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Old 19th Dec 2016, 23:59   #1 (permalink)


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looking for aviation program

Hi!
I am 17 now.
I am going to graduate from high school next year.
I really want to be a pilot.
But I am considering about where I am going.
I read lots of info on the internet.
Some of them recommend me to go to North Dakoda University and some of them ask me to go normal college. I mean my family could support me for my tuition but I don't want really spend money if I don't need it. Both of them could get CPL and get the diploma. Which one will be more beneficial if I wish I could work in Asia and have a great job.
BTW I am Taiwanese and I study in Vancouver now.
Many Thx for infos.
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Old 20th Dec 2016, 04:05   #2 (permalink)
 
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There are plenty of good Universities in the United States with an aviation program and I am sure in Canada as well. Before you invest in an aviation career, make sure you meet all the medical requirements for a Class I medical and take a psychometric/aptitude test through your school to make sure your interests and strengths line up. Oh by the way, medical standards in Asia are very tough compared to the West. Make sure you can pass!

You have several choices:

1. You can go to an aviation university such as UND, ERAU and do your flying there and get your degree as well. Good reputation, networking etc but very expensive.
2. You can go to a non-aviation university and get a degree in something else and do your flying elsewhere. Sometimes a good choice if you want to branch out or leave the industry for any reason.

I don't think you can go wrong with either option. However, make sure you pick a reputable flight school with a formal program. I would shy away from doing your flight training elsewhere. Canada has some pretty good options.

For a degree program and all your flying you are probably looking at $200,000. Probably more if you are a foreign student paying international fees.

I think if you are looking at Asia it will help to have your degrees from known colleges and flight training as well. Lots of opportunities in Asia as a Captain with experience but as a low time pilot mainly if you are a local.

Good luck.
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Old 20th Dec 2016, 06:11   #3 (permalink)


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I greatly appreciated!
But is there any difference of medical standard between Asia and Canada.
I mean will Asia airline company accept me if I did medical standards test in Canada?

really appreciate!
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Some countries in Asia have different standards and the failure rate can be much higher. Passing a FAA or Canadian Class I does not guarantee that it will accepted. You have to take a separate flight physical in the country of licensing. So if you get a Canadian medical and licenses you would have to convert them if you went elsewhere and that includes taking a medical. You can get info on this on the respective forums for the geographic region.

I would do the "foreign" medical when you are young because the initial medical is usually the hardest and once you have one, the renewals may not be as problematic.
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Old 22nd Dec 2016, 01:26   #5 (permalink)


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OK thank you!
It seems reasonable
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For a degree program and all your flying you are probably looking at $200,000. Probably more if you are a foreign student paying international fees.
That is such a rip off price
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