Turbine Training Center Blog for Cessna 208 Caravan & Beechcraft King Air pilots
There is a raging debate that goes on whenever ex-military pilots get together: Who has the better pilots: The Air Force or the Navy? Obviously, coming up with an answer is never an easy task. Personal preference aside, the answer might center on the training they receive. And that’s why MILITARY PILOTS AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING can be linked together for discussion.
“The key aircraft, if you would, that they each fly” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, pointed out, “is the Super Hornet for the Navy and either the F-16c Eagle or the F-22 Raptor for the Air Force.” That being the case, “he continued,” part of the debate might center around who has the better planes?”
Dale has a point, but training cannot be minimized. Both branches flight schools last just a tad shy of two years, which, as you can see, mandates more than a little dedication to the pilot’s career path.
“I think what needs to be considered here,” Jason Wolcott, Dale’s son and TURBINE TRAINING’s Vice President, is that those two years represent only the initial training they will receive. As everyone we deal with knows, recurrent training is a vitally important aspect of any pilot’s career.”
If you are trying to make a career choice, military pilot might be the way to go. It is estimated that in the next ten years commercial airlines will be hiring some 20,000 pilots and many of those pilots will be recruited from the military. Interestingly enough, a truly great “leg up” on a career as a military pilot is to get some jet pilot training while you are still a civilian, and training on either the Cessna 208 or one of the King Air aircraft. After all, with all the competition that will exist for those 20,000 pilot jobs, you might want to get all of the help you can get!