To afford flight training students now have more options including scholarships

To afford flight training students now have more

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basically the same C172, just like the one my father and I trained on. To afford flight training, students now have more options, including scholarships and loans. When I underwent my training, unless I attended a university like Embry Riddle, University of North Dakota or Purdue, and obtained a degree in conjunction to flight training, all the training had to be paid out of pocket. Students in these types of university programs can pay upwards of 100,000 dollars by the time they are done with all their flight training. Unfortunately, now that lending companies know how uncertain a flying career can be and how long it may take a pilot to pay back a loan, these loan amounts have been reduced. Despite the amount of requirements and what seems to be a difficult road to travel, many still choose to go down the path of becoming an airline pilot, but it takes someone with a high level of ethics and certain attributes to become one. As pilots we hold ourselves to very high standards, which are drilled into us from the first day of flight training (Federal Aviation Administration). As you move up from private to commercial, license requirements and standards get higher. A pilot must be self-disciplined as we have no instructor or “boss” to offer immediate feedback or correction when flying the airplane. A pilot has to be his own manager; he must manage the fight by directing, organizing, and prioritizing tasks, both during a normal flight and when an emergency situation occurs. Ultimately, you are expected to perform your job duties “by the book” as well as follow company standards without supervision. In addition, a pilot must be highly adaptable, to different situations and different people, as well as assertive in
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SO YOU WANT TO BECOME AN AIRLINE PILOT 5 order to speak up no matter the situation (i.e. a first officer speaking up when a captain is in the wrong). Just like most jobs, an airline pilot’s number one priority is safety, specifically the safety of the flight and its passengers. A pilot must use all of these attributes to act in the best interest of the flight while at the same time following procedures and complying with FAA and company policies. Following history’s footsteps, the more things change the more they remain the same.
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  • Fall '13
  • Aviator, Aviation licenses and certifications, Pilot certification in the United States, airline Pilot

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