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Becoming A Pilot: Pros And Cons

Sat Feb 09, 2002 4:09 pm

Can anyone out there (esp. pilots) give ten solid points being the advantage and disadvantage of becoming a pilot .

e.g. what skills do you need
what qualification
what sort of salary
what sort of life you get
free time

i am preparing a presentation on the pilot career.
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RE: Becoming A Pilot: Pros And Cons

Sat Feb 09, 2002 4:22 pm

I'm not a professional pilot, but based on my research (I plan on becoming one), here are my opinions.

--away from home a lot... if you work for a mainline carrier, bets are you'll spend just under half of the month in a hotel. I guess that one could swing either way.
--high divorce rate... I've read that professional pilots have a higher than normal divorce rate, probably relating to the being away from home a lot thing.
--takes a lot of time and hard work to get to the majors... plan on spending upwards of $40,000 just getting your education and licenses and such, then working a few years in a really low paying job such as CFI, then work at a regional for a few years making less than $30k... it is definately worth it, IMO...

Advantages (these far outweigh the disadvantages  Big grin ) :
--it is probably one of the greatest jobs on the planet!!  Laugh out loud
--pays very well after you've built up seniority... six figures... $$$
--pilots at the majors get decent time off... they work, say, three or four days then get three days off. I like that.  Smile

I don't know what else to put... you can probably get a much more comprehensive reply from a pilot than me. Just my input though!

By the way, try contacting Doug Taylor (Delta737 here or catch him at his website, on this issue and I'm sure he'd love to help you-- or even better the site might answer your questions for you.

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RE: Becoming A Pilot: Pros And Cons

Sat Feb 09, 2002 4:32 pm

Planning on becoming a pilot I have looked into a number of things you need:

Knowledge of Physics, Mathmatics (Calculus) and English (Computer knowledge is also a plus). These are needed just to get you into a good University where you can get a decent degree. A BAv (Bachelor of Aviation-Air Transport pilot) at Massey university (NZ) will cost around $58,000 over 3 years. This of-course excludes living expenses. Once you have the correct licences and ratings (PPL, CPL etc.) you need to begin to build up hours before airlines will even look at hiring you. Most airlines require 1000+. A salary once you final land a job at an airline will vary depnding on wheather you are working at a regional, low-cost etc. EasyJet in England pays a 1st officer around 28,000 pounds a year (base salary). Ofcourse you can go through the military but the selection process in very stringent and only a select few (or lucky) ones get through.

About the only con I can think of (this is what a family friend who is a long-haul pilot say) is that you are away from your family quite alot and therefore may miss important dates eg. Birthdays etc.

At the end of the day no matter what it takes I believe if you are determined you will succeed what ever way you choose to go.

(All imformation was taking from various Airline websites and Massey University).
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RE: Becoming A Pilot: Pros And Cons

Sat Feb 09, 2002 7:31 pm

what are the steps to become a pilot? examples of good flying school? rough hours needed flying light aircraft? thanks a million.

RE: Becoming A Pilot: Pros And Cons

Sat Feb 09, 2002 8:05 pm will answer all your questions.
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RE: Becoming A Pilot: Pros And Cons

Sat Feb 09, 2002 11:42 pm




Aged between 18 and 26 at the time of application (you may be 27 when you start training)
Passport allowing unrestricted worldwide travel
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Academic Qualifications

5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, including English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject
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RE: Becoming A Pilot: Pros And Cons

Sun Feb 10, 2002 11:41 pm

i kno jetcareers but i thought i would get opinions from more pilots flying different airlines from all around the world. anyone with more info? thanks a million

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