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)
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?
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.
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.
Aviation is not so much a profession as it is a disease.