Pathways to Learning to being a Pilot
Becoming a pilot is a very personal thing. It will change your life and your approach to things - whether you fly for a career of just privately. All pilots start learning to fly with a first lesson - usually called a 'trial flgiht' or 'air experience flight' or for the French, 'Bapteme d'air', literally meaning your baptism into the air. Once you have doen that and decided learning to fly is for you, you must consider the pathway that you want to take.
All pilots start on one of two course <National Pilots Licence (PUP)> or <Private Pilots Licence (PPL)> Generally, the lowest cost entry is the <National Pilots Licence (PUP)>. As you will have read in the section on
Licence Types and applications each has similar coveage of materials, and limitations related thereto.
From this 'first licence' you can build hours. Many countries count hours from either licence, with more and more considering the <National Licence> as a solid foundation. Hour building is key to your future! Once you have built enough hours you can start on the <Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL)> and even go for the <Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)>. Along the way there are other ratings you may want to consider, such as <Instrument Rating (IR)> , <Multi-Engine Ratine (ME)> and <Night VFR> (note: Night VFR is not currently permitted in Ghana).
Most people cannot afford to go out on a 'ab-initio to ATPL' course at $100 000 or more.... More often pilots start out wanting to fly, get some airtime, build some hours, add some ratings and find 'their level' in the community. For some, flying themselves and their friends is where they stop. Others want to instruct, fly banners, spray crops, fly humanitarian mission, aerial survey, fly corporate jets, fly regional aircraft or go on to the Airliners.... but remember, your chances of getting a full time, well paid job after spending many tens of thousands of dollars on training is less than 1 in 10.... so you must be really desirous of flying - and want to fly for being in the air-sake - and then it is always, all worthwhile!