It is my dream to become an airline pilot. I am 14 and I have just taken my options. Do these sound any good?
-Triple science (chemistry, physics and biology)
-Systems and control
So I have taken these. What should I take at A level and do I need a degree?
After that what do I do?
I do not want to train via military.
My eyesight is quite poor, but can get to 20:20 with glasses. Is this a problem?
Please can I have some advice what to do if I want to become a commercial pilot.
Maths and Physics are the fundamental subjects as far as aviation is concerned, though most European airline’s won’t see them as essential at A-Level they will certainly stand you in good stead throughout your training.
German would be a fantastic 3rd choice, a lot of airlines in Europe ask for language skills and German is one of the more common. The largest cargo network in Europe is based in Leipzig Germany and is a great route in to build your experience (2 of the largest operators here take low hour pilots on B757 – a great start to your career) so it will certainly hold you in good stead for that.
A degree is not essential in Europe, but may give you an advantage over other candidates when it comes to choosing between a graduate and non-graduate who are otherwise on a level pegging.
You can find the eyesight requirements on the CAA website, I would suggest getting your initial Class 1 medical out of the way early on before you commit too much money to the training.
Think about how you will fund it, the training can cost anything from around £50,000 – £100,000+ depending on how you do it, research all the options available. Sites like pprune.org contain discussions on the various routes/schools available to you. As a guideline mine cost £48,000 using heavily discounted aircraft to build hours (courtesy of the RAF) and with training grants from the RAF.
Best of luck and enjoy.