Top Gun From Canada, joined May 1999, 101 posts, RR: 2 Posted (16 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1725 times:
For all you kids/teens out there who want to become pilots, that's great. You all picked a great career. But what you all seem to have your future planned to every detail. You all have chosen the airline to which your going to fly. Trust me, you're not going to fly for that airline that you set your heart for. You're setting yourself up for a big fall. I sure hope you all will "settle" for another airline. That's if you all make it there. Many people stay in regionals and cargo because they like it better. I like people better than boxes so I'm where I am.
JETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (16 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1725 times:
Isn't that the truth. They're in for a rude awakening. Theres nothing like that fealing of getting your commercial liscense and the next day realizing thay your not able to do anything. So you get a job as a flight instructor for two years before going to fly checks in a Cessna 310 during severe IMC for 15 dollars an hour.
Then if you live throught that the real fun starts. You gop to a commuter. Low seniority and fuloughs all fort 13,000 a year. So your there for three or 5 years till you get hired by some freight company flying equiptment that was getting old when you were born.
And you are correct. That's if you make it. Students should look around on their first day of private ground school. Because 3/4 of the faces you see will never finish their commercial liscence and half of those who do will be successful in the world of aviation.
I would like to mention that when I grow up I'd like to fly captain on a 747-400 for Northwest. He He.
Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3280 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (16 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1725 times:
You guys are right. I totally agree. Its an extremely hard industry to be part of. Its even hard to get a job as an FA, let alone anything else. At the moment, i am studying 2 degrees, so when i graduate, i will be qualified as both a lawyer and a Scientist. And i have a fair bit of time left to go yet. I realised something when i started getting my pilots liscense(i only have 10 hours up and i quit). That was, that if i wanted to be on the board of directors, it wouldn't be easy. Having 2 degrees sticks me up with a class of people very few in number, and, in the USA, it would be over 10 years of study(due to no specialisation at university) Some airlines have graduate programs, but they only pick the very best, and even then, there isn't much chance. I hope that i can get a position with a smaller company. And, i will take anything. I probably will end up with something not so glamorous, like Air Nugini, or Air Nauru. But, when that happans i will be happy as it gives me the chance to prove myself to the likes of the bigger companies. After all, if you had the chance to be up the top in a small company like Air Aruba, say in one of the top 5 positions, verse number 2000 and something at a larger company, which do you think would be a better chance at really making important decsions and changes?
I will get my pilots liscense one day, though, i doubt i will ever have time to use it.