What are the main steps to becoming a pilot?

We’re often asked about flight training, how long does it take, why does it take so long, and wondering what the path is to becoming a pilot. Below is a picture with the 3 main sections of flight training. The pre-solo section is the bulk of the training you will spend your time in. Remember: by the time you fly by yourself for the first time, you will basically have become a pilot-your flight instructor must ensure you are safe and can keep yourself safe given any number of scenarios that may happen during your flight.