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do you need a highschool diploma to become a commerical pilot


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#1 elpinoman

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 16:25

I'm not asking if it's good to have. Just asking if its possible to make good money flying helicopters with no high school diploma. Its a bet I have with a friend. thanks

#2 franky17

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 21:09

I'm not asking if it's good to have. Just asking if its possible to make good money flying helicopters with no high school diploma. Its a bet I have with a friend. thanks


to get your commercial certificate no you dont need a highschool diploma i know a guy personally that doesnt, but as far as affecting your opportunity getting a job.... beats the hell outta me

#3 Wally

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 05:21

I'm not asking if it's good to have. Just asking if its possible to make good money flying helicopters with no high school diploma. Its a bet I have with a friend. thanks


No high school diploma required. BUT- It's a competitive field, and any commercial pilot can fly, so other criteria is used to differentiate between prospects. Academics may not be listed, the lack of a degree isn't unusual, but the lack of any college is a considerable handicap to overcome in comparison to other pilots.

Anybody who tells you that you could "make good money flying helicopters with no high school diploma" isn't telling you the whole truth. I might call Pamela Anderson, tonight, and get lucky- But the real-world odds of that outcome are pretty slim. "No diploma", "flying helicopters (professionally)" and "making good money" have only a slightly better probability of all three occurring together...

Edited by Wally, 23 April 2007 - 14:51.

Just a pilot...

#4 Gomer Pylot

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 11:15

Just like any other job, it may not be required formally, but your chances of getting any job other than flipping burgers or digging ditches without a high school diploma are on the lower end of the scale between slim and none.
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#5 FlyNHighNFast

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 18:49

The question should be: Without an inheritance or winning the money, can you afford to become a commercial helicopter pilot without a high school diploma?

#6 67november

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 20:51

well of course you can, it takes determination and positive atitude.
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Posted 24 April 2007 - 08:33

I've been to several interviews and was never asked about my highschool diploma, or any other degree. I don't even have highschool listed on my resume, it took up extra space and I wanted to get it down to one page.
Basic Flying Rules: "Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there."

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#8 wild_blue

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 19:13

I don't think you would really need a diploma if you were just going to be a private pilot but I would think that if you wanted to be a commercial helicopter pilot you probably would need a diploma,I mean,I just can't see a company hiring someone without a diploma,atleast I don't think.........but then again you never know.

#9 james28

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 20:03

either way, you or your friend should definately pursue getting your diploma.
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#10 Stroh

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 15:09

either way, you or your friend should definately pursue getting your diploma.

As a prospective employee you will be flying aircraft worth hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions. As an employer would you hire someone without a diploma?

Good luck
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