Private Pilot on application?

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  1. USNA2017??

    USNA2017?? Member

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    How much leverage will this give me on my application? I plan on becoming a marine pilot, but they wont know that till senior year. Will it still be a big boost on my application or just equal to another ECA?? Thanks
     
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    My son (Class of 2010) had his private pilots license when applying - did help - who knows - he will tell you it is just another EC.

    Here was the profile from the class of 2010 - one sheet shows typical activities. http://www.usnapcga.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=20&Itemid=29

    One thing to keep in mind - you will not have time to fly once at USNA. He had no time Plebe year, Youngster year, and very little second class year. For those that choose Navy or Marine Pilot - you will get some flight time first class year during second semester. Those with their license, although probably not current, do not get included - thus my son is looking at paying for flight time rather than getting it paid for through the Academy. Although he met a goal of getting his private license while still in high school - he will tell you that it is of little value when it comes to the Academy.

    Also he will tell you to remember - the Navy and Marine Corp are going to teach you to Fly the Navy and Marine Corp way...
     
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    Thanks, I'm a freshman and was hoping that it would have more weight in the application. As for the navy/marine way, my dad's a former-USMC pilot. He's also my instructor :thumb:
     
  4. Capt MJ

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    It certainly can't hurt, and demonstrates commitment toward a professional skill.

    As for having time to fly on the pp license, as with any hobby or pursuit that takes travel to and from, special equipment and time, such as flying, surfing, kayaking and other activities occasionally queried on this forum, it can be done while at an SA, but it will be a challenge.

    We've had a couple of our sponsor sons and daughters have their licenses before coming to USNA. Some didn't fly at all but tried to get some hops in while at home on leave. We had two who made a commitment, when they had more time as youngsters (sophomores), to pool resources and get out on Sunday afternoons to fly. They successfully obtained instrument and other advanced certifications. Of course, this was on their own dime, and they weren't varsity/club athletes or overloaded with other extra-curricular activities. It took single-minded dedication and financial dieting. One went Navy air, the other Marine air. They impressed everyone when they rented a plane to go on spring break down to NC beaches.
     
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    It's definitely not my only ECA and i plan on doing some varsity sports at USNA so i might not want to/be able to keep it current, but thanks for the replies.
     
  6. asicsrunner77

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    usna is a d1 school so even playing one varsity sport would be hard
     
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    Then i'll take the "s" out.:biggrin:
     

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