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Black Teens Wanting To Be Pilots  
User currently offlineGregjet From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 115 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2513 times:

I just want to know because it seems like i am the only black teen that want to be a pilot in the hole state of michigan so if any are out there anywhere not just in michigan talk to me

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User currently offlineLh526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2412 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

You are a young person wanting to realize it's dream.
I doubt that the colour of your skin will prevent you from doing so.

So, go and make your dream come true!  Wink/being sarcastic


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2425 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...

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User currently offlineFlybulldog From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

www.jetcareers.com. As you can see, there's plenty of black pilots out there.

User currently onlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2391 times:
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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.

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User currently offline777-200 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1024 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

Yeah, I heard that US Airways Hire's the most African American pilots in the US of A.

Greg J.

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User currently offlineHeavymetal From Ireland, joined May 2015, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

ORD, a month ago...while waiting for my own flight, I watched an older African America gentleman climb into the left seat of a United 777 bound for SEA & Narita.

"Preferences" or not, you don't get to that seat without knowing your stuff. Good luck.

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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5555 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2354 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.


User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

your right heavymetal,you get there by seniority.

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User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

Actually, I think UA leads in terms of hiring African-American pilots. I have heard (pre-9/11) that 25% of the country's African-American pilots were at UA.

Best of luck to all of you who are pursuing the pilot career.

User currently offlineN766ua From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8632 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2290 times:

Two of my flights had black pilots- one an F/O the other a captain.

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User currently offlineSunbird From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2259 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.

User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2202 times:

Hi Gregjet,

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.
Regards, Broke

User currently offlineClimbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2178 times:

I saw a lady on Oprah who is a black female captain for UA. I don't remember her name but it was funny hearing her recall how the pax would look when she'd crawl into the captain's seat.

User currently offlineFutureSQPilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2153 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.

User currently offlineHmflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2128 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.


User currently offlineJeff G From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 442 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2103 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!

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6466 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2036 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?)

I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2027 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  Smile .
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.

Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
User currently offlineJ-bird From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

I flew SEA to MDW a couple of years ago on ATA, and I think the entire crew (cockpit and flight) were African American with the exception of maybe one of the cabin attendants....

Also, when living in Chicago, I have seen a fair number of African American pilots around - probably AA or UAL....

As with all others, just follow your dream.

User currently offlineSudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4135 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1920 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).  Smile

Best regards.

When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

I work at DTW and I see a lot of black Northwest pilots, a lot of them fly on the International routes too on DC-10s and 744s.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5116 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1844 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...

There is something special about planes....
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