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    The Steps of Becoming a Commercial Jet Pilot

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Earning your commercial pilot’s license can be the start of a rewarding career. If you’ve dreamed of flying a commercial jet, one of your first steps is enrolling in a flight school. You must pass certain requirements to earn your commercial pilot’s license, such as the following:

    Medical Certificate
    Obtain a medical certificate from a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). You do not necessarily need this certificate to enroll in a flight training school, but it is necessary to have before your first solo flight. You will need a Class 2 certificate to become a commercial pilot. To gain medical clearance, you must pass vision and hearing exams, as well as disclose your medical history.

    Flight Training
    After you enroll at a flight training school, your coursework will not only teach you how to fly, but also allow you to work toward your time requirements. You must log a certain amount of flight time in order to earn your pilot’s license. For a commercial multi-engine certificate, for example, you must complete 65 hours of classroom instruction, as well as your hours in the cockpit. You will learn about emergency procedures, flight maneuvers, takeoffs, and landings. Navigation, air traffic control, and radio communication will also be part of your coursework.

    Once you’ve met all the other requirements to become a commercial pilot, you must pass a check-ride. This is a test administered by an FAA examiner. The framework for the test is much like that of a driving test; you will answer questions about planning flights and other related matters, and then the examiner will join you on a test flight. You will be asked to put the plane through certain maneuvers. If you pass the test, you will receive your commercial pilot’s license.

    Instrument Rating
    In addition to your pilot’s license, you must have an instrument rating. You can earn this in instrument ground school, instrument flight time, and by undergoing a check-ride for an instrument rating. An instrument rating indicates that you are capable of flying with the use of instruments only during times in which visibility is compromised.

    Turn your dream of becoming a commercial pilot into reality. Contact San Diego Flight Training International today to learn about our pilot training programs. Call us at (858) 569-1822 or visit our website.

    San Diego Flight Training International Review

    Last updated 5 months ago

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    Learn More about San Diego Flight Training International

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Whether you are a beginning flight student or a professional aviator trying to advance your career, SDFTI may be the place for you! Since our opening in 1989, we have delivered safe and quality instruction to students from all over the world. We are dedicated to delivering the best tools, equipment, and training techniques that maximize efficiency and skill development beyond the requirements prescribed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Here are a few courses that we offer:

    Private Pilot Certificate
    The Private Pilot Certification Course will be the student’s first introduction to modern aviation. Each applicant will receive a minimum of 35 hours of flight training and 70 hours of ground and/or classroom instruction.

    Commercial Pilot Certificate
    This course is designed for students who require commercial pilot privileges in single engine aircrafts only. During this course, applicants will receive 120 hours of flight training including dual and solo sessions.

    Certified Flight Instructor
    If you would like to become a single engine aircraft instructor, consider taking the Certified Flight Instructor Certification Course. This course is highly structured and is designed to prepare commercial pilots for roles as flight instructors.

    With beautiful terrain ranging from ocean-front beaches to mountain peaks, the geography of San Diego and its surround areas makes it a perfect place to master the flight training courses offered by San Diego Flight Training International. For more information, call (858) 569-1822 or visit our website today.

    The Sky's the Limit: The Job Outlook for Commercial Pilots

    Last updated 7 months ago

    If you’re looking for a new career in an exciting and lucrative industry, nothing will allow you to soar higher than being a commercial pilot. Once you complete flight training and obtain your pilot’s license, you are set for the freedom and fun that comes with being a commercial pilot. Read on to learn more about the job outlook for commercial pilots, including what you need to do to become one and what to expect:


    Job Outlook
    Employment of airline and commercial pilots is projected to grow by 11% or more over the next decade. Job opportunities are expected to spread among both passenger and cargo airline companies. As air travel gradually increases and more trade and travel takes place between Asia and the United States, there will be a greater demand for pilots who can transport people and goods.

    Training Requirements
    Before you can transport passengers or cargo, you must first obtain your commercial pilot certificate. San Diego Flight Training International offers commercial certification courses for both single and multi-engine aircrafts. Both courses offer 120 hours of flight training and cover all procedures and operations needed to pilot a commercial aircraft.

    Salary Opportunities
    Your salary largely depends on whether you become an airline pilot or commercial pilot and how large of a company you work for. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual wage for airline pilots was $103,210 in May of 2010, while the median annual wage for commercial pilots at the same time was $67,500. However, most airline pilots begin their careers earning much less, with wages increasing each year until the pilot accumulates the experience and seniority needed to become a captain.

    Your decision to attend flight school is an important one, so make sure you choose the school that offers the best style and quality of instruction available—which is exactly the area San Diego Flight Training International scored highest in an independent marketing survey. To learn more about SDFTI and the flight training programs we offer, visit our website or call (858) 569-1822.

    The SDFTI™ Accelerated Instrument Rating Course

    Last updated 7 months ago

    If you are ready to move beyond the restrictions of Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flying, San Diego Flight Training International now offers a two-week FAA approved accelerated curriculum that will prepare you for the demanding environment of instrument flying.

    SDFTI’s Accelerated Instrument Rating Course includes 50 hours of flight/simulator training, Cessna training lab interactive multi-media software and materials, unlimited computer lab usage, and unlimited ground instruction from dedicated CFII flight instructors. Prospective students must have a current 3rd Class FAA medical certificate, FAA Private Pilot certificate airplane, and must pass the FAA instrument written knowledge test within 24 calendar months.

    To learn more about course fees, reservations, and prerequisites, please contact San Diego Flight Training International. Visit our website to learn more about our Accelerated Instrument Rating Course and other flight training programs, or call (858) 569-1822. 

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