With present-day profusion of flying schools and aero clubs more and more people have every prospect of success to become pilots and, perhaps, to further apply for pilot jobs. If you decided to pursue a pilot career you definitely need certain personal features to be developed, you should be self-confident and convinced in your professional skills. And, of course, you must be sure you have made the right choice.
There is a variety of pilot jobs ranging from fighter and public aircraft pilots to those of small agricultural airplanes. The list of pilot vacancies can be divided into two main parts: military service and commercial aviation.
Military service includes not only air space control and protection, but also the ability to present aerobatics. Essential to aerobatic technique is the ability to fly an aircraft inverted (upside down), which was first demonstrated on September 1, 1913, by the Frenchman Adolphe Pégoud, test pilot for aviator Louis Bleriot. Other aerobatic innovators include the Russian military pilot Petr Nesterov, who was the first pilot to "loop the loop," on September 9, 1913. If you are courageous enough you are welcome to break the records made.
Commercial aviation covers public aerobuses (public transportation pilot jobs), cargo conveyance, along with special pilot jobs in agricultural, environmental and scientific research (for example, chemicals spraying, search and rescue parties, forest cutting and fire spreading control, ice prospecting, animals reckoning).
If you have already chosen the sphere you are willing to work in, but lack the necessary qualification or have no flight experience, your way is to be made for a flying school (if your option is commercial aviation) or a military one (in case you have chosen military service). There you are to spend some time (the duration depends on your future specialty and the school curriculum).
The time spent at studies will on no account be lost on you. Instructors will tell you a lot about aircraft facilities, flying techniques, air equipment; you will get acquainted with basic principles of management, psychology, meteorology. When you finish training and have at least 42 hours flying practice (this standard depends on a flying school and students` personal skills) you are to pass the exams. And if you succeed -- that's it! -- you will get an amateur pilot license which allows not only piloting small planes, but also applying for a chief pilot assistant position. Of course, the latter requires slight skills improvement. You may also obtain a first-rate pilot license which gives an opportunity to apply for any pilot job.
The situation wholly differs if you want to enter a military school. First, you shall meet severe entrance requirements, the most essential being excellent physical, psychological, social and moral health. It especially concerns those expressing a wish to solo fighters. A fighter isn't a foolproof machine. Moreover, fighter pilots are considered peace keepers. That's why instructors lay special emphasis on novices` health. There is a tradition at military schools to expose students to a special 'psychological attack' making them imagine that their confidence in the choice made is called in question, and day by day students have to show their persistence, assure their instructors that they are not greenhorns dreaming about foolish fame and adventures, but men with a strong will.
To conclude, it should be advised that before making a choice in favor of one or the other kind of a pilot job it's utterly important to weigh all pros and contras, perhaps, to avoid a fatal mistake in future.