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How You Became An Airline Pilot  
User currently offlineUSAir_1250 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3889 times:

I am interested in knowing how you became an airline pilot. For instance what school you went to and how many hours you had to put in before you were hired to work for an airline. Did you work for a commuter airline such as USAir Express or Comair before you were able to work for an airline. How many years went by after college before you were hired to work for an airline. Basically i would just like to know how you became a pilot for a major carrier and how long it took..

Thank you

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User currently offlineDoug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3407 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3847 times:

If you don't go the military aviation route (which fewer and fewer people are now doing), you generaly pay for you own training (which is quite expensive), and then work as a flight instructor at a local airport, possibly doing some charter work there, too, if possible. Hopefully, then on to a regional for a few more years before getting to the majors. A 4 college degree is helpful, but not completely neccesary, however some schools (purdue, UND, Embry Riddle), offer piloting programs that allow you to graduate with all of the flight training you need to start lying professionaly. If you stay focused and start early, becoming a pilot for the majors by your 30th B-day is a reasonable goal.


When in doubt, one B pump off
User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3832 times:

Hey is this the Doug that created jetcareers.com?

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3829 times:

Doug Taylor (Jetcareers webmaster) nick name is Delta737. If you want to become a pilot his site is a must! Jetcareers
Iain


User currently offlineB757-223 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3849 times:

Check out JetCareers @:
http://www.jetcareers.com


User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3819 times:

I want to know more about military way  Smile

User currently offlineDeltaOwnsAll From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

Doug_or - Are you saying that you can go right into a regional like Comair if you graduate Embry Riddle with your Commercial Aviation License (or whatever it is called)? Also, you can get your Commercial aviation license at a college like Embry Riddle?
DeltaOwnsAll


User currently offlineRJ From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 198 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

I don't know if I should answer this thread or not. Seeing that I work to a large Regional I don't know if I qualify. The author of this thread seems to think that I don't work for an airline.........

There are a myriad of ways to get to an airline. The route I chose is pretty typical of what most civilians are doing these days. I first started flying during college. Aviation had always fascinated me and at the time I was burned out of my major in college and wanted to do something that interested me. I received my Private and Instrument Ratings while I was in college and after I graduated college with my B.A. degree, I went to work for Delta Air Lines as an Air Cargo Agent at LAX in order to save money for flight training ( what makes an airplane fly?...............money!) I decided to enroll in a major Aviation Academy. This is not the route for everybody, but at the time it offered the quickest way to a regional airline. I received the balance of my ratings there and applied to instruct at the school. My first job was as a Ground School Instructor teaching Instrument and Commercial students. I then graduated to flight instructing. I instructed for approx. 16 months before I was hired on to a large Regional Airline. Two airplanes, two domiciles, a buy-out and a strike latter I am waiting to upgrade to Captain so I can gain the valuable PIC time that I will need in order to hopefully move on to the majors.

What I have learned over the years is that:

1.) Get a degree (doesn't matter in what subject)

2.) Build quality time. (By that I mean multi-engine and IFR time)

3.) Build PIC time

4.) Network (You never know when somebody will be your "big break")

5.) Perseverance (this cannot be over stated)

I hope this helps

Happy flying!!!

RJ


User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

As soon as you graduate from schools like Embry, Purdue, UND, you stand a very good chance of getting a job at a regional. I don't know about Embry, but at UND they take you right up to your ATP license. (Air Transport Pilot).

User currently offlineHastaroth From Greece, joined Aug 2001, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3795 times:

This question is addressed to Mr. RJ:You said that,to become a pilot,one must get a degree but the subject doesn't matter.Does that mean if someone gets a degree in ,say, Molecular Biology he can then become a pilot?



User currently offlineRJ From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 198 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3789 times:


Hastaroth,

That is what I am saying. I know several people that have gone to the majors with degrees ranging from Business to Environmental Design. Heck, I have a B.A. in Studio Art. I'm not at the majors yet, but you don't have to get an aviation related degree.

Happy flying!!!

RJ


User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3788 times:

Yeppers. You could even get a degree in underwater basket weaving. (Don't know where you would get it though !)

On AA's pilot requirements page, I believe it states that you do not even need to have a college degree. Of course you won't be a candidate of choice.

Everwhere I go, people recommend that I get my degree in something unrelated to aviation, such that you have a backup plan if being a pilot just doesn't work out.


User currently offlineDeltaOwnsAll From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3781 times:

Would getting a degree in something related to aviation give you a better chance at becoming a commercial pilot at all? If so, that would be great to get a useful degree that is actually interesting in college  Smile/happy/getting dizzy If not, I would probably go for the business degree because of its wide range of usefulness. Also, anyone heard of that comair flight school? I read an advertisement in Flying magazine for it...they said that a whopping 97% of their graduates went on to Regionals. Is this a graduate school or can you go into it right after High School?
DeltaOwnsAll


User currently offlineNWA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1200 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3757 times:

You can't get a degree from there, but they have a partner ship with two colleges. If you want to get into the regionals from high school, go to gulfstream acadamey. you get like 250 hours of regional time, and you start from zero hours. no degree though, and its not a for sure that you will go strait to the regionals.


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User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4346 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

Comair is a flight academy. You can enroll at Comair right after High School and since they join service with Jacksonville University and Miami-Dade CC, you can get your degree while getting you licenses and ratings. I am thinking to expedite my training, I will enroll to Sierra Academy of Aeronautics. AS for a degree, an aviation degree is helpful, but I've read that airlines recommend their pilot to major on other subjects then aviation, you know, just in case if you are grounded then you have a backup degree.

I'm getting my A&P license next year and being an aircraft mechanic will be my 2nd career.
Good luck!

Kevin/DCA


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