Ag92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5536 times:
What universities would be considered good for Aviation Management degrees, Pilots and Aeronautical Engineers and how do we actually get to the positions - like what all do you have to take and how long before you can actually become one of those
EIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 1175 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5391 times:
Im not sure f this is the place to ask this but it seems like some of you guys may have the answers so I'll give it a shot.
I have always wanted to be a professional pilot and investigated it last year but decided that the cost involved (about 70k euro) was too high. Since then however I have kept thinking of it and think its something I should do. I am looking for some reccomendations for a good flying school where I can go from zero to fully rated. Preferably I would like some kind of a structured course & would prefer to be based in or near a decent sized city!! On a side note, would it be preferable to get some kind of education in aviation management also, and if so is there some kind of course where I could do both?
Sorry for all the questions
Thanks in advance
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2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8957 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5369 times:
Quoting Ebs757 (Reply 13): Thats kind of a turn off since I get to fly for free, my mom works for AA.
UND, Riddle, etc are great if you want to eat, sleep, and breathe aviation. It will be four years of airplanesairplanesairplanesairplanesairplanes....
If you'd like a more varied (some say balanced) education, schools like Western Michigan offer a more traditional 'college' experience. Lots of communication and management classes, for example, take place on campus among other student groups.
Don't get me wrong - I love aviation as much as anyone, but at WMU, I really enjoyed occasionally being surrounded by discussions that didn't involve airplanes.
P.S. - On a semi-related note - When I interned at a major US airline, I discovered something rather interesting. With the very occasional exception, the experienced pilots, instructors, and check-airmen tend to view interns who talk about aviation 24/7 as pretty dull and uninteresting. Get into the habit of striking up conversations about golf, politics, music, current events, etc, and suddenly, you're the cool intern with whom they enjoy spending time.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 11166 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5359 times:
You mentioned engineering, and let me say as an engineer that the most common degree to have when working in aviation as an engineer is actually Mechanical Engineering. Aeronautical engineering and electrical engineering are also very common. If you choose to go that route, be prepared to work very hard for your undergraduate degree. The good thing though is that a bachelors is usually all you need to get into the field. Any school is good enough. Choose one that is well known for engineering and excel at it. US News and World Report is a good starting point. I went to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and now work at Boeing. It all depends on what you want to do. I get to work around airplanes all day in a factory, and love it. However engineering can be a tough road that isn't always that fun. I know tons of people that started engineering degrees and eventually decided that they would either get a different degree or move out of engineering once they graduated.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!