The dream of becoming an airline pilot may no longer be out of reach for many aspiring aviators. Here's why:
For many aspiring aviators, the dream of becoming an airline pilot seems out of reach, reserved only for those who can afford a four-year college degree and have years of flying experience. However, when we asked Isaac Shrum, the Director of Sales and Operations at Nashville Flight Training, about this he emphatically replied, “That’s a myth. In fact, there are many reasons why it’s now easier than ever to become a professional pilot.” Here are just a few:
Airlines are Facing a Pilot Shortage. In fact, statistics recently released by Boeing show that over the next 20 years approximately 640,000 new pilots will be needed to keep pace with the growing demand. Regional airlines are continuing to offer competitive pay, benefits, and signing bonuses in response to the demand. Simply put, the aviation industry is in need of pilots. Schrum explained that, “As people become aware of the expanding opportunity, they realize that the time to launch a career as an airline pilot is now.”
A College Degree Isn’t Mandatory. Although a college degree is helpful, it isn’t mandatory to have a successful career as a pilot. According to Schrum, “A basic training regimen to become a pilot allows students to learn at their own pace and gain the focused skills they need. Students don’t need prior experience to start training.”
“With over a thousand pilots having graduate from the Nashville Flight Training system, I’m more convinced than ever that pursuing the dream of becoming a pilot is definitely worth your effort.”
Training is More Affordable than You Might Think. “Aspiring pilots don’t need to go $100,000 in debt, like so many do with a college degree,” explained Schrum. “With financing and scholarship options, the path to becoming a pilot is well within reach. Most of the students we train use a “pay as you go” program allowing them to train at their own pace and budget.”
At a basic level, learning to fly is a matter of acquiring aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and experience. The “entry level” for this career path is a private pilot’s license (PPL), which allows the holder to fly a variety of aircraft and travel almost anywhere in the United States. Next comes the commercial pilot license (CPL), which allows pilots to be paid for their services. The final milestone is the airline transport pilot (ATP) certification, which is available to pilots who are at least 23 years old and meet all the FAA requirements.
Schrum shared that, “With over a thousand pilots having graduate from the Nashville Flight Training system, I’m more convinced than ever that pursuing the dream of becoming a pilot is definitely worth your effort. Being a professional pilot is a rewarding career showing enormous growth potential in the years to come.”
For more information, visit www.NashvilleFlightTraining.com or call (615) 366-9192.