• Question: Is it a good idea to study engineering if you want to be a pilot?

    Asked by carlisleunitedfc to Ant, Dan, Matt, Mike, Steph on 15 Mar 2012.
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      Stephanie Tomlinson answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      I know someone who studied mechanical engineering as has trained to be a pilot. Unfortunately it is very difficult to get work as a pilot so he is doing engineering in the aeronautical industry instead. So if you like planes ( & like maths, physics, being vreative and solving problems), then studying engineering would be a good idea – just in case the pilot career does not take off. (apologies for the pun)

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      Matt Maddock answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      I would think it’s an excellent idea! I know that if was going to be in charge of an aeroplane, I’d want to have as good an understanding as possible of how it worked!

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      Anthony Hollingsworth answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      Yes, even though pilot skills are mostly something you dont learn at school (but you will need maths at least for that). Its a very competitive job as lots of people want to be one! If you study engineering and physics and understand how everything works then you would have a big advantage over other people and it would be much more easy for you to get the job you want

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      Mike Salter answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      I know someone who studied aerospace engineering who’s now been accepted onto a pilot training scheme.

      Sounds great to me!

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      Dan Veal answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      just for fun I asked advice from another engineer at work, James, who said this!

      “I have a few pilot friends; they studied mech eng, aero eng and mathematics. They also all learnt to fly small planes while at University, when it was highly subsidised.”