How Do I Become an EMS Pilot?

To become an EMS pilot, the first thing that you will need to do is put yourself through flight school.

Before you can start working as an EMS pilot you will have to learn how to pilot a plane/helicopter, and you will have to get experience and flight hours.

The best place to begin to do this is flight school. Here you will learn all about how to operate a helicopter, aerospace engineering and everything that goes into being a pilot and flying a helicopter as well as flying a plane.

Flight school is a long process, but it is the best route to becoming a pilot, and it will give you absolutely everything you need to know in order to go on to becoming an EMS pilot. 

But as well as going to flight school you will need to work on building up your flight hours as this plays an essential part in being able to secure any jobs in the aviation industry.

The best way to do this is by working with your flight school to build up hours until you have enough to begin employment with other airline companies. After a couple of years you will have all the qualifications and experience you need to become an EMS pilot.

How do I become a medical pilot?

Before you can become a medical pilot you will have to obtain a pilot’s license. The best way to do this is by attending flight school as this will allow you to learn everything that you need to know about piloting a plane. It will also allow you to build up flight hours which is important as these are essential to getting any jobs in the aviation industry.

After you have been through flight school you will be able to obtain your commercial pilot license. This is the first thing that you will need in order to become a medical pilot. As well as obtaining this qualification, you will also need to be over 18 years of ages to become a medical pilot.

If you fit both of these criteria, you will have to complete and pass the Civil Aviation Authority medical test. This test will look at your vision, hearing and physical ability, including your fitness. This is the final step in becoming a medical pilot as if you pass this you will be able to apply for jobs within the aviation industry as you are officially safe to pilot a plane.

How much do EMS pilots make?

The majority of people who work as an EMS pilot choose this job because they care about people and helping those that are in need. But being an EMS pilot is actually also a very well paid job. In fact, the average salary for an EMS pilot is approximately $55,000 per annum.

Of course, not all EMS pilots will earn this figure. Depending on the medical center that you work for then the figure could be more or less. The lowest that you will earn as an EMS pilot is roughly $33,000 a year, and the top earners in this job get paid up to $80,000 a year. So not only is it a very rewarding career, but it is well paid too.

With some companies you might find that the salary is something that goes up as you gain more experience. You will already need a certain amount of flight hours to be able to become an EMS pilot but as you get more experience in this line of work then you might find that some companies will increase the salary for more experienced EMS pilots.

What is an EMS pilot?

You might have heard of an EMS pilot but not been fully aware of what this job role means. An EMS pilot is somebody who transports patients from the scenes of major accidents directly to hospitals which have helipads. This job role also entails transporting patients from hospital to hospital where time is of the essence.

EMS stands for Emergency Medical Services, so once you realize this the job role suddenly makes a lot more sense. It is the EMS pilots job to safely transport patients who are in need of medical treatment in a quick and efficient manner.

The EMS pilot is often under a lot of pressure as they will have to focus on safely navigating the helicopter from A to B while their colleagues actively work to (often) save the life of a patient within the small space of a helicopter.

It is a tough job, but it can be incredibly rewarding which is the main reason why so many qualified pilots choose to go down the EMS route rather than choosing to pilot planes commercially for aviation companies.