Which subjects to study to become a pilot?

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

To become a pilot, you have to know a few basic mathematics together with knowledge of a few other subjects.

In this post, I have removed all the confusion on which subjects to study and what to study to become a pilot after 10th.

All the essential details about the specific airplane you will use for training and basics around flying an aircraft will be taught in the ground classes 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.

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 which every pilot needs to keep knowledge of to have safe command of an airplane.

Did you actually 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 my 10th grade, I already knew by then that I want to live my life as a pilot.

To make a living as a commercial pilot requires real 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 at the time 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 next year, I enrolled in a flight school.

Once I enrolled in a flight school and started my ground class only then, I realized, 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 uses examples from physics.

If you do not understand the simple Newton law (which I believe anyone with minimal education background understands today), the matters discussed during flight training ground school will 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 everyone thinks you will need mathematics by the display of 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 ask so why someone suggested me to study mathematics?

Well, most people do not know what type of mathematics is required for the pilot’s practice.

Pilots simply have to know general addition subtraction and reading graphs.

In case you are flying in general aviation and not in an airline, you may be required to do a lot 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 calculation required by pilots to do is simple addition and subtraction.

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 done in English.

So if you are willing to become a smart pilot, then 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 will be unable to communicate with your co-workers, and you cannot participate wholly in the teamwork.

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 parts of the Middle East who struggle to speak in 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 such pilots with poor English abilities go to a foreign airport, they are going to face so 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.

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