Pilot Career Advice

Tue May 30, 2000 3:09 pm

I am 27, have approx 8 hours of flight time and wish to go ahead with training to make piloting a career. My goal is to fly for a major air carrier. My question is at 27 am I too old to begin from essentially zero hours or do I still have a good shot at making this a reality. My instuctor is 26, only started flying last September, and feels that with the upcoming boom, age does not really matter and 27 is fine. He even related a story of a man who BEGAN flying at 50, was hired by Alaska at 52 and is now flying 737's until retirement! So, at 27, do you who are in the business feel I have a legitimate shot? Thank you for your advice!
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RE: Pilot Career Advice

Tue May 30, 2000 4:41 pm

What have you been doing for the last 10 years  

But in all seriousness, If youve got the money and time to more or less do nothing but flying, I reckon youve got plenty of time.
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RE: Pilot Career Advice

Tue May 30, 2000 4:57 pm

Just a question to anyone that reads this, would you be more likely to get a job with a degree in aviation rather than just going through a flying club or local flight school?

And is there a height limit for being a pilot?

RE: Pilot Career Advice

Tue May 30, 2000 8:43 pm

You are more highly looked at if u have a degree. QANTAS preferes you to have a degree and to come from a flying school not the military
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Future 747 F/o

Tue May 30, 2000 10:02 pm

Thats funny, I heard Qantas gives no preference to degree or no degree, all comes down to performance on jobs already done. I know they are not to crash hot on military pilots because 1. dont come from a conservative passenger carrying background, and 2. Air force, once trained requires you to do quite a few years service, so by the time your out, your actually quite old anyway, and airlines generally dont look at you.

Ohgod, Ooza, you didnt hear that did you  

But anyway, I'll go to uni next year and see where it leads me from there. Id rather get Jimmie Strongs job, however, Id settle for flying  

RE: Pilot Career Advice

Wed May 31, 2000 2:09 am

Go for it!

At 27, you should have plenty of time to get to the airlines and probably still make captain before retirement. Just a few things to keep in mind before you start on your way:

1. I'm assuming by looking at a profile that you have a four year degree. Most airlines require it. It doesn't really matter in what, just so long as you have it.

2. To get to the airlines quickly (2-3 years) you will need significant financial resources and allot of free time. Remember that your first flying job will probably be a pretty big downer pay-wise.

3. Keep yourself healthy!

4. Keep your driving and criminal record spotlessly clean.


See ya up there

ATRpilot... commuter dog!

RE: Pilot Career Advice

Wed May 31, 2000 6:36 am

Thank you all!
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RE: Pilot Career Advice

Wed May 31, 2000 9:45 am

LOL there better not be a height limit! Coming straight from the BFG (Big friendly Giant),

6ft tall  
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RE: Pilot Career Advice

Wed May 31, 2000 10:05 am

I'd tell you to look at my website because I have a lot of information on this but I'd either get my message deleted or banned from the forum. So check my profile and go from there.

I've seen 23 year old new hires at Delta and I've recently met a 53 year old new hire. It basically depends on your level of motivation to suceed in the aviation field.

Also, I've seen pilots barely over 5"3 and others that are nearly 7' tall (at least it seems).

Basically as long as you are tall enough (short enough?) to reach all of the cockpit controls, you're golden. The seats in a modern airliner fully articulate and the rudder pedals raise and lower.

Doug Taylor
Delta 737 FO
(currently in ATL for MD-88/90 training)

Oh, on the MD-88/90 if anyone is wondering. The aircraft is like the "missing link" because all of the overhead stuff is right out of a DC-9 but the rest of the aircraft is quite modern. Strange.

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RE: Deleted Or Banned

Wed May 31, 2000 10:11 am

That's not true Doug and you know it.

To quote the rules:
You may however post a link to a web page that is of high relevance to a certain discussion...

Your website is certainly relevant to this discussion so go ahead and post if you wish.

Working on the site from morning 'till night that's livin' alright (1997-2007)
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RE: Pilot Career Advice

Wed May 31, 2000 10:40 am

Oh hey Johan!

I stand corrected! Just that a few weeks ago, well that's the past!

BTW, Delta uses a lot of your pictures during their training process, complete with the credits and the site address.

And they look good on the giant projectors they use for training also!

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RE: Pilot Career Advice

Wed May 31, 2000 10:01 pm

Hi all, just wanted to put my 2 cents in. Don't ever let "age" deter you (anyone) from going after something that you want. I am 47(!!!) and believe it or not I have wanted to be a flight attendant for years and now find myself in a position to go for it. I am going to be attending an open house soon for a major airline and yes I am nervous about being in a room full of people half my age going for the same thing, but if I don't TRY than I will be sitting in some retirement community in 20 years regretting it!! and I don't want to be doing that!
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RE: Pilot Career Advice

Wed May 31, 2000 11:33 pm

DK - Go for it! Lots of people (both male and female) are choosing to be a flight attendant as a second career later in their working life. In fact, it's a great post-retirement career! And a great way to do all the traveling you planned to do!

Good Luck!  

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RE: Pilot Career Advice

Thu Jun 01, 2000 12:27 am

Thanks HP737!

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