Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Pilot

Save time and learn what it takes to become a pilot.
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Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (33 ratings)
921 students
1hr 30min of on-demand video
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Pick the right flight school from the start with these industry-insider tips.
Learn how you can save thousands while getting your pilot license.
Find out how long it takes on average to get your license.
Free advice from a former Flight School President.


  • No pre-requisites to take this course.


Whether it is for fun or as a career, becoming a pilot is many people’s lifelong dream.

Understanding what it takes to become a pilot is not easy. There’s a lot of new vocabulary to learn, unknown costs, and decisions that you need to make. Making the wrong decision can be costly, extend your training, or derail you entirely.

That’s why we put together this course. We answer all the typical questions future pilots ask us daily. We tell you what you can expect from the start, how to choose a flight school, why old aircraft may not be bad for training, the different pilots certificates, an explanation of medical certificates, and much more, without sugar coating or wrong expectations.

You will learn how quickly training can be completed realistically, the difference between part 61 and part 141, some tips to choose a flight school and save money, whether or not you need to be a US Citizen, the various type of aircraft available to train, how to stay current once you receive your certificate, whether you should buy or rent an aircraft, and how to get started.

The course is taught by a former flight school executive and flight instructor, who has guided thousands of students on how to become a pilot.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in learning what it takes to become a pilot.


Flight Instructor, Commercial Pilot, Drone Pilot
Greg Reverdiau
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 3,847 Reviews
  • 13,855 Students
  • 17 Courses

Hi, I'm Greg or Professor R as my students call me. 

I am an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Commercial Pilot, and Remote Pilot. I am the founder of Pilot Institute, one of the largest and fastest-growing online aviation training companies in the country.

In the last 20 years, I have worked for two of the biggest aeronautical universities in the country (managing flight training programs of up to 500 students and 50 aircraft) and in teaching roles as a professor. I am the co-founder of Pilot Institute, one of the leading online training platform for drone and airplane pilots.

I enjoy teaching both in the classroom and online as well as sharing my knowledge using newer technology. When I don't teach, I'm an avid long-distance runner in the beautiful mountains surrounding Prescott, AZ. 

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