Real Answers from Real Pilots

Advice for a 20 year old looking to become a pilot

I’m 20 years old and I would love to learn how to fly a plane and become a commercial pilot. My grades were not the best in highschool but besides that when I’m motivated I can achieve so much. I’m currently living in Allentown, Pennsylvania and I just want to take the next step towards achieving my goals. Pilots if you were 20 again what would be the first step you would take to pursue a career in flying? Also is college needed?

Patrick,

A 4-year degree is required by most major airlines. Those that don’t
require a 4-year degree recommend one. For you, I would consider these two
options.

  1. Obtain a 4-year degree before flight training, or
  2. Obtain a 2-year degree, then enroll in flight training, then finish off
    your 4-year degree by enrolling in an online college while instructing or
    working for a regional.

Type the word “college” in the search bar. You’ll find lots of other
threads suggesting similar routes.

Tory

Patrick,

Before you do anything I have to ask have you ever flown an airplane? I’m not talking about riding in back on your way to Disney, I’m talking about sitting upfront in a small plane with your hands on the yolk. If the answer is no then before you do ANYTHING else I STRONGLY recommend you go for an intro flight. While many people dream of flying or believe that’s what they want to do until you actually do you won’t really know.

Adam