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Navy F/A-18 WSO to future career with airlines

Hello all! I’m a WSO currently working on my private pilot license (should finish up this spring). I am able to get out of the Navy in about a year and a half, hoping to start a career with the airlines. I would love to stay on the west coast. Any advice on where I should start?

Thank you in advance!


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Well since you’ll have your ppl,

You can start with credit for private at atp (this is an atp forum after all) and the price would be about 20k less than zero time price.

You can also start by taking your writtens exams. But they’re valid for 24 months, so be cautious of that since you said you’ll leave in a year and a half.


Welcome to the forums. Your best bet is to finish your PPL, then I recommend working on your written exams. Other than that, there is not too much else you can do. Having your written out of the way before you begin training would be a huge advantage to you, but do keep in mind the 24 month limit on the exams validity period.