We live in an age where the world gets smaller every single day. The age of connectivity has revolutionized how we communicate with each other. We can reach out to friends and family with the click of a button and converse in real time. But that is no substitute for actual real human interaction. To feel and enjoy each other’s company and new places still is something that we all plan to do at some point in our lives. And how do we get to those far flung places where friends and family live or those places that have always been on our bucket list? We take our seats on a jet aircraft and settle back for a comfortable flight.
This is why many people who already have a pilot’s license are now opting to go one step further and get certified to fly jets. And it’s not only long haul flights and operators that require the skills of jet pilots. There are many regional operators who are continually on the lookout for qualified pilots – and this need is growing as costs for short hops using smaller jets decrease and these sorts of flights become more popular.
So how does one go about becoming certified as a jet pilot and what does the training entail?
In almost every instance trainee jet pilots will require a Private Pilot Certificate before they will even be considered to be part of a program for aspirant jet pilots. Many will also require the international equivalent of the ‘Instrument-Airplane Land rating, as well as a medical certificate.
Most of the smaller jets are dual engine turbojets which require specific knowledge of their operation. Included in the training will be skills of situational awareness and what to do in case of an emergency situation.
Instrument skills assessment will usually form part of the pre-flight training assessment. These jets fly higher and faster than most civilian aircraft and the instruments that are available to the pilot are sometimes complex. An assessment of proficiency is thus core to the training program.
Some pilots may be exempt from evaluation – for example if they have passed an assessment for an ‘Instrument Proficiency Check’ within six months of enrolling for training. There are also exemptions available for those who have spent time in the air using instruments to guide both flying and landing. These requirements may vary according to the regulations governing certain geographical area and jurisdictions of the authorities that govern the particular airspace.
Today many of the basic skills can be taught through online courses, however this will not exempt potential pilots from having to undergo tests and eventually live flight time to assess their proficiency.
A private pilot’s license is the key to entering the exciting and potentially lucrative world of flying jets. If you want to enjoy a career that will involve a passion for piloting and enable you to see parts of the country (or even the world) that you have dreamed of seeking, a qualification as a jet pilot and undergoing jet training might be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.