Becoming A Pilot

Becoming a pilot is a multi-year, multi-faceted process. The Pilots With A Purpose program takes more than two years from start to finish. There is plenty of opportunity to learn all you need to know for a successful career in aviation. Here is a general overview of the process:

Earn a private pilot certificate. During this stage, you will learn the fundamentals of piloting.

Obtain an instrument rating. You will learn to fly relying solely on your instruments!

Get your commercial pilot license, which allows you to be compensated for flying.

Become a certified flight instructor (CFI). Teaching new students to fly is an amazing way to hone your skills and earn the flight hours necessary to work for airlines and corporations.

Add an instrument rating to your CFI. When you have a Certified Flight Instructor -Instrument (CFII) certification, you can teach students about instrument ratings and be approved to perform Instrument Proficiency Checks for instrument pilots.

Achieve your Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate! Commercial pilots must hold an ATP to fly. You must log a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time.

To learn more about the many possibilities of a career in aviation, visit the Federal Aviation Administration’s Career page.

“PWAP is an opportunity toward change. I believe introducing and teaching people about aviation and the opportunities in this field are important to bettering the industry’s minority gap.”

Alexia Gonzalez-Soto

PWAP Pilot in Training