mtyfreak
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Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 3:51 am

Hi all, I´m 26 and in a couple of Weeks I`ll be starting training to become a pilot here in Monterrey Mx.

My question is, Is it too late to for me to start a career as an airline pilot?

What kind of job can I get if I get my commercial pilot license?

All info is welcome, please help me with your comments!!
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flymia
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 3:54 am

Well not sure what requirements for Mexico are atleast Airlines requirements but 26 years old. Thats fine. Its not to late to start. How are you getting all you license and ratings. Fast pace school or just by you self?

Here in the US with a commercial license you can get a biz jet job or Regional job, small cargo company job. But in the US it is very hard to get a job, not sure how it is in Mexico. Maybe its like in Europe where you have 500 hours and CPL and you can get an airline job. I let some with more experiance about Mexico to answer the question of what kind of jobs you can get. You might want to look at getting yor CFI ratings too so you can build hours.

[Edited 2005-04-14 20:57:24]
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mtyfreak
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 4:00 am

Yeah, it`s a fast peace school, first it will take me about 5 months to get the private license and then I`ll go into the commercial license.
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satx
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 4:30 am

I say go for it! 26 isn't too old IMO. The only age-related restriction that I'm aware of is that you may have to retire around 65 (?). However, you should have enough time to pay off all your debts, earn a nice nest egg, and have some dough left over for vacationing in far off lands. Good luck!
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VS045
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 4:40 am

Yeah, go for it!
Most airlines won't accept anyone over 35, unless they're already qualified. So you're 9 years under the generall cut-off point. I'd say that's enough!

Cheers,
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JOSEMEX
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 4:45 am

I say, go for it! I'm currently 39 and have been trying to go into flight school to get my PPL for about a year now, but I've had problems getting the med (I had LASIK surgery a couple of years ago and according to the very old Mexican legislation, that's a no-no. Apparently some changes have been made, and I will try to get the med again in the coming weeks).
 
zeekiel
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:11 am

No mate. You are not old at all.

Hey, I remember reading an article about an Air New Zealand pilot being hired in his 40's. So you're still a young buck (well at least compared to this guy).

Good luck

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anstar
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:21 am

26 is pushing the upper age limit if you want a career with a decent carrier.

by the time you finish your training and have a (f) ATPL you'll be 27/28.

Most (good) airlines won't hire unexperienced (ie non TR, <1000hr) pilots over 30.

Try looking at www.pprune.org in the wannabe forums to get some more info.
 
777STL
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:32 am

26 isn't bad at all, there's guys out there who are where you are at right now, who are in their late 30s. It's all what you put into it really, if you have plenty of money, motivation and time you could be at a regional airline in 18 months. If you're not so motivated and/or you're doing this piece meal, it may take 5+ years.

60 years of age is the mandatory age of retirement for US commerical airline pilots.
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September11
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:41 am

Minimum age requirement to pilot a commerical jetliner (like United 747) is 30?
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777STL
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:48 am

Quoting September11 (Reply 9):
Minimum age requirement to pilot a commerical jetliner (like United 747) is 30?

I believe the minimum for a Commercial ATP is 23. You don't need an ATP to fly for a regional airline but most major airlines require it before they'll hire you. I do know of a few twenty year olds flying ERJs out there.
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trident2e
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 6:19 am

Wow, he thinks he's over the hill at 26  Big grin
 
mtyfreak
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RE: Am I Too Old To Start An Aviation Career?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:09 am

wow!

Thanx a lot guys for the comments and ANstar thanx for the link!
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