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IMSAFE Checklist: How Pilots Assess Their Health

Before any pilot climbs into the cockpit, they should perform a health check and confirm that they are fit to fly. This is standard operating procedure for airline pilots and required by FAA regulations. Private and commercial pilots have the same responsibility to keep themselves and others safe by assessing their health before they start […]

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What Are the Pilot Flight Bag Essentials?

The modern pilot’s flight bag has become more efficient, smaller, lighter, and designed to hold all of the flight bag essentials in a ready-to-go kit. Just 15 years ago, pilots needed to carry catalog cases of charts that weighed over 50 pounds! Now, a pilot’s flight bag essentials fit in a much smaller tote. Let’s […]

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Why Some People Fail Pilot Training

Student pilots often start out strong in flight school, with dreams of starting a career as a pilot or just flying their own plane for business or recreation. Many of these aspiring pilots do not complete their training and never go on to earn their pilot license. What happens if you fail pilot training, and […]

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What Are the Physical Requirements to Be a Pilot?

As a pilot, what physical requirements will you need to meet to receive a private pilot or commercial pilot certificate? The answer will depend on what kind of pilot you want to become. There are three classes of medical certificates that the FAA requires for pilots based on whether they are a private pilot, a […]

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Can a Felon Be a Pilot?

In many cases, you can be a pilot with a felony on your record. The FAA does not deny pilot certificates solely on the basis of a felony conviction. If the felony is for a drug- or alcohol-related offense, the FAA requires you to wait up to one year before applying for a pilot certificate.1 […]

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Is There a Height Requirement to Be a Pilot?

Many people mistakenly believe that they are too tall or too short to become a pilot. Is there a height requirement to be a pilot, and do you qualify to pursue a career as a professional pilot? Height Requirements for Commercial and Airline Pilots There are no specific height restrictions for pilots under FAA rules. […]

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What Schooling Meets the Requirements to Be a Pilot?

What schooling is required to become a pilot? The answer to this question depends on what kind of pilot you wish to become. If you want to become a professional pilot, you will need FAA approved pilot training and to graduate through the same basic training as private and commercial pilots. Let’s look into the […]

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The Real Benefits of Being a Pilot

Are you considering becoming a professional pilot? Commercial and airline pilots have opportunities to experience a rewarding career that can provide life benefits beyond the paycheck. For most people who want to fly for a living, pilot training is an investment in more than a Commercial Pilot or Airline Transport Pilot certification. Flight school is […]

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How Many Hours Do Pilots Work?

If you want to be a professional pilot, you might wonder “How many hours do pilots work?” The answer to this question depends on the type of commercial or airline pilot you become. There are FAA requirements that limit the number of consecutive hours a pilot works, hours of flight time, and minimum rest periods […]

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How Much Does It Cost to Become a Commercial Pilot?

Commercial pilots carry people and equipment around the world, operating medevac planes, fire spotting, performing mining surveys, guiding aerial tours, and assisting in agriculture. Obtaining a commercial pilot license opens the doors to these careers and volunteer opportunities. If you are considering becoming part of this professional community of pilots, you might be wondering how […]

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