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what are the qualifications needed to become a pilot

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John’s Answer

This is from a "private pilot" with "Instrument Rating", not a professional pilot. Here are my best estimates for the qualifications to be a pilot:
1) Curiosity about how things work. I would apply this to the hardware of aviation, to the organizations that make it work (ATC, FAA, NTSB, etc.), to weather and weather forecasting, to maintenance.
2) Patience to perfect your skills and techniques.
3) Attention to details.
4) Good judgement.
The above apply even for private pilots, but as you move up the line to higher ratings these things must be perfected to new levels.
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Ryan’s Answer

I agree with John's content. I have held a commercial pilots license and a flight instructor rating (which allowed me to teach) in addition to the private pilot's license. the next step from there would be entering the airlines which I chose not to do.

Some additional input from what John mentioned about taking on the commercial rating and flight instructor rating:
- vision restrictions are a little more strict since you are operating in a commercial capacity.
- when teaching (flight instructing) patience and an understanding of how individuals learn and develop as adults is a must.
- lastly, the precision of your flight skills is more advanced require your operation of the aircraft to be more advanced, performing more advanced practice maneuvers.

Flying is a wonderful hope or profession that teaches lessons that go way beyond aviation!

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Ryan
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