I am currently deployed with an Air Force active duty squadron to the Middle East as a classified information handler. I have always been very interested in aviation but flying so often around here has just sparked a bonfire of motivation to become a pilot. My goal is to become a pilot for a commercial airliner eventually flying wide bodies or heavies. With this in mind what would you recommend I do to achieve this goal the quickest as far as which or what type of schooling/training to get involved in.
So far I have 3 years left in the Air Force and I plan on attaining a bachelors degree by the time I am out. I also plan on using the $32000 Montgomery G.I. bill for training and I do posses a Top Secret:SCI clearance. I am 24 and also have 5 years of solid job experience with complex machinery.
I have seen a couple of pilot programs aimed at the potential aviation professional and the one that sparked my interest the most was Embry Riddles CAPT program for college graduates. It claims that each student will finish the program with approximately 550 hours of total flight experience in aircraft and flight simulation devices. In addition, you will receive 600 classroom contact hours of Aeronautical Academics and Ground School. From the 550 hours of total flight experience, a student will log approximately 300 hours as Pilot In Command/Dual Received of which 90 hours is logged in the Boeing MD
full-motion, Level D simulator.
It also says you can earn an FAA certified Captain's type rating in a Boeing MD
-90 Transport Jetliner, which validates airline employability and exceeds industry standards.
This program costs about $65,000. I have seen schools with similar claims but for about $30,000 but there is no MD
-90 rating and about 200 logable hours less.
Do you professional pilots think the Embry Riddle program would be a good way to get into the industry? Any help and info as to the best way to get my foot in the door and any stories of how you made it yourself would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much-
- Sorry if this topic has already been done, but I could not find a similar one with the search function.