There is no simple answer to the question, how hard is flight school? Operating an airplane is not difficult at all. The experience of flying is thrilling.
However, many student pilots struggle to get their first solo flight.
I cannot write the answer to the above question in one sentence or only a few words. You must interpret many factors to concede why and how difficult it is to become a pilot.
Hence I have explained why flight training is hard and which stage of your flight training can be amusing.
How hard is flight school?
The flight school will be challenging if the student pilot does not make an effort during their ground schooling.
Furthermore, the early stage of a pilot’s flight training is pretty straightforward. It will get more laborious as you progress into advanced flying procedures and maneuvers.
Understand this; people choose to get their pilot license for several reasons:
- Some people want to become a pilot only for recreation;
- The other character may decide to go to flight school to operate airliners someday;
- And some individuals wish to obtain their private pilot license first but fall in love with flying and eventually decide to become commercial pilots.
All the reasons mentioned above for becoming a pilot come with different challenges.
Even though flight training is smooth and pleasant, many potential pilot newcomers drop out.
That is why I decided to discuss in this post:
- Why do more student pilots tend to drop out of flight schools?
Is it hard to become a pilot?
Imagine a job which you get quickly, and the pay is good. I don’t know about your country, but getting work that pays well is extremely difficult where I live.
Getting work that pays finely requires time or backbreaking labor to prove that you are worthy of the income.
Being an airline pilot pays well. Most people are aware of that. And on top of that, a pilot can see the world for free.
Do you think you can achieve all that success overnight?
Like other jobs, you must work up to become a commercial airliner pilot. And it may take years for a pilot to reach a position where they will get a handsome salary.
- Airlines require commercial pilots to have at least 1500 hours before applying in the United States.
- In countries like India and the Philippines, airlines may hire 250 hours pilots, but they expect pilots to have at least 500 hours.
Yet, you will initially have to work for a minimal salary in India and the Philippines.
It is not hard to fly an airplane. To qualify and become an airline pilot is hard. Operating a commercial jet requires years of flying experience and extensive aeronautical knowledge to become a competent pilot. Pilots need skill and confidence to take the responsibility of conducting safe flights.
Acquiring a commercial pilot license is not difficult at all. Anyone can study the basics and pass their exams to become a commercial pilot.
Acquiring a commercial pilot is only 50% of the actual work. The other 50% is to get flying hours and gain knowledge to qualify as a competent pilot.
How hard is pilot ground school?
Pilot ground schooling will be hard, depending on the type of license you are willing to get.
Your ground school syllabus will contain more advanced studies if you want a commercial pilot license.
A student pilot willing to work up to the airliner cockpit must study harder.
Sitting inside that airliner cockpit is complex, and knowing diverse aviation subjects is necessary.
Suppose you only want to get a private pilot license. In that case, you can check this article: “How difficult is the private pilot written exam?” for a concise understanding.
Assuming you are willing to acquire a private pilot license to fly with family and friends only during weekends.
Your flight training will be straightforward.
The student pilot needs basic aeronautical knowledge to obtain a private pilot license for safe airplane operations.
Nevertheless, the private pilot ground school has multiple subjects to familiarize with aeronautical topics.
It depends on how quickly the student pilot grasps maneuvering the aircraft during PPL.
You will not have to learn complex maneuvers to obtain only a private pilot license.
In time the pilot will get used to the controls, which are not complicated.
Depending on your effort, you can get the private pilot lesson sooner.
So if you are reading this post because you are confused about going for flight training, I can say go for a discovery flight today.
Once you take the discovery flight, you will recognize whether you can achieve it or not.
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