Whether you want to fly for fun, or if you have aspirations to fly for a major airline, the first step is to earn your Private Pilot certificate. The next logical step is to continue building flight time and experience while earning your Instrument Rating. If you want to get paid to fly, you’ll need additional flight time and experience to qualify for a Commercial Pilot certificate.
Once you earn a pilot certificate and/or advanced rating, you will need to complete some recurrent training to maintain your flying privileges. For all pilots, this includes a flight review. For instrument rated pilots, this may include an Instrument Proficiency Check.