Two accomplished pilots reveal what it takes to earn a license in recognition of National Aviation Week this week, Gretchen Metz writes. Ron Smith, a helicopter pilot for the Maryland State Police, had to "beg, borrow and steal" to log 2,000 hours of flight time in order to qualify for his job, he says. Meanwhile, a would-be pilot can expect to spend at least $7,000 to earn a new license, explains instructor Steve Fortin. "The sooner you get started, the better your chances," he advises.
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