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Should I join the Air Force or go to a Flying School to become an airline pilot?
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Friday, 26 September 2008 07:27

Hi Captain Lim,

I am just wondering whether I should join the Australian Air Force to get my hours or just train privately to achieve my dream of becoming an airline pilot.

I am a New Zealander that lives in Malaysia but I have lived in Australia recently and I think that I could get in as the ANZACs have always been close.

When I turn 18 {15 now} I could get into the Air Force as my flight instructor once told me.

Please help me as I am really confused.

Jackson

Hi Jackson,

I have covered this topic before - the military or civilian route to becoming an airline pilot. Well, each approach has its advantages and disadvantages.

If you have problem with funding, then the Air Force route is the cheapest way to build up your experience and flying hours.

However, if finance is not an issue, the fastest way to become a commercial airline pilot is to enroll yourself into a good flying school (see a few good ones here). When you join the Air Force, you have to serve them for a number of years and by the time you join the airline, it would have affected your seniority for advancement towards captaincy.

The advantage of the military career path is that the training is paid for and normally a pilot with military background is well sought after by the airlines. Upon completion of the bond with the military, an individual who wishes to become a commercial pilot must still sit for the Airlines Transport/Commercial Pilot License. However, his flying hours are recognized by the Civil Aviation Authority.

On the other hand, the advantage of the civilian approach is that a graduate is free to pursue a commercial career more quickly than someone else from the military.

The disadvantage is cost since a military pilot's training is paid for by the service but a civilian pilot must obtain college scholarships, take out loans or pay the training expenses out of his own pocket.

If you are able to secure a job with a good airline, my opinion is that, it is worth your investment to go via the civilian way.

All the best to your future flying career! Smile

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my name is muzaffar..
i want to ask you a question..
i want to become a jet fighter pilot as it is my ambition since i was young..as im study in helicopter maintenance engineering,what can i done and what is your advise on this situation for me..either to pursuite my ambition to become a jet fighter pilot or it is better for me to become a helicopter engineer??
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