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User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3143 posts, RR: 11
Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6059 times:

I don't mean, how many wish they were, or how many count flight sim.

I would like to know how many actually fly. I don't care on the rating, or if you only have flown a 150. Tell your stories.

As for me, I'm working on my multi-engine commmercial. I'm currently ASEL with an instrument rating. My ultimate goal is to fly for a nice corporate flight department or for a large freight operation (think Fed Ex). I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!!  Smile


DMI
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User currently offlineKateAV8 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 99 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6002 times:

Hey Pilotpip, I'm finishing up my private & going for my commercial license...I'm planning to fly corporate jets. Ahhh, and you're right...I wouldn't trade it for anything either!

As for stories? Hmmm...my friends who work for commercial carriers actually have tons of funny stories - one friend of mine is an F/O for ASA...while they were taxiing to the runway one afternoon he was trying to make his Captain laugh by doing his most perfect Mama Klump (Nutty Professor) impersonations. (He sounds just like Eddie Murphy doing Mama Klump...kinda scary, LOL) All of a sudden the FA was right behind him in the cockpit, acting really nervous, and said "Hey uhhh, Matt, ummm, the pax in the back are a little amused, except they're all like, uhhh, really freaked about who's flying this plane."

Yep, of course he'd forgotten to turn off the PA after he did his announcement...

Good luck!  Smile
-Kate



The only justification for looking down on someone is to help them up
User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

I've got my PPL with IFR rating...

Funny stories? Hmmm...flying out of KELN maybe. I was on final when another pilot in a Cessna 172 (I was in a warrior) pulled out in front of me and took off, then veered to the right and almost collided with me. Even after he heard me contact him on the radio....he had no idea that I was on final. It was a clear day too and any bird holding short would have seen me on final.



Save the whales...for dinner!!!
User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5867 times:

Working on finishing up CFII and multi so I can instruct at my flight school  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5844 times:

I am an instrument rated PPL ASEL

I have about 19 hours left for my Commercial License. I will get it at the same time as my multi rating in a Cessna 310Q



Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineDtw757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1552 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5811 times:

This is my first time in the forum. I have been looking at this site for years and had been thinking about joining. Talked to a FA yesterday on a MSP-DTW NWA 757-300 flight who just joined as well so I decided to join too. Hello to SEANWAS.

I am ASEL with an instrument rating. Getting ready to work on my commercial and multi ratings. I have about 30 hours riding right seat in a KingAir 300. Great experience. I love flying and especially love commercial airliners. I would really like to do it for a career but who knows, we'll see.



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User currently offlineWmupilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1473 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5792 times:

Working on my commercial instrument (IFR rating)


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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6573 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5785 times:

Got all my ATPL/CPLs etc... and flying 777s for Cathay.

User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5735 times:

Ex-TWA DC9/717/MD80 Capt. Currently 757 FO at AA/TWA. Slated to be furloughed in Feb. Applying to AirTran, ATA, Emirates...

Don't let examples like mine scare you away from this business. I wouldn't trade my 17 years of experiences, stories and friends for ANYTHING. Some people are tempted to throw up their hands and leave the business during times like these. It would seriously shorten my lifespan if I weren't flying.

For those just starting, stop and smell the roses. Keep plugging away--you'll make it someday. But for now, try to savor the experiences during your "time-building struggles". I look back and some of the best memories were from the general aviation and commuter days when I didn't know if I would make it to "the big time".

Also, keep in mind, the "big time" is what you make it. There are lots of people who are very happy flying RJ's or Lears for a living and there are some very bitter and unhappy people in the left seat of 777's and 744's. I try not to gauge my happiness by my W-2.

Enjoy!TC



FL450, M.85
User currently offlineSchreiner From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5668 times:

I´m a glider pilot, since my 14th birthday. Flying since then. Mountainflying, aerobatics... done all in a glider. Few engine lessons taken, but I rather soar. Soaring is more "real" flying in my point of view.

Too bad that I can´t earn money with it.

Cheers,
Schreiner



Soaring the internet...
User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5623 times:

Too many ratings and too many hours in too many planes.....  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Nuts


Never Trust Your Fuel Gauge
User currently offlineBoeingflying31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5605 times:

I'm currently a solo pilot. I've been flying ever since I was 13 and I'm planning to get my PPL in 2 months(on my 17th b-day). I have about 160 hours of flying time.
-BF31


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5574 times:

Hundered and some hours (gotta add up the book) on a PPL ASEL. Going to be doing my instrument and commercial around the same time.

As for funny stories... hmm... I started flying in Michigan a few weeks ago (I just moved for school), and I almost died when I saw how much class G airspace there is here (I learned to fly in Los Angeles). It's like heaven!


FSP


User currently offlineType-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4925 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5559 times:

I am an ATP and CFI-II. I fly Gulfstreams for a major oil concern. I found airline flying wasn't my cup of tea, so I entered the Corporate Aviation field.

AA717Driver wrote:

Also, keep in mind, the "big time" is what you make it. There are lots of people who are very happy flying RJ's or Lears for a living and there are some very bitter and unhappy people in the left seat of 777's and 744's. I try not to gauge my happiness by my W-2.

You are absolutely correct! Better words were never spoken. I wouldn't change my job for the world! 99% of the time my passengers are happy as they run the show!



Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4189 posts, RR: 37
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5541 times:

Commercial Multi-Instrument.... Also CFI,CFII,MEI. I'm a new hire for Pinnacle Airlines (Northwest Airlink). I start class for the CRJ Nov. 3- so will be able to add a CL-600 type rating to that certificate.  Smile Couldn't be happier now!


Long term goal- captain for a major carrier like NW or FedEx...but I'll be happy flying for a career. Always set your goals a little farther "up the ladder" from where you are...it's amazing what you can be blessed with.



Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineAvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5492 times:

PPL with night rating, thinking of doing my instrument rating soon. I've flown/been checked out on C152, C172 and Piper Warrior. Hopefully I will soon add a C172RG and maybe a DA-20 to the list. Not exactly exciting I guess, but since I'm just doing this for fun for now I can't justify the $$$ to do any multi or commercial stuff. Maybe in time though.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Give me a mile of road and I can take you a mile. Give me a mile of runway and I can show you the world.
User currently offlineRayBolt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5478 times:

PPL ASEL-got my license back home in New Jersey (right between EWR, PHL, and even BWI a little further down). Now I'm out at UND. Big difference flying in North Dakota than the New York area!! Will be working on instrument rating next semester. Will be in the left seat for a major in the (hopefully not too distant) future.
Dan



You can't join the MHC on the ground.
User currently offlineBoeingflying31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5462 times:

Type-Rated,

Just out of curiosity, how long did it take you to become a corporate pilot? What steps did you take when you first started flying until now, flying Gulfstreams? I'm hoping to become a corporate pilot after college, even though in only 16 right now. That sounds like a pretty coo job!
-BF31


User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5415 times:

I'm a private pilot working on my instrument rating.

Nick


User currently offlineType-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4925 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5370 times:

Boeingflying31:

I would be happy to tell you how I got to where I am today. I went to a University (La. Tech) where I got my Commercial-Instrument and CFI-II.
Then I flight instructed at some small schools across the country. Several of these had "charter on demand" services where I was able to build up my multi-time and I got rated on the King Air 100 and Queen Air. I also worked some aircraft ferry jobs. I then was hired by a company flying Lear 35's and I stayed there two years until I got picked up by a major regional airline flying CV-580's. Here is where I found out that I didn't like line flying and a freind told me about an opportunity to fly for an oil company. I contacted the Chief Pilot, had an interview and here I am today some 20 years later.
I like the corporate world of aviation. Most of the time it's almost like a desk job, regular hours. Plus you usually have your holidays to yourself. But it can also be like being on a permanent reserve board. It all depends on what industry that the company that employs you is involved with. Also, there is a lot of wait time involved. Waiting for clients to return from meetings, etc.
Good luck to you with your training future. It probably took me 6 years from PPL to ATP and another 8 years to land "the big one"!



Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5357 times:

I have my PPL-SEL. I wish I could fly more often.

User currently offlineManairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5340 times:

AA717Driver - how come you're a First Officer? Did your command at TWA mean nothing to AA?

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5316 times:

I have my PPL as well...about 90 hours total...would love to go into corporate aviation in the future....

Greg



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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5300 times:

I am still working on my PPL, have just over 60 hours, and have been at it part-time for about 2 years now. Once I'm done university in April, I plan on going full speed ahead towards my IFR, CPL and all the fun ratings that come along the way.

Ideally, I'd like to fly for a prosperous Air Canada in the future, or also the corporate world. Both avenues look mighty interesting.

On a related story to what Kate gave us, a pilot I know who flies for Jetsgo was pushing back from the gate at YYZ. He was in contact with the ground controller, and right after, made his announcement in english and a very broken french for the passengers. Unfortunately, he was still transmitting to the ground frequency though!

Lots more stories to tell, and I hope to read others too.



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineAviatortj From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5279 times:

PPL  Smile
Starting my instrument rating soon with a dash of some ATC.

~TJ


25 Bruce : AA717driver, Emirates? Is it hard for a U.S. citizen to go work for a foreign airline? sorry to hear about the furlough but hey...at least they are gi
26 Mrcf : I'm FO on a GII, about to go Capt on a CE-500 for a charter company in LA. My route was a little different. Although I got my PPL in 1981 I worked fo
27 Inbound : Commercial Multi-IR rated. waiting for things to turn around in the Caribbean so I can get onto a Dash8. Would like to retire on a Jet, but I love the
28 Post contains images EmiratesA345 : AA717driver, I'm glad to hear you're letting Emirates Airline be an option. I wish you luck, and hope to hear about how it goes! EmiratesA345
29 Post contains images Cancidas : one more here. i won't say what i have, someone might get overly jealous.
30 Post contains links and images YWG : Glider pilot working on multiple power ratings. View Large View MediumPhoto © Blair Clayton http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=
31 Sccutler : PP-ASEL, IA. (Private Pilot- Airplane Single Engine- Land & Instrument Airplane). Flying keeps me sane (to the extent I can be accused of having any s
32 Ftrguy : Navy Pilot about to get my wings in about a month. Will go to the carrier for the first time in 2 weeks!!!
33 Rick767 : Going on for 3,500 hours ATPL, 4 years as an F/o on the 757/767 presently training for the 737 (-300 and NG).
34 Atpcliff : Hi! I currently fly for a US freight/pax charter airline. I'm an FO on a Falcon 20, moving to FO on the DC-9. We operate all over N. America, and some
35 Post contains images Undies737 : Hi All, 6 hr in logbook on PA28. glider pilot up to solo, but not X country yet. 15+ unofficial hrs, in (CAE built) C130H, B707, C130J simulators comb
36 Post contains images TWAMD-80 : I am an Instrument-Rated Private Pilot. Currently I am working on my Commercial. Man, those 172RG's are fun to fly! Anyways, as far as a career goes,
37 Flyf15 : Commercial (ASEL, AMEL, IA), Ground Instructor (Adv, Inst), and soon CFI (ASE). Around 325 hours...
38 Pilottim747 : I currently have 12.4 hours I've gotten up at the University of North Dakota in a Piper Warrior. Working towards my PPL, which I should have by the en
39 Pilotpip : Hey AA717driver, I work at STL and have crossed paths with tons of former TW pilots. I hope things go well for you in the future. I heard that AirTran
40 Post contains images Fly727 : Us licenses: PPL ASEL, IR, AGI (I'll go back later this year and get the commercial ticket also). Mexican Licenses: Commercial, ME, RTAR, FE B727, FO
41 FutureFO : Rated all the wat up to Comm ME. with full IFR and sitting a little over 6300 hrs TT and 3100 hrs ME. Waiting and interviewing currently trying to get
42 NormalSpeed : Aww heck... CFI-ASE, Commerical ASEL, and Instrument Airplane. Almost done with with the CFII. I've actually never set foot in a piston-multi, althoug
43 Futureualpilot : Count me in! Ive got my solo rating, going for my ppl next month
44 Jetguy : I'm a bizjet pilot and wouldn't go back to the airlines for anything. I've got the following ratings: ATP - Airplane Multiengine Land, Lear Jet, IA-11
45 Post contains links and images FedExDC-10 : LOL. In the presence of 757, 777, and corporate jet guys I feel very humbled, but, LOL, here goes. I ride around in a Diamond DA-20 like this one: Vie
46 Post contains images JAL777 : Studen pilot here... with a whopping 1.7 hours.
47 Mjzair : I am an FAA CPL/IR holder working on my JAA ATPL.. have 4 exams left, and I will be an ATP
48 Pilotpip : "Student pilot here... with a whopping 1.7 hours" We were all there at one time buddy, welcome to the club! Hope you enjoy it. I'm enjoying this threa
49 IMissPiedmont : I have a piece of paper somewher in my filing cabinet that says the FAA has licensed me. I got a commercial, a multi-engine and a couple type ratings.
50 Post contains images Fly727 : Steve: If you got your commercial, multiengine and a couple of ratings and still think you are not talented enough maybe we should redefine the concep
51 Positive rate : PPL ASEL with 130 hours total time. Aircraft flown: TB10/PA28/C172/C152
52 Post contains images JBirdAV8r : I've actually never set foot in a piston-multi, although I have an hour of loggable 737-200 time. Same here, actually...it's tough explaining that to
53 Dekx : Ahh, tipping just shy of 70 hrs with a PPL and working on the night and Instrument ratings. Not a funny thing happened to me. flying around CYTZ (toro
54 Ejazz : 1980....18 year old rookie C152 student pilot. Chased by various Credit Card Companies. Broke beyond belief but really enjoyed flying. 2003.....Old fa
55 Bobs89irocz : I have my PPL Check ride this thursday. My instructor and i went up today for a little breif over few (i loose him in Nov. to Chicago Express, is goin
56 SWAbubba : Ex-USN, currently flying for WN out of BWI. AA717driver, good luck with your job search.
57 Sushka : I suppose I will list the airplanes that I fly and, have flown, in order from start: Cessna 152 Katana Cherokee Warrior Archer Arrow Cessna 310C Cessn
58 Lamyl_hhlco : I've got my private licence last year and working on my commercial licence...but I'm thinking a lot about turning into an accrobatic pilot, i just lov
59 Cx flyboy : Ejazz, If you were 18 in 1980 then you aren't exactly an old fart!
60 SRD737NG : Started flying Cessna 172's at age 19 at Auburn University flight school. (WAR EAGLE) First "big airplane" -- Beach 1900 (1000 hours) Second "big airp
61 Javomd88 : Hi, Im a F.O. at AEROMEXICO, i fly the MD80s and soon the 737/700 that arrives at the mex hangar on the 17th of october, super cool. Aeromexico is a s
62 Uadc8contrail : pilotpip, will trade in the 744 any day for a 172/182 .....miss flying alot.....stay with the little ones as long as u can..wish i cud do touch and go
63 Flyf15 : Uadc8contrail, if you want to go from your 744 to a 172, all you have to do is go under Flight Sim's aircraft menu and change it. Get with it man, you
64 Post contains images TrnsWrld : Private and Instrument here all training done at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona. Just switched majors from Aero Sci to ATC. Took the
65 Post contains images JBirdAV8r : If you were 18 in 1980 then you aren't exactly an old fart! Over the hill, though, perhaps .....just kidding!!!!! It's interesting to see everyone's p
66 Ejazz : Thanks CXFlyBoy.....you can have a sector off me any time.
67 Cx flyboy : Thank you in advance...you never know, I might take you up on that one day!
68 Undies737 : I'm starting to get the idea that starting after your 21st is too late. Could some1 please share some light on this (particularly those from Australia
69 IndustrialPate : Uadc8contrail, if you want to go from your 744 to a 172, all you have to do is go under Flight Sim's aircraft menu and change it... Get with it man, y
70 Post contains images Mandala499 : No license... but flies RHS on Cessna 402B for ferries >3000ft. VFR/IFR total 10hrs. I'm actually a Navigator... But it's more like a bombardier... su
71 Ba299 : ATPL With the 777 type rating working on my IIIB training.
72 AA717driver : Thanks SWAbubba, Emirates and everyone else. This thread shows how great this community is and why it is so special to belong--regardless of how many
73 RJ : ATP - Airplane Multiengine Land Typed in CL-65 Commercial Privileges - Airplane Single Engine Land CFI, CFII, and MEI I started off my airline career
74 Dc-9-10 : I just did my first solo this past week, so hopefully by mid December or mid to late January I will have my PPL with endorsements for a PA28-161. Dc-9
75 Pilot kaz : im glider pilot and training in a grob 109 vigilant at the mo
76 Jayspilot : 121 pilot with 2500 hrs.
77 Rthrbeflying86 : First solo on 16th birthday (3/17/2002), Private Pilot certificate this past june.
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