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How to Become a Pilot

Learn how to become a pilot from pilot Josh Kallenberg in this Howcast video.


Hi, my name is Josh Kallenberg and I'm here at the Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, California. I've been flying professionally for about 13 years, and now I have the pleasure of flying this Gulfstream G450 which is a lot of fun and exciting. And today I'm going to talk to you about becoming a pilot. Let me give you some insider tips when you're building your flight time and progressing through your flight training. One thing that's really important is to build up your connections and start to network. That means talking to pilots, professional pilots, corporate pilots -- anybody you can just to start to build up that network. That'll really help you down the road because once you get that time, that minimum requirements that a company might need, they already know you, they'll already be comfortable with you. So it's really important that you start that process. One thing that's also very valuable is to try to become a co-pilot on an aircraft, especially that require 2 crew members -- that's great stuff. You're building valuable time and you're also again showing the other captain that you know what you're doing and eventually they'll recommend to fly with that company or maybe even give you a recommendation for another company. Another area I like to talk about is try to get an internship with a company -- a non-flying position there. That's what I ended up doing and it worked out really well for me because everybody in the company knew who I was and so all I had to was simply go through my training on the side and once I did that I was pretty much a shoe-in to the company. So the internship is a great way to go. One thing you should consider is that getting a job, especially in aviation, is not always that easy. There's a lot of people, a lot of qualified pilots out there. But don't let that discourage you; but don't expect a job to fall in your lap. You have to get out there; you have to network -- just like in any other job.

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