How To Become A Pilot

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Many people dream of being the captain in the cockpit. The thrill of adventure, the excitement of a new and unfamiliar location, the convenience of being able to fly anywhere, anytime—these are just a few reasons people commence flight training.

Whether you’re exploring a potential new hobby or jumpstarting your career, the Bunbury Flying School has options for you. Below is a quick overview of how to become a pilot.

Student Pilots

Anyone of any age can learn how to fly even without a license but only people aged 15 and above with an aviation reference number and a medical are allowed to fly solo. Student pilots can fly solo supervised by an authorised instructor during training, under visual flight rules.

Student pilots are required to have a Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate to fly solo. They cannot take passengers onboard until they have passed their Recreational Pilot Course.

Recreational Pilot Licence

Licenced recreational pilots can fly unsupervised in light, single-engine aircraft while carrying one or multiple passengers. Unless additional endorsements are added to your licence, pilots are traditionally limited to flying within 25 nautical miles of their departure airport or training area. Endorsements are also necessary to use the aircraft radio or fly within controlled or uncontrolled airspace.

To qualify for a Recreational Pilot Licence, you need to be at least 16 years of age. A Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate is required, as well as flight training, a theory exam, a flight test, and a minimum of 25 total flying hours.

Private Pilot Licence

This allows you to pilot or co-pilot an aircraft non-commercially or for training, either solo or with passengers. This integrated course will introduce you to basic handling skills and navigation, as well as flight theory.

The requirements to get a PPL are: have a Class 2 Aviation Medical, be 17 years old at the time of course completion, and complete the flight training and exams.

Commercial Pilot Licence

A pilot’s life is often both satisfying and exciting. To enter the aviation industry as a professional, you’ll need to go through an integrated programme that includes both practical and theoretical learning to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge. The testing standards are higher than that of a PPL, but the benefits are also much greater.

A CPL will let you fly a commercial passenger or cargo aircraft while opening up other opportunities in the industry. Before you get your Commercial Pilot Licence, you need to be at least 18 years old and have a Class 1 Aviation Medical.

Why Choose Bunbury Flying School To Learn How To Become A Pilot?

We at Bunbury Flying school believe that the graduates of our school are trained to not only meet but exceed the expectations set by us, aviation employers, and regulatory bodies. Our program aims to develop highly-skilled and adaptable pilots.

Through years of research and consultations with industry professionals, we’ve developed an effective step-by-step approach. Our structured training courses guide you as you progress through each lesson, which builds the foundation for the next.

Our training area is located adjacent to the Bunbury Airport which, due to its low air traffic, is perfect for distraction-free learning.

Earn your licence of choice today. Call Bunbury Flying School at (08) 9725 4145 or email info@bunburyflyingschool.com for more information.

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