Shawn Patrick
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Flight School Or Service Academy?

Tue Feb 20, 2001 6:15 am

This is a question mainly for current pilots. Which way would you recommend getting your schooling to become an airline pilot? A flight school, such as ERAU, or a service academy, such as USAF?

Which points should I consider?
Which route did you take?

Yes, I have read JetCareers.com through and through, but I would like some of your opinions.

Thanks!
 
Shawn Patrick
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RE: Flight School Or Service Academy?

Tue Feb 20, 2001 7:58 am

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Mit
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RE: Flight School Or Service Academy?

Tue Feb 20, 2001 9:16 am

The main considerations that come to my mind are money, risk and lifestyle.

Money: Private training is quite expensive ($25K+) and will probably have you in a low-status, low paying jobs for a number of years before making the majors. Military training is absolutely free with decent pay, great benefits and a superb college education thrown in. Your first civillian job will likely be with a major as well.

Risk: The military is a big commitment with no guarantees. If you lose your medical or washout, you're stuck with them for four years. Upside is that if you do make pilot, you have an excellent flying job that you can sit on until you choose to enter the civillian market. The civillian route has much more flexibility, less downside risk, and is more accomodating of medical problems or slow learning. Both routes offer a not insignificant risk of killing you in the process; don't know which is more dangerous, though.

Lifestlye: Military life can be hard. You go to combat survival school and eat kill-it-yourself raw rabbit. You're a soldier, they might send you to South Korea or an aircraft carrier. You also get to see the world and fly exciting airplanes. With civillian training you get to maintain whatever type of existence you like.

I could go on, but I need to learn about antibiotics.
Also, look into some middle route like ROTC.

Cheers,

Mit
 
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RE: Flight School Or Service Academy?

Tue Feb 20, 2001 10:21 am

one of the things that made me not join the military for flying was this...the military flies all of these cool planes. F-18's, F-15's, B-2 Bombers, and A-10's. But understand this...those airplanes are built for a specific purpose in WAR. When you enlist, you basically saying that for the good of your country, you will die. Another downside I saw was this...could you really live with yourself if you bombed a town or what not, and killed a whole bunch of innocent people? I couldn't do it man. Besides, you are bombing a country. That country possibly has an arsenal that can bring your plane down. Remember, T/O's should equal landings in aviation. You might take off from an A/C Carrier, but you might not return...
 
Shawn Patrick
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RE: Flight School Or Service Academy?

Tue Feb 20, 2001 10:26 am

Can't you fly cargo???
 
Mit
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RE: Flight School Or Service Academy?

Tue Feb 20, 2001 11:20 am

Yes, you can fly cargo, you can fly AWACS, you can ECM aircraft, you can fly tankers, you can fly special ops rescue helicopters (probably not what you're after, but it's an option.) All of those, helicopters excepted, are more airline type ops anyway.

But while "WEAPON" may have a pacifist streak, many people are clearly capable of taking on the role. And while the armed forces have at times killed innocent people and many of their own pilots, they also stopped Hitler and Hussein. Decide what's right for you
 
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Hold On A Minute...

Tue Feb 20, 2001 11:31 am

Whoa, hold on man. I am not taking a pacifist look at anything. I am taking a realistic look at this. Let me ask you this. If you are flying an AWACS, or a KC-135, are you telling me a Russina MiG won't shoot you down because you aren't in a fighter jet? All I was saying was that you can learn to fly w/o putting yourself in more danger than what already comes associated with flying period. I have nothing against military pilots. I think what they do is admirable. Me personally, do not see myself putting my life on the line for a country that will forget about me after I "crash & burned."