How old should you be when you start working on becoming a pilot?
What are the common schools pilots go to? I know Embry Riddle is one.
Most major airlines will not even interview you if you dont have a 4 year degree in any field... the field that you get the degree in is not important as long as you get the hours of flight time on the side... .many chose to go with a flight major where the curriculum of the school is designed around getting you into the aviation job market... You can be any age when you begin learning but you cannot solo in an airplane until you are 16 and you cannot get your license until you're 17... Embry Riddle is one aviation school but there are many more, including North Dakota, Southern Illinois, Kansas State, University of Dubuque... just to name a few...
You go to college for commercial airline piloting. Embry Riddle is a really good school. I plan on going there for traffic management.
I would start at http://www.aopa.org/ there is a learn to fly section which will tell you everything you need to know as well as a database of flight schools. You may also want to check out this blog http://360.yahoo.com/private_jet_charter which will walk you through a real-life example.
Good luck with the flying!
If you want to become a pilot then you want to go to aviation school. You'll have to fly with instructors and what not and accrue so many hours of flight time. The more flight time you get, the better off you will be in getting a job with an airline.
Many pilots will start off flying commercially. But the commercial business is a fickle one. With many airlines going out of business. The more experienced pilots eventually try to get something more permanent and stable. Like flying for UPS or FedEx.
I schedule pilots for UPS and they do make good money.