The next big step for jet pilots will be flying in a jet.
For those who want to get the job done, the National Aviation Academy (NAA) in Los Angeles is preparing the way.
NAA is the main training and education body for US Air Force, Navy and Marines.
The academy is also home to the National Air and Space Museum and a large fleet of Boeing 747s.
There are more than 150 flights per day for those looking to jump start their career.
It is a lot to do, but that is what it is for NAA, says aviation instructor and instructor-turned-professor, Jeff Davis.
It’s also a big learning opportunity for those who don’t have the training.
There is an abundance of aircraft for pilots who want a bit of excitement.
The first step is to decide whether you want to go to the academy or to a school, says Davis.
For NAA students, the Academy is a big step forward.
But there are other steps that need to be taken as well.
First, students must register with the academy and obtain an aircraft.
Then, there are certification exams and pilots must pass the Air Transport Command (ATC) Aviation Qualification Test (AQT) to be eligible for the academy.
Davis says this step is a bit like starting a new job, where the first few weeks of the program can be challenging.
Once that is over, students can expect to fly.
He says there are no hard and fast rules.
Davis also says the school is preparing for the next generation of pilots.
There has been a surge in pilots over the past decade.
The Air Force has seen more than 50,000 graduates since 2009, up from 20,000 in 2010, according to Davis.
He expects more students will join the military as the training continues.
But the NAA has a plan to make it easier for those already in the aviation field to get into the military.
There will be a lot of focus on the training for pilots, but there will be also be a focus on building the military to handle it.
There was a lot more focus on how do you get the people that are already there, he says.
“You can’t get those people out the door,” he says, “and there is going to be a need for new people in the military.”
So, for those of you looking to take flight, the next step is going back to the Academy.
The NAA’s website is here.
For more information, visit the NAF.com site.