Do You Want to Be an Air Force Pilot Like Me?
Growing up in a family who share a fascination for fighter jets, I have always been interested in becoming an Air Force pilot…more specifically and Air Force One pilot (I know). I can still remember the many Sundays my siblings and I spent assembling toy jets in our living room when we were children. There was a time that I was bent on someday wearing aviation clothing while flying an aircraft.
However, just like many children, my future career prospects changed as time went by. Not long after my obsession on becoming a jet fighter pilot, I decided that being a disc jockey was way cooler. That dream changed again in only a matter of months. If I remember correctly, I also wanted to become a doctor, a teacher at a girls secondary school and Batman at one point.
But hey, if you really want a career as an Air Force pilot, there is an opportunity waiting for you at the Royal Australian Air Force. Many people think that it is extremely difficult to be recruited by the Air Force, because every year almost fifty percent of the applicants are immediately turned down, but just like what they say, instead of saying a glass is half empty, say it is half full. Defence Force Recruiting does not expect you to be the smartest kid in school, nor do they expect you to be the best school athlete. As an organization that is looking for well-rounded individuals, the Royal Australian Air Force wants you if you can easily adapt to new situations and make logical decisions as well.
Training at the Royal Australian Air Force
After making it to the Air Force, which means you have passed a series of tests which you can find on AirForce.gov.au, training will commence at Officer Training School, RAAF Base East Side. Once you graduated from the training school, you will enter the exciting flight training program at Tamworth’s Basic Flying Training School. When you have already received training on the CT-4B basic flying aircraft, you can start tell people that you are a pilot…well, maybe just your family. However, you will feel more like a pilot when you progress to the next training, which is the PC-9A aircraft at the second Flying Training School which you will find located at RAAF Base Pearce. After successfully completing the training, you will earn Pilot Wings.
You still have to undergo further training which will lead you to the aircraft that is right for your abilities, performance, and preferences. A rewarding career, a sense of personal fulfillment, and, of course, being able to look sharp while flying an aircraft are just a few reasons joining the Royal Australian Air Force is so damn appealing. There is no harm in trying. If you think you have it in you to become an Air Force pilot, then by all means, apply.