Webinar video: Becoming an airline pilot – keys to achieving your dreams


The demand for professional pilots has never been greater. If you’ve been dreaming about the challenge, adventure and rewards as a career as a professional pilot, there’s never been a better time to make that change and begin your training.

In this informative presentation, learn keys to success as a professional pilot. We explore traditional career pathways, collegiate and academy training programs, and regulations governing ATP certification. Hear insightful tips from, Alan Nguyen, a regional airline pilot and learn first-hand what life on the line is really like.

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It was his first airplane trip at age seven that made Eric decide to become a pilot. "While boarding the airplane, a flight attendant noticed my interest in the flight deck and urged me to go talk to the pilot. I give a lot of credit to that pilot for my career choice." He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to an airline career. Eric now heads Sporty’s flight school and directs the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training Program. In addition, Eric serves as a Captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department.


  1. Ah! That sought after and vaunted “airline pilot job!”

    Has anyone discussed how boring it can be?

    Clearances are automated… auto pilots handle SIDs, enroute, STARs and approaches… those “burning blue skies” start looking a tad too familiar; kinda like “white line fever” for those of you out there that drove long haul trucks at night … your life is confined to an area barely larger than a small bathroom.

    But you say “the money is fantastic!” That is, of course, until you’re slapped with divorce papers because your “significant and darling” other has decided your lengthy absences are too much to handle ….

    …. and as you make your way up the jet bridge through a throng of passengers just to use a real restroom or get a bite to eat, you begin to wonder “maybe those days on that musty, dusty flight school sofa dispensing wisdom to 2 or 3 students were some of the best days of my career.”

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