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Question About Becoming A Pilot?  
User currently offlineCjp21 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 3104 times:

I have been surfing this site for some time and finally decided to join, so this is my first post. My question is in regards to becoming a pilot for a airline one day. I know with the shape of the aviation industry in the U.S. today that it is not a easy road at all and I know all the majors say either Bachelor's degree or college degree "highly desirable" most saying Bachelor's degree. I am attending a universtiy in the northeast at this current point and was curious if someone were to decide to get a Associate's degree verses a Bachelor's would it still be helpful for getting a job at the Airlines one day granting the state of the industry at that point and other factors. Any opinions are greatly appreciated (sorry about the long post but still new to this so ill learn to get out what i want to say with fewer words)  Cool

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User currently offlineSocalfive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

An Associates will push you lower to the regionals more than likely. Remember, it's not so much the degree or what the degree is in, it's the commitment to getting one and an Associates isn't too much of a commitment. Aside from that, what are you doing about flight training?

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22789 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

You'll need a bachelors, though it need not be in anything relating to aviation.


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User currently offlineCjp21 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

Flight training at this point would be limited to going to one of the local airports in Connecticut since that is were I live and go to school. I have looked into Danbury flight school, which is located at the local airport and was going to get my PPL through them and then just build up time and after school go to one of the major flight schools in the country, however if anyone had suggestions on what a good route to go is I would love to hear them. I was looking at AirSafety Flight Academy in the Pheonix area were alot of your training is done in the Cirrus S-22 but when looking for reviews on flight schools I have not had luck in located any student reviews who went there.

User currently offlineAircanada333 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

One thing you will need is for sure perseverance because just like you said, it is a very long and sometime difficult road.
Anyway......good luck in this long road!

Cheers! Benjamin  wave 

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User currently offlineDc10rules From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

I have a PPL and an associates in business. But like some previous posts suggest, a bachelors is the way to go to get a good entry level job.

Good luck and fly safe!

User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

What are your guys opinion on a Bachelor of Computer Science would that get you into a major in the us? with the appropriate hours?

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User currently offlineTurnit56N From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

An associate's will get you into most regionals. You'll most likely need a bachelor's to go into any major. So, if you ever plan on flying for a major airline it's often easier to get the bachelor's now and be done with it. Just be sure to get your degree in something besides "professional pilot" or whatever they call it.

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