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Wanna' Be A Pilot...

Sun Jan 30, 2000 2:01 pm

Alas! I am but a strapping young lad of 16 years and have for as long as I remember shared John Denver's dream of flying! I live near ORD, in fact it's a twelve minute byke ride and only 7 mintues by car, so I go there a lot. I would like, in the future, to own a small airplane (one of them little propellor jobs) and be certified for large-aircraft flight (preferably a 767) as well. I know that it's not too hard to get a small-plane license, but I'm not sure what to do or where to go and I figure y'all'll probably have a good set of suggestions. So, Aviators and Pilots alike - start givin' me advice (remember, I live in northwest Chicago, so if you know anything near Des Plaines, my suburb, let me know!). THANKS!
 
Ralgha
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RE: Wanna' Be A Pilot...

Sun Jan 30, 2000 5:10 pm

I don't live in or anywhere near Chicago, but here's what to do. Since you live 7 minutes from O'Hare, you are probably also close to Schaumburg Regional and Palwaukee Municipal. Call up the FBO's at each of these airports and get directions and information (such as do they offer flight training), then drive to each and get a look at their facilities.

FBO at Schaumburg Regional: Northwest Flyers

FBOs at Palwaukee Municipal: Service Avaition, Priester Avaition

If you can't find their phone numbers, email me.

Palwaukee is controlled and Schaumburg is not, there are advantages to learning at both, but in the Chicago area, it would probably be easier to depart from a controlled airport. Don't take my word on this because I have never flown in the Chicago area.

Palwaukee is also a somewhat large airport, with 3 runways, and Schaumburg only has 1. The runways at both are of more than adequete length for learning at. You should talk to instructors at each decided then which airport and which instructor is best for you.
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RE: Wanna' Be A Pilot...

Mon Jan 31, 2000 10:59 am

- - -   What's an FBO?
 
Ralgha
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RE: Wanna' Be A Pilot...

Mon Jan 31, 2000 1:04 pm

Sorry  FBO means Fixed Base Operator. They are places at airports that provide services for pilots such as fuel, lounges, and supplies. Most of them also have rental planes and flight instructors.
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RE: Wanna' Be A Pilot...

Tue Feb 01, 2000 4:43 am

Thanks, Ralgha... now I'll go do some sniffing around and see what I can find out!
 
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RE: Wanna' Be A Pilot...

Tue Feb 01, 2000 10:42 am

Hey man, I may be able to help you! I am 19 and attending FlightSafety Academy. If you want to get a simple Private Certificate you can go to a small FBO however if you want to get into the Airline industry as a career you have to get some serious flight training. Plus a Batchelors degree. I really recomend that you seriously think about what you want and look at schools such as FlightSafety, Comair, Sierra Academy etc. They are all good and dont forget the degree. And expensive so make the rite choice. EM me at avratdwc@hotmail.com and I will tell you some more stuff.
 
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RE: Wanna' Be A Pilot...

Tue Feb 01, 2000 4:46 pm

Hey Dave,

You watch your tongue. I wouldn't put Comair, or Sierra Academy in the same calss of training as FlightSafety.

FlightSafety is far and above better than anything out there.

I was there in 1989, 90.
 
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RE: Wanna' Be A Pilot...

Tue Feb 01, 2000 6:10 pm

Hey! i just got my private a few weeks ago, and im aspiring to be an airline captian someday. im 18 right now, and am just beginning to work on my intstrument. i have asked many CFI's (certified flight instructors) about the path to becoming an airline pilot.

basically you get your private, then instrument rating (cloud and all weather flying), commercial licence (get a job as a pilot). most airlines wont hire you until you have a substantial amount of time i hear, usually in multi engine planes. you build up experience by flight instructing, which comes after your commercial.

the nice thing about becoming a CFI is that you get paid for your time, so basically its free. in addition to the CFI, there is like MECFI (multi engine CFI)
then theres an ATP (airline transport pilot) i dont know too much about this so i will quit while i am ahead.

hey good luck, and ill hear you on the radios. ;O)

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