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Aviation College Is a Must For Aviation Career

Aviation College Is a Must For Aviation CareerIf you are considering a professional aviation career, think seriously about the adjective that modifies aviation.

“Professional,” as defined by the dictionary, means “of, engaged in, or worthy of the high standards of, a profession; designating or of a school, especially a graduate school, offering instruction in a profession.”

Few of the major airlines require a college degree for employment, but in the past several years, more than 95 percent of the pilots hired have at least a four-year college degree. If you want an airline job, you stand a better chance if you are among the 95 percent with a degree than the 5 percent without one.

Despite all the applications, interviews, and examinations, hiring a new pilot is a risk, say airline human resource personnel. There’s always the chance that a pilot might not do as well as the selection process indicates. This wastes a lot time and money, which any airline must use effectively if it hopes to survive and prosper. For this reason, airlines hire pilots with proven skills and abilities because they are the most likely to return the airline’s training investment.

The airlines’ preference for college-educated pilots is only natural because colleges and universities have tailored their academic and flight programs to meet the industry’s specific needs. They understand that while good stick-and-rudder skills are important, it takes more then knowing how to fly to be an aviation professional.

What College Teaches

Professional pilots today are “flight managers” who must intimately understand the workings of their computerized and fly-by-wire stick and rudder, and who must work with and depend on a crew of professionals that goes far beyond those in the cockpit.

These are the essential skills students learn and practice in today’s collegiate aviation programs, but the value of a college education goes beyond these aviation-specific skills. Typically, your first two years of college will be devoted to “general education” classes. While they seemingly have no direct correlation with aviation, they do, and additionally, they’ll make you a well-rounded individual.

Math, physics, and computer-science classes help you understand your career’s technical aspects. English makes you a better oral and written communicator. Sociology and psychology give you a better understanding of human nature. History and the humanities give you insight and appreciation for man’s development, achievements, and blunders. Economics makes clear the forces that will act upon your career.

When people think of aviation, they naturally think of pilots. But pilots are just one cog in the vast human machine that makes aviation work. If it were not for aeronautical and electrical engineers, airframe and powerplant (A&P) and avionics technicians, meteorologists, air traffic controllers, aviation managers at all levels, and a host of others, we wouldn’t need pilots (and the others wouldn’t be needed if there were no pilots). These are all viable, rewarding aviation careers, careers for which you can become educated at many colleges and universities.

Those aiming for the cockpit should never forget that a failed medical (or a failed airline) can terminate a flying career without notice. This is another reason pilots should know more than just how to fly. If you don’t have a degree, your career options are limited. But if you’ve been educated as a manager, engineer, or technician, you have career alternatives that will enable you to survive professionally and, perhaps, maintain your aviation “connection.”

2 Year or 4 Year College

Generally, when considering an aviation major, there’s little difference between two- and four-year schools. A two-year associate’s degree is essentially a distilled bachelor’s degree program that focuses on the aviation major and doesn’t require a “minor” area of study. An aviation associate’s degree doesn’t replace a four-year degree, but beginning your education at a community college has some benefits.

The classes are often small, which allows more personal attention from the professors, who have the same qualifications as their four-year college counterparts. This can be especially important in general education classes, which are the foundation for all succeeding learning. At four-year schools, these classes can be quite large (sometime several hundred students), and they are often taught by teaching assistants (graduate students).
Another benefit is that by the time you transfer to a four-year institution, you’ll have the majority of your FAA pilot certificates and ratings, at least up through flight instructor. Depending on the transfer school, this will enable you to help offset college expenses by instructing, often in the school’s flight department. And because of your flight experience, you may be ahead of your classmates, which may enable you (depending on many factors) to achieve advanced ratings and certificates, such as multi-engine, multi-engine instructor, and perhaps your airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate.

If, for whatever reason, you must work full-time, a college degree is not out of your reach. Two-year institutions — community or junior colleges — are geared for students who cannot attend during the “regular school day.” They offer night and evening classes, and many have first-rate aviation programs.

Many people agree that a two-year associate’s degree is not the equal of a four-year bachelor’s degree, but it’s a start that can lead to a four-year degree if you plan ahead. When it comes to general education classes — math, English, and science — all schools, two-year or four, teach the same thing. The key is to earn credit for these and other classes that will transfer to a four-year institution — and count toward a bachelor’s degree.

Most four-year schools accept transfer students and credits, but the best way to ensure that this transfer is possible, and that the majority of your community college credits make the trip with you, is to select your community college and four-year institution more or less at the same time.

This enables you to design an efficient community college program in concert with the four-year school you will eventually attend. This is by no means an easy task, but the effort is well worth it. All it really takes is getting the admission counselors at both schools to talk to each other, with you overseeing the process so that you’ll know that you’re creating the educational program you want.

You should have the respective counselors put the final plan on paper. Not that they will renege, but it will serve as a reminder of what is required of you and of what will and will not transfer when the time comes to attend your four-year school.

It’s also a good idea to periodically double-check the specifics of your plan during your community college education. Transfer requirements and prerequisite classes do change. And while it’s beyond the control of the respective counselors, it’s up to you to update and correct your educational course. (Source, full story)

Choosing Your Aviation School or College

Before you embark on an aviation career, remember that employers prefer to hire graduates of aviation schools. Training at aviation schools may consist of courses such as general aviation and aeronautics, aircraft electrical systems theory, airframe structures and applications, powerplant theory and applications, aviation maintenance, avionics technology, college math for aviation, and other core general education requirements.

There are about 600 aviation schools approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure that your career in the sky is as responsible as it is fun. After all, in order to really make the most of your upward vision, you’ll need to develop particular skills such as calculating distances, charting courses, and operating computers, as well as interpersonal skills like being able to address passengers and manage staff. You’ll need to acquire the sort of intuition that will become second nature once you’re ready to perform under pressure, whether it be alerting pilots to changing conditions, modifying the route mid-flight, or dealing with unexpected complications onboard the plane itself. Of course, once all that is under your aviator cap, you can sit back and enjoy the flight.

Why Choose Aviator Flight School For Your Pilot Training

Licensed by the State of Florida Commission For Independent Education License #4155
Aviator Flight Training Academy is a Division of Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, which is licensed by the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education and Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.
27 Years in the Flight Training Industry
To date, Aviator has trained over 5000 pilots for the commercial airline industry
Only School Offering 200 Hours of Multi-Engine Time
Aviator is the only flight school that has a full 200 hours of multi-engine time included in our program
No Flight Training Devices (Simulators)
FTDs are not used towards your flight time for any ratings
Approved by the Federal Department of Education to offer Title IV Loans
Aviator has the ability to offer students federal funding on approved accredited programs
Job Placement Assistance with Regional Airlines
Aviator offers job placement assistance for our graduates
“A” Rating with United States Better Business Bureau
Classroom Environment – All classes taught in our educational center, NOT online



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