Aerotik From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 58 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4033 times:
I am seeking a mentor or correspondent for my 19 year old student whose dream is to get trained to fly commercially. He subscribes to Flying already and is now looking into flight schools. Can you assist him by giving him some advice about training, preferred schools, airlines, etc.? Thanks in advance for your help. Keep your turbines spinning!
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Chase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3918 times:
Purdue University has a good program. I live in the town, and my wife is pursuing a Ph.D. at Purdue, but in a field completely unrelated to aviation. But if I can be of any assistance, send me a private message.
Go to college.... Maybe get the initial ratings like the private and instrument. I would hold off on the commercial. With oil going record levels with no end in sight being an airline pilot is not the way to go. In all honesty if I was at that age again I would have focused on a real career where I would have made more money and been home like some of my buddies who chose a different career. You can PM if you have any questions.
WESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 689 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3403 times:
The first thing I would do is think of something you would like for a career other than flying. You should have something to fall back on. I've had friends who were great pilots and they lost medicals. When you first get into flying everything is new and exciting. After I was flying a while, I found I was away from friends and family more than what I wanted to be. Another thing I would do is go up with an instrument insturctor and fly on an IFR in the soup. I spent $26,000 on my ratings and decided I didn't want to be an instrument pilot. About the only non instrument flying around my area is ag flying and I didn't want to do that. It takes a special kind of person to be in aviation, be it pilots, controllers, or ground crews. Aviation is a 24-7 365 day/year business. If you get in to it the vast majority of people you meet will be friends for life, there are a lot of great people in the industry. Feel free to email me if you have questions and I'll tell ya what little I know. Good luck.