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June 19, 2019 / By Fido Question:
i am 15 and i have aways been interested in airplanes, and i would like to fly them for a living.
the main thing that i would like to know is, what is the best way to becoming a pilot of any kind?
(hopefully a regional or major airline pilot after some years at other flying jobs)
is flight school or college a better route?
what classes should i be taking in high school?
any tips would be very appreciated
Dana | 1 day ago
There are multiple routes available to you to become a pilot. At 17 you can go to a private pilot training school, generally located at the airport and begin to take flying lessons or you can go the military route. Also you can locate a community college that offers the same sort of training. Keep in mind that these schools are very expensive. When all is said and done, you will have about $200,000 sunk into being an airline pilot. If you want to go the military route you will need to go to college, earn a degree and commission in order to apply for flight school in the military. There is no expense to you; in fact they pay to go! Also in college you may opt for a ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) program that earns your commission prior to graduation. The Army will let you fly as a Warrant Officer; all other branches require you to be a commissioned officer prior to entry into the flight training.
Airlines prefer the military option because the training is infinitely more extensive and demanding. These are the steps that you go through to get to the cockpit of an airliner via the military. Do not fall prey to the civilian flight school hype. Remember that there are few jobs available and that you will compete with ex-military aviators whose qualifications are infinitely better than yours. The poorest performing military jet trainer has an infinitely higher level of performance the best civilian propeller-powered aircraft. For-profit schools such as ERAU and others do not get you a better quality of flight education, can't guarantee you a job and they are the most expensive. Last week an ERAU grad asked how to get into the military flight schools because after sending out applications and having interviews he discovered that not only was he still unemployed, but worse, he was " unemployable". Airlines were not only unimpressed with his ERAU training, but actually scornful of it. I never met a Navy pilot who attended a civilian flight "academy". According to a CBS 60 Minutes report, for-profit schools have the highest student loan default rate because their education is so substandard that the students can't find a job. 'Nuf said. Get your degree in any field other than one related to aviation. When flying jobs go south, they take the entire industry with it. According to BOAC, they could furlough every pilot they current employ and replace them all out of the applications they have now, plus there would still be still be few dozen left overs. Give you a clue?
If you are considering starting flight training prior to having your degree, don't start. If you are already flying prior to having your degree, stop. If you are going the civilian route, start flying after college and schedule your lessons as close together as possible. That way you avoid reviewing which costs the same as instructional flying. The military has students fly at least once a day and twice on the day of a scheduled night hop. Football teams have 2 practice sessions a day prior to the season opener for the exact same reason. No review.
For military flight school openers you must be a 4-year college graduate, graduate from Officer Candidate School (OCS) or some other officer entry program; i.e. AFROTC or NROTC, USAFA, USNA, USMA. You must be in nearly perfect health with at least 20/20 vision and no color-blind issues, at least 5'6" tall and no visible tattoos. Then you apply for flight school, graduate at or near the top of your class and the service must have an available slot in the jet program. So far, so good. Then you must learn to fly the particular aircraft that you are assigned, then learn to fly combat missions, day and night, good weather or bad, and then get the bird back to base (if you do all of this in the Navy you return to the most demanding part of the mission - landing on the aircraft carrier). You can plan on roughly 6 years between the start of college and completing the program. Then you must complete your obligated length of service (8 years - total. 6 -active, 2 - reserves) in the military. If it were easy, anybody could do it. Then go to the airlines and apply.
Originally Answered: To all you amazing pilots out there?
Start now! Take flying lessons to get your private pilot's license. Also, save your money! Lessons are expensive; about $200/lesson, and you need quite a few of them. See if there are any programs in your city to help out. My high school had a magnet program for pilots, or try CAP (Civil Air Patrol) or even a Venture Scout Crew (through the Boy Scouts, but it's co-ed) that may have a focus on flying. Learn all you can about planes. Read books, watch videos. Also start studying for your written exam. You can take a class for that, or you can buy books and do it on your own. Always keep your goal in mind. No matter how hard it is, just remember that one day YOU WILL BE A PILOT!!! And have fun! That's the most important thing! If you don't have fun with it, it's pointless! Good luck, and feel free to e-mail me if you have any other questions!
Originally Answered: To all you amazing pilots out there?
Get a 4-year degree with emphasis on science, electronics, physics or math and join the Navy, USAF or USMC after being guaranteed a slot for flight training.
There are at least a dozen if not 20 similar questions available in the last 3 or 4 days here - We get that question "how to become a pilot" and the answers are always the same - that civilian training is expensive, and you are better to join the military - Finally that there are many many candidates to become airline pilots, and very few openings -
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