What I want to do when I become older is probably like a lot of you. My dream is to become a commercial airline pilot for a stable airline with decent pay. Hah, now I'm only 15 and a freshman in high school but it is really what I want to do. And it may seem like a have a lot of time to figure out what I want to do, but it really isn't.
They all advise you to know what you would like to do after high school so you can take the right classes and it makes it easier to figure out what college you want to go to. I know exactly what I want to do, but the more I think about it I realize I'm not sure how to get there.
I've heard of a billion different ways to become an airline pilot like going to a flight school and being hired by a regional airline to get started. Or going to an aeronautical university like Embry-Riddle. Or one of the most common, join the Air Force. I was sure I wasn't going to join the air force because of all the things you hear, especially with Iraq and everything. But then when I thought about going to a flight school and being hired at a regional airline, I didn't really like the idea of being paid 17,000 a year and flying tiny planes either.
And going to an aeronautical university can be pretty pricey.
So at this time, I am not sure on how I'm going to reach my dream. But you have no idea of how much I want it. I pretty much can't wait to leave high school and go on to do what I want to do. I haven't taken any flying lessons yet but I am looking into it, and maybe possibly next spring. Money becomes another factor for that division. I am now considering the possibility of joining the Air Force, but I have 3 years left to decide.
Anyway, I was looking for some advice on how to become an airline pilot. Because if it doesn't seem possible for me to get there, or if the job outlook doesn't improve, I'm not sure what else it is I'll do for a career because I am really passionate about flying.