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Pilots' Nationalities?  
User currently offlineMD11Lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3182 times:


I was born in Honduras but left when i was 3. However, i still have Honduran nationality. Growing up wanting to be a pilot, i was told that my nationality would affect my opportunities of finding good, stable jobs since Honduras doesnt a have a carrier of its own(Grupo Taca dominates Central America). I even went to an interview at Embry Riddle, and was told something similar. Is this true? Does nationality have anything to do with it..because i know Singapore Airlines employs quite a few Mexican pilots.

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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3140 times:

your education and skills as a pilot are important, not your nationality, when finding a job.


"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3116 times:

As Cancidas mentioned it is all a matter of preparation. I know many of those guys flying in Singapore Airlines, Asiana, Emirates, Cathay, Malasya and other fine airlines. All of them were chosen because of their excellent training in Mexico (before furloughed by the airlines here), Europe and the US. As a matter of fact they are considered among the best around (and so are pilots from Argentina and Chile).

You'll do fine., just worry about getting good training and study hard. It's sad in Central America there are not many opportunities for the pilots, but that is not exclusive of that region. Think of it as only one of many difficulties we have to sort out. Don't give up; that you'll get there.

RM  Smile



There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3062 times:

I was born in the USA... used to be an American...
I was a pilot with PanAm, 1969 to 1991... We had a few pilots who were not USA citizens... British, French, but most resided in the USA...Then after that I flew one year with Cargolux (Luxembourg), many there were from Iceland, but they had some 30 different nationalities among pilots...
xxx
Then I finally got hired in Argentina, in 1993, learned to speak Spanish, got married to a Buenos Aires young lady (I was a widower), and took Argentina citizenship. I love it down here... although they laugh at my accent, they know I adore my new country. They gave me a second career...
xxx
Honest, you can be hired in many countries, but I would suggest that you learn (if applicable) the language of that country, and maybe acquire the citizenship of that host nation...
xxx
Happy contrails  Smile
(s) Skipper


User currently offlineWbryce From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3046 times:

Sounds like you have it all set up B747Skipper  Smile

Im still a young pup leaving mummys side shortly, just looking for a place to start my training, hopefully ill have a career that i can compare to yours one day Big grin


User currently offlineMD11Lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2975 times:



Boeing747 Skipper!

Wow! What a great career! I really envy you. I would ve loved to do that, at least for a certain part of my life. Unfortunately, I didnt pursue a career in aviation, instead, im studying law now. However, i do plan to start flying in the near future, but for my own pleasure.
An experienced pilot like yourself can certainly answer a question i ve been asking myself for a long time......have you ever gotten tired of flying?

Thanks,

Ces


User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

Estimado MD11 -
xxx
Really not tired of flying... my wife says, when you retire, are you going to look for a real job and work...? Truth is, I love the travel aspects of flying, making friends around the world, and the companionship of my crews...
xxx
I could not live without that... in 5 years, at age 65, I will retire, but probably will remain in the management of the company, possibly heading the training department... or represent them overseas at IATA or ICAO meetings, who knows... as long as I can travel, I will be happy...
xxx
Flying is fun... I never think of it as a job... but going to the office is another matter... I hate these stupid secretaries who spend their time filing their nails... and surviving from coffee break to coffee break...
xxx
(s) Skipper



User currently offlineMD11Lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2899 times:

Skipper,

Your response is what i wanted to hear. Once an aviation fanatic, always an aviation fanatic. How great to have a job that really isnt a job. I wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors, as for me, i will spend my days watching planes land and take off at airports, and hopefully fly them one day.
Do you fly for Aerolineas Argentinas? Ever flown an MD11?

Regards

MD11Lover


User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

MD11Lover...

You'll be surprised to know you were not the only one having those terrible "wrong career" thoughts. Good to know you like your current choice and better yet that you will persue your ambition of becoming a pilot -at least for pleasure-.

I always wanted to be a pilot, ever since I can remember. However after high school I was pretty much forced to study something else before aviation. I went 5 years to law school; graduated two and a half years ago and two months after that I was getting my first license. For some time I thought I was loosing precious time in a boring classroom while I could be logging hours. That was partially true; but now I feel relieved to know there is something else I can count on just in case something happens in this highly unstable industry.

Good luck with the books and better with the throttle man !
RM  Smile



There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
User currently offlineMD11Lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2881 times:


Fly727,

I will be patient, and fly one day. Good to know im not the only who has faced the dilemma. However, this only motivates us more doesnt it?

MD11


User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2804 times:

MD11Lover,

No you are not the only one...I have always wanted to fly, but never had the chance/resources etc. I am now on a career track in hotels. However, I recently got my private pilot's licence and loved it more than I thought I would. I also didn't know if I was up to it. I felt proud when I got my private licence in just 40 hours. That is a tremendous boost for my morale and now I am seriously contemplating changing careers. I'm 25, so I hope I am not too late...

cheers



I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with keyboards.
User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2781 times:

Disculpes MD11Lover...
Pan Am was 727, then 707, then 747 for me...
During furlough 1970s I flew DC8s for ONA - Overseas National...
Cargolux was 747... Now Aerolineas is 747...
Never flew the MD11 - one F/E is missing... I am against that...
xxx
Happy contrails  Smile
(s) Skipper


User currently offlineDOn From Japan, joined Jun 2003, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

Never flew the MD11 - one F/E is missing... I am against that...

Thanks and Gracias, 747skipper. Appreciate the support.

A 747 FE


User currently offlineMd11lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

What does " F/E" stand for? I dont know...

Md11Lover


User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

Flight Engineer; also known as Second Officer in some aircraft.

RM  Smile FE



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