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What Aviation Education is Needed To Become A Professional Pilot

What Aviation Education is Needed To Become A Professional PilotBeing a pilot is a well-respected job in the community, and the pay is good in general. The education path you choose depends upon the type of pilot you want to become: a commercial pilot or just want to fly as a hobby with private pilot license in hand.

Whereas many pilots formerly came from the military where they gained their flying experience, more and more these days have a college education, an aviation degree even, with flight training from schools that are Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified. As a result, more employers are reportedly beginning to require college degrees as well.

It takes much more than completing an educational aviation program to become an aircraft pilot, however. Depending on their responsibilities, pilots these days must have hundreds to thousands of hours of flight experience behind them. They might also have to fulfill other requirements.

There are typically pilots, or captains, and copilots, who operate larger aircraft. Captains, for example, are required to have air transport pilot licenses that include flying at night, by instruments and across country. Captains in some instances also have advanced ratings when it comes to things like instruments that help them with flying in low visibility conditions. Many airline companies also provide psychological and aptitude assessments.

In addition to sharing flying responsibilities, pilots and copilots monitor instruments, communicate with air traffic controllers and more. Pilots also plan flights and check aircraft before departure. They work with flight dispatchers and aviation weather forecasters to choose routes, altitudes and speeds based on weather conditions. Some larger aircraft also employ flight engineers who help the pilot and copilot by monitoring and operating the aircraft’s systems and instruments, repairing any minor problems en route and keeping an eye out for other aircraft. The flight engineer also handles responsibilities that have to do with communications – communicating with cabin crew members, for example, with the company that owns or manages the aircraft and with air traffic control.

It’s possible also to accumulate flight time by beginning work as a flight instructor. Some flight instructors fly charter planes or work part-time for air taxi companies and then advance to become corporate aircraft pilots. This experience can provide a better foundation for when those individuals become professionals.

Some colleges and universities offer FAA-certified flight training for credit toward an aviation degree, which can help reduce the amount of flight time it takes to sit for the required pilot’s license. Anyone who wants to sit for a pilot’s license must pass a rigid physical exam, along with written and flying tests, and more. Maintaining a pilot’s license requires continued education – and continually passing exams as well. Source

Aviation Degree

If you look for more then just a certificate then doing your flight training with a college is something to consider. Many colleges throughout the world offer degrees such as bachelor of aviation science or associates of aviation science. Stand alone these degrees do not qualify for any profession without your commercial pilot license (CPL) but make a good starting point if you want to do a masters degree in aviation. Also they look very good on your resume and may be a door opener when applying for a job.

Why an Aviation School or Aviation College?

Aviation schools and aviation colleges provide the best learning and training environments for students to succeed and prepare for a career in aviation. You may already be aware of the many benefits of going to college such as better paying jobs, access to a wider range of career choices, and exposure to a wide range of people and cultures. Going to an aviation school or aviation college also has many benefits.

An aviation school or aviation college will allow you to:
  • Gain greater knowledge and expand your skills in a specific aviation career field.
  • Earn an aviation degree, an associate’s degree, and/or bachelor’s degree in an aviation program.
  • Access a wide range of aviation resources and tools to help you with your aviation career.
  • Participate in various aviation internship programs.
  • Increase your chances of networking with aviation employers to gain employment.

Aviator College specializes specifically only on the development and training of future commercial pilots world-wide.

The Aeronautical Science Program prepares the graduate for a career in the aviation industry by providing a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, aeronautical sciences, aeronautical technology, and the aviation
industry. The graduate will receive an Associate of Science Degree from Aviator College with flight ratings from private pilot through commercial, with Flight Instructor ratings. This training is necessary to obtain employment, and by completing the associate’s degree you will set yourself apart from other applicants since a degree is preferred in the airline industry.

Aviator College is approved through the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools & Colleges, the State of Florida’s Commission for Independent Education and the Federal Department of Education to award two-year Associate’s Degrees in Aeronautical Science with a concentration in Flight Instruction.

To earn the Associate’s Degree in Aeronautical Science the student must earn a minimum of 73 credit hours to include: 18 General Education credits, 24 credit hours of lower division ground schools and flight training, 25 credit hours of upper division training, and 6 elective credits. Aviation courses are listed in order of progression.

For review of classes for 1st and 2nd year, please visit Aviator Flight Training Degree programs

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