Oozabooza From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2183 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!
TAA_Airbus From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2068 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
Dk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2012 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!
HP737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1996 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!