Are you dreaming of hopping into the cockpit of your own private plane and taking off? Why Learning To Fly is The Best Investment You’ll Make in Yourself At first glance, you may think piloting your own private jet is only for those deep-pocketed investment bankers, Wall Street executives or A-list celebrities. But on closer inspection – flying is actually an affordable and life-changing experience, that anyone with the drive for success can achieve. When you invest in a pilot license you are not only investing into something that will last a lifetime (your license never expires), but it’s also a personal achievement that many will never accomplish. But above all else, it’s an investment in yourself. We’re here to tell you why.
Why Learning To Fly is The Best Investment You’ll Make in Yourself
Before you make the investment, let’s discuss initial costs to obtain your private pilot license. This license is the most basic certification that you can receive to fly yourself and passengers in a single-engine plane. To achieve a private pilot license in the United States, you can expect to pay anywhere from $8K-$12K, that can be spread out over several months up to a year. Completing this course will let you fly the skies uninhibited. When you think about it, that’s nearly the same price as a new boat, motorcycle, or any other leisure vehicle that you’ve got your eye on. And when it comes down to it – anyone can go out and buy a jet ski or moped, but how many people have the ability to go out and fly whenever the moment strikes them?
There are also a number of scholarship and financing options available through aviation companies and flight schools. If you can afford the costs of training, flying will pay for itself in just a short time. Whether you’re investing in a fun, rewarding hobby or searching for a new, exciting career path, learning to fly will be a lifelong skill that you can use in a variety of ways.
Investing in Fun – Learning to Fly for Personal Enjoyment
While money is nice, it isn’t the reason why most pilot’s fly – they fly because they love to, it’s that simple. As soon as you take off from the airstrip for the first time and feel the rush of controlling your very own plane, we know that you’ll become a lifelong lover of aviation as well.
Here are some reasons pilots make the investment in a flying hobby:
Although flying is up there, what’s more important than spending time with friends and family? With a pilot license, you can combine your love of both! Instead of a family road trip, fly to breathtaking destinations throughout the United States. Pack up the kids and enjoy your morning coffee gazing out at the pastoral beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, have a slice of pizza for lunch in New York City and catch a Red Sox night game in Boston. The options are endless when you have a pilot license and sense of adventure.
- Great Community Atmosphere
If you thrive in a great community atmosphere, then a pilot license is right for you. When you start the process of obtaining your private pilot license, you may be surprised to experience the sense of camaraderie that’s heavily present in pilot culture. You’ll develop close relationships with your instructors, classmates and mechanics, who all share the same love of aviation. It’s truly a family atmosphere when you get your private pilot license and start spending more and more time within this close-knit community.
- Challenging, Rewarding and Fun Hobby
Those that love the rewarding sense of accomplishment that comes with taking on a good challenge will love the hobby of flying. There’s no feeling greater than passing your final checkride and receiving your official private pilot certification. If you’re the type that loves growing their knowledge while taking on a rewarding hobby, turn to a flight school and take off.
Investing in Your Career – Flying for a Job
There are a wide range of career choices within the field of aviation, most of which offer opportunities for a substantial, luxurious living.
Once you obtain your private pilot license, you’re able to further your investment and advance to commercial training. This is more complex training than the private certification process, where students prepare themselves for a specific career path. Once you obtain your commercial license, you’re qualified for a number of different high-paying and rewarding jobs, such as:
- Commercial Airline Pilot
Choosing a career as a commercial airline pilot can be competitive but the rewards can be high-paying if you’re chosen for the job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary in May 2016 for commercial pilots was $77,200.
- Corporate/Business Pilot
As a corporate pilot, you can transport the top executives for some of the biggest companies in the world. This can be an extremely rewarding career path that provides high pay and great benefits. You could be flying to LA for a client meeting in the morning and stopping off in Times Square by nighttime.
- Air Ambulance and Rescue Pilots
With 400,000 helicopter rescues and 150,000 patient transports by plane each year, air ambulances provide a valuable emergency medical service. The median annual salary for ambulance pilots was $75,00 in 2016, according to the BLS.
- Tourism and Sightseeing
Those pilots that reside in scenic areas can oftentimes find jobs as a pilot for a tourist or sightseeing company. You’ll get the chance to fly over remote areas that aren’t accessible by other vehicles, all the while, providing a fun and entertaining atmosphere for your customers. Tourism is normally a seasonal source of income, so it may not be steady work all year, but these pilots certainly get to experience a lot of flying for a good portion of the year.
- Flight Engineer
A flight engineer, or air engineer, is a member of an aircraft’s flight crew, that manages and performs complex flight systems. Their day-to-day duties may include mechanical repairs, interpreting complex flight-related gauges and instruments, installing avionics and any other general maintenance an aircraft needs.
- Certified Flight Instructor
A pilot that has a lot of flying experience and spotless safety record can often find work as a flight instructor, although a special certification (CFI certificate) is required. As an instructor, you’ll be thrown into a whole new world of aviation, where instead of flying yourself, you’re teaching others the art of the craft. This requires new, quicker levels of thinking as well as a teaching plan and a certain set of skills. Many certified flight instructors do their job part-time for some solid extra cash and to build up their hours so they can move on to the most advanced license.
- Airline Transportation Pilot (ATP) License
Once you obtain your commercial license and have built up enough hours (1,500 to be exact), you can move on to obtaining your ATP license, which will qualify you for a job flying for any major US airline. While you can do quite a bit with a commercial license, you can’t become an airline pilot in the traditional sense without the more advanced license.
Best of Luck with Your Pilot License!
No matter what you decide to do with your pilot license, the achievement will be a valuable investment in your career or lifestyle. Remember Inflight Pilot Training is always here to make your dream a reality. We have a serious passion for general aviation, an excellent track record of producing the best and safest pilots in the country, and a commitment to keeping flying fun and affordable for all. If you’re interested in more information, please visit our website at inflightpilottraining.com or give us a call at (952) 698-3000.