What to Expect from Flight Training! When You Want to Become a Commercial Pilot

The Overall Process of Flight Training and Obtaining Pilot Certificates Explained (The Pilot Career Series Book 2)

Non-Fiction - Occupational
248 Pages
Reviewed on 03/10/2020
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Author Biography

Vesa Turpeinen is a longtime aviator, corporate airline pilot, and flight instructor. He is the former Chief Flight Instructor of the Chaoyang Flight College of CAUC (Civil Aviation University of China) and MBA graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, Florida). Vesa grew up in Helsinki, Finland, and currently resides in Hangzhou, China.

A personal message from the author:

“Many people have dreamed about learning to fly and becoming a pilot. The prevailing thought always seems to be that it is out of reach of most people by being too expensive and difficult to accomplish.

I wanted to write this book to help many aspiring pilots realize that becoming a pilot is actually not that difficult. I believe just about anyone could begin their journey to becoming a commercial aircraft pilot if they really wanted to. Also, while flight training is expensive, you might be surprised how many ways there are to finance your training.

I have been involved in aviation for over twenty years, and I have a lot of experience flying for a living. In this book I try to cover all the positive and negative sides of a pilot’s career, so you can make a well-informed decision whether it’s a good career choice for you. If, after reading about the negative sides of pilot life, you still want to become a pilot, I will tell you how to get started.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

What to Expect from Flight Training! When You Want to Become a Commercial Pilot is written by Vesa Turpeinen. If you have ever considered a career in any field of aeronautics but didn't know what to expect, then this guidebook is for you. The book breaks down every aspect of training and technical jargon into manageable and easy to understand language along with actionable steps. From gaining your student pilot certificate to becoming a flight instructor, you will learn the application requirements and what to expect throughout the training process. As well as learning about each stage of the training process, the author also shares his personal aviation experiences. Each challenge you may face throughout the process is covered, with solutions and different options available to you. Whether you are planning a career as a cargo pilot, flight instructor, or simply want to fly for fun, this book will cover everything you need to know.

What to Expect from Flight Training! When You Want to Become a Commercial Pilot by Vesa Turpeinen is an extensive aviation guidebook written by an experienced pilot who shares his experiences in simple terms. I found the advice and information throughout the book very encouraging and inspirational. The author not only covers every stage of the training from the practical to technical, but there is also recommended reading and advice to prepare yourself before training commences. The book is filled with free downloads, links to websites and personal stories. Reading this book is the next best thing to having a personal mentor by your side and will give you a really good foundation of knowledge. I believe reading this book before you commence training will really help build your confidence. I imagine anyone thinking of a career in aviation would save a great deal of time and money by reading this book. The author has backed up everything with statistics, which makes this a very credible read.

K.C. Finn

What to Expect from Flight Training! When You Want to Become a Commercial Pilot is a work of non-fiction which gives a realistic account of the flight training process, and was penned by author Vesa Turpeinen. Written as the second volume in The Pilot Career Series of guidebooks, this volume seeks to tackle ‘The Overall Process of Flight Training and Obtaining Pilot Certificates Explained’, after the first book advised prospective pilots on how to select and prepare for their flight school. Now, we delve into the complexities of actually attending training, getting a license, and moving from a companion and a trainee into the world of solo flight for the first time.

Author Vesa Turpeinen really advocates for the training of more pilots in order to combat the predicted global shortage in years to come, and that passion and enthusiasm are deeply ingrained in this concise yet fully informative guidebook. Having read the first volume a little while ago, I was keen to learn more about the real experience of flight school and what is expected of commercial airline pilots, and the book did not disappoint me. The organization of the content was excellent and there are many extensive topics covered, all with an enthused and informative narrative style that is sure to inspire young people to take the plunge and begin their training. Overall, What to Expect from Flight Training! When You Want to Become a Commercial Pilot delivers everything it promises in a friendly and high professional package.

Ruffina Oserio

What to Expect from Flight Training! When You Want to Become a Commercial Pilot: The Overall Process of Flight Training and Obtaining Pilot Certificates Explained is book two in The Pilot Career Series by Vesa Turpeinen. This handbook is designed to prepare readers for their commercial pilot training. It is very savvy and filled with valuable and need-to-know information for readers. In this self-help book, the author provides tips on how to effectively prepare for the training, what to expect, and how to get the mindset that leads to success in the training. The book answers questions related to the contents of the training with its core objectives, what is required to get a Pilot License, the exams needed to complete and how to prepare for them, the certificates and ratings that professional pilots are supposed to have, and a lot more.

What to Expect from Flight Training! When You Want to Become a Commercial Pilot is written in an exciting style with easy-to-understand language that creates the desire to know more in readers. It is very informative, filled with nuggets of thoughts and the kind of inspiration that pushes the reader to want to take the course for pilots. The book is well-researched and the author provides interesting information about the market. While this book doesn’t provide details of what happens during flight training, it does set the right expectations for readers. Readers will find what they need to become commercial pilots and to start flying in less than a year. Vesa Turpeinen brings a lot of expertise and training to this book and provides readers with what they need to know and do to effectively complete their flight training.

Stefan Vucak

Vesa Turpeinen’s first book, Learn to Fly and Become a Pilot outlines the basics of flying. What to Expect from Flight Training! clearly explains the various certificates a person needs to start and advance his pilot training to becoming a pilot. Beginning with the student pilot certificate, the author smoothly progresses through other steps a person requires in a career path to becoming a professional airline pilot. The most challenging component of becoming a pilot is obtaining the private pilot certificate, as this initiates the person’s training, finishing with a solo flight. During this phase, a person will discover if flying is the right career path for him. At first glance, the wealth of information a student pilot must remember appears daunting, and there is a lot to absorb, but these are essential components to becoming a pilot. However, with progressive training, the subject matter can be absorbed … if the person really wants to become a competent pilot. Navigation, communication, and instrument flight training are critical skills a student pilot must master before obtaining a commercial pilot certificate – understandably enough.

From general pilot training requirements, Vesa Turpeinen describes in detail the program that ends up with a student pilot’s first solo flight. An experience to be feared, welcomed, and emotionally a most rewarding milestone. This establishes a foundation for advanced flight training: night flights, navigation, cross-country flights, and instrument flying, perhaps the most stressful aspects of pilot training, and a mandatory skill if a student has any aspirations to become an airline pilot. Once the pilot has completed this program of basic training, he can advance to flight instructor, multi-engine aircraft, and jets. The final step is obtaining the airline transport pilot license. Although not all pilots want a commercial airline career, this certificate opens many corporate opportunities. Vesa Turpeinen’s writing is fluid, succinct, easy to read, and the information is presented in logical steps gained from decades of flying experience. What to Expect from Flight Training! is a valuable reference guide for anyone wanting to become a pilot. I enjoyed reading this book and I learned a lot.

Christian Sia

What to Expect from Flight Training! When You Want to Become a Commercial Pilot: The Overall Process of Flight Training and Obtaining Pilot Certificates Explained is the second book in The Pilot Career Series by Vesa Turpeinen, a book that offers unfiltered and professional advice on how to successfully complete training and land a job as a commercial pilot. While the book doesn’t provide details on the course materials, it gives readers what they need to know about the training, from preparations to developing the right mindset, to locating the right resources and success tools, to successfully completing the training and getting certified. Sprinkled with real-life examples and facts from the author’s own experience, this book comes across as expert advice required to succeed.

Vesa Turpeinen provides information that is absolutely useful to readers and more. Readers will find information about the commercial aviation market and the possibilities of quickly landing a job. Vesa Turpeinen comes across as an expert coach on aviation and the writing speaks directly to the reader, helping them identify what they need and how to address that need. From effectively handling resources to locating the cost-effective program, to dealing with practicalities related to the training and developing techniques that ensure success, Vesa Turpeinen makes it easy for readers. What to Expect from Flight Training! is a pre-training guide packed with wisdom, inspiration, and actionable steps that will make the training easy and fun. The book is well-written and in language that is devoid of jargon. A highly recommended guide for anyone considering flight training.