What Skills Do You Need to Become a Pilot?


Becoming a pilot, whether commercial or private, is a rewarding challenge. The academic side of flight training can be demanding and requires arduous study. Beyond that, the pilot must be able to practically apply his/her training the dynamics of piloting an aircraft. Successfully becoming a pilot requires an innate personal skill set that must be part of the pilot's personality. The Federal Aviation Administration has identified these skills.

Perception Skills

  • Pilots must have the ability to differentiate between essential and nonessential information concerning the act of flying and have a sense of perceptual recognition (the ability to focus on essential information). Additionally, pilots must also have a sense of selective perception (the ability to visually focus despite numerous distractions).

Logic Skills

  • The ability to logically and quickly assess situations is imperative to flying aircraft. Logical reasoning is ability to practically evaluate a set of actions based upon given information. When flying aircraft, the pilot is required to navigate, communicate and operate the aircraft in a possibly changing environment. All of these processes require the ability to logically assess and think through any given situation.

Communication Skills

  • Communication is an integral part of safely flying an aircraft. A working knowledge of vocabulary and a high degree of word fluency is necessary to successfully become a pilot.

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