The Paths to Becoming a Commercial Pilot

By: York Galland

Commercial pilots have various paths to licensure. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that commercial pilots hold at least a private pilot certificate, pass a knowledge exam, demonstrate skills in a practical flying test, and accrue a set amount of flying experience, depending on the type of aircraft and commercial class rating desired. Those interested in becoming a commercial pilot must therefore first obtain their private pilot license by attending a flight school or seeking an equivalent form of training. These schools may also offer training for operating a smaller commercial aircraft. To learn how to fly jets and passenger airliners, potential pilots must generally attend one of the few schools that specialize in advanced pilot education. Most of these schools are found in the southern states, where pilots in training may fly in good conditions all year. Those who wish to fly passenger airliners for a major company often must complete that airline’s proprietary flight school.

Cost hinders a number of people from obtaining their pilot’s license at any level, since school tuition has become very high. For those unable to make such a large investment, the Air Force offers a free way of learning how to fly many different types of aircraft. Since the service will have paid for the newly minted pilot’s education, he or she must fly with the Air Force for a set number of years. Afterward, the pilot possesses the education and experience necessary for flying several commercial aircraft and would need to take only a few short courses to learn how to operate other commercial planes.

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As Chief Executive Officer of US Sports, LLC in Provo, Utah, York Galland commands a global health and fitness product firm with offices in the United States and China. Since November 2008, York Galland has proven an integral member of US Sports, LLC, directing the entire range of company operations in his role as CEO. Under York Galland’s stewardship, US Sports, LLC has enjoyed unprecedented expansion and increased visibility through partnerships with several American and international sports legends, including NBA all-stars Josh Smith, Tracy McGrady, and Dennis Scott. At US Sports, LLC, York Galland has employed a number of successful strategies to sell and market its Adult Protein, Power Protein, and Power Burn health products. Prior to his position with US Sports, LLC, York Galland served as Chief Executive Officer for the Kingsley Management Corp in Provo, Utah. From May 1996 to June 2009, York Galland performed as a key player on the executive team at Kingsley Management Corp, where he oversaw the efficient management of his firm’s low-income properties and mobile home communities. During his time with Kingsley Management Corp, York Galland assisted in company growth, with operations in 8 states and an employment roster in excess of 200 individuals. Accomplishing various objectives throughout the course of his tenure at Kingsley Management Corp, York Galland positioned the firm as one of the industry leaders in affordable, low-income property management. York Galland launched his career as a business executive upon completion of his M.B.A. at the Provo, Utah-based Marriott School of Management (Brigham Young University). Finishing at the top of his graduate class, York Galland demonstrated his proficiency as a student and future business executive. York Galland also earned his B.A. in English in 1994 from Brigham Young University, where he took undergraduate coursework in business management and literature.