gregviperrt
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How Bad Would You Want To Be A Pilot?

Mon May 24, 2004 8:15 am

How far would you go for a chance to be a pilot for an airline? Would you...Fly full time for minimum wage, would you accept a post in....Iraq or Antartica if it's the only way to become a pilot....What would you do or how far would you go?
 
futureualpilot
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RE: How Bad Would You Want To Be A Pilot?

Mon May 24, 2004 8:22 am

Id definitley fly full time for minimum wage...Im not in aviation for the money, Im here cuz I love to fly. As far as Iraq/Anarctica, Id say if the Navy stationed me there, because I am going to be in the Navy soon enough.

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ZASpringboks
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RE: How Bad Would You Want To Be A Pilot?

Mon May 24, 2004 10:59 am

Contract Disputes! FAA Check Rides! Concessions! Downgrades! That attitude you get and the way you treat people when you become a pilot!....?

Sign Me Up Chief!
 
Ryanair!!!
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RE: How Bad Would You Want To Be A Pilot?

Mon May 24, 2004 2:16 pm

This is how bad... I quit my job in the air force as an air traffic controller and am still awaiting news! I have passed all the interviews and tests... SIA is taking their own sweet time.  Sad
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soaringadi
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RE: How Bad Would You Want To Be A Pilot?

Mon May 24, 2004 2:28 pm

I soooooo want to be a pilot, that I am even taking a degree in aviation, and thus have no substitute job except for an aviation one, inspite of the present conditions in the U.S.

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7574EVER
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RE: How Bad Would You Want To Be A Pilot?

Mon May 24, 2004 3:30 pm

I soooooo want to be a pilot, that I am even taking a degree in aviation, and thus have no substitute job except for an aviation one - Soaringadi

You should consider doing a double major and/or a few minors. That's what I'm doing right now. My major is in aviation flight management with minors in aviation administration, aircraft dispatch, and business. I'm still contemplating if I'm going to go with a full major in the aviation administration. Odds are I'll keep it as a minor.

I certainly applaud your enthusiasm, however getting a aviation degree and nothing else is a little foolish. I mean no offense by that statement at all, but you should always have something to fall back on. I will admit, things are looking way up for the future, however a job as a pilot can all to easily get pulled out from underneath you and leave you flat on your ass. The economic condition of the U.S aside, there is still recurrent training, line checks, sim evals, and the always dreaded medical exams.

I was talking to a CFI around the time I was picking classes for my first semester of college. Although I was already considering it, he told me that if I don't get education in other subject areas that I shouldn't worry too much. I would still be able to have a job talking over a radio if aviation didn't work out. My radio communications would just be simplified down from complex ATC instructions to "would you like fries with that?"

I don't want to discourage you and make you cringe at the thought of taking more classes and potentially spending another one to two semesters in school, but the decision to get experience in other career fields is a very wise choice. It could make a real difference in your quality of life someday. Plus, it would probably be something that would look good on your resume to the airlines.
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ZKSUJ
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RE: How Bad Would You Want To Be A Pilot?

Mon May 24, 2004 6:24 pm

Pretty Bad.

What can I say??? I got rejected from the RNZAF and Massey University Last year I'm currently doing a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering just so I can get into the Aviation degree programme or the air force next year. (fingers crossed).
I would fly for minimum wage if I were a pilot (no questions asked), In fact, I would fly for close to nothing as long as they pay for my accomodations, food, bills etc...

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