Which subjects to study to become a pilot?

You do not have to master any complex subjects to become a pilot.

To become a pilot, you have to know a few basic mathematics and a few other subjects.

In this post, I removed the confusion of subjects to study to become a pilot after 10th.

I will discuss the specific airplane you will use for training and the basics of your flight training.

So if someone tells you that you cannot learn to fly an airplane just because you do not have a science background, it means he does not know anything about pilot training.

Regardless of your educational background, the ground training lessons in flight schools will prepare you to become a better commercial pilot.

Which subjects to study to become a pilot?

Two main subjects to study to become a pilot are:

  • Physics;
  • Mathematics.

And that is not all. There are several other subjects that every pilot needs to know to have safe command of an airplane.

Did you think you have to study Physics and Mathematics to become a pilot?

That is not the real story.

Let me share my story with you. When I finished 10th grade, I already knew that I want to live my life as a pilot.

To make a living as a commercial pilot requires actual flight hours and basic knowledge of many subjects related to aviation and flying.

So once I finished the 10th grade, I had to choose subjects for further studies.

Someone told me if I want to be a commercial pilot, it is best to study Physics and Mathematics for my high school or advanced level.

As too much information was not available online around pilot training, I decided to study physics and mathematics.

I studied hard to do my best for high school exams to pursue my career as a commercial pilot.

All went well, and I passed my high school exam with a good score, and by the following year, I enrolled in a flight school.

Once I enrolled in a flight school and started my ground class, I realized that studying physics and mathematics was never vital for becoming a pilot.

So why did everybody tell me to study Physics and Mathematics?

Well, there was a good reason for that. There are so many topics in aviation that use examples from physics.

Suppose you do not understand the simple Newton law (which I believe anyone with minimal education background understands today). In that case, the matters discussed during flight training ground school will be slightly tricky for you.

By challenging, I do not mean you will not understand.

I only mean it may take a little while to comprehend and catch up with the class discussion.

NOW, I asked myself, why did I study mathematics?

People who have no connection with the pilot training or do not understand aviation will say different stuff.

Do you think it is wise to take advice from someone who is not an expert in the field?

It is so apparent that everyone thinks you will need mathematics by displaying all the complications in the cockpit.

The pilots have to know maths to solve all the complicated equations inside the cockpit to fly the airplane.

However, it is correct modern airplanes today are equipped with all electronic displays.

Pilots today carry iPads that can solve most of the complicated equations in a blink of an eye.

And there are hundreds of applications to aid pilots with the calculations.

RELATED: Aviation apps for pilots and flying.

You may wonder:

Why do people suggest studying mathematics?

Well, most people do not know which subjects are essential for being a pilot. They only tell what they guess.

Pilots have to know general addition subtraction and reading graphs.

If you are flying in general aviation and not in an airline, you may do more calculations.

Sounds confusing, right?

Because in airlines, so many tasks are distributed among the staff of the airlines. As a result, pilots have less pressure on them.

But most of the time, pilots only solve easy mathematical calculations.

However, I want to share some other subjects to study to become a pilot.

Knowing the subjects Physics and Mathematics are crucial to becoming a pilot.

That is not all. You have to grasp:

  • Geography;
  • Chemistry;
  • Teamwork and communication skills.

It is not that you only need basic knowledge of Physics and Mathematics; knowing geography and chemistry will aid you in becoming an excellent pilot.

Lastly, I want to say regarding Teamwork and communication skills. For which you have to be fluent in English.

Isn’t English the universal language?

Yes, more or less, everyone understands English around the world.

However, all the communication in the aviation industry is in English.

So if you are willing to become an intelligent pilot, you have to be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking in English.

If you are a pilot and cannot communicate properly in English, that will affect your workplace. You cannot participate wholly in teamwork without proper communication with co-workers.

For ensuring safety in aviation, teamwork is crucial.

Do you think everyone speaks English fluently?

Just because you are a native English speaker, you may think English is easy.

I have seen many pilots from China and the Middle East who struggle to speak fluent English.

It does not affect their teamwork all the time.

Because in places like China, most communications within the workspace can be done in their local language.

As well as the pilots can communicate with the air traffic controllers in their local language.

Thus, if pilots with poor English abilities go to a foreign airport, they will encounter many problems.

Below is a video of a Chinese pilot who had minimum English skills.

Do you understand the essence of speaking English fluently in aviation?

English will not only help you with teamwork, but it will also play an essential role in piloting safer flights.

21 Replies to “Which subjects to study to become a pilot?

    1. It is not an issue if you don’t have physics.
      I say physics would help because some laws will help you during your pilot training ground school. For instance, think like this if you had physics during your high school, you can quickly grasp ground school materials in flight school.
      Regardless, there is no requirement for flight school students to have physics before enrolling. You will learn all essential subjects for pilot training during ground classes.

  1. The only option at my high school is chemistry&physics. I can’t take them separately. So let’s say I don’t take that class in high school. Will I have to take some extra months to learn chemistry in aviation school?

    1. Chemistry is not fundamental for flight training. Knowing basic Chemistry would help and that you will learn in aviation school. Thus don’t worry about having chemistry in your high school.
      You can learn most topics you need for becoming a pilot, during your pilot training ground classes.

    1. It’s alright if you don’t take Physics at your high school. However, Physics helps to grasp certain topics quicker during flight training ground school. Regardless, anything that is necessary for flying, you will learn during your pilot training.

      1. I am confused. Will I have to go to flight school for 2 years and then college for a bachelor’s degree? Would I get financial aid for flight school or is that all out of pocket? I struggle with physics in highschool. It’s not the concepts, but it’s more the math of physics. However, I do great in calculus and other math subjects.

    2. Good evening
      Physics is a very nice subject once you are determined. physics was one of my most hated subject but I realized that the reason for that was because I was scared of failure. So one day I sat down and said to myself since others can do it you can do it too and I believed in myself and was determined.now am one of the best physics student in my class so I tell you if I can do it you can.

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