The cost and requirements to become a pilot are obscure till today, therefore this article will give you a detailed explanation of where to start and the expenses to consider.
I am confident this article will aid you to decide whether you should choose to become a pilot or simply find another career path.
Here you can find how much will it cost for you to get your private pilot license and how to minimize your commercial pilot license cost.
Similarly, you can find out what are the minimum requirements to start flying lessons which are not as complicated as most people think.
Types of pilot licenses:
Let’s start by discussing the types of pilot licenses. Why discuss the types of pilot license?
Because depending on your necessity you can take flying lessons to acquire different types of pilot licenses.
If you only intend to fly privately or for recreation than you will not have to take flying lessons as much as someone who is willing to become a commercial pilot.
Every individual according to their priority can get the minimum amount of flying lessons and apply for the desired license.
Renting an aircraft and taking flying lessons from a flight instructor is costly. To fulfill the minimum hour requirements for your desired pilot license you have to fly sufficient hours.
To comply with requirements and fly adequate hours is the most expensive part.
Definitely exercising flying lessons to become a commercial pilot will cost you more than a private pilot license.
A private pilot license is given to someone who only intends to fly occasionally. Such as someone who will only fly during the weekend with family and friends.
A private pilot license allows you to fly from one airport to another but it prevents you from getting paid or hired as a pilot.
To get paid or work as a pilot you have to gain your commercial pilot license.
The commercial pilot license gives you the privileges to get paid as a pilot. However to get a commercial pilot license you have to spend for the flying lessons.
Commonly it is required to log somewhere between 150 to 250 hours for any person before they can apply for a commercial pilot license.
Hence getting a commercial pilot license is a lot more expensive than getting a private pilot license.
Similar to private pilot license there are as well as sports pilot license and recreational pilot license.
In most countries, a pilot doesn’t have to fly as many hours as a private pilot license to acquire a recreational pilot license.
But flying lesser hours comes with its own cons as well. When you have less experience as a pilot you have several kinds of restrictions.
Such as a recreation pilot has limited airspace which he must stay contained to fly. A person with a recreational pilot license must not go beyond an established radius by the civil aviation authority.
Different types of pilot license require the pilot to fly minimum flight hours according to the civil aviation authority of the country.
Minimum requirements to become a pilot.
As I have mentioned above applying for different types of pilot license has different types of flight hour requirements.
I believe to get a pilot license it is vital to have money. First and foremost requirement is to have money to pay the flight training school and the pilot license cost and fees.
It is not only the money to pay the flight school there are many other costs associated with becoming a pilot which most flight schools do not disclose until you enroll.
I will talk about those fees later in other costs section of the article.
So in order to get your desired pilot license, you must have an ample amount of money. OR at least you must be sure that you can arrange adequate money to complete your flight training.
Getting a private pilot license is inexpensive and many people have a private pilot license.
On the other contrary getting a commercial pilot license is a different story. To satisfy the hour requirements you have to have money and a lesser amount of money will not be helpful.
There are some other requirements such as a better health certificate and advanced flight maneuvers with commercial pilot ground schooling in order to get a commercial pilot license.
BUT there are some minimum requirements before you start taking your flight lessons.
To take your flight lessons you have to prove that you are medically fit. Once you pass the medical tests, the civil aviation authority will certify you with a Class 3 medical certificate initially.
The medical test for getting a Class 3 medical certificate is very simple. Nothing really serious.
However, there are a few norms which you have to have before enrolling in a flight school. Such as:
- You must not be color blind;
- Having a 20/20 vision;
- You will be rejected even if you are deaf in one year.
- Traces of drugs in your blood will disqualify you immediately.
Once you have the medical certificate and the results are satisfactory, you can apply for a student pilot license which will enable you to take flying lessons in the sky.
Other costs linked with obtaining a pilot license.
Before you start your flight training you may only consider the cost of flying lessons and hour build-up.
But that is not the only cost for becoming a pilot regardless of private or a commercial one.
The costs of the visa, if you are training abroad, has to be considered.
If you want to be a good pilot you have to invest books and many other supplies.
You might as well buy a GoPro to record your flights and review from your own videos.
Buying an iPad can ease your flights a lot and aid you with your studies so much.
There is a cost for taking theory exams as well. You want to test your knowledge you have to take exams by paying the fee.
How to minimize your pilot license costs?
Consider this section of the article as a bonus. By now you know that to become a pilot you have to spend a good sum of money.
But did you know there are ways that can help you lower your pilot training cost?
It will not lessen your flight training cost massively but this way you can minimize the cost of taking flying lessons.
- Choosing the right flight school and a friendly instructor. If you choose a flight with no so good reputation you may end up wasting time in that school.
An unfriendly instructor will not teach you much or perhaps you cannot discuss much in the flight with your instructor.
- Stay committed to your flight training. Your dedication to finish faster will allow you to learn quicker and complete your training sooner than expected.
If you are not committed, you have to repeat the same flying lessons several times which will result in extra flying hours and spending more money.
- Plan before every flight. Planning your flight will help you to learn quicker.
- Buying an airplane and fly it to gain hours. If your intention is to get a commercial pilot license, then buying an airplane is one of the best routes to save a lot of money.
- Spend more time at the airport. Spending more time with like-minded people will aid you to acquire more knowledge related to the topic. As well as making friends with pilots can be helpful in many other ways.