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To Be Or Not To Be A Pilot  
User currently offlineB777Boeing From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 24 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 5632 times:

Recently after finishing college and obtaining a BA in psychology and sociology I look to my future career. Since I was about four years of age I can remember being enthralled with flight and commercial aviation. Having been lucky to travel much of the world, my passion has only grown stronger. Over the years I have found ways to satisfy my curiosity of aviation. I have a modest collection of aircraft parts, some of which include a 727-200 1R door, 707 2R door, 720 overwing door, 727 Braniff leather seats, galley carts, L1011 FA Seats, and more. I have finally reached a point in my life (of 24 years) where I have the freedom to decide if I am going to bite the bullet and advance in a career as an airline pilot. So much of the media surrounds around the bankruptcy of the major airlines and souring fuel costs. My belief about life is that one needs to conquer their own dreams and aspirations in order to be truly happy. There is little doubt in my mind that by becoming an airline pilot I would not be extremely happy. The other side of each and every career is the security of that profession and being appropriately compensated financially.

If I have not bored all of you already, my question to all those crewmembers out there is if I should follow my dreams. In my mind it seems like an easy decision, but when I look at the $80,000 loan I am going to take out to pay for my training at FlightSafety Academy I become quite nervous at the prospect in such a turbulent industry.

Any input would be appreciated for my own interest as well as those younger Airliners.net goers who have the same passion I did at their age!

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User currently offlineFLY764 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 114 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 5605 times:


You know you are going to follow that dream of yours!! It's great you have your two degrees, but you know damn right you will not be happy until you fly. I am in the exact same predicament as you. If you don't go to FSA you will always wonder what would have happend if you didn't. Go to FSA and I will be seeing you there in 6 months or so heh heh.

User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 5583 times:

I was in the same predicament a couple of years ago and decided to go for it and I'm glad I did. Now I'm all done and thinking of giving up my 'day job' for a CFI job to advance my skills and gain some hours. Personally, I think I made the right decision and I would advise you go for it too and see what happens. Not many people get to do something about their dreams but whatever you decide, good luck to you and hope to see you while you're sitting on that right seat of a UA T7 (Of course I'll be sitting on the left seat)  smile 

User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 5564 times:

its up to you, weighing up all the plusses and negatives-im prepared to take the risk, and I already am, doing my ATPLs. You just have to accept thres a massive risk element. However, if you do train, and it doesnt work out, at least you can say you tried, instead of hitting 50 and keep wishing you had went for it. Getting a degree is wise, its something to fall back on. Keep you options open, and never put all y our eggs in one basket. However, i wish you all the luck in your chosen career, I hope it all works out for you Smile

(NB: Although I am aware that the US and UK industries are VERY different, I feel my comment is still valid and applicable.)

User currently offlineSuperD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 5539 times:

Aviation is not a logical career choice. It's an unstable industry, and someone that sits down and makes a career decision based on practical factors would never choose it. If you want a career that's 100% practical, stay away. If you want job security, stay away. If you want to make a lot of money, run as far away from aviation as possible. It's not a very practical decision.

I also don't think I would be 1/10th as happy if I had chosen some other stable, practical career. It's something that you do because you have a passion for it. That's the only reason to make a career out of being a pilot, and that's why this question cannot be answered by anyone but you. You're weighing your heart against your better judgement, and it's up to you to decide which wins.

It is absolutely possible to get a good job flying airplanes these days. Frankly, even with certain majors declaring bankruptcy, the opportunities for low-time pilots are nearly what they were pre-9/11. It's not an easy field to break into, and it does require a lot of sacrifices. If you do stay the course, you'll be waking up every day to a job that you love. You'll be paid to feel that thrill and satisfaction that comes with a greased landing. You'll be working with men and women that have the same passion for what they do (no matter how much they complain about unions, management, and regulations).

User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 5495 times:

Quoting SuperD (Reply 4):

Very well put...

User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 5429 times:

Quoting SuperD (Reply 4):
Aviation is not a logical career choice. It's an unstable industry, and someone that sits down and makes a career decision based on practical factors would never choose it.

Agree. I regret it, but its kind of late now.

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