Since virtually the dawning of time, man, and boys!, have wanted to fly. The Greek mythological characters Daedalus and his son, Icarus, reflect that fact. You know the story - - after being imprisoned by King Minos of Crete, Daedalus crafts wings of feathers and wax so he and his son could escape and Icarus became so enthralled with flying that he disobeyed his father’s warning about flying too close to the sun. As a result, the wax on his wings melted and he plummeted to his death in the sea.
“Well,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, advised, “feathers and wax won’t get you airborne these days. But,” he went on, “if you are a young person that yearns to fly for a living, there is no doubt that TURBINE TRAINING can help you make that a dream a reality.”
Perhaps, if you know such a young person, the first thing you need to do is share with them what typically are considered to be the basic steps of becoming an airline pilot, which include but are not limited to:
- Receiving a Medical Certificate
- Acquire “Flying Experience” as soon as possible
- Get “Flight Simulator” Experience
“Part of what we have to offer,” Jason Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING’s Vice President, shared, “is simulator training. In fact, we offer both caravan simulator training and training on a king air 200 simulator.”The key is, if “airline pilot status” is a goal of yours, you will want to get started “tout de suite!” Per FAA requirements, commercial airline pilots require a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight experience. Fortunately, you are allowed to start your training at age sixteen, which allows you to start putting in your time at a pretty early age.
“Medically speaking,” Dale offered, “a young person should know what the requirements are, so that they can lead their life appropriately and not lose their dream because of their life style”
Wolcott was referring to the fact that one of the medical conditions that will disqualify a prospective pilot is substance abuse. Other such medical issues include, but are not limited to:
- Bipolar Disease
- Heart Disease
“As you can see,” Jason reiterated, “someone who wants to pursue a career as a pilot should get started even while they are in high school. And”, he added with knowing warmth in his voice, “we would be more than happy to help dreams become reality!”