THE RIGHT COL­LEGE CAN GET YOUR AVI­A­TION CA­REER OFF TO A FLY­ING START

Flying - - Taking Wing - By Dale Smith

So you’ve de­cided to be­come a pro­fes­sional pi­lot. Con­grat­u­la­tions! There are few ca­reers that of­fer as many job op­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties for ad­ven­ture. Now comes the hard part: De­cid­ing be­tween train­ing at an in­de­pen­dent flight school, or earn­ing your rat­ings as part of a four-year de­gree pro­gram. Both op­tions have a lot to of­fer.

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Even if your goal is to fly for WKH PLOLWDU\ PDQ\ DYLDWLRQĤ ori­ented col­leges also have ROTC op­por­tu­ni­ties on cam­pus. And, RI FRXUVH VKRXOG WKH À\LQJ WKLQJ not work out for what­ever rea­son, you’ll al­ways have a valu­able de­gree in your pocket.

$QRWKHU DGYDQWDJH Ħ RU DW OHDVW some­thing you need to con­sider when com­par­ing train­ing providers Ħ LV WKDW WKH ODUJHU FROOHJH SURJUDPV typ­i­cally have newer more ad­vanced train­ing air­craft and sim­u­la­tors. <RX FDQ¶W DUJXH ZLWK WKH EHQH¿WV of train­ing on equip­ment sim­i­lar to ZKDW \RX ZLOO À\ ZKHQ \RX KLUH RQ

2ND\ ÀLJKWĤWUDLQLQJ DVLGH DQ avi­a­tion col­lege of­fers other EHQH¿WV OLNH ZHOO FROOHJH OLIH <RX have op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy a host of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties like sports, clubs and a whole cam­pus of other stu­dents to in­ter­act with. It’s the whole col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence wrapped around air­planes.

An­other, and not to be over­looked, ben­e­fit to hav­ing a de­gree from a par­tic­u­lar in­sti­tu­tion on your re­sume are the doors it can open. More than one job has been landed be­cause the Chief Pi­lot was an alum­nus of the same col­lege. GO WHOMEVER!

So, which col­lege avi­a­tion pro­gram is right for you? That’s a purely per­sonal de­ci­sion based on cur­ricu­lum, lo­ca­tion, cost, DIILOLDWLRQV Ħ WKH OLVW JRHV RQ and on. A great place to start is the Fu­ture and Ac­tive Pi­lot Ad­vi­sors web­site: www.fapa. DHUR <RX¶OO ¿QG D JUHDW OLVW RI es­tab­lished col­leges that in­te­grate SURIHVVLRQDO ÀLJKW WUDLQLQJ ZLWK reg­u­lar aca­demic pro­grams.

EVEN IF YOUR GOAL IS TO FLY FOR THE MIL­I­TARY, MANY AVIATIONO RIENTED COL­LEGES ALSO HAVE

ROTC OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES ON CAM­PUS

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