HOW to BECOME A PILOT | Kudzi Chikohora | Skillshare
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10 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction - HOW to BECOME a PILOT

    • 2. Book a trial Flight!

    • 3. Get your medical

    • 4. Kick off your Private Pilot Licence

    • 5. Visit amazing places Hour Building

    • 6. Learn to fly at Night!

    • 7. ATPL Theory

    • 8. Getting your Commercial Pilot Licence & Multi Engine Instrument Rating

    • 9. Welcome to jets - Multi Crew Course

    • 10. Final stage - Airline Assessments


About This Class

Thanks for stopping by! In this lesson, I share they process and strategies to try to become an airline pilot for anyone that is on the fence! I used to work in engineering before making the jump to the airlines a few years ago. This lesson is based around the Euopean (EASA) Modular Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) + Multi Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) + Multi Crew Course (MCC) + UPRT  pilot training route!

Step 1: Book a trial flight.

Before spending huge money on flight training, see if you like it first! The project for these lessons are based on researching and creatinga plan of how you would become a pilot.

Step 2: Get a medical.

Research the appplicable laws in your region / country civil aviation authority.

Step 3: Private Pilot Licence!

Start the adventure towards private pilot license (PPL)! With this licence, you will be able to fly with your friends and family, when conditions permit. PPL does not allow you to earn money from flying

Step 4: Get your Multi Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)!

This is the minimum requirement to become a commercial airline pilot

Step 5: Multi Crew Course and UPRT

Step 6: Get applying to the airlines


1. Introduction - HOW to BECOME a PILOT: everybody and thank you for choosing into this lesson. I'll be giving you eight simple steps on how to become a commercial airline pilot. So for those of you wondering when I'm not doing this, I'm normally flying the Boeing 737 800 all around Europe and just like you, I started off working in a completely different industry, did my flight training and then became a commercial airline pilot state. We're focusing this lesson specifically on the modular route to becoming a commercial airline pilot. And remember, if you like the lesson, don't forget Teoh like it and also follow me as I'll be following on with much more content in the future. 2. Book a trial Flight!: So you've decided you want to become a commercial island pilot to grant. So the first thing I would recommend that you do before you start spending a lot of money on pilot training is to go ahead and book what's called a trial flight or on air experience flight. You can go online and find your closest airfield to allow you to just spend half on our on our having a yes in, just to see if you have the aptitude for it, whether or not you will enjoy it. So the trial flight itself is actually a flying lesson, and it will count towards your further training later on. So it certainly won't be a waste of money. So a trialist is a normal flying lesson. What you'll spend run about half an hour to an hour just flying around the local area, and you probably have an opportunity to have a go at the controls. You'll get to visit your local airfield, speak to all the local instructors that are there and just get to feel to see really, flight training is for you. 3. Get your medical: right, Great. So you've done your trial flight and you absolutely loved it. You were bitten by the bug. The next step now is to get your medical. It's really important that you get your medical quite earlier on before you start your flight training just because if there is, unfortunately, a hard stop that prevents you becoming a pilot, and it's better to know that sooner rather than later when you spent lots of money on flight training. So to get your medical in the UK and in Europe that two types off medical that required for flight training the 1st 1 is a Class one medical. There's a link below on the screen. If you'd have a look at my C a authority, which is in the UK to see what their possibilities off that are now, the class one is the level of medical that need that allows you to fly professionally. It's quite expensive. It costs run about 550 or £600 it cast we done at specific aeromedical centers. Once again, these arrested at the bottom of the screen in the description. Now it's important that you research your own national Civil Aviation Authority on what the medical requirements are and look specifically those because I am talking here only about the UK well, the European rules. So let's say all you want to do is just to fly recreationally, and you don't want to join an airline to earn money for flying. That's completely fine. Now, the type of medical that you'll need here is a class to medical and once again has slightly different requirements from the class one and doesn't cost quite as much as a Class one medical and is also slightly less stringent. So from my case, because I started the journey very slowly, I started off getting my private pilot's license. Initially, I just got a Class two and then later on down the line, when I decided that I did want to fly commercially. Then when I got a Class One medical class to medical costs roughly around about half of what the Class one medical would cost, that it's not quite astringent as what it close one medical would costs just a little bit advice for those that are going for the Class one medical just because it is so thorough it can take a little bit of time to conclude. So, for example, you may go for your medical assessment in a day, and something might come up in your medical that just needs a little bit more investigating . It's not necessarily a show stopper, but it's just something that they would like to look at further and gather more information . So justice is an example. If you went to your medical and they found that, unfortunately your blood pressure was slightly elevated, this on its own would not preclude you from becoming a commercial pilot. But they would need to do a little bit more investigation to make sure it fits through the criteria. So you might be referred to a specialist tohave monitoring and further assessment and so on . So the important thing to bear in mind is, when you go for your medical, it's not always a slam dunk that you get down. On the first day on mine, for example, I took run about four months for my first assessment until I finally got my trust. One medical issued. There were no problems with it. It was just the national authority wanted to be sure that everything was thoroughly investigated, which is completely correct. As, of course, their end result is that would be carrying passages on public transport flights Once I had all my qualifications. 4. Kick off your Private Pilot Licence: The next step, then, is to get your private pilot's license. This will allow you to fly recreationally with your family and friends, but you won't be able to earn any money from flying, and this is completely fine. If that's all you want to do. It's a great first step, and it's exactly the step that I took. What is the private pilot's license or PPL? Cost consist off What it consists off initially, minimum 45 hours off instruction and out of those 45 hours of instruction, 25 hours of those need to be Jewell with an instructor beside you. You also need to do 10 hours off supervised solo flying off which five hours need to be cross country. Now this will culminate in your final 150 nautical mile cross country round trip with landings at two different airfields. This is amazing trip when you eventually reach this master, as every PPL person never forgets their first flight off this sort, which is actually called your qualifying cross country flight. Once you've completed your qualifying cross country flight and reached all the minimum requirements for training, you'll then be put forward for skills test within examiner. And once you pass that, you then have your private pilot's license. The private pilot's licence in the UK costs around about £10,000 and it just depends on how much time you have available to be able to complete it. If you are able to do it full time and the weather is good for you, you can probably do it in probably about three or four months or within the summer period. If it's good if you're doing it on a part time basis, as I did during my weekends, it takes around about 10 or so months to about 12 months to complete. So well done. You now have your private pilot's license. You're now able to fly around with your friends and family, exploring the country and doing as you wish Now. For most people, this is probably enough. They just want to fly recreationally as a hobby, and this is probably all that you need 5. Visit amazing places Hour Building: so well done. You now have your private pilot's license. You're now able to fly around with your friends and family, exploring the country and doing as you wish. Now, For most people, this is probably enough. They just want to fly recreationally as a hobby, and this is probably all that you need. So for those that want to take it further, the next step now is for your what's called our building. So here you need to achieve 100 hours as pilot in command on airplanes to be able to start your commercial pilot's licence skills test. Now our building is an absolutely amazing time in any training pilots career because you basically have the freedom to fly around wherever you want to. There's not many times in your life where you can just look at the weather. Pixar went to go to and fly halfway across the country for no reason other than to get a somewhere. Your fish and chips or coffee toe help you build your hours to get your 100 hours pilot in command hours during your out building. There's a number of different ways that you can do this and get your hours one of the ways of doing it is toe purchase in our building package. Again, research and look around for your individual country in terms of what's works best versus the cost of the time that you have other ways of getting your hours is to purchase a share in an aircraft or perhaps volunteer at a gliding field. On DTA, glide is up and again. That's also different way too. Get your was up. Once again, research within your individual countries and areas to decide and pick what would work best for you for the our building stage once you get there. So my our building costs run about £12,000 or so, you can maybe do it for slightly less if you're willing to flying a slightly smaller aircraft or if you purchase your and share. Certainly there's opportunities to reduce that figure once again. Just research and figure out what would work best for you in your own situation. 6. Learn to fly at Night!: So the next step is at some stage during our building, you need to do you nitrate ing. Your night rating is the qualification that essentially allows you to fly at night, which you will need to become a commercial airline pilot for me. I did my night rating in the winter time. Once the day started getting shorter and I needed more hours to complete my are building. So maybe that might be a good time to do it, just depending on where you are located geographically and in the world. Once again, look at your local civilization authorities requirements, and then try and find a time in a school in your night. Rating consists of five hours instruction minimum. It includes three hours off Jewell instruction, and that's a minimum one hour off Jewell Cross country instruction, one off the aspects and one of the most fun parts off your night rating is that you have to do five full stop takeoffs and landings at night solo. First time you do. This is always an amazing experience. Getting to see the lights at night and so on and your night rating will cost roughly in the order of £1000 if he did it in the UK once again, look at your local aviation civil aviation requirements to decide what would work best for you. 7. ATPL Theory: whilst our building. Most people make a start on their 14 80 pl exams. So to become a commercial airline pilot, you have to pass the 14 80 pl exams. I did mine through a distance learning, but there are a number of options just depending on what your lifestyle is in your personal circumstances are whether you could do them distance learning or full time. I wanted to keep my job that I was doing previously to becoming a pilot, so it had to be part time distance learning. For me, this is probably the toughest part of the training for most people, as it is just so much information that you need to digest. The important thing in this face is just too. Get into a rhythm and do a consistent amount of study and revision each day, taking regular breaks to suit yourself and your study. Stan, you can look at your specific National Authority aviation requirements for what a technical or, if you like, examinations need to be taken in order to meet the requirements. Become a commercial airline pilot to give an idea off the price doing them in the UK distance learning my 80 P N exams cost me around about £5000 and it took about eight months or so for me to complete them. That's quite a quick time. I mean, you can do them a shorter in the period of about six months if you're able to do a full time course. But most people take their time and do them within the 12 or 18 months, period. Just remember, though these exams have a time limit from when you start, I take your first example when you must have completed them. And there's also a time limits from when you complete your last exam, to the point where you must have completed all your airline pilot training. So it's important that you bear this in mind when you're picking the course and timing your exams, depending on your school or your provider for your A TPL theory. Exams there, typically broken up into three or four modules and designed to be taken on a certain interval at 346 months apart. Whatever. Suit yourself during your 80 people theory exams, if you're doing them distance learning, there'll be a certain amount off brush up classes that you have to attend, and in my case, there was one week of brush up for each module that I undertook again. This is important to bear in mind when you're trying to plan how exactly? Going to attack these 80 p m exams Chief completed your study and have gone through the various practice questions that are online by the various question banks. Then you can then book in to sit the actual exam that you need to sit. These have to be sat at specific Civil Aviation Authority centres. Once again, go online and look at these for your specific country or your specific area. 8. Getting your Commercial Pilot Licence & Multi Engine Instrument Rating: So once you've got your hours and you've completed your 14 80 pl exams, you can then move on to the stage of junior commercial pilots license and your instrument rating. These topics are marine cover. Now you condone. Do these in either order. You can do the commercial pilots license first and then your multiengine instrument rating . Or you can do your multiengine instrument rating first and then your commercial pilots by since afterwards, it doesn't really matter either way. Didn't you'll still get a good result? It's more on individual preference on Perhaps once you get to that stage or you're almost ready, maybe you can speak to your local flying school or whoever you completing these courses with just to get their advice and what their thoughts will be on an appropriate sequence. I'll start off by talking about the multiengine instrument rating. The only engine instrument rating part of your training is basically to allow you to fly aircraft with more than one engine when the weather is poor, as you'll probably appreciate, commercial airline pilots will not do anything unsafe, but the public are expecting to go flying even if it's raining. Or maybe there's a little bit of low cloud. So you do this specialist training to allow you to be able to fill these roles, hopefully later on in an air foot in an airline environment. So what does multiengine instrument rating consists off, then the course itself is broken down. Initially, you start off with 10 hours doing what's called a basic instrument flight modules. Now this course is specific to Europe, which is the route that I took. But again, you need to research your individual aviation authority and look at what their requirements would be. After you've completed the basic instrument flight module. The next step is to then move into the simulator, where you'll start to build up the layer off skills necessary to fly in bad weather. So as you continue through the simulator sessions, it's normally around about 30 hours or so. You'll get to the stage where you're pretty much profession in the majority of all the items, and you're ready now to actually start practicing these maneuvers in an actual aircraft from the simulator. You'll let move onto the aircraft, which is roughly around about 15 hours in the aircraft, and you're probably thinking to yourself. Or how do you practice flying in bad weather? Well, as a student, you will not be given Ah hood that stopped you from being able to see outside, but you will be able to see the instruments and you'll have. An instructor will also be acting as a secretary safety pilot who is able to see completely outside and completely find. And that's how the multiengine instrument rating aspect off the training is concluded. Once instructors happy with you and reach that good standard will then be put forward or be recommended for your multiengine instrument rating scales test The skills test is quite a challenging one. It's probably one of the most challenging flying exempt will ever do in your career. But don't worry. If you've gone through the course and you've gone through the training, you are more than prepared for it to give you a flavor of what's included in their multiengine instrument rating scale steps you take off from Airfield A and court and go by what's called an airway, which is basically the motorways in the sky or the highways in the sky that pilots use your then go to another airfield, fly what's called a precision approach and then have to go around at minimum will be simulated that you can't see the runway, you will go around, and then as you're going around, you'll have a simulated engine failure again. You've been used to flying with one engine, but now you're getting used to fly with two engines. So you've got to demonstrate that you cannot operate even in an emergency environment perfectly safely. Once you should examine you proficient in all these maneuvers, you then return back to the airfield, hopefully have a debrief and told that you have passed this aspect of your training. I'll be following in with MAWR Video looking at this specific area in time. So don't forget to follow me, not to miss out. Looking at the commercial pilot's licence aspect of the big difference between your private pilot's license and your commercial pilots license is that you are now allowed to earn money from flying. The course itself is not overly different from your private pilot's license. It's just a lot more formalized and a lot more rigour through, depending on whether you've done your instrument rating already. The course where the B 15 hours or 25 hours again, Have a look at your specific National Aviation authorities sites and see what the equivalent requirement would be. The course itself is initially 10 hours. If you're doing 15 hour course just going over all your maneuvers, precision navigation, installing the different circuits, you need to do all those type of things steep turns and soy. And then, once you're ready to do the final five hours and what's called a complex aircraft again, this is just to simulate you. Operating in public transport, flight environment. They need to be satisfied that you can deal with slightly more complicated aircrafts. Hopefully, completely suspect of your trading. Fine and then great. You now have the bare bones to become a commercial airline planet, which is a commercial pilots license with multiengine instrument rating. 9. Welcome to jets - Multi Crew Course: So the final aspect off your training now with what's called the multi crew course I want. It's multicolored course. It basically gives you an introduction toe handling jet aircraft because so far you've just been flying piston aircraft. So it's slightly different in terms of how the operation works. In addition, so far, junior train, you've been used to just operating as what we call single pilot way. It's just you on your own in the flight deck, making all the decisions taken, all the actions. But now to fly a jet, it's what's called a multi crew environment, so they need to meet two or more of you inside the flight deck to be able to fly the aircraft. Now, the multi crew course lust depends on the product, but anywhere from 20 hours to 40 hours on enhance product. And again, that gives you a great introduction on how a jet operation will work. Junior multi crew course. You'll have certain non normals and emergency scenarios to deal with these all carried out in the safety off a flight simulator training device. I did mine in 737 800 aircraft flight simulator, and it was just a great exposure to what airline flying would be like. The other part that the multi crude coarse does for you is it prepares you for airline assessment. So from once you have your multi group course, you're eligible to apply for the airlines. 10. Final stage - Airline Assessments: it's now that you've got your commercial pilots license, your multiengine instrument rating and your multi crew certificate, you are now eligible to apply for the airlines. So just to give you a small flavor of what the airline application process is like our full on with further lessons looking in detail on how to pass an ally an assessment well, the normal airline assessment is, or an airline s application starts off with an application typically online for the application, you may have a certain, um, of competency based interviews. Questions Give us an example of a time when you did this. Give us a time. How example when you showed some leadership last call your basic data what your flight hours are when your certificates valid till and so on and so forth. So hopefully you passed the first phase off screaming, and you're now will normally be invited to do some sort of online testing from the comfort of your own home. Again, I follow on with a lesson. Look in detail at this area, but it's nothing to worry about. Fairly straightforward. Just need to take your time and relax now. Hopefully, you passed the online testing part off the process. You're that invited to the airlines facilities for a day off actual interviews. Normally, most airline assessments have broken down into three main areas. The 1st 1 is, as usual, an interview in HR interview and perhaps a technical interview. After that, you then have a simulator check, right where again? Or just like to get an idea off the standard and the quality off your flying on Gmail even throw one or two emergencies. The final aspect off a typical airliner assessment is your group exercise, and you have a group of perhaps 5 to 10 off you. And they would just want to get an idea to see how you interact without this, how you work in a team, what your problem solving is like. Once again, I'll follow on with further lessons looking at this specific area and that There you have it, folks. Hopefully you have a positive answer and you're now hired to become an airline pilot. Thank you for watching the lesson. And don't forget if you found the contact insult, don't forget to follow me. Thanks