trijetfan1
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How Hard Is It To Be An Airline Pilot?

Tue Mar 16, 2004 11:52 am

It has a life long dream to become a pilot. And I was just wondering how hard it is to become an airline pilot.
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futureualpilot
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RE: How Hard Is It To Be An Airline Pilot?

Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:00 pm

Well, first, get a college education. The major doesnt matter, you can go into anything, engineering, education, business, whatever.

There are generally two routes pilots take to get to the majors:

The military:

I believe, to fly fixed-wing aircraft in all branches of the U.S. military you must be an officer. So, you can go through ROTC in college, as I plan to do, or enlist, go to college on that branch's tab, get a commission in OCS, whatever, there are many ways of earning your commission. If you go, lets say ROTC in college, do well within your unit, obviously your grades must be high, and then apply for aviation when the time for duty selecting comes around. (Forgive me, I know not the crrect term). In primary flight training you learn the basics of flying, and if you do well there you move on the the next level where the training gets more advanced. Keep doing well in your training and hopefully you will have the ability to fly jets or turboprops for the military. Build your time in them, serve your country, and if/when you geet out, apply for the airlines.

The civillian route:

Generally takes more money, but just start flying, can be with a school or on your own, like I am now, with an instructor, and you just build your ratings and time. Eventually you can apply to commuter airlines and get the necessary requirements for the majors done there, or fly corporate jets, and so on, there are broad ways of doing things here. Again, once you meet thge requirments, apply to the majors!

Most importantly, never give up! There is nothing like flying! See you in the skies someday.

Clear skies!


a great site to check out:

http://www.jetcareers.com/



Anybody feel free to correct any mistakes I may have made!

[Edited 2004-03-16 04:12:11]

[Edited 2004-03-16 04:12:47]
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jhooper
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RE: How Hard Is It To Be An Airline Pilot?

Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:27 pm

It isn't easy, but if it's something you want to do, and you don't have any obvious limitations which would preclude you such as being blind), you can do it. Just keep pressing and pressing and don't listen to all the naysayers who try telling you it's impossible because there are 20+ people for every opening. It can be done if you do what it takes.

A monkey can fly an airplane. Try to become a well-rounded person and somebody that people can get along with.
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jhooper
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RE: How Hard Is It To Be An Airline Pilot?

Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:28 pm

Oh yea, and it can't hurt to get to know the right people. In a word, Network.
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IMissPiedmont
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RE: How Hard Is It To Be An Airline Pilot?

Tue Mar 16, 2004 1:37 pm

It is very difficult to become a pilot for a major airline. But that is a good thing, for you, and the people who will trust you.

Work your butt off in school and never give up the dream, for if you do, I'll come back from the dead and dope slap you.

Never give up my friend.
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BD1959
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RE: How Hard Is It To Be An Airline Pilot?

Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:20 pm

Hey Steve I'll come back from the dead and dope slap you - is that a general offer??  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: How Hard Is It To Be An Airline Pilot?

Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:25 pm

Excellent advice by the previous posters....You really need to have the attitude that you will prevail over everyone else. Believe me, if you have the right attitude and drive, you WILL succeed...there are plenty out there that don't have the drive or the courage to push through all the set-backs. Good luck to you and don't let anyone tell you that it is not possible....because it IS!!

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