Preparing for a career as a MEDEVAC pilot requires the same level of due diligence as any occupation in which peoples' lives may be on the line. In this case, a MEDEVAC pilot may be responsible for operating civilian EMS vehicles, aeromedical helicopters, Army air ambulances, and fixed-wing aircrafts. Here are a few steps to following in becoming a MEDEVAC pilot:
Lay the groundwork for a career in a highly skilled occupation by taking plenty of math and science classes in school. Science should be complementary to your career for a long time. You will also need to lay the foundation for medical training as well, as you will be required to provide medical evaluations in your future career. Plan on getting at least a two year degree from a medical school. If you're worried about the cost you might want to look into medical school loans from Discover.
Get flying training early on by being a part of your college ROTC program. This will provide you with one-on-one training that is usually paid for by the government. Many college students who aim for MEDEVAC flight training accrue enough hours during their ROTC years to apply for a pilot's license right out of college. In this way, planning ahead and knowing how many hours will need for your particular license is helpful.
Get experience in the field of emergency conditions by flying aircrafts and helicopters, especially under simulated combat situations. This will prepare you for the sometimes turbulent, trauma conditions a MEDEVAC pilot has to operate under. If you're unable to get entry level experience this way you should try to work for a fire department or hospital paramedic unit or any kind of rescue team that has to treat civilians in emergency situations.
Get licensed and certified in as many fields as you can. Many companies who hire MEDEVAC pilots require rigorous backgrounds and training and prefer a second class flying license, which permits you to fly commercial aircrafts. A first class FAA license may allow you to leapfrog ahead of the competition entirely, as a first class license is only technically required for an airline transport pilot and would look extremely impressive for someone right out of school.
Once you're finally ready to apply for a specific MEDEVAC pilot position, you'll want to have your paperwork ready. This includes a resume, references, military record and any relevant copies of licenses and certificates. Look at openings at hospitals, clinics and any medical institution that deals with EMS vehicles and trauma wards.
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