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Tips On Becoming A Pilot  
User currently offlineRTP_lifeforce From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 29 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5039 times:

i want to fly airliners when i grow up. i would like it if some real pilots could give me some tips on how to become one.


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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5015 times:

Get good grades and go to http://www.Jetcareers.com

User currently offlineDC-9CAPT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5014 times:

Study very hard and don't bust a ride.

Buy sim time prior to your interview. Find a place that has the profile your company flies.

User currently offlineJoe_R From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4982 times:

The two main options are the military or the aviation
oriented colleges. Neither are easy paths.

The military has limited slots and so is sorta hard to
plan on. (but certainly NOT impossible) The advantage
here is the lack of cost, however there is a commitment
to be fulfilled.

The aviation college route is easier to plan on, but it'll
cost to attend. I believe Embry-Riddle (Daytona Beach,
FL) and Purdue (Indiana, I think) are the key, but not only players here.

Either path will be a long road and so one needs to keep sight of the goal fairly strongly in order to be successful.

One thing I would do right away (If you haven't already) is to go out to the airport and take the "Intro
flight" to make sure this is the path you want.

I started taking lessons at 14 yrs old, applying every
grass cutting dollar I could... That was 29 years ago,
and I haven't regretted any of it ever.

Good luck,

Captain Joe Richter, American Airlines

(Please note the above comments are my own and do
not represent those of my employer)

User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4410 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4971 times:

Yes, follow Capt. Joe Richter path and you'll get it.

I've started taking flying lessons at the age of 14 and now i'm 17 and planning to become an airline pilot. The aviation colleges are good, but some pilots require you to save your money and go to an in-state college. Airlines dont really care what major in degree you hold but they recommend....although, you WOULD need a backup degree just in case you can't be fit to fly with the majors. (i.e poor eyesight, bad medical records, etc.) But you can fly with the regionals or corporate with some good flighttime, commercial w/ instrument rating and a 2nd class medical.
Hope this helps...

K. Cook/Arlington, VA/DCA

User currently offlineRTP_lifeforce From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4956 times:

thanks for the info joe! this will help me in my path to flying!

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