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Being An Airline Pilot - Good Career?

Fri Aug 18, 2000 4:09 am

Its that time where I need to start thinking about what my career will be, one of the things I'm looking into is being an airline pilot. I'd like to know, from all you with experience, is it a job you'd recommend? What are the good and bad aspects? Any suggestions?
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RE: Being An Airline Pilot - Good Career?

Fri Aug 18, 2000 12:04 pm

Well id wouldn't recommend being a commercial pilot. I'd recommend being an Air Traffic Controller.If your thinking about $, either way is great. ATC's also have a steady job. Yes you do work Shift work but you dont have to leave your family and friends behind. ATC's also get "Fams" which are free rides in the US. You ride Jumpseat. You get about 8 of them a year. Most ATC's use them wisely by using them for emergancy's. It is nice riding Jumpseat and seeing all that goes on. School for ATC's is from 2-4 years long. The best ATC school in the world is CCBC (Community College of Beaver County) which is near Pittsburgh, PA. It is one of the only schools the FAA hires directly out of. They are the ONLY one with a real tower that you train in at a REAL airport. the site is,
This is a great school. On the site go to the Majors section where you can find the Aviation Homepage.
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RE: Being An Airline Pilot - Good Career?

Fri Aug 18, 2000 12:09 pm

Being a pilot is a great job. First, you get free travel, even if you're not the one at the controls. Second, a veteran pilot can make $200,000 easily. I think the only bad part is the training you have to go through before you're a pilot. But hey, I think I'd want a lot of training if i was responsible for 250+ passengers.
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RE: Being An Airline Pilot - Good Career?

Fri Aug 18, 2000 12:33 pm

Best job on earth.

Doug Taylor
Delta MD-90 FO
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RE: Being An Airline Pilot - Good Career?

Fri Aug 18, 2000 3:01 pm

Hey Doug (Delta737), if you get the chance, will you email me at Thanks!


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