CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 13315 times:
Quote: Mr Halstead, who secured an air transport licence at the Oxford Air Training School aged 18, is convinced that, despite the sceptics, he will succeed this time.
"Age is just a number. I plan to bring an innovative, 21st Century approach to regional aviation and I also have an older, experienced team to call on," he said.
How old do you have to be to get a ATP in the UK? In the USA it's 21 I think. If not(the UK), are there any loopholes that made it possible for him to get it?
Now this is something I would pay to fly and see him actually do it. He reminds me of Clay Lacy(I wonder if he will be something like him later on in life?)
"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
Ilikeyyc From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1373 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12785 times:
I do hope that this kid and his business do very well. If I lived in the UK, I would work at Alpha1 or fly it as a passenger, but I would do so with reservations (not seat reservations, you know what I'm talking about).
You have a person who makes fiscal decisions as the boss, and now, as a pilot, will also be making operational decisions. That, in some situations (like- should I push the approach, or divert) can cause a conflict of interest. I hope as a captain he makes the decisions based on the safest option and not based on the cheapest option. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Again, I'm not a pessimist, I do hope he and his company succeed.
I think if he's smart enough to launch an entire airline plus he had a compnay at 15, he's not gonna mess around. I think this kid's a smart cookie, and he's gonna take every precaution when it comes to this venture, espically with the critics out there.
Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
WGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 33
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12533 times:
Michael Dell started Dell Computer at 19, Steve Jobs started Apple at 19, IKEA's founder started IKEA at 15, and all three of those are now world-leading companies. There are plenty of other examples of young entrepreneurs successfully launching enterprises that go on to become major corporations.
There are only a few business models with barriers to entry that are high enough to keep entrepreneurs like this out, examples being some utilities, banking, insurance and heavy manufacturing. Even these industries can be indirectly participated in by a young entrepreneur, in the form of stock investments, consulting, reselling, or other related services. Every other business is more or less fair-game.