Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (15 years 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6660 times:
Its that time where I need to start thinking about what my career will be, one of the things I'm looking into is being an airline pilot. I'd like to know, from all you with experience, is it a job you'd recommend? What are the good and bad aspects? Any suggestions?
US521 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6621 times:
Well id wouldn't recommend being a commercial pilot. I'd recommend being an Air Traffic Controller.If your thinking about $, either way is great. ATC's also have a steady job. Yes you do work Shift work but you dont have to leave your family and friends behind. ATC's also get "Fams" which are free rides in the US. You ride Jumpseat. You get about 8 of them a year. Most ATC's use them wisely by using them for emergancy's. It is nice riding Jumpseat and seeing all that goes on. School for ATC's is from 2-4 years long. The best ATC school in the world is CCBC (Community College of Beaver County) which is near Pittsburgh, PA. It is one of the only schools the FAA hires directly out of. They are the ONLY one with a real tower that you train in at a REAL airport. the site is, http://www.ccbc.cc.pa.us/
This is a great school. On the site go to the Majors section where you can find the Aviation Homepage.
RWally From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 555 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6617 times:
Being a pilot is a great job. First, you get free travel, even if you're not the one at the controls. Second, a veteran pilot can make $200,000 easily. I think the only bad part is the training you have to go through before you're a pilot. But hey, I think I'd want a lot of training if i was responsible for 250+ passengers.