After receiving so many questions about flying, I produced a DVD called “Life in the Skies™” to explain how you can become a pilot & get paid to fly. (It saves time to say it once than over and over again, so please see the DVD if you need more questions answered that what is here.)
Is it hard to learn to fly?
The journey to become a pilot is challenging and amazing. The first time you solo is an exciting rite of passage. To avoid pitfalls, such as flight school problems, it’s good to know the whole process before you start the journey.
I hope the DVD will help you decide if you really want to fly, if you want a flying career, what you’ll need to do, and what you’re investing in your future. You deserve to love your job! The DVD covers:
- The process of becoming a pilot
- The process of becoming a commercial pilot
What are all the steps?
- How much can you get paid as a pilot? What’s the pay for each level?*
- What are the different kinds of jobs?
- How do you get those jobs?
- What licenses & ratings do you need to get?
- How do you get them?
- How long does it take?
- Where can you find the money for training?
- How much does training cost?*
- What’s better? Flight academies, private instructors or college programs?
- What’s the future for pilots? The hiring statistics*
- Is flying is for you? What’s it like? Is it hard?
What if you hate math?
- What are the physical requirements?
- Do you need a college degree?
- What can associations, mentors, & conferences do for you?
- What’s the difference between a commercial pilot and an airline pilot?
- Should you buy a plane? What does it cost? What’s involved with ownership?
- What is the 1st IMPORTANT step?
- The 5 things you need to become a pilot
- Section for International people — how to train in the U.S.
- Other resources and much more!
*Information complied in 2008. Salary examples were complied from years 2006 to 2008.
Life in the Skies™ is 80 minutes and also includes a bonus section of resources — websites, books and organizations.
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The DVD centers on training & flight rules in the U.S., but there’s a section for how internationals can train in the U.S., the world’s leader in aviation and flight schools.
You can check out my videos at YouTube, read about other pilots, or about FlyGirl — just for fun.
Yes, there’s quite a lot of training involved. I’ve simplified the process in the DVD, so you can make a flight plan for your life. It includes all the ratings & licenses you need to get, what kind of training to get, and how long it takes for each step.
It would serve people well to think of training for a pilot career the way they think of training to become a doctor: many years of paying your dues before you get the big bucks. Med school is expensive. So is flight training. It’s a commitment pilots make because they love flying.
If you’re wondering how to pay for flight training, what’s it like to be a pilot, what are the different kinds of flying jobs and what they pay, the requirements to get a good job and how long it takes to train, the DVD should help you. Or maybe you don’t know if flying is even something you want to do. I didn’t know I’d love flying so much until I tried it. There’s an important 1st Step you can take to find out.
I’m a certified Ground Instructor and happily employed Commercial Pilot. I really hope you try your hand at flying. According to AOPA.org, the # of commercial pilots has been dropping every year since 1999 and the # of pilots has dropped 25% in the last 20 years. So,even though the population has grown enormously, there are less pilots. It’s ashamed the number of pilots is dropping when flying is so much fun!
In 2007, Forbes reported that airline pilots are the #14 best paying job in the U.S. The only other professions in the top 14 are medical and CEO. Pilots beat out lawyers! If you’re going to have a career on the level of being a doctor, you need all the info you can get. Just like becoming a doctor, there are years of training and paying your dues. This career often requires a period of “apprenticeship” — a time you will be making a lower income while you build your time, experience and reputation as a safe pilot. Consider it on-the-job training. While you’re gaining experience, you won’t be gaining money. This may be a difficult period, but the love of flying keeps us going, not the money. Also, the industry is always changing and so are the pay scales, so it’s better to choose a career according to what you enjoy doing. If you love flying, the rewards are awesome. Those who are passionate about flying take the journey to become a pilot and find joy in a Life in the Skies™. That’s the best reason to pursue aviation.
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