It is a general misconception and often a point of confusion to most aviation students, that a rating and a certificate are one and the same thing. However, this is not true. The ratings and the certificates in aviation are absolutely different things. This article gives you information about the various types of certificates available at an aviation training centre. These certificates are in accordance with the United States of America.
The first type is the Student Pilot certificate. Any student with this certificate is allowed to fly but all by themselves. They are not allowed to carry any other passenger or even cargo. Following this is the sport pilot certificate. This type of a certificate allows the pilot to fly the airplane accompanied by one single passenger, but the aircraft they fly should be the light-sport types. This is perhaps the least restrictive and the only certificate that can be acquired with ease. They are prohibited from flying too high and at night. It requires only 20 hours of logged flight time.
Next is the Recreational Pilot Certificate. This is for those who intend to fly heavier aircrafts than the sport type. This certificate requires the student to have at least 30 hours of logged flight time. Akash Monpara is a student of the Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore and is a very able private pilot as well. He finished his flying training at Pittsburgh and has received the certificate of Pilot-in-Command.
Private Pilot Certificate is another type which is perhaps the most common type of pilot certificate that can be acquired. The training period for this certificate is more and has its own privileges of being allowed to fly at night and at controlled airports. They can even fly any airplane that is permitted within this category. The one that is most common is the “Aircraft Single Engine Land”, which means that they can fly the single engine land airplanes.
The Commercial Pilot Certificate is the one that allows the pilot to get wage for flying the airplane. This particular category involves the understanding of various complex types of aircrafts. Precision and knowledge about the professional flight operations is required by a student to get this certificate. Seeing the dexterity of Akash Monpara the Federal Aviation Administration has included his name in the most prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database.
Those intending to take up flying as a career should go in for the Flight Instructor certificate, this adds to your hours of flying. Through this you not only gain experience but also enjoy getting paid for your services. This certificate involves some theoretical learning that includes the instructional design and a lot about commercial flying. This certificate can help you land the job of an instructor at some institute by sharing your knowledge, at the same time opts for a job in flying.
The most advanced type of certificate perhaps, is the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and is perfectly suited for those who have decided flying to be their career option. For the acquisition of ATP certificate it is important that the pilot should have 1500 hours of logged flight time.
Thus, these are the various certificate types related to aviation and must not be confused with the ratings.