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How Do You Become A Pilot? What Do You Do  
User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 9
Posted (16 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3369 times:

I am seriously thinking about becoming an airline pilot... I have heard the figures that they are paid... and I have loved planes since I was 3 now I am 14. Tell me when do you go to flight school?? What do you study in college?? When do you go to college?? in general, what is the overall process

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User currently offlinePT-BRA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3311 times:

I'm a private pilot and in August I'm going to the Comair Academy(Delta Connection) to finish up my career.
The first thing that you shold do is finish High School or on your last year of high school you join a pilot school on the airport that is closest to your home, to get your private license. Than after that you will find out about a lot of different ways to get to the big airlines, and if that is what you really want take one of those and go for it. Right now in the USA you are not required to have any college to get into the big airlines, but if you can go to one do not think twice about it.
I can tell you that even as a private pilot you can have a lot of fun, flying to cities near by, and going to places where you did not even knew that an airport was there.
Don't give up your idea of becomonig a pilot.

User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (16 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3290 times:

I think I will go to College just in case. It is good to have also a formal education from a college before heading into the world. Maybe some business+economics, then some physics and engineering. Cool though... I am 15 min away from Flight Safety in Vero Beach, Florida!  

User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (16 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3270 times:

Are there any captains that can give me some more insight into what the process is like say from AA, DL, BA, TWA or some other major US carrier? thanx

User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (16 years 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3270 times:

Yiannis, haven't a formal education isn't always a good thing to do. I just graduated with an economics degree and jobs just aren't coming. University ain't all its cracked up to be.

User currently offlinePilotmanjoe From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (16 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

You are right in saying that most major airlines don't require a degree, but most consider it a major plus in the hiring process. I am graduating Embry-Riddle Aeronautical in August, with a degree in aeronautical science. While the school is not cheap, it does have education and training that are second to none. Most new commercial pilots are getting their hours by flight instructing, while some still take the military route. While hour requirements vary among the majors, most regional carriers are starting with pilots between 1000-1500 hours. While there are many roads to take on the trip to becoming a commercial pilot, I would definietely say that getting a college education is the best start.

User currently offlineFlywithken From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (16 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3254 times:

Heres what i would do. COLLEGE!!! The only way otherwise to get on with and airline is to go through the military. You can major in anything...Underwater basketweaving if you want.  

If you only opt for the two year degree than the regionals, such as Horizon airlines, Mesa, and other "turboprop airlines" will look at you, but not necessarily hire you, depending on your flight qualifications. If you have a four year degree then you are definately ahead of the rat race. I recommend doing your flight training while or after you do college. Look in to schools like Sierra School of Aeronautics. You can get your degree while going through a program that will take you from zero to ATP in, like, 30 months. Then if you complete their training they Guarantee you an interview with American and Continential. Even in if you dont get hired on with those, you have a name behind your degree that will be widely accepted nationally. There are other schools out there too like Sierra. Just whatever you do dont assume that you will get a job without a degree. Airlines want to see an attitude of dont give up or try and get thing the easy way. If you dont have a degree, you better know someone that will gove you and "in", otherwise they wont even look at you.

Training is expensive but take out loans, You will have a long time to pay them back and you will make to miney back quickly wil and airline job.

Let me know if you have any other questions, comments, or anything like that.


User currently offlineJsheldon From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (16 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

I have the privledge of knwoing a few airline pilots, some small jets, and one 757 captain for Continental. He suggested to me (I'm now age 16) that I should go to college, and kill two birds with one stone. So in otherwords, majoring in Flight Operations, I will being gaining school credits towards my degree, while still earning my pilots license (private, commercial with instrument and multi addons) and paying one price. Much cheaper then going to college, and then a seperate flight school. I am planning to attend SUNY Farmingdale in New York after highschool. Then, upon graduation, a course at Flight Safety International at La Guardia and sign up for their 'New Hire Program' where they match up your qualifications to hiring commuter airlines. Personally, I would prefer short haul flights over longer ones, say maybe Florida to New York, because I think I'd get bored on long haul flights all day, thus taking the fun out of flying. So I wouldnt mind woking for a regional airline for awhile, racking up hours, then someday applying to a major. Thats just what I'd do. Many colleges offer professional pilot prgrams, and more than just Flight Safety offers these new hire programs. Gulfstream Intl in Fort Lauderdale trains you in the Beech 1900, then lets you fly for their airline. So look around. Read some magazines, and good luck!

User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (16 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

Sorry I have so many questions   but this is really a big decision... I really want to work as a Commercial Airline Pilot (like for United or Delta) but eventually do like Transatlantic and flights into Europe and Asia. But I was wondering what are some good colleges that offer these programs?... Also in College I want to take some Business and Economics courses as a fall back plan just in case being a pilot does not work. I will also take 4yrs of intense French and continue French in College is this good?

User currently offlinePurdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (16 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

Hi, Olympic -

I am a sophomore in the flight program at Pudue Universit, and I would very highly reccommend it. The Univrsity is great, and we have an exellent flight department. After our new fleet of Warriors is delivered in August, we will have 20 trainers, including 14 Piper Warrir IIIs, 4 Piper Arrows, and 2 Beechcraft Duchesses. Additionally we have 2 Beech King Air turboprops and a Beechjet 400A, each of which has a Purdue student flying every flight. Additionally, since you have expressed an interest in business and economics, I will mention that Purdue's Krannert School of Management is one of the top rated business schools in the nation, and we have a ery popular option for a minor in management. If yu have any questions about Purdue, feel free to ask them here or to e-mail me, and I'll share any information I can.

User currently offlineFlywithken From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (16 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3223 times:

OLYMPIC A-340, have i got the answer for you.

You can major in what i am majoring in. Aviation managment. It is basically a busniess degree with an emphisis in flying. It is the coolest. You can fly and have a busniess degree to fall back on...that is exactly what i had in mind when i began this major. There are lots of schools out there who offer the degree...Embry Riddle is one that come to mind (however they call the degree Managment of technical operations...same degree though) You can look into them or find a place closer to home...Where are you from? I may be able to recommend a few schools closer to home. Also look in Flight training magazine. In the back they have a few pages of schools.

Gotta run... Let me know i f you have any more questions


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