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Airplane Flight

There are several different flying experiences you can undertake. First is formal flight training for becoming an Airline Carrier Pilot, Second is casual training for learning to fly smaller and more agile planes, Third is a guided combat adventure in which you are able to take the flight stick without any previous training.

All three are great experiences and depend on your level of interest, from a career to a weekend experience. There are different experiences for every budget starting from $49 introductory flying courses to $1000 fighter jet training lessons. I recommend flight highly as it is very exciting and miles apart from commercial airplane flight.

Below is a terrific introductory article where you can learn the basics and how to get started. You can help grow our learning community by contributing your knowledge to the article. Just click on the edit tab in the wiki article below.

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Duncan Davis

 

Intro


If you have ever fantasized about flying a plane, soaring through the skies, the good news is you can turn this fantasy into reality. Airplane flight is a hobby that a lot of people are taking up these days- thanks to the numerous flight schools that offer a variety of excellent courses in flying, whether you are looking for a career as a pilot, or whether you are just looking at flying for fun.




Flying can be an exciting hobby and it gives you a totally new perspective on life. It is challenging as well as rewarding, and it is an experience that you will always enjoy. Flying is also a unique hobby because not everyone has the will, aptitude or attitude to pursue it. But for those who are passionate about it, with the right resources and information, there is great scope.




In the US, a commercial pilot can earn a living by flying an aircraft. But before actually considering flying as a career or hobby, it is important to meet certain eligibility criteria of the Federal Aviation Administration or FAA. You must have the ability to understand, speak, read and write English, in addition to holding a private pilot or higher certificate issued by the FAA. There are also knowledge tests and practical flying tests to pass through first. You would also need to meet requirements related to the commercial pilots license that relates to type of plane and the commercial class rating being applied for.




So, How To Get Started?


Learning to fly is the first step because there is no way you can just get into an aircraft and take off without the requisite knowledge and the license. You can become eligible for a pilot’s license via these options:




• Attend classes at an FAA approved school




• Through home study




• A combination of both You will need to find out the specific minimum requirements for the kind of license you plan to apply for. If you are looking for a student permit, then the minimum age could be 14 years. A pilot permit needs you to be 17 years old to fly a gyroplane. For recreational and ultra light aircraft, you need to be 16 years old.




Although, flying, as a hobby is easily accessible, there is some expense involved in terms of flying lessons and renting aircrafts when you want to fly. Those who can afford their own aircraft will also need to take into account maintenance and repair costs.




Learning To Fly


We can generally categorize the process of learning to fly into two parts:




• Ground school covers the training that you need in theory that can be applied at the time of flying the aircraft. You will have to go through courses in the basics of navigation, aerodynamics, etc. This knowledge is then tested and graded. You will need to pass this test.




• Flight school comes next. Here, it is vital to get a good instructor. You will probably cover your ground school and flight school in 60 - 80 hours. Here is how you go about it, step by step:




1. You will start with the pre-solo lessons where you will learn the basic info on how to fly a plane. You will learn to inspect a plane before a flight, how to taxi into the runway, how to take off and land on your own. After you become proficient at this, you will go on to flying solo. Here you will learn to identify the changing weather patterns so that you know how to judge good flying conditions and develop the ability to know about the airport traffic operation. You also learn how the aircraft works, its various parts, etc.




2. Now, it is time to learn the various maneuvers with the aircraft like climbing, rolling, etc. You will really have fun flying cross-country. You might be accompanied by your flight instructor the first few times, until you are confident enough to go on your own. This brings you to the stage where you can seek private pilot certification. This involves a practical test, after which, you must go through the FAA exam.




3. Next comes the license part. Just like our regular car driving licenses, there are different levels of pilot’s licenses- starting from student licenses, non-pro and professional licenses. You can get a student license fairly easily as it is similar to a learner’s license. The private pilot’s license allows you to fly a personal aircraft.




How Can You Become A Commercial Pilot


Before you apply for a commercial pilot’s license, you would need to attend ground and flight school. First, you would need to get your private pilot license, after which you can apply for the commercial license. Flight schools that offer training for private licenses can also train you for the commercial pilot licenses. This would mostly cover the small propeller driven aircrafts, followed by specialized training for jets and large commercial airliners that cover the passenger aircraft and air cargo aircrafts too. Invariably, even though you’ve got your commercial license, some of the major airlines would want you to go through their own flight school.




Joining The US Air Force


It is obvious from the above that you can enjoy flying both as a hobby and an exciting career. But there is yet another way to get your pilot’s license without spending a dime! And that is by joining the Air Force, of course! Here you can get trained for free – in fact, you would even get paid as you go through the flight school. The catch, if you consider it as one, is that you will be with the Air Force for a stipulated number of years. When you leave, though, you will have a license, the necessary training and experience on the aircraft that you were trained on. If you wish to pursue a career as a commercial pilot after you leave the Air Force, you might need to get some additional aircraft specific training. As we mentioned earlier, the major airlines will put you through their own training and as their employee, you will be paid for this. Naturally, your military experience will be an advantage when you apply with a big airline company for a job.




More Scope


You could also spread your wings a little farther if you would like to go abroad. Many developing countries have a demand for airline services, for both passenger and cargo. In addition to this, there are wealthy people who travel only in their private aircrafts and jets. With your commercial license and experience, you stand a pretty good chance of getting a job as you train further.




That said, airplane flight – whether as a hobby or a career – is a great responsibility for the pilot – in terms of the aircraft and the passengers who fly with you. That is why it is so crucial that you train yourself really well before you take off.




The information given above is only to get you started. For more information and tips to help you take up airplane flight as a hobby, stay at Discover A Hobby and watch the following instructional in-depth videos and excellent books on flying. Enjoy the videos as you see professional pilots in action. You will also find valuable links that can tell you all that you want to know about airplane flight. So, get the information, and take off!