Civilian Flight Training
When entering the civilian aviator route, the first step is flight training. Some flight training can be done while still in high school but for the most part, if this is something you want to do as a career then consider this as your “higher education” path, and ensure you have your high school diploma or GED. There are many types of flight schools a student can choose from, so it’s important to investigate and ask questions about each one to decide which route would be best for you and your career goals. The main options you would usually see are accelerated flight schools, traditional flight school and aviation degree schools. Any of these types of schools can put you on the airline pilot career path you need, so it’s a matter of personal learning preference and style.
Accelerated Flight School
AeroGuard Flight Training Center is considered mostly an accelerated flight school with our Pilot Pathway Program. These flight schools offer full-time, fast-paced, structured flight training that set students on an airline pilot career path toward one of their regional partner airlines. These schools will allow students to receive all their initial certifications and ratings in as little as 10 months. This will be the fastest way to an airline career.
Traditional Flight School
These flight schools have a “pay-as-you-go” relationship with students. This means that students rent a plane and flight instructor as needed to complete their various licenses and certifications on their own schedule. This is more of a flexible pilot career path, allowing students to individually choose which certificates and ratings they want to accomplish as well as what days and times of the week they are willing to train. Students generally choose this option when they’re interested in a part-time flight training schedule.
This route is going through a college or university. This commercial pilot career path allows students to earn an aviation related degree while students do their flight training in “lab” style classes. Some larger universities have their own planes and can train on-site while others may send students to an affiliate flight school similar to AeroGuard’s Liberty University Program.