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Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 2:22 am

I haven't been on this site long, but from what I've seen, all of you are really keen aviation enthusiasts.

I'm sure some of you are professional pilots. As for the rest of you, how many actually want to become pilots as a career?

Do many of you have friends/family who are professional pilots?

 
Trvlr
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 3:23 am

NO!
I don't want that kind of responsibility Big grin.

I'd rather work within an airline.

Aaron G.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 3:33 am

Nope, i'd rather be sitting at home with a can'o'beer watching a webcam of Bristol Airport (my personal live linkup Big grin ). If i had become a pilot London would have been destroyed by now.

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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 5:25 am

ROFLMAO!!!!! Big grin
Why London? There are many other airports in the world that'd be gone by now. hehehe.

My goal is to be a professional pilot such as flying with an airline or a corperate company. Whoever hires me first.

Kevin/DCA
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 6:11 am

hey  Angry I wasn't joking, first time i flew a Cessna 172 i did a loopdy loop  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 6:40 am

No... I think my eyesight (20/50 in one eye, corrected by other eye) would forbid me from doing so... but anyways I'd rather work with the business aspects of the airline instead... like Aaron  Smile

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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 6:43 am

I'd rather be an F/A or something...
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 7:25 am

I've already started looking for colleges.

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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 7:27 am

...aviation colleges
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AeroGlobeAir7
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 7:32 am

Say hello to a future Delta throttle jockey!!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy hehehe. I'm getting my license as soon as I turn 17! Look out sky, here I come!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy that was crazy.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 7:37 am

Kai,

I think that airlines allow glasses, dont they?? I am 20/400 w/o glasses (REAL BAD), so I need them anyway, and Mister Contacts and me are not exactly best friends...

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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 7:59 am

I dunno... possibly... but I'm not interested in being a pilot anyways... I love to fly on them but I don't know if I could handle transporting between 100-500 people and having their lives in my hands... must be quite the adrenaline rush.

Moi,
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 8:06 am

Greg.....as long as you can correct to 20/20 with glasses you will be fine. I'm 20/400 uncorrected, too. I talked to another UPS pilot the other day who had laser surgery and was very happy with it. It might do that myself, soon. You still can't be accepted into the military as a pilot unless you are perfect 20/20 uncorrected...as far as I know.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 8:27 am

I don't think I want to be a pilot, unless I could figure out a way around all the travelling. From various airlines I've gotten info from about piloting...pilots can expect to spend 3-6 months away from home. I would like to have some sort of social life, and being a pilot doesn't sound like the best way to acheive it. I would, however, love to be involved in the airline industry...somehow.

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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 8:27 am

I am also 20/400 uncorrected, but wear contacts. I have full intentions of becoming a pilot for a major airline. Ive got my eyes set on Northwest or Delta mainly... but we'll see.

The military is accepting 20/70 uncorrected now..but you would have to be rear seat...you cant be PIC.
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 9:48 am

I have 20/200 (ick), but as everyone else has said, you can become an airline pilot (which I hope to do in the near future). I might have liked to go the military route (GO NAVY!), but I couldn't get in if my life depended on it. So its off to Western Michigan U (hopefully) for me...
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 11:10 am

DE-

I know about the military, that was my original goal, until I found out about the stringent vision requirements last year (I had no idea up until then they were THAT strict)...so now I am focusing towards the airlines...My parents say they will get me laser surgery when I am 18...just about another 25.5 months to go!

Greg
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 11:33 am

Greg, tell me hoe your laser surgery goes in 25 months, hehe. I'm very interested. Since the new tchnology is soo new, it's very risky and being 20/200 or 2/400 uncorrected, well, I'm not sure after the laser surgery if you'll go nearly or completely blind or maybe you'll be 20/20 corrected. I was thinking of getting it, but not totally sure bC it might ruin my airline career life.
I cannot see without my contacts, so with them on I'm around the 20/20 borderline.

Kevin/DCA
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 12:31 pm

Most of the airlines now only require a FAA first class medical. The FAA allows laser surgery. There are risks but I think they are minimal. I know of several pilots at my company that have had it done and are happy. I'll probably have it done, soon, myself. I'll make a post at general aviation and we'll see what people have to say.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 12:32 pm

Yes, I want to become a pilot, for American Airlines. Go AA!
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 12:39 pm

Yeah, and I'll be the guy on the ground who bosses you all around. I plan to be an air traffic controller.
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 1:29 pm

I'm learning to fly but don't seriously think it will ever be a career. Maybe part-time sometime down the road, but I'm too far along with other career goals. Also, I'm not sure I'd like it was much if I HAD to do it every day.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 2:00 pm

I dunno. I have a glider license but haven't gone flying for almost a year and a half because it is too expensive to go flying AND go to university. However, when I finish my degree and work full-time for a few years I may decide to go to college for an aviation management diploma...inculding multi-engine and atp ratings. However, we'll wait and see.

My vision is good enough for the Canadian air force, but my marks aren't! They require an engineering degree and pretty much straight A's. Yikes!
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Fri Mar 23, 2001 1:52 am

Yep i hope to fly for one of these airlines someday: United, American, Delta or Continental. (if they dont merge). I start flight school next year.
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Fri Mar 23, 2001 6:20 am

I am working on my PPL, but I am not sure if I want to be a pilot. I'll probably decide during college.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Fri Mar 23, 2001 11:50 am

I hope to be a pilot for Delta Airlines. I am only a sophomore in high school now, but I have already started at looking into going to Embry-Riddle or Florida Tech for college.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Fri Mar 23, 2001 12:18 pm

I plan to fly for the majors on a big jet like the 777.
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Fri Mar 23, 2001 12:29 pm

I would not want to be a pilot. For one, I would like to have a social life. True, getting to see most of the airports around the world would be the biggest thrill, but I can accomplish that through other jobs with an airline. I don't necessarily love flying as in controlling the plane, I dont care if I control the plane, I just like being up in the sky, taking off, and landing, even if I am in the back of a DC-9. So probably a job with an airline where I would be at the airport a lot or a job that requires me to fly a lot.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Sat Mar 24, 2001 10:16 am

Yeah I want to be a pilot. My uncle works for AA. He is a maintenence inspector.
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Sat Mar 24, 2001 10:56 am

My dad used to work for Mark Air, he was a baggage guy.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Sat Mar 24, 2001 11:07 am

YES

i want to be a pilot. It has been my passion since the age of 5. Hope to someday fly 737-700s out of Burbank for Southwest or maybe do CAT III aproaches into London or Paris in a 777.

I'll be flying t'ill i die!!!!!!

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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Sat Mar 24, 2001 12:26 pm

I want to start getting my PPL in 2 years. I hate my relatives jobs teachers and (cringing) accountants.
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Sat Mar 24, 2001 9:58 pm

Check out my user profile......

But, yes, I'd like to become an airline pilot. At least I will get my GPL this or the next summer. Then, as soon as I have enough money, I'll go for the PPL.

Joona
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 10:29 am

We all wish we were pilots... but we wanted to have more FUN! I want one ride in the pilots seat on the 717 (AirTRAN ONLY!)!


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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 1:20 pm

I might consider a pilot for a career, but it is definately not a top choice. I will probably go into business(NEC,Citigroup etc) because I can fly more as a passenger and make a decent amount of money at an early age. I might also consider following my dad and my grandpa's footsteps as a doctor. The chances of me taking a job in the aviation industry would be slim to none.
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 3:18 pm


I too wanted to be a pilot, but that was when i didnt understand the "realities" of what being a pilot meant.

When i turned 18 i along with a friend applied to an aviation college in UP. Both of us got thru, but my father would have none of it! My father thought that there wasnt much of a career in aviation. And remember, he would have to finance it!

As it turns out, my friend went on to join the college, while i chose the "second best" option of a career in Software. After completing his course he got a job flying 737-200's for one of the many private airline's that sprouted up in India around that time. But within six months that airline had shut down and he was looking out for "prospects". He upgraded himself at personal expense to the A320's, and got a contract job flying for some Gulf Airline. Currently though he is jobless, but still has to spend around 2 lacs a year + to keep his licence current!

The irony is that though all 3 of the major domestic operators (IC, 9W and S2) arefacing a shortage of pilots they wont recruit a fresher!

when i see this, i thank my lucky stars that i did'nt take that path!

One of my cousin sisters also chose to become a pilot and has had a more successful career in that she is now flying with a major. However she is out of base for upto 10 days at a time, and sometimes esp. during the monsoons has to spend nights in mosquito infested hotel rooms in North Eastern India. She recently got engaged to another pilot, and the net result of this is that neither of them have any time for each other!

I guess i am not cut out for this kind of lifestyle! And trust me an A320 cockpit may seem exciting from far, but it is far from so in real life. Atleast my experience was pretty unnerving. AS the aircraft turned for its finals and i saw the ground staring back at me... i almost crapped in my pants! The passenger cabin is much better.

I had taken up flying (Cessnas and Sailplanes) (without Pa's knowledge of course). and the first time i went up i realized that it wasnt at all what i had expected and gave it up after around 10 hrs instruction.

People who make this choice must understand all the issues involved. Mebbe a job with a major may not come about, and mebbe they would have use personal finances to keep their licences current. Mebbe they wont be flying 777's, and would have to make do with Dorniers. Being a pilot entails bringing about a lot of changes in ones lifestyle. But if someone is ready for these things then i guess he ought to go for it.

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My role model is a guy whom i met when i was taking flying training. originally a doctor by profession, he bought a small 4 seater Cessna for private use. But was soon flying "charters" and "courier flights" for friends. It has turned into quite a succesfull business. He has taken one more 6 seater piston, and is thinking of taking a King Air B200 as well. Now that is something I 'd like to do. Run a tiny little airline that i can call my own!

 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 12:05 am

I'm 20/20 uncorrected. I plan to get a pilots license as soon as I'm old enough, and I'll be working really hard at earning flight time after that so I can enter the airlines as soon as possible. Right now the two airlines at the top of my list are Delta and Southwest, American's a close third. The reason Southwest is high on my list is I want to fly 737s before I go anywhere with the large aircraft (Boeing 757 and up), and Southwest is the only airline where I'm really sure of getting the left seat in a 737 (but the problem with that is if I wanted to go to larger aircraft after that I'd have to go to another airline). I know I'm going to get competition for the position and I'm going to work as hard as I have to to blow the competition out of the water. I'm determined!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Andrew
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 4:58 am

I'm 20/20 uncorrected, and yes I plan on being a pilot, but not especially with the majors, I'd fly anything, no questions asked, floats, twins, single engine, commercial airliner, charter, cargo ...you name it.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Sat Mar 31, 2001 3:45 am

I am starting to seriously think about it. Isn't that scarry!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Sun Apr 01, 2001 1:18 pm

I want to work for Delta Technology when I get out of High School and finish college. That way I can work in the Computer Field (Which I am an expert at) and the aviation field (Which I LOVE)
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Sun Apr 01, 2001 2:41 pm

One of my friends is a BA 747-400 captain.My maths teacher in Singapore flies F-16s as a reservist of the RSAF.I would like to be a fighter pilot and fly the Eurofighter or JSf fro the RAF.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Sun Apr 01, 2001 11:38 pm

I don't want to be a professional pilot, but maybe a weekend pilot Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I know many people working in airlines but not as pilots, anyway i'm a guitarist.

GüeroSinFé
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Sun Apr 01, 2001 11:56 pm

I quit the GPL class. I don't give a shit about Gliders. They just aren't for me. Anyway, got a new job and probably will start my PPL-training in half a year.

Joona
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Mon Apr 02, 2001 3:14 pm

hell yes. I would love to be a pilot especially for swissair or united or something.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Tue Apr 03, 2001 11:23 am

Nope, I don't plan on becomming an airline pilot because I can't even drive a car safely, let alone fly a big jet with 300 people on board. Trust me folks, if I ever pilot a commercial airliner, please do not fly on my flights lol. However if any of you do decide to fly with me, please make out your will before entering the aircraft hehe.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Fri Apr 06, 2001 11:30 am

I would like to become a pilot, no, I am going to be a Pilot!
The sky is not the limit...
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Fri Apr 06, 2001 11:31 am

It is nice to do a career that no one in your family is, like mine...
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Fri Apr 06, 2001 12:45 pm

I'm not interested in an aviation career at all.  Wow!


I'd like to get my PPL at some point, but only for personal enjoyment. No real rush either.
 
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Fri Apr 06, 2001 12:54 pm

I have a little follow-up question-
If you were a die-hard fan of a particular line and were offered a job by the rival, would you accept?
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RE: Do You All Want To Be Pilots?

Fri Apr 06, 2001 2:03 pm

I guess I could say yep... I would lovingly accept any offer from Northwest, United, or Delta (my top 3 choices).
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