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Advice on becoming a commercial pilot?

Old 15th Aug 2013, 18:07
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Advice on becoming a commercial pilot?

Hi there

Im 16, 17 in August and a want to pursue a career in the aviation industry more specifically a commercial pilot. I already have an A in higher Maths and B in Physics (Scottish Qualifications). Im now doing Advanced Higher Maths to help improve my maths skills. I'm now in my last year of High School and I'm not sure what route to take after I leave school. Some people have told me go to university if you can but I'm not sure if I would get in so then what do I do get a job until I'm 18 and then try get in with an airline/CTC e.t.c. I don't want to go down the modular route although it may be much cheaper, Ive spoken to a B.A pilot who says I would have greater chance of employment at the end with a Integrated ATPL course and Integrated just appeals more to me.

NOTE (I'm Scottish and would NOT pay any tuition fees if i were to go to a University in Scotland)

P.S If it says you have to be 18 does that mean 18 at the start of course or 18 at the time of applying?

Any advice on what to do after i leave school would be great!


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Old 15th Aug 2013, 19:29
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Well first all all you're young so should be looking at the modular route over a number of years and making sure you acquire as little debt as possible, none preferably.

For sure the schools will try and sell you an integrated course as its more expensive(sales 101). Also airlines seem to prefer integrated students but that's because they are mostly heavily in debt and will work for crap conditions, under stress and even if they realise there is safety issues(see ryanair) they still will show up to work, just so they can keep the bank at bay. I have little debt myself but if I mention that in an interview nobody will hire me as I cant be manipulated.

Its gotten to the point where the only advice someone can give you to improve your chances is be rich and offer to work for less than current employees.

It's incredibly sad.

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Old 15th Aug 2013, 20:39
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Welcome to the Wannabeeforum where there are many professional pilots who are willing to help someone in your position get a foot on the ladder to becoming a pilot.
However they do expect you to spend some og your time doing your own research first. May I suggest that you use the Search facility to do some research within these forums. You will learn more about the industry you want to enter. You will also find that most of your questions have been asked and answered before.

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