I was doing some research, and going into high school, it’s time for me to research about my future as a pilot and colleges. I live a short drive from Colorado Springs Air Force Academy, but my long term goal is to fly commercially. I was reading Sully’s book (the pilot who landed US airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River in 2009) and he talked about his time at the Colorado Springs academy. He was eventually able to fly F-4 Phantoms, and to me that seemed very cool.
I know this specific school requires a SAT of 1300+ (which is really high), and is hard to get into as well as hard to become a pilot. So my question was:
Which option is cheaper? Getting a PPL and an aeronautical engineering degree at a college and then going commercial? Or getting into the AF academy?
Which option is easier? Getting a PPL and an aeronautical engineering degree at a college and then going commercial? Or getting into the AF academy? Is going the academy route so demanding that it’s going to be very incredibly challenging that going PPL would be better?
I also require glasses, but after touring the afb a while ago one of the students at the visitor center told me that the Air Force could do corrective surgery. Would that affect the process?
What about the physical rigors? I’m not a very athletic person, I’m the kind that sits inside and flies flight simulators all the time. Would that limit me at all?
I’m also quite a soft, and emotional person. Sully described how the academy was designed to break the human inside them to turn them into a fighting machine. Is this true, and would it limit me emotionally?
Warm regards, Pie