After reading this article, you will know what you can do precisely with a ppl and the actions that will keep boredom away from your life.
Take steps to grow as a competent pilot yet keep your flying filled with exciting experiences.
Whether you want to fly for a hobby or build hours for your commercial pilot license, your first move is to get a private pilot license.
With a PPL, you cannot conduct a commercial flight, hence no payroll. Although no salary, you have the opportunity to operate pleasant flights with friends & family.
Follow any three of these steps and implement in your hour building goals, your flying will get much more fun, and you will learn many new things.
It also depends on how much cash do you have in hand to spend on flying because, at this stage, you will not make money flying an airplane.
Nevertheless, the private pilot license gives you the privilege of flying to experience more hours in the control of an airplane.
Eventually, you will build sufficient hours as pilot in command to apply for a commercial pilot license.
What can you do with a ppl? Ten steps to becoming a competent and safer pilot.
Understand this; There are no career opportunities with only a PPL, as it is only the initial step for becoming a commercial pilot.
Unless you have gained adequate experience and obtain a few essential rating, you cannot secure money with a private pilot license.
The aviation authority issues a private license to individuals who intend to fly for pleasure only.
Hence additional rating with a PPL is crucial in becoming a safer pilot. Several other elements will make you a fantastic pilot.
At the same time, you will not be bored building hours or doing the same maneuvers repeatedly.
First, make a list of goals that you want to accomplish or do as a pilot before receiving your commercial pilot license.
If you have your goals set and determined, then nothing can stop you from achieving all those goals.
I am not telling you to set some obscure goals. Choose something achievable and not beyond your piloting skills.
Something that is entirely achievable merely as a private pilot.
Here is a list of things you can do to keep your flying interesting and not obscure at all.
Although you will not be employed, a private pilot license will grant you the opportunity to savor the beauty and challenges of flying.
1. Fly to destinations you have never been to before.
You have your private pilot license, and you are the pilot in command of your aircraft.
So who is going to stop you from flying to a new destination except yourself?
Get a map and do the work.
Find airports you have never been to or look for the airport that is further than 300 nautical miles from your base.
Going to a new airport will allow you to experience a different class of airspace as well as you may undergo a different kind of weather flying further than usual.
Flying a small aircraft and having to control the plane for such a long time will give you a new feel.
Being in a new destination will give you the feel of being a fresh pilot again.
So do not fear and do not hesitate, get the map and plotter create your navigational flight plan and go for it.
2. Get your instrument rating.
Now that you are flying further than your usual airstrips, it is time to get your instrument rating.
Why is that?
Having an instrument rating will give you the privilege of flying in instrument meteorological conditions, similarly during night time.
Once you have an instrument rating, you will discover how to fly the aircraft, only relying on the instruments of the aircraft.
An instrument rating is a must-have element for airline pilots.
So having an instrument rating as early as after ppl and regularly flying in poor visibility will aid you in your airline job.
Apart from preparing yourself for the airline, you will experience the beauty of flying during the night.
Flying at night and poor weather conditions will extend your piloting skills to another level.
It is a step up when you know how to fly during lousy weather yet maneuver the airplane through the clouds safely.
And flying during the night in good weather, although relying on instruments only, you will get to feel the difference in airspace and airfield.
Why are night flights so different?
Because during the night there are less traffic and all the other things are a lot calm.
The weather is more relaxed, and the air is more apparent. So flying during the night can be a beautiful experience for you.
Flying at night and looking at the same landscape in a different color can be very overwhelming.
You will build new skills as a pilot similarly to avoid boredom.
3. Fly a multi-engine aircraft.
You are flying to new destinations. You have landed in airports that are further than your usual airports.
Now it is time to step up. You can get your multi-engine aircraft type rating.
Which multi-engine aircraft to choose?
Choose a multi-engine aircraft that is available for you to train in and rent after you get your additional type rating.
What happens after you get your multi-engine aircraft license?
Usually, multi-engine airplanes are faster than a single-engine aircraft. So now, with a lot more speed and endurance, you may fly further than 300 nautical miles.
Maybe it is time to pack a bag and take some friends and go to a different state for a weekend.
With a sufficient baggage area and more passenger capacity, flying a multi-engine aircraft to take a holiday is not a bad idea after all.
You are the pilot in command, and you are paying for the fuel, what is stopping you now?
That way, you can experience flying with passengers aboard and learn to become a responsible pilot.
I believe flying with friends will not be boring at all.
4. Make your flying more complex.
You know how to fly longer legs. You have learned to fly using instruments only.
What you can do now is you can fly an instrument-rated multi-engine aircraft to new destinations.
This stage is a combination of all the earlier stages.
If you want to become a better pilot, you have to analyze it from being in complex situations.
Fly to airports and new airspace during the night time with your multi-engine airplane.
New activities are going to be even more exciting, and you can consider yourself a better pilot than many other pilots at your stage.
5. Find someone to fly with you as a co-pilot.
If you already have achieved your multi-engine type rating, it is time to look for a co-pilot.
By saying that, I do not mean you have to hire someone to be your co-pilot.
What I meant is to make a lot of friends in aviation. Make friends with not just pilots but with anyone working in the aviation industry.
Anyone interested to talk about the airplane and flying is an aviation enthusiast.
Take this kind of people to fly with you. You have a multi-engine aircraft to fly now.
Keep your new pilot friend as your co-pilot. He will happily fly with you.
Often flying with a co-pilot helps a lot. A co-pilot, he can find your mistakes and correct them.
A co-pilot will be a lot of help in stressful situations.
Flying together with a co-pilot in your multi-engine airplane may teach you something about cockpit management too.
Maneuvering a sophisticated aircraft can be more comfortable using the help of a co-pilot.
So definitely, having a co-pilot will train you to become a better pilot and have safer flights overall.
6. Aerobatic aircraft rating.
Let me guess;
You have got 100 hours of flying time now.
Are you getting a bit bored?
I suppose not, but if you are not enjoying flying as much as you did in the beginning, you can take an aerobatic aircraft rating.
Taking a rating in an aerobatic aircraft will take your airplane maneuvering skills to a whole new level.
Flying an aerobatic aircraft, you will push your body to its limit and still control the plane.
How can aerobatic aircraft ratings help you?
What happens when you learn to fly an aerobatic aircraft is you train yourself to keep calm.
I hope not, but in case you face a situation where your general aviation aircraft is in an unusual position, you will not lose your calm.
Instead, you will think properly, and your aerobatic skills will come handy at the time.
You will be able to bring back the aircraft to its original position quicker and easier than any other pilots.
And most importantly, you will never be bored with flying aerobatic aircraft.
You will build hours having fun in the sky.
7. Participate in air races.
You have got your aerobatic flying skills. It is time to participate in air races now.
I am not saying you must have to do this. What I am stating is participating in air races is a lot more complicated.
Participating in an air race means you will push yourself outside your comfort zone.
And the more you push yourself outside your comfort zone, the better you will get.
If you remember that, always you will not hesitate to participate in an air race.
Participating in an air race and flying in full throttle with many other aircraft around you will sharpen your skills as a pilot even more.
Watching the video below may inspire you to compete in an air race in the future.
To become a better pilot, you need to fly in different conditions and face new challenges.
Whether you choose to become a pilot for recreation or to become an airline pilot, both ways the steps mentioned above will help you continue flying.
Continue flying without ever getting fatigued of repeating the same conditions.
Another factor to consider is money. Flying airplane requires renting and paying for the fuel.
For many people, it is quite expensive for some may not be.
The steps I have mentioned above definitely are not for free. Those steps will require money.
I know many student pilots quit flying due to a shortage of money. But there are techniques as well to reduce the cost of flying.