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What can I do to become a Pilot?

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Dchoi, Sep 1, 2013.

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  1. Dchoi

    Dchoi New Member

    Sep 1, 2013
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    So I'm new to all this, So I want to start off with a couple questions. I am a senior in High school by the way.
    1) Is joining the Air force very beneficial to becoming a commercial or airline pilot?
    2) If so what can I do to guide myself into that path?
    3) Does every college provide ROTC?
    4) How can I become a commissioned pilot
    5) Are there other ways to become an airline or commercial pilot of any sort
  2. HeWantsTheBFE

    HeWantsTheBFE USAFA Class of 2017

    Feb 1, 2013
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    1) Probably, yes. It means it costs less for the airlines to train you, a big plus. Plus having experience helps.

    2) USAFA, private pilots license, ROTC, CAP, or even getting a job at a local airport. Anything to be around aircraft. Colleges like Embry-Riddle also gear towards that sort of thing, if money isnt the issue.

    3)Nope. Especially not USAF ROTC. Generally that's pretty easy to find out though. Any ones in particular you were thinking about?

    4) Get a college degree, become and officer (USAFA, ROTC, or OTS), and then get into flight school. Good grades help. A lot.

    5) Yes. Civilian aviation schools, private pilots licenses, and stuff like CAP can all be beneficial. But in the end, it's all about getting in the plane and into flight school. WIth the upcoming mandatory retirements of airlines pilots aged 65+ (vietnam era pilots) you should be in a pretty good position for a commercial job if you set yourself up right.
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    kp2001 10-Year Member

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