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Advice For An 19 Year Old Who Wants To Be A Pilot  
User currently offlineAerotik From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 58 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5919 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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User currently offlineDeltaamtrak058 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5909 times:

I just turned 18 and am working on an instrument rating and commercial. PM me and I will be more than happy to go into the details of flight treaining.

The engine is the heart of an aeroplane, but the pilot is its soul. -Sir Walter Raleigh
User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5804 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.


User currently offlineDL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5740 times:

Hey i'm 18 and am going to start working towards my license this summer, i live in san diego so i will be attending CSUSM for college and go to flight school at CLD.

User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5690 times:

If you haven't found anyone yet, shoot me a message and I will share what little I know.

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User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2642 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5651 times:

If you'd like the viewpoint of a CFI, contact me and I'd be happy to help.

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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5580 times:

Quoting Aerotik (Thread starter):
Advice For An 19 Year Old Who Wants To Be A Pilot

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.

User currently offlineAPFPilot1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5562 times:

My best advice for him would to remember that there are other ways to get involved in Commercial Aviation that don't involve the airlines and can be much more lucrative.

User currently offlineSLUAviator From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 357 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5415 times:

I did the college route, CFI, and am now flying for my second airline. I'd be happy to help with advice or answering questions in any way I can. Shoot me a message and I'll get back to you!

What do I know? I just fly 'em.......
User currently offlineWESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 695 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5289 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.

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