Archive for the ‘Starting Out Questions Answered’ Category

How Hard Is It To Become A Pilot?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009


Short answer: not very. Well if George Bush up there can manage it, it can’t be right? However, as that is not a very good article, I will now expand that answer into this 1400 word illustrated monstrosity. I apologise.

Flying is all about doing lots of little easy things correctly, and in the right order. You could be a master at artistically and dexterously extending the landing gear for example, but that won’t help if you’ve already touched the tarmac.

"Gear Down, Please"

Gear Down, Please

There are two major groups of skills required when you are training to become a pilot: those that you need to fly in the air well (the fun bit), and those that you need to sit on the ground studying well (the slightly more dull bit) to pass all those wonderful as they are difficult exams.

This article looks at what some of these qualities are, whether you want to fly for fun or if you want to become a paid pilot. It also asks how hard it is to pick up the new skills and knowledge that you need to fly, in a manner least conducive towards crashment. (more…)

How To Become A Pilot In The RAF

Monday, August 24th, 2009


Read our section on how to become a civil pilot? Got to the part where it starts casually throwing around figures like £40000 for the privilege of throwing yourself on a seething mass of fellow unemployed aviators, and decided that perhaps there is a better career out there for you?

Well, there is another option which provides a soothing balm to both of those rather major issues; become a pilot in the armed forces! The kindly British public will pay for your training, and there is a decent job at the end of it. Sure you might get shot at, but you can’t have your cake and eat it.

This article looks at how to apply to become a pilot in the RAF – although the procedure is similar if you want to join the army or navy as well. (more…)

Qualifications Needed To Become A Pilot

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009


Employers only let you take their large metallic airborne vehicles up into the sky if you have something a little bit more than the standard 20 meters swimming certificate you got when you were eight.

God Dammit.

God Dammit.

So what do you need, and what are good extras to help you learn to fly, and to improve your (currently steamrollered wafer thin) chances of getting employed at an aerially based organisation? Read on for more details on this truly exciting subject.

This is a general guide for what to do, as whether your ultimate goal is an airline pilot job or crop duster – they all need the same licence in order to get paid for it!

How To Choose A Flight School

Saturday, July 18th, 2009


Choosing a flight school can be a daunting process when you are new to the aviation scene. If you are wanting to learn how to plunge upwards into the sky in a winged mechanical beast (and billow cash from all windows in the process) – it’s always a bonus if you can find one that you won’t be a miserable at.

This article will be exploring how to find an organisation that will enable you to flourish in your aviationally related endeavours, and what questions you need to be asking to make sure it really is ‘the one’.

While primarily aimed at UK pilots, this should be pretty useful for anyone embarking on their flight training ladder of destiny.

Pilot and Flying Scholarships and Bursaries

Sunday, July 5th, 2009


Do you like the thought of learning to fly and joining the coveted echelons of the aviator? But do you also dislike the thought of having to bleed £9000 into someone else’s bank account? Well, there is a solution – try and get a flying scholarship, and get someone else to pay for you!

There are several kindly schemes up and running by organisations who wish to promote our little industry amongst the masses, supported by very generous individuals and companies. Places are few, competition is fierce, and if you get a scholarship you are expected to work hard, but the rewards are massive.

Below you can read about where you can get these, and how you can make your bank account rejoice in happiness.

How To Become A Pilot

Monday, June 29th, 2009

how to become a pilot

So you want to become a pilot. You’re either a fresh faced and dewy eyed teenager, or an *insert job title here* disillusioned with the whole *insert job description here* thing.

But how, I hear you ask, do I join the elite and illustrious ranks of the airborne aviationally related careered heroes and heroines of the sky?

This article is a showcase and collection on what is on offer within If you look around further and deeper inside the murky depths of this very site, you will be rewarded with an avalanche of information that should answer most of your questions. If not, mosey on over to our forums!

Modular or Integrated Flight Training?

Monday, June 8th, 2009


So, you’re one of the fortunate ones who have managed to secure some sort of finance, or have got a bank account which is grotesquely oozing cash at the seams (damn you!), and you have the freedom to make the choice between an integrated or modular path for your flight training.

In this article, we shall be examining the good points of both routes, and explaining exactly what goes on in each of them.