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User currently offlineOozabooza From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1892 times:

I am 27, have approx 8 hours of flight time and wish to go ahead with training to make piloting a career. My goal is to fly for a major air carrier. My question is at 27 am I too old to begin from essentially zero hours or do I still have a good shot at making this a reality. My instuctor is 26, only started flying last September, and feels that with the upcoming boom, age does not really matter and 27 is fine. He even related a story of a man who BEGAN flying at 50, was hired by Alaska at 52 and is now flying 737's until retirement! So, at 27, do you who are in the business feel I have a legitimate shot? Thank you for your advice!

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User currently offlineTAA_Airbus From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1797 times:

What have you been doing for the last 10 years  

But in all seriousness, If youve got the money and time to more or less do nothing but flying, I reckon youve got plenty of time.


User currently offlineTAA_Airbus From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

Just a question to anyone that reads this, would you be more likely to get a job with a degree in aviation rather than just going through a flying club or local flight school?

And is there a height limit for being a pilot?


User currently offlineFuture_747_f/o From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1781 times:

You are more highly looked at if u have a degree. QANTAS preferes you to have a degree and to come from a flying school not the military

User currently offlineTAA_Airbus From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1777 times:

Thats funny, I heard Qantas gives no preference to degree or no degree, all comes down to performance on jobs already done. I know they are not to crash hot on military pilots because 1. dont come from a conservative passenger carrying background, and 2. Air force, once trained requires you to do quite a few years service, so by the time your out, your actually quite old anyway, and airlines generally dont look at you.

Ohgod, Ooza, you didnt hear that did you  

But anyway, I'll go to uni next year and see where it leads me from there. Id rather get Jimmie Strongs job, however, Id settle for flying  


User currently offlineATRpilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

Go for it!

At 27, you should have plenty of time to get to the airlines and probably still make captain before retirement. Just a few things to keep in mind before you start on your way:

1. I'm assuming by looking at a profile that you have a four year degree. Most airlines require it. It doesn't really matter in what, just so long as you have it.

2. To get to the airlines quickly (2-3 years) you will need significant financial resources and allot of free time. Remember that your first flying job will probably be a pretty big downer pay-wise.

3. Keep yourself healthy!

4. Keep your driving and criminal record spotlessly clean.

5. AND HAVE FUN!

See ya up there

ATRpilot... commuter dog!


User currently offlineOozabooza From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1749 times:

Thank you all!

User currently offlineN4KHGirl From United States of America, joined May 1999, 297 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1753 times:

LOL there better not be a height limit! Coming straight from the BFG (Big friendly Giant),

~*Camille*~
6ft tall  


User currently offlineDelta737 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 516 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

I'd tell you to look at my website because I have a lot of information on this but I'd either get my message deleted or banned from the forum. So check my profile and go from there.

I've seen 23 year old new hires at Delta and I've recently met a 53 year old new hire. It basically depends on your level of motivation to suceed in the aviation field.

Also, I've seen pilots barely over 5"3 and others that are nearly 7' tall (at least it seems).

Basically as long as you are tall enough (short enough?) to reach all of the cockpit controls, you're golden. The seats in a modern airliner fully articulate and the rudder pedals raise and lower.

Doug Taylor
Delta 737 FO
(currently in ATL for MD-88/90 training)

Oh, on the MD-88/90 if anyone is wondering. The aircraft is like the "missing link" because all of the overhead stuff is right out of a DC-9 but the rest of the aircraft is quite modern. Strange.



User currently offlineAdministrator From Sweden, joined May 1999, 3251 posts.
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1761 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
SITE ADMIN

That's not true Doug and you know it.

To quote the rules:
You may however post a link to a web page that is of high relevance to a certain discussion...

Your website is certainly relevant to this discussion so go ahead and post if you wish.

Johan



Working on the site from morning 'till night that's livin' alright (1997-2007)
User currently offlineDelta737 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 516 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1735 times:

Oh hey Johan!

I stand corrected! Just that a few weeks ago, well that's the past!

BTW, Delta uses a lot of your pictures during their training process, complete with the credits and the site address.

And they look good on the giant projectors they use for training also!

Doug


User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

Hi all, just wanted to put my 2 cents in. Don't ever let "age" deter you (anyone) from going after something that you want. I am 47(!!!) and believe it or not I have wanted to be a flight attendant for years and now find myself in a position to go for it. I am going to be attending an open house soon for a major airline and yes I am nervous about being in a room full of people half my age going for the same thing, but if I don't TRY than I will be sitting in some retirement community in 20 years regretting it!! and I don't want to be doing that!
Thanks,
Dk.


User currently offlineHP737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 12 hours ago) and read 1705 times:


DK - Go for it! Lots of people (both male and female) are choosing to be a flight attendant as a second career later in their working life. In fact, it's a great post-retirement career! And a great way to do all the traveling you planned to do!

Good Luck!  



User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 months 11 hours ago) and read 1705 times:

Thanks HP737!

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