JETBLUEATASW From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 56 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7100 times:
Im glad I could talk about this here without any judgment from anyone here, because you share the same passion as I do. I have wanted to be a commercial airline pilot for as far back as I can remember. I was only 4 years old when i took my first night flight on American from JFK to Jamaica. I can also remember flying TWA several times from JFK to MCO because my grandmother moved to ocala florida in 1989. I knew i loved airplanes because anytime i had to travel somewhere to go on vacation, i was more interested in the flight aspect of it, more than where i was going. Between 1998 and 2001 throughout my high school years i still loved flying, but never really did it anymore. I also was in special ed(or that the school thought i needed to be) for most of my school career until 11th grade when my mother faught to have me removed from special ed because everyone believed it was unnecessary to have me there. Unfortunately do to that and a number of other serious things going on in my young life, i never took SATs and that basically caused my dreams of going to the College of Aeronautics outside LaGuardia look bleak and nearly impossible. So the dream as I knew it, i thought had died. Of course however, when something you truly love u always wanted to do and u have not yet done it, u know it will NEVER die nor go away. Since i lived near JFK by 10 minutes, I always see aircraft on approach to JFK and of course part of me always wondered what life would be like if i had pursued the dream and stuck with it. I currently find myself employed by MTA Metro North Railroad for almost 5 years now and find i remain UNSATISFIED with my career. Im not here to MTA bash, but lets be real with ourselves. The red flag came up when I realized I had taken promotional exams within the MTA and for no apparent reason they just do NOT want to promote me. I know they have no reason to deny me because I have called in sick 1 time in 5 years and have 9 customer commendations and 1 from superintendent of operations. Its suspicious because i have literally trained people who were hired AFTER me, they asked me whats on these exams for locomotive engineer and conductor, i tell them and they are now in those positions. Anyways to get back on course here, this isnt about the Railroad. This is about the dream that I once had and still do have. I wanted to try it one day, so i go out to MacArthur Airport(KISP) for a introduction flight lesson with the flight school known as Heritage Flight Academy. I went up in a Cessna172R, and I was taxiing behind Southwest, so that was a nice dose of reality. So after one hour going up on 33L and flying the north shore and south shore of Long island, and returning to MacArthur airport, I knew this was what i wanted to career in. The folks who know in the railroad claim im just impatient and all that jazz, but I knew this is what i always wanted. When I flew that first time, I recieved confidence and i really loved it. Thats alot more than I can say working for MTA. I figure if im going to career change, let me do it now while im 24 years old, young with no children and no major responsibility. I have a fiancee' and we been goin out for 4 and a half years as of this june. She fully supports me, and i probably can marry her once i graduate college, have sufficient time to join a good regional to start with. Anyways enough of the story of JETBLUEATASW. Put the violin away, and you all tell me when did you want to start flying?
"DO ME A FAVOR WOULD YA, THE NEXT TIME U LAND A PLANE ON MY STRIP, BONE UP ON YOUR MORSE CODE"-Tom Berenger
Jamesbaldwyn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7059 times:
July 5th 2000 Holiday in western England, a small airfield I can't remember my dad took me and my two brothers up in a flight in a warrior I think. I was sitting there drooling at the instructor and wishing I could be like him. I was 9 years old then and I'm 15 now and I still am pursuing my dream. I have it all planned out and I am training for my PPL at sibson EGSP and currently have 5 Hours in my logbook. I have financial support from my great mum & dad who fully support me along this bumpy track full of wrong turnings.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7054 times:
I've always loved aviation, but way back in 1995, we flew from YVR to DUS via LHR on an AC L1011. I spent sometime up front and even got to sit in the captain's seat, and that was the instant that I decided I wanted to fly.
I got my PPL, multi-engine rating, night rating and even started my CPL, but it just didn't work out. So I had to give an airline career up.
For those of you still aspring this dream, when you're in flight school, you'll meet some older guys who will tell you that they wanted to fly for the airlines when they were your age, but it didn't work out. Don't end up like them! Stay focused and work hard, you won't regret it. Don't ever have to end up telling people that it didn't work out.
Md94 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6999 times:
I have wanted to be a pilot since I was very young and I'm still waiting to be a pilot. Someday I will get my PPL and be one, but who knows when that will be. The wife decided we should buy a house this year so I guess my dream will have to wait another year.
BlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 3043 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6996 times:
Quoting Md94 (Reply 10): The wife decided we should buy a house this year so I guess my dream will have to wait another year.
Ah there, my friend, you have become a victim of diminishing returns. The secret is to stay single and invest in flying. Only once you've achieved that can you also afford the significantly more expensive option of getting hitched !!!
So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(
113312 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 574 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6958 times:
Age 6 or perhaps earlier. My first ride on a Grumman Goose seaplane was really quite a thrill. But, we also made many trips to the airport to pickup Dad from business trips back in the days when you could go outside and really see, hear and smell those prop planes and even the early generation jets and turboprops. (1958-1969) I got one ride in a DC-3 in 1961 and my first ride in a new Boeing 720B in 1963.
JewPilot From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6812 times:
For me, about three years ago, at age 13. Unfortunantly, my family does not have the funds to send me to flying lessons. I plan on attending the University of North Dakota James G. Odegaard School of Aerospace in Grand Forks, ND, in two years. Hopefully, there I will graduate certified in VFR, IFR, and, maybe have my license for CRJ work here at my home near MSP. Dreams can come true.
Flyboyseven From Canada, joined Feb 2007, 905 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6696 times:
I have wanted to drive things that movee since the moment i was cognitively functional. I wanted to drive trains boats, trucks planes, ect. Probably wanted to be a pilot since i could visualize their being a "driver" for the plane.
As long as the number of take-offs equals the number of landings...you're doing fine.
Pilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6688 times:
Ive always wanted to be a pilot, my earliest childhood memory is flying Ansett NZ DUD-AKL and being thrown on the plane because we were late lol.
Ive always loved planes, im 17 now and trying to decide what to do with my life. I want to be a Pilot but there are also many careers that im interested in and are easier to get to.
Over here in Aussie you will need atleast 1500 hours before a major will even blink at your application. Hopefully this pilot shortage arrives in the next few years. If only i had the abode to work in the EU then i would be right do a Advance Diploma in Aviation and then go over there
Jamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6558 times:
Well I was on a flight with my family, we were split in 2 and i was sitting with my mum and some old guy was next to my mum and he turned to me and said "i hear you want to be a pilot" which i didn't at the time, I wanted to design them but i thought about it over a few weeks and thought ya know i would love to do that. So for Christmas i asked for a trial flight and have now been training for 2 years.
You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!