There are four types of pilots: airline pilots, copilots,
flight engineers, and commercial pilots. Airline Pilots, copilots, and flight
engineers transport people and cargo. Commercial pilots do everything else,
like dusting crops, working for police and news crews, and testing aircraft.
Traditionally, most pilots are trained in the military but recently there has
been an increase in civilians that earn degrees or pilot licenses from colleges
and flight schools. These schools must be certified by the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the pilots license to be
valid. If you were to get your degree at
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) you will have to take
Mathematics for Aviation I and II, Technical Physics I and II, Navigation, and
Aerodynamics. Along with flying the aircraft, a pilot may be responsible for
minor maintenance and repair, supervising refueling, and loading the aircraft.
They also have to be able to read weather reports and navigation charts because
it is their responsibility to get their passengers to the destination safely.
In 2000, most airline pilots made between
$111,000 and $145,000 a year.
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