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By Matthew Everett
Are you looking to start a flying career? If so, accelerated airline training may be the thing you've been looking for. Imagine learning to fly in months rather than years and starting that career you've always dreamed of. It's not impossible, it just takes the right program. Accelerated training programs are just the ticket because they let you get multiple ratings quickly, train and fly like the airlines, and typically offer job placement services.
Get Multiple Ratings Quickly
The longest part of flight training is usually obtaining the ratings. Due to extensive flight hour requirements, ratings generally take months and years to obtain. Flying eight hours a day or more, you can trim the time required to weeks and months. This is perfect for the student who has the time to devote. Incidentally, flying more hours each flight allows for a greater amount of flexibility in cross-country flights. Typically, students use airports just outside the minimum radius for cross-country flights. This allows them to save money, but it limits the airports and other in flight variables. With longer flight times at hand, such as during accelerated training, you can go farther away from the home airport. This improves your flying in two ways: you will be building flight time, and you will experience more varied terrain, weather, navigation, air traffic control procedures, and communications. This creates an excellent learning experience. Not to mention it can simulate airline flying pretty well. The end result of the long days of training is that you will have condensed years of flying into a few months, and you will be ready for that dream job!
Train Like the Pros Fly
Most commercial flying jobs don't resemble the typical flight school experience. As a commercial or airline pilot, you don't get to pick a specific plane to fly; you can't decide you don't want to fly the Vegas to New York route because it's boring, etc. How do you know if you like that type of flying? Accelerated programs can emulate airline processes and help to highlight whether you are compatible with airline flying or not. Accelerated programs may have dispatchers who schedule aircraft. They might even schedule your cross-country flights. The bottom line is accelerated airline training programs are designed to produce airline caliber pilots and the best way to do that is by training pilots to fly the way the airlines demand.
Job Placement Services
The best asset for trainee pilots, is a job placement service. Many accelerated programs are affiliated with one or more airlines. Their training might cater to the more specific desires of those airlines in exchange for job placements or guaranteed interviews of program graduates. This is a great benefit for future career pilots, because it provides them with a leg up after graduation. Rather than being aimlessly cast out into the world, graduates are connected to people in the industry. Even if they don't get an airline job out of the training, they at least have a built-in network for later. Regardless of job prospects, graduates of these programs are commercially-licensed and able to take on any number of other flying jobs.
Accelerated airline training is one of the best values in flight training for career pilots. There are other benefits, but these three take top billing. After all even if nothing else works out, you are still going to get training modeled after the airlines that allows you to get multiple licenses and ratings quickly and you will graduate ready to fly.
Matthew Everett is a private pilot and aviation blogger. You can find his blog at http://leavingterrafirma.com.