Congratulations on deciding to fly, and thank you for visiting this webpage! Tasting the freedom of flight is truly a life-altering experience. If you’ve never sat in the cockpit during a flight, a great first step in your aviation journey is to book a discovery flight. This will allow you to see what it’s like to actually fly an airplane yourself! Yes, it’s legal… and actually encouraged. Since you’ll be accompanied by a Certified Flight Instructor through the Federal Aviation Administration, not only can you control the aircraft and fly around, but you can begin your own pilot logbook with this flight included! Whether you’re planning on starting a career in aviation or just looking for a fun treat, a discovery flight is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll love.
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It’s important to study, but make sure you enjoy flying before you commit all that time, money, and energy!
TYPICAL RATING ORDER (FOR SOMEONE PLANNING ON BECOMING AN AIRLINE PILOT OR DOING OTHER COMMERCIAL FLYING)
A “rating” is a new pilot certificate or “add-on” allowing you more or different permissions at each step of your pilot training. This is typical and what often makes the most financial sense for students during their training with the time and funds available. Everyone’s path is different and unique, and there’s no wrong path… just potentially more expensive and longer ways to get to the same goal.
- Private Pilot certificate (now you can fly the airplane type you did your training in, just not for money)
- Instrument rating (now you can fly in the clouds)
- Commercial Single Engine (this lets you fly for money with one engine planes)
- Commercial multi-engine add-on (this let’s you fly for money with two or more engines)
- Congratulations… you can now *theoretically* make money! If you can’t find a company to hire you because of time requirements for insurance, pass Go and collect… Commercial Multi add-on (or single… whichever you didn’t do in step 3)
- CFI (certified flight instructor)
- CFI-I (instrument instructor)
- MEI (multi-engine instructor)
- ATP (airline transport pilot)
- *Type ratings for the specific aircraft you’re going to fly over 12,500 lbs max gross weight or turbofan.
Various Resources for Flight Training
Please hover over or click each tab below to see the associated resources.