ID4Rox From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 943 times:
hey, im 15 and im thinking about asking for flying lessons for christmas, cause when i grow up i want to be a pilot for a big airliner like AA or Delta, something like that, can anyone give me any advice or anything?
Airbus Boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 912 times:
I would ask santa to sit jump seat on his ride personally.
Seriously flying lessons are not something that just come. It takes a lot of work and even more money. Flying lessons are really great though. If you can talk santa into getting your PPL then that is great. But if it is only a couple lessons then it will be more for fun then expereince (but would look good in you Log book). I took my first flying lesson when I was 14. I told my parents it was not an expense but an investment as when I am a airline pilot they will be able to use my buddy passes. I started taking a lesson every 3 weeks and if I got good grades I could do it every 2. Well I think your goal of being an airline pilot is a great one and if you stick with it I am sure I will hear you on 122.85 (?)
JetboyTWA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 389 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 890 times:
I am 14, and I am taking full-fledged flying lessons. I also wish to become an airline pilot.. Yes, it is very expensive, costing me more than $4,000 total, but if you want to follow your dreams to become a pilot, you have to take the step that I did and start. I'd love to talk to you sometime and answer any questions that you have...
E-mail me: Jetboy311@aol.com
Night Hawk From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 886 times:
First thing I have to say is that you are lucky you are doing lessons in the USA. Down here in Australia, it is costing me $150 per hour dual for a C172.
It is definitely worth the money you spend on it. I am unemployed at the moment yet Im still down at the local flying school either flying myself or taking a ride with a few mates in another plane. Im sure there is some sites somewhere on the net about learning to fly in your local area. I'll put the URL for my local flying school in here but I dont knokw how much help it will be to you. If anything it will give you an idea of just how much money we pay here for flying costs. Its: http://www.racwa.asn.au
I dont quite have my license yet. I have whats called a GFPT (I dont know if there is anything similar in the US) which allows me to fly solo and carry passengers within a certain distance of the airport which I fly from. I've spent well over AUS$6000 on flying and dont car how much more I spend on it because its something that I will always enjoy and never give up.
When you do get your license you wont believe how much freedom you have. I dont know the exact laws in the US but I presume they would be similar to here in Aus. You will be able to hire a plane and fly anywhere within the country that you like.
24291 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 882 times:
I'd first like to say that you're lucky that you know so early what you want to do for a living. Definitely take some flying lessons as soon as possible. Your local FBO should be a good introduction. Getting your Private at an early age would be a good stepping stone. I'm sure you would enjoy a part-time job in aviation while you're still in high school--it would be a good introduction and it will look good on your resume.
If you want to be an airline pilot you need to make yourself marketable. Get a college degree. Since you already know what you want to do, I would recommend a University with an intensive flight-training program. Look for "Part 141" schools--they will have set programs and higher standards.
It will cost more that you can imagine, but remember that it is an investment. Also, don't be in too much of a hurry; some regional airlines will hire good pilots without a degree, but you will regret it down the road if you don't get one. Also, you will be at least 21 before you will get hired.