Tu144d From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 198 posts, RR: 3 Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2813 times:
Are there any people out there who decide to become commerical pilots after pursuing degrees in engineering. For instance, i will graduate next year with a B.S. in Aero/Astro and i quite honestly, although i love my major I am considering becoming a professional pilot. Is it too late for me?
HAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2529 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2795 times:
A good friend of mine is a Captain with America West, and has a degree in (I think) Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. He worked for a while in the automotive industry before starting a flying career. Unless you're past 60, it's never too late. The industry is certainly in a slump now, but that makes it a great time to get your ratings and build time for the inevitable hiring boom to come in the future.
One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
Modesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2768 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2626 times:
I'm currently a mechanical engineering student at UCLA with plans of pursuing a career as an airline pilot. I've never actually considered being an engineer. I'm just using the degree to gain background and attend college.
EssentialPowr From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1820 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
There are many furloughed pilots that have BS degrees in "Aviation Science" that are sacking groceries right now b/c they don't know what net present value means, let alone a Reynolds number. An engineering degree will prove to be a tremendous resource, as the credentials enable one to do anything from hard science engineering to operations, accounting, safety etc...