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Thinking Of Becoming A Pilot....  
User currently offlineGrrtvc From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 275 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2124 times:

I'm sure this has been posted before but none the less I want to know what it would take to become a commercial pilot or at the least a private pilot flying multi-engine jet aircraft.

First, without "cutting corners", what is the quickest, least expensive way to accomplish this?

Second, what are the physical requirements? Health, vision, etc....

I'm 27 and thinking of supplementing my career.

Thanks for your help.

GRRTVC

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User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2121 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

First, without "cutting corners", what is the quickest, least expensive way to accomplish this?

Simple, join the military and let uncle sam pay for all you flight training - however, I don't know what it's like in the US but here in the UK the chances of your application being successful are something like 1 in 1.5 million.

Second, what are the physical requirements? Health, vision, etc....

The requirements will vary depending on whether you want to fly commercially or otherwise, there are basic standards but there can be exceptions - I'm not all that clued up on the FAA way of doing things so someone who's more familiar will be able to give you a better idea.

I'm 27 and thinking of supplementing my career.

Some people might disagree with me, but in my opinion you'd better get a move on if you have any ambitions of flying for a living in the US - for some reason the American "system" seems to look unfavourably on candidates over the age of 30, probably due to the fact that progressing through the ranks in US aviation takes forever and a day, with some guys not making their first right seat for a major before they are 40 - here in Europe it's not uncommon to see a 25 year old captain of an A320,757/767 or even A330 with the charter airlines.

Regards,
Gordon.

[Edited 2004-03-22 17:26:05]


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