Learn To Fly A Plane

Written by Robert Mac
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Learn to fly a plane in a fast-paced flying institute or at your own schedule at a flying club. While many people think they are too old, too unqualified, or too busy to learn to fly a plane, it's easier than you think. And with certified training centers all around the country, you could find a school close to home.

Learn to Fly a Plane Visually, and Then Learn the Instruments

There are many degrees of pilot licenses, ratings, and certifications. Learning to fly doesn't mean you'll learn to handle a 747--that's a step far down the road. You'll start by getting a private pilot's license, which means you'll navigate using VFR, or Visual Flight Rules. The next step is using instrumentation, letting you fly when visual conditions prevent you using VFR.

When you learn to fly a plane, you will generally start with small propeller aircraft. As your training continues, you can receive certification for single-engine and then multiple-engine aircraft. There is also certification for commercial pilots, meaning you will be able to charge money for your services; a private license is for recreational use.

You may want to become a CFI, or Certified Flight Instructor; you can be certified to give lessons in the air or on the ground. The ultimate civilian level of aviation is ATP, or Airline Transport Pilot. This means you've mastered all the skills to be a commercial pilot on the big planes. Many of the aviation schools in the U.S. allow you to study various combinations of these classes, so you can advance as far as you'd like.


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