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Old 7th Jan 2019, 11:10
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Originally Posted by Dan_Brown View Post
Is anyone on board able to inform me and other unwashed, why a degree is needed to operate an a/c??
A degree isnít needed to operate an aircraft.

But I think the question some are asking is why a degree is needed by some airlines to operate their aircraft.

An employer only has limited scope to analyse whether you will be able to become a competent operator of their aircraft, and a good employee.

At high school you are spoon fed. To gain a degree you must apply yourself in an unsupervised environment. If you can succeed at this, this is an indicator of your learning ability and self-discipline - attributes important of a good airline pilot.

It still doesnít mean you will make a good pilot, thatís why there are other aspects to the application process, but it means you probably have at least some of the attributes required, and you will be a lower risk applicant.

The degree doesnít usually even need to be in a related field, because itís the attributes that are important, not any particular knowledge.

That doesnít mean for one second that a non-degree applicant wonít be just as good, itís just that the employer doesnít know that at that point.

My employer doesnít require a degree, but certainly looks favourably on applicants with one.
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