Dreams Can Become Reality By Powering Through

From Dreams To Reality…

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge, Lawyer and 30th POTUS.

Passion

Passion is what feeds today’s industry. Young aspiring pilots are aware of the grueling path ahead: costly flight lessons, years building hours, heavy competition, low entry pay, long work hours, mandatory retirement, constant training and evaluation, constant drug and alcohol testing, background checks, and huge liability. And yet, they are determined to power through.

All aviators say that passion and determination come from the fascination for the power of technology, the sense of freedom that comes with climbing up through an overcast to clear sky, the thrill of approaching the runway in total control, the jaw-dropping sunsets, and the wonders of the sceneries seen from above.

As for hard work, it starts at choosing the right course of action for your career as a pilot. Some questions must be answered before you proceed: what is your ultimate goal in aviation? Are you aiming at an airline or a corporate jet position? Do you want to buy an airplane or will you rent? Do you wish to travel or just fly locally? Will you be a part time or full time student? Will you need financial help?

 

If you are still sure that you want to make flying your profession, three possible roads lay ahead:

US Military

This option requires embracing the military lifestyle and shouldn’t be solely based on your desire to become a pilot. You will need to become an officer first and then qualify for officer training school, and hope to be approved. This is an average of 5 to 10 commitment.

College Degree

While it is imperative for major airlines, and not mandatory for regionals, as a general rule you will have a rough time being considered without a degree. Bachelor of Science with emphasis in Aviation is preferred. This is the most common, but financially challenging path.

Flight Schools

Learning how to fly requires individualized instruction. Choosing a good flight school and instructor to begin working on your private pilot certificate – the very first step to wherever you wish to go in aviation – can be tricky as there are many available. You will find two categories: Part 61 and Part 141. While the first is more flexible for students, the latter is FAA certified, follows its guidance and inspections. For that reason, less flight time is required for each license:

  • Private pilot license (minimum age: 16 years old) – required Part 61: 40 hours /required Part 141: 35 hours.
  • Commercial pilot License (minimum age: 23 years old) – required Part 61: 250 hours/required Part 141: 190 hours.

 

If you want to fly as an airline pilot, you are required to have a minimum of 1,500 logged hours. The first step to get there is to work on you private pilot license and then move on to obtain:

Instrument Rating

Required Part 61: 40 flight hours + 50 Hours of cross country Pilot-in-Command (PIC) and 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument conditions/ required Part 141: 35 flight hours.

Commercial Certificate

(*All pilots transporting passengers or cargo must get a commercial pilot’s license with an instrument rating issued by the FAA) – required Part 61: 250 flight hours+100 hours PIC (Pilot in Command) + 50 hours cross country +10 hours of dual instruction in a complex aircraft/required Part 141: 190 flight hours.

When facing competition for a position in the industry, many candidates may opt for smaller regional airlines. There, they can accumulate experience on scheduled passenger-carrying flights into busy airports in all weather conditions.

But if the airline path is not your choice, with your commercial pilot’s certificate in hand, other options are open to you: flight instructor, charter pilot, cargo pilot, test pilot, agricultural pilot or you can choose to go corporate.

A corporate pilot position – often at the end of fierce competition – is not your typical 9-to-5, regular schedule-job but it can also offer diversity, adventure, and decent average salaries. One can expect to become eventually Chief Pilot of a major flight department and then onto a Director of Operations for a flight Department.

Going To The Right Flight School

Good pilots are the product of good flight training. With an ever-threatening worldwide commercial airline pilot shortage, flight schools have becoming increasingly sought after. In the US, Florida is by far the most attractive place for flight training because of its clement weather and aviation friendly environment. In South Florida only, over 200 pilot training schools are welcoming a flow of international and domestic students looking for cheaper, faster and a more pleasant location to learn how to fly.

For those who know their goals and capabilities, finding THE best flight school based on your training needs is the next step.

In addition to the choice between the two categories, – Part 61 and Part 141- you will need to consider your available time, financing needs (Part 141 schools can qualify for a few reimbursed training) and location.

Passion

Once you have your short list of flight schools, here is what you should find in the one you will chose:

  • Good school reputation on flight regulations and safety policies
  • Years of operation in the business
  • Good instructional staff, enrollment numbers, and credentials
  • Reasonable number and types of aircraft used in the school’s flight instruction program
  • Spacious and pleasant facilities for ground school purposes
  • Possibility of benefits as housing and financial aid
  • Full airport services (instrument approaches and control towers)

 

Flying is a never-ending learning process and your initial training will be the foundation of your career. Along the way, you will run into frustrations, learning plateaus and doubts. It is all part of the process. But the reward, whatever path you choose, is that of a different, adventurous, unique lifestyle. One where the office comes with a great view! Call us today and start your classes with GoFly Academy!

 

The Aviation Bug: What’s The Treatment???

The Aviation Bug

In the aviation world, pilot’s stories never have the same beginning: some were born with the bug, some had an uncle or father who influenced them, others had no aviators around them at all, and others yet were flashed by a movie, by a flight they made, by simply living near an airport… or none of the above.

The son of a lawyer/politician and a chemistry teacher, Charles Lindbergh, « The Lone Eagle », had no links to aviation before dropping out of engineering school to start flight training. Amelia Earhart, the first female aviation pioneer, found her passion in her mid 20’s while flying with her father’s friend. The Wright brothers, considered by many as the forefathers of aviation, caught the bug while playing with a French-made “helicopter” toy their father bought them when they were11 and 6 years old. Last but not least, Santos Dumont, the man who many believe to be the first to have flown a heavier-than-air aircraft, affirmed he fell in love with planes just by simply gazing at his homeland’s beautiful blue skies.

Regardless of very different backgrounds and life stories, once the “bug” bites you, there is no running! The “symptoms” are easily and quickly identifiable: lack of interest in other forms of entertainment, monothematic conversations, and strolling-around-airport weekends. The treatment… well, there is only one: go for it! Roll up your sleeves and get ready for a long, hard, pricy, fascinating ride, because if the cause of all aviators’ fever is different, three common denominators bring them together along the way: passion, determination and hard work.

The Experience of a Lifetime

The Experience of a Lifetime

An amazing experience of a lifetime that will leave you dazed and leave you with more than just a lasting impression is a simple way to describe flying with GoFly Tours. If you want to tour and see South Florida in a breathtaking way as you have never seen it before then GoFly Tours is definitely who you want to contact to make that happen.

With first class customer service and never seizing to amaze their passengers, a tour of South Florida with GoFly Tours should definitely be on your list of things to do if you are planning a trip down here sometime or even if you are a native to the area, seeing the beautiful city and scenery of Miami or Fort Lauderdale from one of the amazing first class planes is a site that you do not want to miss out on.

GoFly Tours has an amazing team of highly skilled pilots who have many awesome years of flying experience and a passion for flying that they want to share with their passengers catering to their every need and ensuring that their tour in the sky with them is unparalleled and surely unforgettable. With so many tours to choose from that include some of their signature tours such as the romantic tour for you and your loved one, an exclusive sunrise and sunset tour, and even an opportunity to customize your tour to fit your needs and more, you are sure to be blown away with whichever one you pick.

From the time you arrive to step onto one of the luxurious planes to the end of your tour, there is never a dull moment when flying and touring South Florida with GoFly Tours. The most spectacular and beautiful views are not enough of words to describe views from the clouds; the only way to get the full effect of the experience is if you experience it yourself. GoFly Tours will surely leave you with memories and feelings to last you a lifetime.