Deciding to begin a career as a Professional Student Pilot can be one of the most rewarding and one of the most challenging decisions you’ll ever make. Can you imagine, as a college student, getting to fly helicopters or airplanes on a daily basis as a part of your college experience?
Medical school students don’t get to start seeing patients for at least 4 years. Law school students don’t get to represent clients for years after college. The same thing can be said about engineering students; they don’t get to build awesome stuff until years after graduating. Heck, education students (future teachers) don’t get to teach in the classroom for years. But what about student pilots? They can start flying weeks after starting their freshmen (first) semester. That is awesome!
Medical students, law students, and engineering students have to go to school for 6 to 10 years before they start their career. Student pilots, potentially, can start flying “commercially” (paid) within 18 months of starting their training. When comparing an aviation career with any other professional career the benefits just keep stacking up.
#5 Global demand. New Experiences: Being a commercial pilot means you could be flying just about anywhere, at any time. Potentially, you could fly all over the world. You will fly to some very interesting places. With the global demand high for both helicopter and fixed wing pilots, you can virtually get a job anywhere on the planet. Helicopter pilots can take off and land just about anywhere, and typically you find heli tours in the most beautiful places on earth. Airplane pilots can fly and land at airports in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Beijing, Sidney, and even backcountry airstrips or (With the right equipment) on shorelines.
#4. Live a Life of Adventure: Flying helicopters or airplanes is not necessarily something that comes naturally. We were not built to fly (if we were, God would have given us wings). Flying aircraft is extremely adventurous. You will going places and doing things most people never do. Helicopter pilots take people up on mountains to heli-ski. They transport folks to oil platforms in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, transport trauma victims to major hospitals, and they might even help locate a criminal and bring them to justice. Some very lucky pilots get to fly the President of the United States to and from the White House.
#3. Gain Respect: Professional people garner respect. Doctors, lawyers, professors, engineers, and professional athletes typically enjoy respect from many aspects of the general society. The same can be said of pilots. With your commercial pilot ratings, you will be one of a the chosen few that has gained the skills and earned the right to fly commercially. This means you have risen to a place of respect in society. People are generally impressed by the fact that you are a pilot. Most people understand what it takes to become a pilot and therefore, they know that you are something special and unique. Pilots receive tremendous respect from their family, friends, and the community.
#2. Personal Growth: As a pilot you will be tested. You will be challenged. You cannot make excuses – people must have unshakeable confidence in you. You will have to dig deep and find out who you are. The best aspects of you will get better, and the areas you need to work on will become evident – and you will improve and conquer the areas of your life that most people never deal with. The question is… do you have what it takes? If you do, you will grow “personally” more than you could ever imagine. The responsibility of flying helicopters or airplanes is tremendous. In order to be “trusted” you will have to become the best version of yourself in all ways. Get ready to grow to heights you never knew were possible.
#1. Rewarding Career: There is no doubt about it. Good pilots make great money. It may take time and a great deal of sacrifice to become a commercial pilot, but remember, helicopter and airplane pilots make an extremely good income. A pilot does not have the typical 9 to 5 job. As an aviator, your office view could be at 35,000 feet. As a helicopter pilot, you might be “spotting Tuna” at sea as you fly for a commercial fishing company. Or, you might be covering live major news events as they happen. This list of “rewards” for commercial pilots goes on and on.
First, please get the picture of being “Maverick” from Top Gun out of your mind. You will not be spending all your time between flights cruising the beach on your motorcycle, grabbing the Hot Girls (or Guys), drinking beer and playing volleyball all day in the sun. If you’re serious about becoming a Professional Aviator, you are going to have to be dedicated and be ready to make serious personal sacrifices.
You will have to commit yourself to studying; probably more than you ever have in your entire life. Learning how to fly and everything that is involved with flying requires a tremendous amount of hard work and focus. If a Flight School advertises a life of “Fun in the Sun” with a helicopter parked on a yacht in the middle of a lake surrounded by girls in bikini’s… we recommend that you think seriously about the level of training they are actually going to provide. Remember, this is a serious profession and only those who take it seriously will be successful.