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9 Things To Do With Your New Pilot Certificate

If you just got your pilot certificate, you've opened the door to some awesome aviation activities and events around the country. Here are a few things you should do:

1) Make sure to enjoy your new pilot privileges before you jump right into more training. You're lucky to be able to fly nearly anywhere you want - take advantage of it!

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2) Lots of FBOs host fly-in breakfasts throughout the year - go to one.


3) Find a few pilots and organize a fly-in camping trip.

4) Make sure you have your state's aviation passport to build up stamps from visited airports - you can win free prizes like flight bags or leather bomber jackets.

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5) Add a tailwheel endorsement to work on your stick-and-rudder skills.

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6) Make a list of airports around your local area that you want to visit.


7) Pack a friend or two into the plane for a weekend trip.

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8) Hangar parties are always a good time.

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9) And now that you've enjoyed being a private pilot, start looking toward the clouds if you want to become an instrument pilot.


Congratulations on becoming a pilot and welcome to the club! We're happy you're a part of it with us.

Are you already a pilot? What are some things a newly licensed pilot should do?

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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