Meet the New Pilots

The Graduating Pilots of Course 164 Meet the New Pilots

Two Girls Graduated from the Course In a moment, pilot cadets will complete three arduous years to the thundering clapping of their family and friends, and finally receive their wings. Come meet the graduates

Itay Itamar

Three long years, 1095 days and nights, are concluding now. The graduates of Summer 2012’s Pilot Training Course cannot wait any longer: In a moment, all the flights, training sessions, navigations, runs and exams will be over to the sound of thundering claps of family and friends, they will finally receive their wings.

So Who Are the New IAF Pilots?

City Dwellers: The current Pilot Training Course has a metropolitan majority. 65% of the graduates grew up in a city, twice as many as in the last course. 14% hail from residential towns, 9% from local municipalities, while Yishuv and Kibbutz members each represented 6%.

Residents of Central Israel: The most northern graduate lives in Galilee. He makes the long way to Hatzerim airbase alongside the other 23% of graduates who come from the North. On the other hand, the most southern new pilot comes from Eilat, along with 15% of the graduates who are from the South. Most of the graduates, 62%, reside in Central Israel.

Secular: On the religious front, 79% of pilot cadets define themselves as secular, 12% as traditional Jews and 9% as religious.

“Sandwich” Kids: In this course, the “sandwich” children have stolen the show. 50% of the new graduates are middle children, while the eldest constitute as only 32% of the new pilots. The remaining 18% are the youngest.

Making Music: Course 164 could possibly constitute as the next IAF singing troupe. Among the graduates there is a guitarist, a saxophonist, a pianist and a flute player. You might be surprised to know that three of them are from the combat formation.

Athletes: Three tennis players, an ice hockey player who represented the Israeli national team in the world championships and a female combat navigator who was for years the national boxing champion will all graduate from course 164.

Math & Science: 65% of the graduates studied in the scientific or mathematic department in high school, and 35% had a combined major, science-humanities. Only 9% studied in a strictly humanities department.

A Degree in Economics: Later, in the academy, the most popular subject was Economics and Management–47% of the graduates chose it. 21% studied Computers and Mathematics, 20% studied Information Systems Management and only 6% chose Politics and Government. By the way, 6% of the graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in high school.

And A Few More Details…

The pilot cadets arrived from all over the world in order to complete the Pilot Training Course: Britain, Russia, Maryland. 12% of the graduates weren’t even born in Israel, while other lived abroad for a period of time–two of the new pilots even lived in the same neighborhood in Maryland, U.S.A!

Regardless of the science and math majority, turns out that in order to be a pilot you do not have to be a mathematician: 6% of the graduates studied art in high school, and one cadet enlisted without the mathematics matriculation exam. Throughout the course he decided to make a change, and not only did he complete the matriculation exam, but also graduate with a degree in mathematics and computer science.

Surprisingly, only 39% of the course graduates were members of the scouts and other youth movements. Almost have of those, by the way, were in the scouts.

15% of the graduates volunteered for a year before enlisting, and 9% participated in one-year post-high school programs.

29% of the mothers, as traditionally is the case, are teachers. But most mothers are in other professions. 26% of the fathers are engineers while the teaching, agricultural and aviation professions have a representation of 3%.

Most of the graduates are 21 and the eldest is 25.