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How to Become a Pilot

One of the main questions Aviationfly.com receives is how to become a Pilot in Pakistan. Pakistan, a country with 200 million people, currently has less than 10 Airlines with only very few aircraft. As the country continues to grow, the existing airlines will order more aircraft, more airlines will start up, and foreign airlines will have a preference for more Pakistani Pilots in order to fly to Pakistan Airports. Aviationfly.com wants to provide you with more information on how to become a Pilot in Pakistan and has created the Guide below! If you want to become a Pilot, the right time to start your pilot training is now!


Step by Step Guide on How to become a Pilot in Pakistan

Step 1. Research

The first step on how to become a pilot in Pakistan is to research the different options you have to become a Pilot. Start of by researching online thru Google, Aviationfly.com, YouTube, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority website, Facebook Pilot Groups and others. There are a number of options of how to become a pilot in Pakistan, you can do your pilot training with a flight training school in Pakistan or abroad or join the Pakistan Air Force to get your Pilot License. Each one of these options has its advantages and disadvantages and will be explained in more detail below. You can also click the yellow CONTACT US button to send Aviationfly.com a message to get answers to your questions.

Different Pilot Training Options Flight School: Take your flight training with a Flight School in Pakistan or abroad (if you want to learn more about the options of doing your flight training abroad in countries such as the United States which is very popular for Pakistanis, please send us a message). There are less than 10 Pilot Schools in Pakistan and to get your Commercial Pilot License in Pakistan takes approximately 2 to 3 years and you should have a budget of more than US$60,000 - includes Private Pilot License and Instrument Rating. Aviation related College Degree Program: This allows you to combine a college degree with flight training. Airline Cadet Pilot Program: These are flight training programs which include guaranteed employment with the airline upon successful graduation (and some of these programs are sponsored by the airline). Based on our knowledge there is currently no Cadet program being offered by an airline in Pakistan. Join the Military (Pakistan Air Force): Get your flight training sponsored by joining the Military - you will have to stay with the Military for 12 years after completing your training before you are allowed to apply to commercial airlines.

Step 2. Basic Requirements

Age: The minimum age to start your pilot training is 17 years old when you can receive a Student Pilot License and the retirement age for airline pilots actively flying is 67 years old. Medical Certificate: In order to start your pilot training, you will need to secure a Medical Certificate - in order to get this, it is best to speak with the Flight School you want to start with and then go to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority and have your self assessed by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Educational requirement: It is important to note at this point that while you can get a Student Pilot License, Private Pilot License, and Commercial Pilot License with a High School degree, working for one of the large airlines requires a College degree. English Proficiency: The language of Aviation internationally is English and it is recommended to meet a Level 4 English standard before receiving your Commercial Pilot License - if you are looking to improve your English, you can send us a message and we will give you tips on what courses to take.

Step 3. Training Stages

Student Pilot License (SPL): Allows you to start your flight training. Private Pilot License (PPL): This license will allow you to fly solo or fly passengers or cargo but without receiving any money for it. Commercial Pilot License (CPL): License will allow you to earn from flying and be a paid professional pilot. Instrument Rating: Being Instrument Rated means that you can fly the aircraft in any weather condition (example low or zero visibility) using just the instruments. Multi-Engine Rating: License which allows you to fly multi-engine aircraft. It is important to know that becoming a pilot does require a certain budget - the minimum is around approx. US$50,000 and higher depending on the country you do your training, the school you pick, and a number of other factors. Aviationfly.com through its database knows of the best deals and packages, so if you are interested click the yellow CONTACT US button and Aviationfly.com will send you the information.

Step 4. Career Options

Airline Pilot for the large airlines or smaller regional ones Corporate or Business Aviation Pilot Cargo Pilot Charter / Air Taxi Pilot Flight Instructor Medical / Air Ambulance Pilots Agricultural Pilot and many more options As an Airline Captain you will earn around PKR 180,000 per month plus benefits (US$ 1,100)!


Tips for picking a Flight School

Decide on your pilot goals - what are your long-term aspirations in aviation? Do you want to become a pilot in your free time (Private Pilot License)? Do you want to fly in General Aviation (Commercial Pilot License)? Do you want to become an airline pilot (airline program)? If you want to become an airline pilot which airlines are hiring? What aircraft are the airlines receiving over the next few years? Which flight schools do the airlines usually hire from? These are critical questions you should list and get answers to when asking yourself "how will I become a Pilot".

Determine how much you can afford to spend - different schools have different costs (due to location, number of students, aircraft type and a number of other factors), find out the reasons for the price difference. Do programs have financial assistance/loan programs? Might a part time program work for you?

How much free time do you have - different schools have different training schedules with some offering flexibility while others want the cadets to train full time and on campus (note that delaying flight training usually increases your training cost).

What equipment does the flight school use - this is important from a training but even more importantly from a safety aspect. Take into consideration as well the equipment preference of airlines which will want new pilots to have trained on certain equipment. Find out what the difference is between training aircraft (both from a training and cost perspective). Aircraft age does not always relate to safety, this is dependent on the aircraft maintenance - ask the flight school in detail about their aircraft maintenance department? Safety features of the aircraft?

Visit your shortlist of flight schools - speak to the instructors and management teams to learn about the training, safety policies, history and graduates of the flight school.

5 Advantages to Starting a Business While Still in School

It seems like these days most people are discouraged from starting their own business, but when it comes down to it, the pros outweigh the cons. Now, what if we told you the best time to start a business while still in school? That’s right! There are so many benefits to <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/sergeirevzin/2018/06/07/5-reasons-why-college-is-the-best-time-to-start-a-business/">starting a business</a> while you’re in college and a lot of the big-name businesses you know, and love were started right from the dorm room. Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are just a few to name. Aspiring entrepreneurs shouldn’t turn down their business ideas just because they’re still in school. Here are 5 advantages to starting a business while still in school.

Campus Resources

There are so many resources available that college students can take advantage of to start their business that would normally add into the cost of a start-up. There’s free internet access, available meeting rooms, computer labs, copy machines and so much more. These are all things you could be taking granted for, but it’s the things you should be taking advantage of as a college student. One of the biggest resources a college student should be utilizing while start a business is their professors. Most professors love getting involved in their student’s business endeavors and they can act as a mentor. Mentors in the business start up world are so important and most of the time, your professors have the real-world experience and knowledge that can share with you to point you in the right direction. Talk to your professors to gain more expertise and support for starting your own business while you’re in school.

Real-World Experience

There is no doubt that starting a business while in school will provide you with real-world experience. There is a lot involved in starting a business and there is a lot involved with going to school. So while you learn to balance the both, you’ll gain experience in time-management. Other key factors to your success in the real-world include communication, perseverance, decision making, and budgeting. All these things come with running a business so to get the experience ahead of the game while you’re still in school is a huge advantage. Starting a business will force you to get organized and be more responsible with your time and even money. There’s no doubt that there is a lot to learn in a classroom, but something can’t be taught through reading a textbook. The lessons you learn while starting a business will be sure to set you up for success for the rest of your life.

Funding

One of the most difficult things new business owners have to face is finding the money it takes to start their business. Getting a loan can be difficult for most, but for college students the odds are in your favor. There are small business loans and grants designed specifically for a student starting their own business. It’s the only time in your life where you have the opportunity to be given money to get started. A variety of organizations offer reward money for aspiring entrepreneurs who have a <a href="https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/write-your-business-plan">business plan</a> set up and just need the funding to get started. There is also crowdfunding available which could be a good place to start. A lot of your fellow students would be readily available to help support you in your business start-up. Starting a business doesn’t come free but whether you go with a <a href="https://www.seekcapital.com/small-business-loans/">small business loan</a> or start applying to grants, there is an option for you. Some college students even used some of their student loan money to get their businesses up and running.

Low Risk, High Reward

As a college student, you don’t have much to lose compared to if you were to start a business in your later adult life. The risk of starting a business is low, but if it pays off then the reward will be high. You’re in the position in your life where you most likely don’t own anything or have many prior engagements. Because of that, the stress of potentially failing is almost non-existent. This allows you to make better decisions and take the risks that could set your business up for success long term. The greatest part about starting a business as a student is if you do fail you have your entire life ahead of you to start another business or take what you learned from that experience and apply it to land a killer job. Adding to your resume that you started a business while going to school will gain you a lot of brownie points in the interview.

You Have Time

Don’t get us wrong, we know college students are busy. Between going to classes, studying, staying active, and keeping up a social life there is a lot to balance. However, what you don’t realize is you actually do have a lot of time on your hands and the busy schedule you have now can be easily reorganized to give you more time to focus on what you want such as starting a business. As a student, you don’t have a 9-5 Monday through Friday job that demands your time and most of the time, students don’t have a family to tend to outside of business hours. Take advantage of the flexibility you have in your schedule while going to school to focus on your business.