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Frequently Asked Questions – COMM

  • Do I need any special skills to begin training?
  • What are the requirements to begin flight training?
  • What kind of FAA Medical is required?
  • What kind of training is involved?
  • Do I need an instrument rating?
  • What kind of aircraft will I fly in?
  • What kind of tests will I take?
  • What happens after I get my commercial pilots license?

DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL SKILLS TO BEGIN TRAINING?

No! The most important element in successfully learning to fly is desire! You don’t need any special skills to get started. You’ll learn all that is required during the course of your training with Windy City Flyers!

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BEGIN FLIGHT TRAINING?

There are a couple of basic requirements to begin flight training for your Commercial Pilot Certificate

  1. You must be at least 18 years old
  2. Hold a current Third Class Medical
  3. Have a Private Pilot Certificate
  4. You must be able to read, speak, and understand English.

WHAT KIND OF FAA MEDICAL IS REQUIRED?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires a minimum of a Third Class Medical for training.  A Second Class Medical is required when exercising the privileges of a Commercial Pilot.

WHAT KIND OF TRAINING IS INVOLVED?

Pilot training really has two aspects:

Ground training, logically, takes place on the ground. It involves learning about flight rules (regulations), flight planning, navigation, radio procedures, weather, and other important topics.

Flight training takes place in the airplane under the supervision of your flight instructor. That’s where you will learn the hands-on skills needed to pilot an airplane yourself.

Windy City Flyers’ Flight Training operates a full length, formal classroom-based Ground School that is designed to complement our full-curriculum Flight Training program. By the time you complete your training, you’ll be secure in the knowledge that you’re a safe and competent pilot.

DO I NEED AN INSTRUMENT RATING?

No, however, carrying of passengers for hire on cross-crountry flights in excess of 50 NM miles or at night is prohibited

WHAT KIND OF AIRCRAFT WILL I FLY IN?

A majority of your training will be performed in a “complex aircraft”, an aircraft that is equipped with a controllable pitch propeller and retractable landing.  This can be accomplished in either a single-engine or multi-engine aircraft

WHAT KIND OF TESTS WILL I TAKE?

Similar to the Private Pilot Practical Exam, Before a Commercial Pilot Certificate is issued, you must pass two examines. One is a written FAA examination, the second is a practical exam given by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.  But, as with the written test, you will have practiced everything many times before. There will be no surprises and you will be fully prepared.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I GET MY COMMERCIAL PILOT CERTIFICATE?

You will have access to a whole new world of Aviation.  Not only will have a greater knowledge aviation in general your airmenship will also be vastly superior.

Once you’ve completed your training you will be qualified to work for

  • Commercial part 121 aircarrier
  • Commercial part 135 aircarrier
  • Corporate flight department
  • Conduct Nonstop Commercial Air Tours
  • Ferry Flights
  • Crop Dusting, Seeding, Spraying and Bird chasing
  • Banner towing
  • Fire fighting
  • Powerline or pipeline patrol
  • Aerial photography or survey
  • Conducting intentional parachute operations

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