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User currently offlineLanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 9
Posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1578 times:

Hi:

I was wondering if I am required to join the air force in order to become an airline pilot. Can I just get private training and then go on from there? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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User currently offlineMd88captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1544 times:

Major airline pilots come from both pure military and pure civilian backgrounds. Do your research and make your decision. Both paths have their respective pluses and minuses.

User currently onlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1529 times:
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It's the same with a mechanic. Some people join the Air Force and get their training there and some go to colleges that specify in it. The only thing is that if you research then you can make your decision. I am thinking about getting my pilot's licence and what I am doing is getting my training now at a private flight school and then when I get to college I can take off for flight training and cost in my tuition when I go.


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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1504 times:

I would recommend that if you take the civilian route (non air force) that you go to a University. You will learn more about aviation as a whole than just getting licenses from a private company. Do what you want and have fun Big grin


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User currently offlineLanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

Does anyone know of any good Universities for Pilot stuff?


User currently offlineDe727ups From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 814 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1424 times:

If you have other interests in addition to flying...it would be smarter to get a non-aviation degree from the college or university of your choice. The airlines do NOT care what your degree is in...just that you can check the box that says you have a BS/BA degree. A non-aviation degree gives you something to fall back on during hard times in the industry or if you lose your medical for some reason. Also, it could help you have a second job at something else you enjoy in addition to flying, as some flying jobs give you a lot of time off. The non-aviation route is cheaper, too, and you can train at any flight school.

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