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Steps To Become A Pilot

Updated on March 8, 2013

Step Towards Becoming A Pilot

I first noticed I wanted to be a pilot when I decided to join the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, AFJROTC. In the AFJROTC program, I learned the discipline and basic structure of the military, and the appealing aspects of becoming a pilot. Being a pilot is appealing because you get to travel and learn different languages and cultures. The other reason is because, I will be satisfied with my salary while enjoying my profession. Even with all the stuff I love about being a pilot, there are some things that makes the working conditions bad.

The typical Air Force pilot works in an aircraft, in Air Force Bases, and in temporary Air Force camps while on deployment in New Zealand overseas. They may fly in all weather conditions, so some flights may be rough and bumpy. Conditions are often noisy due to aircraft engine noise and radio communications. In order to have a successful career as a pilot, you need to be excellent in math and the ability to speak clearly. After you have accomplished the skills required to become a pilot, you have to earn your bachelors degree to advance those skills, then go to Introductory Flight Training; in this course, you will earn 25 hours of hands-on flying for ROTC or Officer Training School Graduates who don't already have civilian pilot license. Then, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training; A year long program consists of 10 to 12 hour days that include classroom instruction, simulator training and flying. The most important math class to take in high school, in preparation, is Physics. Other skills such as English and Geography is good to have ahead of time.

The approximate salary-beginning and overtime is $50,395-$94,346. A USAF pilot will earn higher ranks, and more ribbons and medals when they work hard to be the best USAF pilot. It is estimated that airlines will need to hire about 42,000 pilots over the next 10 years; mainly because of industrial growth and future retirements. This motivates me to continue working hard at my goal of becoming a pilot.

Some of the advantages of becoming a pilot are: getting to see many parts of the world, receiving yearly good wages, and they also receive adequate vacation time and free air fair for the vacations. While this sounds great, there are some disadvantages. Because of all the pressure, a pilot can undergo a lot of mental and physical pains. The high altitude can cause exhaustion. Some pilots may be distressed by the numerous hours spent away from home.

I have chosen this career path, because I enjoy the challenges of flying. Not only do I enjoy flying, but I also enjoy the scenery it brings and meeting different and unusual people. By selecting this career path, I am bringing comfort to my future passengers.


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    • David Morrison profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Far, Far Away

      Haha...I love everything there is of being a pilot. I can't wait until I finish college and get into flight school.

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      Charlene Little 

      6 years ago

      Being a pilot sounds very interesting. I don't know if I could travel all the time. I hate sitting for long periods of time. It is a great career though!


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