Are you interested in flight training, but not sure whether you should attend university instead? Let’s examine the options and a few pros and cons of the aviation pathways you can take. The aviation industry is offering more flexible and viable options. You can choose different pathways to find that happy medium where you can focus on aviation to a degree that suits you.
1. Aviation at University
If you are a current university student, you might feel unable to fully commit to flight training at the same time. There are, however, aviation universities and colleges with aviation programs – UNSW, RMIT, Swinburne are just a few examples. These institutions integrate flight training with your regular studies.
Pro: You’ll be able to immerse yourself in aviation, experience university life and exit with a reputable tertiary degree.
Con: Putting all your eggs in the same basket.
2. Uni one day. Flight training the next.
If you’re not 100% sure that a career in aviation is for you, why not split your study time between flight training and something else?
You can train for your Private Pilot Licence in your spare time is a great way to commence your aviation pathway. After obtaining your licence, you can decide whether you want to continue to be a pilot or pursue other professions. This enables you to have more options. To become a pilot, continue your university studies or even become a part-time instructor. Instructing others will solidify your understanding and help you build flight hours.
Pro: Diversity in education is a good thing. If, for some reason, you decide flying really isn’t for you or the industry takes an ugly turn, you’ve got a Plan B.
Con: You could be stretching yourself across too many activities.
3. Flight training full time
You’ve had your sights set on becoming a pilot for as long as you can remember, so a specialty flight training school could be the way to go for you.
With specialised courses and experienced pilots working as instructors, you’ll gain the practical skills and connections you need to succeed in the aviation industry. There’s also the option of adding extra endorsements to your qualification as you go, as every course you need will be accessible in one place.
Pro: Dedicate all your time to developing flight training skills in an airport environment and learn from experienced professionals in the field.
Con: Narrower focus on aviation career pathways.
4. Try before you decide
If you’re interested in flying and getting a licence, but haven’t had any experience in the air, Learn to Fly also offers Trial Introductory Flights to help you make up your mind. Many people think flying is cool, but if you’ve never been up in a small plane, you really don’t know whether you will enjoy the experience or have the aptitude for it. Flying isn’t rocket science, but it does require a certain level of skill and knowledge.
Pro: This helps you decide whether you enjoy flying.
Con: Little to none – it’s a small investment to give you a taste of what flying is like!
At Learn to Fly, we would love to guide you on the way to your journey to the skies. Whether you want to learn as a beginner or aspire to become a pilot, we want to be there every step of the way.