t be fooled by the estimates flight schools give you – they are loaded with hidden fees.
  • FAA’s Student Pilot Guide: Explains the role of the Student, Instructor, and FAA.  Overall view of the Private Pilot process.
  • Learn To Fly, How to get your Pilot’s License with Flying Colors eBook: Good general information for the student pilot.  Includes information on Canada, Australia, and UK flying.
  • FAA’s Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: In depth information on the theory of flight, the airplane and systems, flight instruments, and other information you will need to know to pass the written exam.
  • FAA’s Airplane Flying Handbook: In-depth information about the mechanics of HOW to actually fly an airplane.  Valuable information to help you pass the practical exam.
  • Matt Waugh’s Private Pilot Flight Training Syllabus: Easy to use syllabus to take you from 0 hours to Private Pilot.  Includes pre-flight briefing topics.

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