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12 Jan 2018

Six Different Types of Flight Training for Aspiring Pilots

If you want to become a pilot, one of the most important choices you will make early on is the type of flight training you choose. This will not only determine what your most marketable skills are, but also set the stage for your first pilot job and set the trajectory for your future as a pilot. Below are six different flight programs to help you decide which program to select.


1. Recreational Pilots

Unlike sport pilots, recreational pilots have fewer restrictions on what they fly, but are limited in where they are allowed to fly. Recreational pilots must stay within 50 nautical miles of their home base. However, receiving additional endorsements may allow them to fly farther.


2. Sport Pilot License

This recent option serves as a less expensive way for pilots to get into the air. This only requires 20 hours of training, but has a few restrictions compared to private pilots. Sport pilots can only fly smaller and slower one and two-seat aircrafts, classified as light sport aircrafts. In addition, sport pilots cannot fly during bad weather nor at night.


3. Private Pilot License

Private pilot licenses are a catch-all term for several different types of flight training. Think of it as the equivalent of a driver’s license. In order to qualify for this, you need to have at least 35 hours of flight time, as well as pass a test and have a valid driver’s license.


4. Commercial Pilot License

Just like with a car, the commercial pilot’s license is the first step to flying professionally as a part of your career. There are several stringent rules, including taking the necessary flight training courses and having a written endorsement from your certified flight instructor.


5. Airline Pilot License

Along with having a commercial pilot license and passing the necessary exams, in order to obtain an airline pilot license, you need to have 1500 flight hours in different types of aircrafts in various conditions.


6. Certified Flight Instructor

To teach others how to become a pilot, first you need to have a commercial pilot license, pass rigorous tests, coursework, and get an endorsement from your own certified flight instructor that you have learned the basics and fundamentals. Then you can seek out employment at an educational institution or flight training school, such as Spartan flight school.


If one of these sounds especially appealing, enroll in Spartan College’s flight training school and become a pilot!