Think of becoming a professional pilot as building a portfolio of your skills.  You can attain these different skills in a variety of ways and some skills may be required by certain employers, while other skills may not be necessary (and may even be unwanted) by others.  However, there are fundamental skills that you will [...]


Before knowing the “how”, 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 Pilots While this website does not yet have much info on the military pilot career [...]


The best description of what it feels like when you get a type rating is this:  It feels like you’re trying to take a drink of water from a fire hose! When you go through a type rating class, nothing else exists.  Your family doesn’t exist, you’re boyfriend or girlfriend doesn’t exist, your friends don’t [...]

My First 737 Flight

I’m so psyched to tell you that I just flew a gorgeous Boeing 737NG for the first time as a pilot!  It was such an unbelievable experience.  This is the first time I ever flew a jet airplane too and it’s so much better than I ever expected.  Wow! With 26,000 lbs of thrust on [...]

How To Choose A Flight Instructor

Hi there!  So, are you thinking of taking flight lessons?  Well, I promise, it will be an experience of a lifetime!  However, make sure this experience is a good one, rather than a bad one.  One thing that will almost guarantee it be an awesome experience, is choosing the right CFI – Certified Flight Instructor. [...]

How Much Does It Cost To Become A Pilot

Hello fellow Flyers! I just got back from a flight with my instrument student and I wanted to share with you a topic that came up right before the flight.  The weather was kind of dicey with broken clouds and the surface temperature 10deg C above freezing.  Rob (my student) debated whether to cancel the flight [...]

Ever Dream of becoming a Pilot?

Did you know that more than 80% of people who start taking flight lessons never receive their pilot certificate?  It’s not particularly difficult to learn to fly, so why such a high drop out rate? The reason is because most people who want to learn to fly go into it blindfolded.  They don’t know all the [...]

Why do you want to learn to fly?

People want to fly for one of three reasons (or a combination): To become a commercial / professional pilot To become a recreational pilot For transportation purposes that are incidental to a business Some people love aircraft so much, they want to figure out a way to get paid to fly.  So, they work hard and pursue [...]

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