Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2591 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5328 times:
Well, first, get a college education. The major doesnt matter, you can go into anything, engineering, education, business, whatever.
There are generally two routes pilots take to get to the majors:
I believe, to fly fixed-wing aircraft in all branches of the U.S. military you must be an officer. So, you can go through ROTC in college, as I plan to do, or enlist, go to college on that branch's tab, get a commission in OCS, whatever, there are many ways of earning your commission. If you go, lets say ROTC in college, do well within your unit, obviously your grades must be high, and then apply for aviation when the time for duty selecting comes around. (Forgive me, I know not the crrect term). In primary flight training you learn the basics of flying, and if you do well there you move on the the next level where the training gets more advanced. Keep doing well in your training and hopefully you will have the ability to fly jets or turboprops for the military. Build your time in them, serve your country, and if/when you geet out, apply for the airlines.
The civillian route:
Generally takes more money, but just start flying, can be with a school or on your own, like I am now, with an instructor, and you just build your ratings and time. Eventually you can apply to commuter airlines and get the necessary requirements for the majors done there, or fly corporate jets, and so on, there are broad ways of doing things here. Again, once you meet thge requirments, apply to the majors!
Most importantly, never give up! There is nothing like flying! See you in the skies someday.
Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6197 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5263 times:
It isn't easy, but if it's something you want to do, and you don't have any obvious limitations which would preclude you such as being blind), you can do it. Just keep pressing and pressing and don't listen to all the naysayers who try telling you it's impossible because there are 20+ people for every opening. It can be done if you do what it takes.
A monkey can fly an airplane. Try to become a well-rounded person and somebody that people can get along with.
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Nwairlinkfo From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 54 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5132 times:
Excellent advice by the previous posters....You really need to have the attitude that you will prevail over everyone else. Believe me, if you have the right attitude and drive, you WILL succeed...there are plenty out there that don't have the drive or the courage to push through all the set-backs. Good luck to you and don't let anyone tell you that it is not possible....because it IS!!