1. Do your initial aviation research
Before you decide if you want to become a pilot, it is important to research the realities behind this career path. Try to immerse yourself within the aviation world. You can do this by visiting different airfields and airports, and researching the flight schools who provide your desired training programme – most flight schools offer a tour around their campus where you can visit the environment you would be training in and ask any important questions you may have. Try to attend careers shows such as Pilot Careers Live, and subscribe to lots of aviation news blogs; this will help you to stay on top of all the current issues and trends within the world of aviation. You could also book a ‘Trial Flying Lesson’ to experience what it’s really like to be in control of an aircraft.
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We spoke to Paulina, a recent graduate of FTA about what she thought of the gender gap in aviation. Paulina speaks openly about what inspired her to start her pilot training, the sacrifices she made to realise her dream and what advice she would give to anyone interested in pilot training.
A word of warning: her words will inspire you.
Why do you want to become a pilot?
It is my dream, passion and life. I would like to share with you my favourite poem. This is exactly how I feel about flying:
Aviation, like so many other industries, has its own use of jargon. These are words that are designed to be specific to people within the chosen industry or field they operate within. It can be easy for aviation enthusiasts to forget that terms such as an ‘ILS’ or ‘Waypoint’ are not common place to those outside of aviation. Below we have decrypted some of the jargon we use for a bit of fun and to widen people’s knowledge over the different terminology that has become second nature to us:
Myth Busting Blog: This blog post aims to answer some of the most common "myths" surrounding the aviation industry and the pilot career path...
FTA Graduate, Chris Metcalf explains how he funded his pilot training and was able to pursue what was once just a dream. As he looks to the future, at roles within airlines, he reflects on what he has accomplished despite some painful setbacks in his youth.
Molly Sanderson, winner of FTA's survey competition at the Virgin Future Flyers and Expert Engineers back in January, came to FTA recently for her free 60-minute flight lesson. Read her Question & Answer session...