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Types of Pilot Certificates
Yes, that's right... Pilot Certificate. Pilots don't have licenses to fly; we have certificates. So what's the difference? It's merely a legal distinction: a license gives permission, and a certificate shows qualification. In the aviation community, "license" and "certificate" are used interchangeably. I think it's easier to say "license", so I use that word most often.
Pilots are classified according to the level of certificate they hold and by the category, class, and type ratings on that certificate. The levels of certificates from lowest to highest are:
Everyone who is starting out is a student pilot first. For beginners, you can initially train to be either a sport, recreational, or a private pilot; it is not necessary to be a sport or a recreational pilot first when becoming a private pilot. Once you are a private pilot, you can upgrade to commercial pilot after meeting the training requirements. And with a lot of additional training you can upgrade to airline transport pilot (or ATP for short).
In addition to pilot certificates, there are also flight instructor and ground instructor certificates. They each have their own ratings. To avoid complicating the matter any worse, I'll leave that discussion for another day.
To show what aircraft a pilot is qualified to fly, pilot certificates (except student pilots) have category, class, and type ratings. Categories of aircraft are groups of aircraft that fly in a similar way. Categories are: airplane, rotorcraft, glider, lighter-than-air, weight shift control, and powered parachute.
Then each category is divided into classes, except glider. Each class within a category has some differences that warrant additional training and certification before you can fly them. Classes for airplanes are: single engine land, single engine sea, multi engine land, and multi engine sea. Classes for the rotorcraft category are helicopter and gyroplane.
A type rating is for specific types of aircraft. Aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight over 12,500 pounds and jets require the pilot to have a type rating.
Requirements to Be a Pilot
Here are the basic requirements for Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Instrument Rating. For a more detailed explanation, ask your flight instructor or read 14 CFR Part 61.
The Pilot Ground School Course is designed to provide you with the aeronautical knowledge needed to safely exercise the privileges of the certificate or rating for which the course is established. The course is conducted to develop competency, proficiency, resourcefulness, self-confidence, and self-reliance in each student.
The Private Pilot Course consists of 35 hours of training and will prepare you for either the Private Pilot Airplane or the Private Pilot Helicopter FAA knowledge test.
The Instrument Rating Course consists of 30 hours of training (20 hours for an additional instrument rating) and will prepare you for either the Instrument Rating Airplane or Helicopter FAA knowledge test.
The Commercial Pilot Course consists of 35 hours of training for an airplane rating and 30 hours for a helicopter rating. The course will prepare you for either the Commercial Pilot Airplane or the Commercial Pilot Helicopter FAA knowledge test.
The Flight Instructor Course consists of 40 hours of training (20 hours for an additional flight instructor rating) and will prepare you for the FAA fundamentals of instructing test and the flight instructor knowledge test.
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Other courses will be added as they become available.