It has never been a better time to become an airline pilot. There is a severe worldwide pilot shortage and airlines have increased pay and benefits dramatically.
Airline Pilots earn over $200,000 per year within about 3 years & $450,000 per year within about 10 years. Top Captain pay is $590,000 per year!
Pathways for High School Students
College is no longer required to become an airline pilot, so High School Students can start preparing for one of the most lucrative and adventurous careers out there – Airline Pilot.
High School Pathway 1: Join the Club while you’re still in school!
Start flying as a Club Student at Sling Pilot Academy. Fly once a week, twice a week or whenever you would like. Start with your Private Pilot Certificate and pay as you go. Fly on weekends or during your summer break… get it done at your pace while you’re still in school. Must be 16 years old to solo – 17 to get your Private Pilot Certificate. Our dedicated instructors and ample resources ensure personalized learning for consistent progress. Click here to Join the Club.
High School Pathway 2: Join the Academy when you’ve completed high school
Sign up for our compressed 9-month (or 6-month if you’ve already completed Private Pilot) Accelerated Airline Pilot Program and become a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor in less than a year! Then, work for us as a Flight Instructor for about 1 ½ years until you have the hours required to get your first job as a Commercial Pilot flying turboprop or jet aircraft. When you are 23, get a job at an airline flying large passenger jets! Click here to join the Academy and go full speed.
High School Pathway 3: Start with our Aviation/Drone Summer Camp
Join our 2-week Drone Operating Camp this summer. Master pro-level DJI drones, fly in an FAA-approved simulator and real Sling NGT aircraft. Get a DJI Tello drone and an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, which gives you the privilege of working commercially as a drone operator for yourself or others. The package is Valued at $1,694, but our price is only $595. Don’t miss out on this fantastic summer program! Must be at least 16 years old. Click here to join our Drone Summer Camp.
High School Pathway 4: Apply for one of our Scholarships to get started
Sling Pilot Academy provides scholarships to support aspiring individuals in aviation. These include our own annual $20,000 scholarship, and a further $500,000 of scholarships made possible through an FAA Aviation Workforce Development Grant won by Sling Pilot Academy. These FAA Grant scholarships include 25 Private Pilot Certificates worth $16,669 each and 160 commercial drone pilot licenses (FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificates) valued at $469 each.
Click to apply for our scholarships:
- $20,000 Sling Pilot Academy Scholarship
- FAA Private Pilot Grant Scholarships
- FAA Remote Pilot Grant Scholarships
- Other aviation scholarships
Sling Pilot Academy
Sling Pilot Academy is the largest and most-innovative flight school in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. We use modern, glass-cockpit aircraft with fuel-efficient engines to provide flight training that is second to none.