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User currently offlineKiki From France, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1014 times:

Hi. Please anyone let me know if I am out of line asking the following questions but please do it in a polite way for I am very sincere in trying to get some advice. My husband is 26 and a flight engineer in the Air Force and has 8 years in He has his private pilots license and about 200 hours. He desperately wants to become a pilot but not quite has his Associates Degree. Well now is the time for a crucial decision that I am looking for advice on from someone who has some insight and wisdom. Who has been there in some way.He could stay in for 4 more years and get his degree, his instrument rating then get out and go to Flight Safety. He could also get out be a airline dispatcher or get his A&P and be a mechanic. (I know his heart would not be fullfilled doing these two things though). Or he can get out go to Flight Safety and rack up I think $30,000 in loans of which the military would only pay a small amount of I believe since its not a college. We have two children and I am employed full time and can transfer my job down to Florida where Flight Safety is but it would be tight financially.
He really dislikes the military and his job.
All he ever talks about is flying. All the time.Even in his sleep. And spends coutless hours on the flight simulater at the computer. That is is dream to fly.
I guess I'm looking for someone to tell me what to do but I know that's not right so if anyone has any advice or been in the same situation, etc
I would appreciate anyone's time and advice for I know it is sincere.

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User currently offlineAeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 981 times:

Well, to start off I'm only 14. I just wanted to say he sounds just like me (talking about planes/flying all the time, on the flight simulator all the time).  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I guess I know I'm not alone now (my dream is to become an airline pilot). Now I just have to find myself a girlfriend that supports my love of planes as much as you do your husband's.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Sorry, had to say that. Well, good luck to your husband, hope he achieves his dreams!

User currently offlineFraserTeasdale From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 960 times:

You could try applying to airlines that offer a training course. My younger brother was in the British cadet Air force and got his PPL - Private pilots license. He then applied to British Airways and they took him on at their flight training college in Scotland. 11 years on and younger brother has been flying B757, B767, B747-400 and is about to become a captain on the A320, not bad for a 32 year old.

So I would try appliying for British Airways or do Airlines in the US offer similar deals. BA paid for his course !!
He had to agree to fly with them for several years as part of the deal, but then again he is unlikely to do this as they are a great airline and have a good fleet and network.

Hope helps cheers


User currently offlineFraserTeasdale From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 953 times:

You could try applying to airlines that offer a training course. My younger brother was in the British cadet Air force and got his PPL - Private pilots license. He then applied to British Airways and they took him on at their flight training college in Scotland. 11 years on and younger brother has been flying B757, B767, B747-400 and is about to become a captain on the A320, not bad for a 32 year old.

So I would try appliying for British Airways or do Airlines in the US offer similar deals. BA paid for his course !!
He had to agree to fly with them for several years as part of the deal, but then again he is unlikely to stray from BA, as they are a great airline and have a good fleet and network.

Hope helps cheers


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 955 times:

Unfortunately no US carriers do pilot sponsorship, so unless you have right to live and work in Europe. The average age of a new hire at a major US airline is 35 so he is not going to be considered old! Go to http://www.Jetcareers.com and you will learn plenty from that site!
Iain


User currently offlineTwotterwrench From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 944 times:

My daughter is 15 months old. I like to take her to work to look at the airplanes. When she lifts her hand and points at the planes, I lightly slap her hand and say "NO! Airplane BAD!" I am, of course, kidding. Spend the money, let him get his ratings. With military experience and any ability to interview well, he won't have much trouble finding a job. Student loans aren't that bad to pay off. And then the only ones who will have to listen to him whine are us poor mechanics!

User currently offlineTito From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 125 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 943 times:

Myself and several other pilots at the regional that I fly for took out some big loans/credit cards to do the flying thing... its expensive, but what professional career isn't? My brother-in-law was able to get about half of his flying paid for using his VA benefits from the Navy. Contact American Flyers... they've got programs that can take you from 0 time to Comm in 90 days (I used to instruct there) and the VA will help since its career prep (they won't pay for the Private...but he already has that).

http://www.americanflyers.net or call Fred (retired Air Force) at 1-800-282-9595

With all of the hiring its a great time to become a professional pilot...good luck!


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