Cessna 172 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (16 years 2 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 12405 times:
Can any one help me? I am 30 years old and have held my private pilot license since I was 17. I have logged approximately 90 hours over the years and wish that I could have a lot more. I am interested in getting my instrument rating, however, I know that it can be quite expensive. Are there any ways to log some cross country time cheaply, and what can I do to keep my instructor expenses down? I am interested because my current job will allow me to retire in 13 years at the age of 43 and I would like to start a career in aviation. Any other tips on getting other ratings would also be appreciated. Thanks for any help!!!
Pilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 12325 times:
You might want to look into a part ownership of an aircraft, or just buy one (used) outright. That's one way to get a cheap hours. However, I think it comes out to be the same if you rented... You're just paying the money up front.
Also... beg, borrow, and steal your way into the right hand seat of any aircraft that you're certified to fly.
However, I'd recommend going the instructor way because the instrument part of flying is sooo complex.
Once you get your instrument and commerical... I'd throw out any ideas that you had of becoming an airline pilot. Sorry... but you're a little high in age to get any seniority that would make that job worthwhile. If I were you, I'd go the corporate way. Be a pilot for a corporation and fly their aircraft. Many times the corporation only owns one aircraft and you're their only pilot. This is appealing for some people because they enjoy getting to know everyone within the company.
Also there is no age limit for corporate pilots... and you get to land in some unique airports!
This field is expanding... One airline that comes to mind is AirNet (or something like that). They have a fleet of planes and corporations pay a certain amount and they get access to different airplanes depending on the package they bought.
I hope this helps!!! I'm sorry if I peed on your parade...
JETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 12320 times:
You're dream of becoming an airline pilot at the age of 45 or 50 is just as possible as it is when you're 25.
You won't work for the majors, or even a national, but there are plenty of cargo operators like Custom Air Transport, Fine Air, Arrow Air, Express One, Capital Air Cargo, and a host of others that will hapilly employ just about anyone with the minimum times.
So you're future could hold anything from a 727 to a 747 or a L1011.
Being a corporate pilot without the years of networking would be almost impossible unless it was for a fractional ownership company.
ATP (Airline Transport Professionals) offers flight training for next to nothing. You might want to look into their programs. But you also get what you pay for. Don't skimp on instrument training. Get the best program and spend the extra cash. Instrument training lays your fundamental skills for you to build on. It had better be good.
As far as building some flight time find someone with an airplane and offer to fly with them whenever they go. Two people in the cockpit are better than one.
Offer to fly as safety pilot for someones instrument currency.
Never fly with someone you don't feel comfortable with just for the flying time. They might end up killing you. If you get into an airplane with someone and they don't run any checklists make that your last flight.
Make sure responsibilities are clearly deligated, and don't be affraid to speak up if you see something wrong even though it's not you're airplane. Some of these pilots can be pretty scary.
You have to keep flying even if it's only 3 hours a month.