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Aviation Resources

Welcome to our aviation hub, where we navigate the skies of specialized terminology and knowledge with ease. From deciphering acronyms and mastering the NATO Phonetic Alphabet to understanding instrument ratings and medical certificate requirements, we’ve got you covered. Explore our content to unlock the keys to success in this exhilarating industry!

We’ll be expanding this section over time, so keep your eyes out!

Pilot Licenses


Interested in what it takes to become a pilot? From Student Certificates to Airline Transport Pilot Licences, we’ve got you covered!

Aviation Glossary


Learning aviation terms is like learning another language. Browse a collection of some of the most common terms here.

Aviation Alphabet


Alpha, Bravo, Charlie… It’s easy as 1-2-3. Learn about the Aviation Alphabet and how you’ll use it as a pilot.

Scholarship and Internships


Cost can be a major barrier to access to aviation, but there are opportunities available to make getting your feet off of the ground a little easier.

Frequently Asked Questions

There’s a lot of new information you have to learn before being a pilot and it’s very normal to have questions every step of the way. Here are a few questions we see come up more often than others!

Q: Do I need to have a college degree to be an airline pilot?

A: While some airlines may ask for a degree, it’s not always a must. Having one can boost your chances, though. What’s really key is getting your ATPL.

Q: Do I need a license to fly a drone?

A: Absolutely. To fly a drone under the FAA’s rules, you’ll need a Remote Pilot Certificate. There’s a small fee for this.

Q: Do I need a radio license to be a pilot?

A: For many big airlines, you’ll need the FCC’s Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit (RR).

Q: License vs. certificate? Which is correct?

A: Organizations like the FAA sometimes use “license” and “certificate” interchangeably on their website, but the official term for a piece of paper that gives you the legal right to fly an aircraft is called a certificate.

Q: Is becoming a pilot hard?

A: Becoming a pilot may seem very hard at first. There are a lot of new terms and skills that you likely won’t have heard anywhere else if you didn’t grow up around pilots. No pilot gets to fly without studying and learning the basics though, so keep at it!

How much does it cost to become a pilot?

Becoming a pilot definitely comes with a price tag, there’s no way around it. In fact, cost is one of the biggest barriers to becoming a pilot, which is one of many reasons we see less diversity in aviation than we do in other STEAM fields.

The short answer is that you can expect to pay around $15,000 to get your Private Pilot License in Oregon if you’re starting with no help or industry connections. Don’t get sticker shock, though! There are a lot of ways to bring that cost down to something more manageable. Check out our guide on Pilot Licenses here for more information.

Q: What if I'm not sure if I'll like flying? How can I try it out without getting in a big airplane?

A: A good place to start your journey is by taking a free discovery flight with the Young Eagles. These flights are available for students age 8-18 and come with quite a few benefits that will help give you a head start to your licensing such as a free EAA Student Membership which comes with a log book, free access to Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course ($279 value), FAA Knowledge Exam Reimbursement ($175 value), free first Flight Lesson at the flight school of your choice ($130 value), and access to EAA scholarships and more!

If you decide after that flying isn’t for you but you still think it’s cool, that’s okay too! There are plenty of jobs in the Aerospace sector where you can work with and around aviation while not being a pilot yourself.

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