Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2172 times:
Indeed. What's the colour of your skin got to do with the jobs you can hold?
If anything, the US "equal opportunities" policies should make it easier for you as those effectively mean that blacks and women get preferential treatment for jobs...
CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2138 times:
Some airlines have African Americans as pilots. I saw a special about ATA and they had a African American pilot talking about the airline. It's the same thing with women. I'm planning to get my Pilots licence and my degree in Aviation Maintenance and I doubt that they will reject me because of my race.
"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5529 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2101 times:
Ever seen that United commercial. One black man's a captain of an United Airlines A320, another black man is a captain of a United Boeing 747-400. I'm a teen too and want to be a pilot, skin color will not matter.
Sunbird From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2006 times:
@ this day in age never ever let anyone try to tell you that beacouse of the color of your skin, you cant do this or cant go there! and although thats not what your saying I just wanted to encourage you in your career.
Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
I am Caucasian, not African-American; but I understand that it is great to have heroes and role models that you can relate to.
Three items; First, one of the most remarkable individuals I have ever met in my aviation career is a gentleman by the name of Neal V. Loving. Neal was inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame either in late 1997 or early 1998; read his book called "Loving's Love", an awesome story. I met Neal at the Air Force Museum in February, 1998 and we swapped letters a few times. Unfortunately, Neal passed away in December, 1998.
Second, I have a good friend who is African-American and a 757 captain for American Trans Air. He lives in Florida, South of Miami. If you are interested in hooking up with him, let me know. I'll have to check with him also to see if he would be able to chat with you on the web.
Third, I have a neighbor who is a Tuskegee Airman; would you be interested in writing him?
Also look up Benjamin Davis, Senior and Junior, Chappy James, and the Tuskegee Airmen on the web and in the library.
Aim high and don't give up.
FutureSQPilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1900 times:
I agree with Jwenting- Skin color has nothing to do with it, and if anything you may be looked upon favorably due to some "affirmative action" policies. Jetcareers.com has alot of info that should be very useful to you. Just don't give up...good luck man.
Hmflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1875 times:
I must say that I am glad to see that everyone has been encouraging to Gregjet. The same question on other boards would have quickly disintegrated into very negative discussions about hiring policies and other issues.
Race doesn't matter, just a strong love of flying and the ability to follow through. This discussion emphasizes why, as a major airline pilot, I enjoy reading these Airliners.net boards.
Jeff G From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 442 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1850 times:
If you're interested in airline flying, you might want to look into the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, which has an excellent reputation. They have a great networking program in place and are active in mentoring young pilots. Look them up at http://www.obap.org. Good luck!
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6383 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1783 times:
Gregjet. I assure you that you are not the only black teenager in the state that wants to be an airline pilot. I know nobody in Michigan, but the odds are that if you go to a flight school nearby, you will meet people of any color (well maybe not purple) with your dream.
I second (or twelfth) the point that the tone of your skin is of no impotance. When I get on an airplane I want people in the cockpit that want to see their family again. I figure if they want to live, they'll get me down safely.
Good luck and work hard. Tou'll make it.
Steve (how many Steves are there as members here anyway?)
it's getting harder not to tell people they are really odd if they think an airplan can be sexy.
AerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1774 times:
I'm don't have an African background, so I don't know what it's like.
At any rate, go out there, make your mark and have a blast doing it .
The world's a different place than it was 30 years ago. More power to you and any other black teen who wants to be a pilot.
Sudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4134 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1667 times:
Don't ever think about your skin color!
Pilots become pilots cause they have studied hard, and put other things in life to the side, to be able to become a pilot, and fulfill there dreams.
So go out there with your head up, and "kick ass" (fulfill your dream).
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1591 times:
I dont think race is an issue when it comes to being a pilot. Well i live in the caribbean.. so ton of our caribbean airline pilots are black.. Never really saw it as an issue. I am black and I am gonna be a pilot..
That reminds of a something I saw in the movie Ali.
When he went into the cockpit of the aircraft and saw the black captain.. He asked "what you guys gone and do with real pilot." ANd the guy replied he is the pilot. Ali.. was like damn.. "they dont even let us drive the bus back home." Thought that was funny...