Month: July 2015

What classes do you need to be good at in order to become a pilot? What abilities do you need?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

A well rounded list of classes are usually offered at any college specializing in Pilot degrees. Check out the Thomas Edison State College degree overview:

Aviation Flight Technology

You'll notice the emphasis on communication and literacy in the broader topics.

I would emphasize on basic math, physics, reading/writing as well as a good focus on human behavior and psychology. Understanding human behavior is an important focus as a pilot in a "crew" setting.

A good math core and ability to read and absorb information and facts is helpful as a pilot. You'll find yourself memorizing large amounts of information in a short time frame when you are learning new complex jet aircraft as an airline pilot or corporate pilot.

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What classes do you need to be good at in order to become a pilot? What abilities do you need?

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How much do helicopter rides cost?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

The basic helicopter "Discovery Flight"will cost you around $300 in the United States. Most Discovery Flights include the following:

BASIC DISCOVERY FLIGHT: $299*
This package includes:

  • Robinson R22 Helicopter (2 seats)
  • Instructor + you only in aircraft.
  • 20 to 30 minutes ground instruction.
  • 20 to 25 minutes actual "in air" flight time.
  • Endorsed personal PILOT'S LOG BOOK.
  • CERTIFICATE OF FLIGHT (framable).
  • Photo of you with instructor and helicopter.

Here's a great youtube video of a Discovery Flight in the Atlanta metroplex.

Helicopters are a blast and so much fun to fly. Give it a try and see.

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Can I somehow get a sponsored pilot training from airlines?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

Some countries still offer company sponsored "cadet" programs from no experience to flight deck. Historically, you have to be a citizen of the country, pass screening and testing, be politically connected, etc…

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Can I somehow get a sponsored pilot training from airlines?

What are the different types of pilot’s licenses?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

In the United States we have several Certification designations:

Pilot:
Recreational
Sport
Private
Commercial
Airline Transport Pilot
Flight Instructor

Within each pilot certificate there are several possible category, class and ratings that can be a part or added to each pilot certificate (i.e. single engine, land, airplane).

Go to the FAA site and check out the standards associated with each certificate and rating:

Practical Test Standards (PTS)

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What are the different types of pilot's licenses?

How much does it cost to get a private pilots license?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

You're looking at $10,000 to $14,000.

Private Pilot Rating (FAA)

  • Flight & Ground Instruction
  • Checkride Included
  • Books and Supplies Included
  • 2 Months Housing Included

There are many great schools out there. If you are merely interested in a private for your own personal use in your local area, I would recommend a local school near you. You'll want to get a few estimates and meet a few instructors to pick the one right for you.

If you're interested in a professional career, I'd recommend doing your homework on all the part 141 schools in the US associated with a University. I did most of my training with Aviator.

Aviator Flight Training College

They were originally located Addison TX when I attended. Now, they are in Flroida and have a great program with the local University. The attraction to Aviator for me was the enormous amount of multi-engine time and long cross country IFR I came away with when I finished. It's experience that gained that no other program could match.

Here's a great article from AOPA Flight Training Magazine on How to Choose a Flight School:

– Flight Training

Here's the link for the AOPA Flight Training Magazine on searching the 141 school database:

Flight School Directory

Here is the Aviation College Database Search:

Search the Aviation College Database

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What would cause this to happen to a plane’s window, and why would we all need to swap planes as a result?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

What you are looking at is the moisture between the plastic window (inside the pressure vessel) and the aircrafts exterior glass window.

The plastic window is part of the plastic structure that makes up the passenger cabin interior. It is there to keep passengers from scratching the glass window. The plastic has no structural purpose nor is it part of the outer pressure vessel.

It is common for air in between the plastic window and the glass window to have more moisture in it because it is not easily vented. As you can see there is a small vent hole at the bottom of the plastic window. That is to keep the air slightly vented in between the two panes. Here you can see some fogging up of the interior glass of the outer window. The small hole in the plastic is venting warmer air from the cabin into that small space creating a defogging affect in a small circle on the glass window interior.

This is all normal. There is no compromise of the structure. You can also see this fogging frost up as a plane climbs into much colder air aloft and moist air is still trapped in between the plastic interior and the glass window.

Here are some pictures of a cabin with and without the plastic passenger moldings.

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What would cause this to happen to a plane's window, and why would we all need to swap planes as a result?

Is age 30 too late to become a commercial pilot?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

Absolutely Not!!

Right now is the absolutely best time to become a commercial pilot.

It is a lot of work and you'll go through your own ups and downs. If you are really passionate about being a professional pilot then go for it. There is a huge price of admission (training costs), yet most any civilian pilot flying today will explain all the creative ways they figured out how to fund their dream.

Pilot Hiring is increasing and will be massive over the next several years. If you over the next several years, you will do very well. check out this article…

coming-us-pilot-shortage-real

If you are truly passionate about flying for a career, go for it.

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Is age 30 too late to become a commercial pilot?