Step 1 What to study at school to become a pilot?

The profession of a pilot is not all just wearing a uniform and admiring nice views from inside an airplane cockpit. It involves primarily work in a technically sophisticated machine. A pilot must know how airplane systems work, understand phenomena related to their functioning and the airplane flight itself, comprehend and employ values displayed on flying instruments.

If as early as a teenager you know you’d like to be a pilot, put particular attention to subjects such as maths, physics, English, and geography. Maths, physics, and geography are subjects that will make your future aviation education easier, whereas knowledge in these fields and effective computational, meteorological, and navigational skills will be indispensable in the future during your subsequent training courses and, above all, at work.

English is the mandated language of aviation and is used by pilots in their daily work. When preparing for becoming a professional pilot – that is, while training and studying for ATPL exams, you shift to using English on an ongoing basis because study materials and the exams you’re about to sit later are in English. English skills are one of the competencies tested during an airline recruitment process.