Hi. I am considering commercial aviation as a career and I just have a few questions.
I am currently enrolled in multiple community colleges in Southern California and will be seeing an AME in a few weeks. I have every reason to believe I will qualify for a First Class Medical. I have also spoken with several universities and can easily transfer to their respected Aviation Programs/Schools.
Here are my questions-
Which Schools do Airlines prefer? I’m assuming Purdue, UND, Embry Riddle, or WMU.
Is it possible to be taken seriously as a pilot without flying in either the Navy or Air Force?
I recently met someone who claimed to be a First Officer for Westjet. He told me he didn’t even attend an aeronautical program and simply accumulated enough hours to earn a Commercial License. He than taught aviation for several years. Is this possible?
Would it be best to fly for charter companies prior to applying at airliners? This is another recommendation from the person above.
Lastly, I have only just started to learn aviation and I’ve only really used simulators on a desktop. Any other recommendations?
Alex in California