Hope this is in the right forum - haven't posted something in quite some time.
I'm sure (in fact I know) that this topic has been discussed to death before on some of these forums but felt that any direct contribution from some of you would be far more useful to me than simply reading (or perhaps trawling is better) through the search database to come up with a situation similar to mine.
I would very much like to learn to fly for a major Airline someday in the distant future, though the longer I put off thinking about how I'm going to achieve my career goal, the further away that dream seems to sail.
I'm pretty sure I would be able to get a first class medical and know this is a crucial first step before undertaking anything else. I say pretty sure because I passed the Royal Air Force Medical (stage 1) required for flight crew training during my brief stint in the Reserves. My eyesight checked out fine, as did hearing and all else and my records from the Doc appeared ok aswell. I plan to get (pay) for my medical sometime next year.
I often hear its better to train in the USA than over here (UK) primarily for reasons associated with cost and weather and so am mainly enquiring about training within the US only. I have a small amount of flying experience in Gliders and powered aircraft (Grob 'Tutor', about 23 hours), but am unsure as to whether this will help in the long run. I'm currently in my last year of my degree (History) at University and will (presumably) graduate next June. After hearing from pilots all round that its useful having a degree in something non-aviation related due to furloughing in one's career, I decided to do a History degree.
I was planning to work for a few years after graduation to save up to pay for all my ratings in one go (after having had the experience with the RAF of having huge gaps, often more than a month during the earlier stages of training, I know how important it is that I do all my ratings in one go, one after the other to reduce the difficulty and stress).
After having read some posts on here about the prices involved with University flight-training programs in the US, I'm inclined to go for some other alternative programs, though I know very little of such programs other than the University flight training ones which you pay massively for alongside a degree, of which I will soon already have. Out of interest, does anyone know what sort of grades or qualifications some of these Aeronautical Universities are looking for? Are there any pre-requisites for gaining entry to their course? Is perhaps a different sort of program or course better suited to my situation.
As you can tell I really don't know the best approach for my situation - perhaps someone would be kind enough to point me in the right direction. I have done some research (mainly online) and come away with much information that often doesn't apply directly to my circumstances. Any replies to this post are much appreciated - thanks for your time!
O. Troth (biggles)