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You were born 100 years too late. In order to be an improvement over existing designs, airplanes become ever more complex and every detail is optimised over years and years. The days when someone like Robert Hall or Kurt Tank would design and test fly their designs are long gone. The best you can do is to design an experimental aircraft and maybe market it ...


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Rather than being concerned with titles, let's take a look what's involved in designing/analyzing/certifying a modern airplane: External aerodynamics: deduce the aerodynamic characteristics and propose changes in outer model line as required to achieve the desired characteristics. Skills: applied mathematics, aeronautics engineering. Flight science: deduce ...


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I'll address the question in the title: how to get into actually designing an entire aircraft. Not every component, but making the major, visible decisions. Such jobs do exist, but they aren't easy to get. Design is an iterative process that goes continuously more in-depth on every step. It begins with a requirements document, which are responded to with ...


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Some years ago (in the 80s) I tried out for ATC in Canada and took the preliminary screening test, which was a series of 25 diagrams representing radar displays with targets moving around different airways, crisscrossing each other in various directions, and you had to answer 2 questions for each diagram, whether or not targets at different speeds and ...


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It is country specific In the US, as well as I can translate the legalese to English, your application must be accepted by the FAA before you turn 30. (I considered it myself, about a decade too late.) In Canada, you must be at least 18 years of age, but I couldn't find any readily available maximum. As another answer indicates, there may not be one. In ...


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Not for modern airplanes. Let's look at an example. Take a small airplane, the Cessna Skyhawk. Even on an airplane that small, Cessna doesn't make all of the components itself. For example, the engine is made by Lycoming, the avionics are provided by Garmin, the propeller is made by McCauley etc. There isn't a position at Cessna involved in the design of all ...


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Your previous education does not matter that much, it's way more about your suitability for the extremely demanding job of professional pilot. You can enter a range of differing training paths that lead, should you successfully complete the hard training, to an atp licence. The ones that offer some kind of promise of getting hired, have rigorous selection ...


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The third point in your original list is a clear red flag: I'm a huge fan of airplane (but I'm not the type of guy loving learning every thing by heart) I don't mean to put you off with what follows, but honestly, you've got to love learning everything by heart in the military in general, let alone the airforce. Becoming a professional pilot is ...


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Probably the last guy that was able to do that successfully was Burt Rutan. A person whose history is worth studying if you are interested in this sort of thing. Designing a complete aircraft from scratch today is far less likely then designing a complete car.


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If to see an aircraft as a vehicle that is able to fly by gaining support from the air, the definition may cover also drones of all kinds. Then a realistic way would be to create a startup that designs a drone. For instance, I know a Swiss startup that designed unusual VTOL fixed wing drone offering much more endurance than its helicopter-like competitors. ...


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I would say that an airline will avoid hiring an applicant that is not assessed as eventual "captain material". It's not the maximum return on the airline's investment. An applicant would never say in an interview that they only wanted to be a lifelong FO, except under special circumstances like an older hire who is likely to retire before meeting ...


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While the question is certainly subjective, I wanted to help you out as much as possible. I spoke to a friend who works as an electrical engineer at NASA and asked him your question. Based on his advice and some of my own research on your behalf, the most direct route would be to pursue an aerospace engineering degree in a good university program - CIT, MIT, ...


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This can be difficult to answer, but I'll try from a US/FAA perspective. Military Service If you want to become a military pilot you cannot have any history of mental or psychological disorder This is from the perspective of starting out to become a military pilot. If you are already a military pilot and have some kind of mental/psychological issue that you ...


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I am pilot and currently work as a flight instructor in Australia In order to become an airline pilot you need to get your initial licenses in light aircraft. No one learns to fly in a big jet. There are two main pathways to get a job in an airline Self funded and/or university training option: You start training at a flight school to obtain your commercial ...


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It would be like taking any other job in Canada. If you aren't a permanent resident/landed immigrant, you need to obtain a temporary work visa with job offer in hand. In Canada you can hire on with a 2nd tier (Regional) carrier with lower hours than the US because there isn't the "Colgan Rule" that requires 1500 hours (US Regionals have complained ...


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I think that a lit bit technical knowledge is required to at least think of being an ATC because imagine a “mayday” situation. The ATC has to plan everything according to it and this is the point where technical knowledge comes really handy. Secondly it isn’t necessary that doing five tasks together at the same time makes you suitable for an ATC because ...


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At one step remove, technical computing. Over the four years I in technical computing at BAE SYSTEMS, I was helping design: Operational research simulation Observe Orient Decide Act loops Sensor integration Genetic design of wing shape Simulated annealing of processor allocation Structural integrity modelling Radar cross-section estimation Autonomous air ...


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Study. Study. Study I am not sure if the phrase “learning every thing by hearth” in French is the same as the English phrase “know by heart”. I figure that your question just has a typo. You will need to learn to love learning. Admittedly, I only know American military pilot experiences second-hand. But, I have flown with military pilots on the civilian ...


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in the Netherlands, LVNL will not hire anyone over the age of 30 (this used to be 25 until some years ago). It's listed as the very first sentence on their website about how to get a job as a controller. There are also strict medical requirements basically the same as those for a PPL class medical. This is in no small part because there's a 5+ year ...


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If an airline pays too much attention to such difference, I would be worried. Very few accidents are caused by improper handling of the controls; the majority are due to poor pilot's decisions and discipline, so I expect airlines to focus on the latter.


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PPL - PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE This is the lowest grade of pilot certificate which allows a user to operate an aircraft in all areas of the National Airspace System with limited provisions. Along with a Third Class Medical Certificate, it allows the holder to act as PIC in all categories and classes of aircraft, or on type rated large or turbojet powered ...


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