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What Does It Take To Become a Pilot

So many children dream of becoming a pilot, especially the first time they ever see and board an aeroplane. The amount of excitement that they have and the wonder that they experience is so heart-warming to watch. It is such a sad thing to see that so many people grow out of that excitement and adventure. Thankfully there are still a few people who really wish to pursue a career as a pilot, and in aviation. Some of them already knew a long time ago what it would take, while others find out as they go.

Why Become a Pilot

There are so many benefits to becoming a pilot such as constantly traveling, having worldly experiences, embracing new cultures, and gaining new knowledge along the way. But the reason to becoming a pilot is pure passion and dedication. There is no need to waste your life doing something you hate. So if you love to fly, don’t waste your time by sitting in a cubical doing spread sheets for your firm. Reach for your dreams.

The Basic Requirements

There are a few facts that many people know about becoming a pilot, like that you, unfortunately, cannot be colour blind. And it does take a lot of time and commitment to get the right requirements under your belt. This can become very time consuming, and a bit costly. But it is so worth it in the end, especially in South Africa with the current pilot shortage. This means that there will be plenty of job opportunities available for you, once you’re fully qualified. They say you need patience, and commitment, because there will be bumps in the road and you will need to persevere.

The Technical Requirements

The technically requirements include the relevant qualifications, and experience. It is required that a pilot holds a valid private pilot licence, night rating as well as a Class I medical certificate. You will need to pass a general radio license exam, as well as various Civil Aviation Authority exams. You will need at least two hundred hours of flight experience, in various formats. You will also need to complete a CPL general flight test. It will be best to do this through an accredited flight school so that you receive the best training and knowledge.

Century Aviation

Century Aviation is the largest privately owned avionics in the country. They specialise in general aviation avionics for fixed and rotary winged aircraft. If you’re going to become a pilot it is helpful to know where to get the best aircraft maintenance available, as well as access to the best pilot accessories available to help you do the best that you can do.

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