I get so many questions on ´How can I become an airline pilot´and even if I try to answer as many of you as I possibly can through my Instagram page it´s impossible and it feels like I am saying the same things in repeat so for that reason I put this blog post together and hope that it can help as many of you as possible.
First of all find a local flight club where you live and ask if they can take you on a half an hour flight for you to see if it’s something you are one hundred percent determined and passionate about `For once you’ve tasted flight you’ll forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return´
The Internet will be your best friend! Search and compare different schools, when I first decided that I wanted to become a pilot, I ´googled´ “How to become an airline pilot” I read tons of different forums and compared schools before I decided to go for one in my hometown, Gothenburg, Sweden. Three weeks later I went on one of their Recruitment days. I could have done more research before deciding, I was 24 at the time and I felt stressed about my age, (only to later find out that 24 is no age, I have met tons of pilots who decided for a career change later in life) It’s never too late.
Get your Medical Class 1, you don’t want to start the whole process to later find out that you have limitations that prevent you from flying commercially.
Make a financial plan with your bank. To become a pilot is expensive and I wish there were less expensive ways to do it. My training from PPL, Multi-engine, Instrument rating, CPL, and Frozen ATPL cost me around 60k Euros (!) plus living expenses during the two and a half years it took me to complete everything (this is not including the 28k Euros that I paid for my Boeing 737 type rating) It’s shocking how expensive it is and I wish there was an easier way. I hate to see someone’s dream becoming a pilot hampered by economics.
HAVE FUN !!! I forgot to have fun, I pushed myself too much and from time to time I forgot to stop and thank my Lucky Star for getting so far. You should enjoy it, you will have the best job in the world!