My personal advice if you want to become an airline pilot. I love that there is such an interest in this profession! You will fall in love with Aviation.

First of all, step one! Use an online search tool and find the nearest aviation school in the area where you live. Normally every smaller airport have an Aero Club with a group of aviation enthusiasts, flying single engine airplanes such as a Cessna 172 or a Piper 28. Contact them and ask if you can come and visit. Sometimes they even have an “open day” where anyone can visit, ask questions and maybe even go for a test flight. If not ask if one of the pilots can take you for a half an hour flight. You know you are in love with aviation when you get home and never look at the sky the same way again!

Step two! Find a clinic where they do Medical class 1 examinations. Without a medical class 1 you can not fly commercially! I highly recommended you have this checked before you start applying for flight schools. You don´t want to go through all the hard tests and stress only to find out that you are not physically able to fly. (read about medical class 1 examination here)

Third step, you have to decide to do either an integrated or modular flight training. Integrated means that you do the full training integrated from PPL until frozen ATPL. Modular means that you do each course step by step, starting with PPL (Private Pilot License), ATPL theory (Airline Transport Pilot License), Multi engine, Instrument rating and CPL (Commercial Pilot License) and MCC (Multi Crew Cooperation) or in other order. You can decide your own tempo, which could suit someone who wants to work at the same time.

I did all my flight training in Sweden and I had to finance it myself. When I decided I wanted to become a pilot I worked hard to save up for my flight training, in addition I took a student loan and had support from my family. Hard work paid off and became reality, and I am very happy to be where I am today flying 737NG around Europe.

Many of you might be concerned that pilot will not be needed in the future, having airplanes that can basically fly themselves. Answer me this, would you go on board on one of them? Aircraft’s are still being delivered from Boeing, Airbus and other companies. The list is long for airliners waiting for aircraft deliveries, as long as aircraft’s are being delivered we are good to go, in my opinion. But that is my opinion and I can´t promise for how long pilots will be needed, the future is coming but it is not up to me to answer how fast.

Hope it helps! Happy flying!

Love Maria


@hell.flyer flying with you is always a pleasure!