Learn to Fly: Jets

Advancing your career with a type rating in a business jet enables you to fly sophisticated aircraft on a variable schedule. Pixabay

Learning to fly a jet paves the way to your career—or makes it possible for you to fly faster, more capable aircraft on your personal or business missions. While very few people learn to fly initially in jet aircraft—even military pilots typically begin in single-engine piston or turboprop airplanes—with today’s light jets that can be flown by one pilot solo, the transition to turbine equipment has never been easier.

If you wish to pursue a career in aviation, you will want to decide if you would prefer to fly transport category aircraft for the airlines, or if you would prefer to fly for a private owner, business, or even a sports team. If your passion is for military aviation, there are specific ways to achieve that goal as well, depending on the service you wish to pin on your wings.

But perhaps you’re a business owner, or successful person who has the opportunity and means to plan for your own jet aircraft—either just for you and your family, or for your business—or both. The course you will set will have some similarities to that of a professional jet pilot, but you will probably benefit from a certain style of training provider.

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Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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