What Kind of Pilot Are You Meant to Be?

By: Ryan Choate

What Kind of Pilot Are You Meant to Be?
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About This Quiz

Becoming a pilot isn't an easy task. Once you pass the first tests, including the written, oral and practical exams, you still have a long road ahead of you. So it's good to know before taking on the challenge if you could hack it as a pilot -- and even more importantly, find our what particular pilot job you are most suited for. 

Do you want to see the most exotic places out there, traveling to the farthest corners of the globe? Or do you want to push your abilities (and your plane's abilities) to the limit? Do you want to serve your country while doing a job you love? Do you want to see the best that Mother Nature has to offer? These are all important questions, but before you can begin to answer these, you first need to determine if you even have what it takes to be a pilot. 

You'll need to work hard. Pilots are constantly learning new avionics, new planes and new skills. And studying never stops. Never. You'll need to understand the rules regarding classes of airspace, how the weather develops and how it affects flight, navigation, aircraft systems, troubleshooting, radio communication, and regulation upon regulations upon regulations. Oh, and you need to know how to fly. 

However, if you're ready to tackle the challenge, take this quiz to see what kind of pilot career most suits you!

What's your favorite aviation movie?
Top Gun
Twelve O'Clock High
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
United 93

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Which car would you most like to drive?
Honda Civic
Ferrari Testarossa
Ford F-150
Jeep Cherokee

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During which historical era would you love to fly?
Today
The 1950s through 1980s
The 1930s and 1940s
The birth of aviation: early 1900s

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Where would your dream aviation vacation take you?
A tropical beach vacation
To perform at an airshow
A museum or place of historical importance
Hiking or fishing in the mountains

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Who is your favorite aviator of all time?
Chesley Sullenberger
Alan Shepard
Chuck Yeager
Charles Lindbergh

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If you couldn't be a pilot, what would be your second career choice?
Company CEO
Professional athlete
Police officer
Wildlands firefighter

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If you were a U.S. military pilot, which current or former aircraft would you like to fly?
The DC-3
The F-22 Raptor
The UH-60 Black Hawk
The A-10 Warthog

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What is your ideal night out?
Seeing a good movie
Attending a sporting event
Heading to the bar with some friends
Camping at a nearby lake

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What would be your favorite classic rock group to listen to on that long flight?
The Beatles
Led Zeppelin
ACDC
CCR

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What is your sport of choice?
Baseball
Boxing
Football
Skiing

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Which character trait best describes you?
Intelligent
Risk-taker
Leader
Adventurous

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What does the inside of your car look like?
It's immaculate.
It's a complete mess.
It's well-organized.
A few food wrappers, but not horrible

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Where would you prefer to live?
A bustling city
A trendy town
The countryside
The mountains

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Have you ever been in a high-speed chase?
I've never been pulled over.
Definitely
A speeding ticket here or there, but nothing more
I've only been pulled over by a park ranger.

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What drink do you start your day with?
Latte
Energy drink
Black coffee
Water

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What is your biggest fear?
Snakes
Boredom
Failure
Being trapped in a big city

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How would you spend a night in?
Binge-watching
Sleeping
Cleaning
Reading

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Why do you usually fly?
Commuting
For fun
For work
For relaxation

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How do you feel about stalls?
I would avoid them at all costs.
I would purposely induce them frequently.
I would continuously calculate the risks.
I understand the physics of them very well.

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How fast do you like to fly?
Fast enough to get places quickly
Faster than the speed of sound
It depends on the mission.
Low and slow

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What category of plane would you most like to fly?
Jet
Turboprop
Multi-engine piston
Single-engine piston

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What's the best thing about being a pilot?
The salary
The excitement
The camaraderie
The adventure

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You're headed to the airport for an early morning flight as a passenger. What are you wearing?
Same outfit I wear every time I fly
Sweatpants
Full work appropriate attire
Who cares? As long as it's comfortable.

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Settling in for that long flight, what type of movie would you choose?
A documentary
An action movie
A historical drama
A comedy

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What best describes your perfect first date?
A 5-course dinner
Catching a movie
Going to a museum
Hiking

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How does being in nature make you feel?
Itchy ...
Alive!
Focused
Inspired

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Choose one item to place on your bucket list.
Seeing the Louvre
Crashing a Hollywood premiere
Going backstage with your favorite band
Hiking Machu Picchu

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What personality trait do you most value in your coworkers?
Responsible
Fun-loving
Integrity
Dependability

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Which non-airplane craft would you most like to fly?
Blimp
Hang glider
Helicopter
Glider

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What's the most valuable thing you could do outside your career?
Unite people
Entertain people
Serve my country
Help third-world citizens

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