Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sky Dreams

Have you ever considered a career as a pilot?

Here are some basics about the requirements:

You may take flying lessons at age 18, and with 40-60 hours of flight time obtain a pilot's license; however, if you plan to become a pilot as a career, flying passenger planes or other types of planes, the requirements become more stringent:

You must have a 4 year degree, preferably but not exclusively in Aviation. You must also.....

  • Obtain a 1st Class Medical Certificate from an FAA medical center
  • You must get your private pilot's license first
  • Then you must be certified in commercial and instrumentation flight
  • Complete the certified flight instructor rating
  • Then, begin working at a flight school
  • Work on your multi-engine Certified Flight Instructor rating
  • Airlines that fly passengers typically require you to have 3000 hours or more of flying experience
  • The first 1 to 5 years you will be a flight engineer
  • After flight engineer, you may advance to 1st Officer
  • After 5 to 15 years as a 1st Officer, you may be promoted to Captain, also depends on seniority
  • Captains must be experienced in night flying as well as 'instrument flying' (to be prepared for flight in bad weather)
  • You must pass psychological tests to prove you can handle the stress
  • You must pass an eye examination (if your vision can be corrected to 20/20, you can be a commercial pilot. If you needed glasses, however, you cannot be a pilot in the military-check with your choice of school to be sure)
The different types of piloting include:
-Private, where people simply fly for convenience and no money is exchanged
-Recreational, where planes fly for fun and do stunts
-Agricultural, planes flown to spray crops or to help put out fires
-Flight Instructor
-Charter-This includes 'hiring' a plane and pilot for a specific trip
-Medical/airlift (a type of charter)-This includes transporting people to medical centers, and also human organs for transplants
-Corporate-When companies own planes to fly clients and staff
-Commercial-planes used for business, such as FedEx

-and the 'top of the line' job: Airline Transport Pilot, which is someone who works for a major passenger  airline. This pilot has passed the most demanding training and certifications.

What schools offer degrees in Aviation?
Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University in Florida      http://www.erau.edu/
Ohio State                                                             http://www.aviation.ohio-state.edu/
St Cloud State University, St Cloud, Minnesota      http://www.stcloudstate.edu/aviation/  

Check out the FAA (Federal Aviation) website for more job info:

After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree, pilots can also be trained in the Air Force, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard. This training typically takes a little over 12 months. There is quite a variety of different planes and helicopters used in the Armed Forces, and pilots will often specialize in one particular type, including: Trainers, Transport, Fighters, Reconnaissance, and bombers.

Here is the Air Force website for more information: http://www.airforce.com/?m=2011EASearch&pl=Google&med=CPC

If you're into planes but don't necessarily want to be a pilot, here are some other careers that are related:
Air Traffic Controller
Flight Attendant
Airplane Mechanic or Engineer (may design planes)
Computer Technology with an emphasis on aeronautics
Airline Security

If this is something you're interested in, do some more exploring. You might find a good fit...in the sky.

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