Crown wrote:I was just wondering what I could do to prepare in the time from now.
I'm from Canada, so I don't know what the equivalent European publications would be, but you will have to get textbooks. I lucked out because am so obsessed with aviation (some would quite correctly say this is a curse), that I read them for fun. I looked forward to bowel movements because I would have my textbooks in the washroom ready for me to read for crying out loud. That gave me so much more of a boost than flightsim that you could not plot them on the same graph. My advice is to go to a flight school and tell them your ambitions, ask them what you will need to learn and learn it before you are required to be tested on it. Go do your ground school NOW! Get your radio operators license NOW! Basically my train of thought is remove any potential roadblocks to your ambition ASAP. I saw students who were brilliant fliers, but in the mix of going to high school and flying, they neglected their theory. They passed their PPL, but only then started to prepare for their theory test. It set one individual back almost a year as they were trying to get into a high level university and could not invest the time to study for high school and flying at the same time.
You are young, and unless they make kids different than they did when I was born, you are gonna be looking at trying to advance your social life and dare I say "chase tail." This WILL be a distraction no matter what. Its something that everyone deals with, but prepare for it. Yes they might be attractive now, but when you are retired are you going to say "I'm so glad I got with that woman when I was 17 even though I lost interest with her when I turned 18" or "I'm so glad I took an hour or two a night to study and I flew for a living"?
Playing flightsim is (in my opinion) a great way to appreciate your interest in aviation, but it should be done after you have set your life trajectory properly. Don't play flightsim when you could be doing something to advance your real life flying career.
Edited to give respect to mmo - I forgot about the medical. GO GET YOUR MEDICAL