Meet the minimal qualifications to start flight training
You are required to prove your physical fitness by passing a medical test. Also, you must have passed GCE O/L examination with credit passes for English, Mathematics and Science. Whereas these remain the basic requirements, some airlines may call for higher qualifications such as GCE A/L or a degree.
Research Pilot Schools
To begin with, you have to start researching the potential pilot training schools, discover the programs on offer and select the one that’s in line with your aviation ambitions. Also, you have to consider your budget, accreditations received by the flying school, and the qualifications and training experience of the instructors.
Get a Discovery Flight
With an introductory flight training lesson, you’ll get to see first-hand the training, aircraft, and quality of instructions a flight school will offer you. It’ll give you a foretaste of what it's like to fly from behind the controls. This will also help you decide whether you want to pursue the training with the school in question or not.
Secure a First Class Medical Certificate
Pilots are required to fulfill the basic medical requirements to fly. If you intend to pilot professionally, you must be in better shape than the recreational pilots and should apply for a first class medical certificate through an Aeromedical Examiner (AME). If you’re certified fit, then, you’ll be able to proceed to the next step.
Start Flight Training Lessons
Start your flight training course and gradually acquire the aeronautical knowledge and piloting skills you need to become a private pilot. These skills are vital for you to pass the Private Pilot Knowledge Test and also graduate to the more advanced stages of flight training.
Complete Private Pilot Knowledge Test
To complete your private pilot flight training, you’ll need to sit and pass the computer-based private pilot knowledge test. To get eligible for the test, you must first be endorsed by your flight instructor. This is instrumental to obtaining the Private Pilot License (PPL) and will also help you progress to higher professional accreditations.
Complete Private Pilot Practical Exam
The final step in securing your CAASL private pilot certificate is to take a practical exam with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). This exam is composed of both an oral and a flight portion, and when you’ve successfully completed it, you will be certified as a private pilot.
Earn The Private Pilot License
Once you’ve passed the Private Pilot Knowledge Test and Private Pilot Practical Exam, you’ll be able to earn Private Pilot License and fly in the capacity of a private pilot. This license is globally accepted and will, therefore, allow you to convert it to a PPL of all member states of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) by doing some paperwork.
Secure Instrument & Multi-Engine Ratings
After becoming a private pilot, the next step is to secure an instrument rating and a multi-engine rating. An instrument rating allows a pilot to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) under any weather condition, while a multi-engine rating qualifies you to operate larger and faster aircraft. If you want to graduate to the level of Commercial Airline Pilot from a Private Pilot, it’s necessary that you obtain both ratings.
Secure Commercial Pilot Certificate
Before you can earn a Commercial Pilot Certificate, you must fulfill specific experience requirements and fly at a higher standard. This is a challenging goal and is certainly not for all. But, it’s a major accomplishment to become a Commercial Pilot and is, in many ways, the ultimate career goal of many aspiring aviation students.
Once you’ve become a commercial pilot, secure all three Certified Flight Instructor certificates (multi-engine, single-engine, and instrument). Becoming a CFI allows you to make a living flying, while acquiring the flight experience required by the airlines.