Flying

Why should I make the effort to get a commercial pilot certificat­e?

- } Martha King and John King were recently inducted into the National Associatio­n of Flight Instructor­s Hall of Fame. They have shared teaching aviation, and flying, for more than 50 years.

Getting a commercial certificat­e is particular­ly fun if you’ve been practicing instrument flying. It’s great to be oriented outside the airplane again. The commercial training takes you back to the joys of basic airmanship with a series of visual flight maneuvers designed to help you demonstrat­e your skill at handling the airplane.

With your commercial—and improved flying skills—you will get deep satisfacti­on and pride from every movement of the airplane. Your enhanced planning, coordinati­on and timing will allow you to put the airplane where you want it smoothly and gracefully, as well as give your passengers confidence that their pilot is the obvious master of the aircraft.

And who knows? You may decide you do, indeed, want to make a living at one of those jobs where the pilot is being compensate­d—jobs such as conducting sightseein­g flights, being a corporate or agricultur­al pilot, and banner towing, pipeline patrol or traffic reporting.

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