How to become a pilot

You can be a pilot. Aviator Cloud has helped thousands just like you to become pilots. Here are the steps to becoming a pilot and earning a private pilot certificate.

These are the steps to becoming a pilot.

  1. Step 1

    1. 1.

    Researching your flight training options is the first step in becoming a commercial or private pilot. Compare the available flight school programs and choose the one that best suits your aviation goals.
  2. Step 2

    2. 2. Take an Introductory Training Fly

    Before you can enroll in a pilot training program, you must complete an Introductory Training Flight. You will be able to see the aircraft and the quality of instruction offered by a flight school through this flight lesson. This is a great way for you to experience flying from behind the controls.
  3. Step 3

    3. Request a FAA Medical Certificate

    To fly, pilots must meet the basic medical requirements. Professional pilots must have higher medical requirements than recreational pilots. They should apply for a medical certificate from an Aeromedical Examiner.
  4. Step 4

    4. Register for FAA Student Pilot Certificate

    You can apply for a student flight instructor certificate by visiting the FAA's Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application website. Although you do not need a student pilot certificate in order to begin flying lessons, it is necessary to fly solo during training.
  5. Step 5

    5. Learn to Fly

    Take flight lessons to begin your journey towards becoming a private pilot.
  6. Step 6

    6. Pass the Private Pilot Knowledge Test

    You will need to pass the computer-based FAA private instructor knowledge test during your private pilot flight training. You must have an endorsement from your flight instructor to be eligible for this test.
  7. Step 7

    7. Pass the Private Pilot Practical Exam

    Final step to earning your FAA private pilot certification is taking a practical examination with a Designated Flight Examiner (DPE). The exam includes both an oral and flight component. Once you have passed, you will become a private pilot.