Friday, February 13, 2009
For the first time, Chile's air force will train pilots who have not gone through its academy. Basically, any college graduate can enter pilot school if he or she meets basic requirements, such as Chilean citizenship, maximum age of 27 and good physical shape. The air force pays most of the one-year course. If you finish, you become a full-fledged warplane pilot. The air force has struggled to keep enough pilots because many leave for lucrative airline jobs. Update: About 1,000 college grads applied for 30 positions in the program.