Choosing a Career as a Commercial Airline Pilot

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Flying thousands of feet up in the sky is a dream of many young children, but very few actually end up as a pilot when they grow up. Commercial airline pilots will always be needed, but many people do not even think about choosing this as a career. Pilots have extremely important jobs. They must fly people place to place with no problems while at the controls of thousands of pounds of metal and flammable fuel, not to mention the many passengers. A pilot’s job is very risky, but it is also very rewarding.
Before a person can ever be a commercial airline pilot they must fill some qualifications. A person’s eyesight must either be 20/20, or it has to be able to be corrected to a 20/20 vision. They must also have a clean background, which includes: a good driving record, clean drug tests, a good credit history, and no felonies. A person must also be 18 years old to even get a pilot’s license, but commercial airline pilots do not get that position without having a lot of experience. A college degree is needed to become a pilot, but an aviation degree is not needed. To be a pilot a person will need to attend a flight school, but this is not the same as going to college. There is a lot of room to grow in the commercial airline industry. There has been a large surge in the industry that has led to a need for more pilots, and that surge is projected to keep increasing. There is a need for new pilots since many older pilots are now starting to retire, and travel is increasing in the U.S. and to Asia.
Once a person becomes qualified and achieves the position of a commercial airline pilot there are many benefits to be received. The first benefit is the salary. On average commercial airline pilots make $36,000 their first year as a pilot, a...

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...ny things a pilot should know, but this is at the top of the list, "The last thing you want to do is panic, then all sorts of things can happen." (Roy Murray, flight instructor, who successfully talked a passenger with no flying experience through a landing over the radio after the pilot collapsed.)

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