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Tips On Becoming A Pilot

Fri Nov 24, 2000 12:42 pm

i want to fly airliners when i grow up. i would like it if some real pilots could give me some tips on how to become one.

thanks,
marcus
 
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RE: Tips On Becoming A Pilot

Fri Nov 24, 2000 12:48 pm

Get good grades and go to http://www.Jetcareers.com
Iain
 
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RE: Tips On Becoming A Pilot

Fri Nov 24, 2000 1:41 pm

Study very hard and don't bust a ride.

Buy sim time prior to your interview. Find a place that has the profile your company flies.
 
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RE: Tips On Becoming A Pilot

Sat Nov 25, 2000 2:34 am

The two main options are the military or the aviation
oriented colleges. Neither are easy paths.

The military has limited slots and so is sorta hard to
plan on. (but certainly NOT impossible) The advantage
here is the lack of cost, however there is a commitment
to be fulfilled.

The aviation college route is easier to plan on, but it'll
cost to attend. I believe Embry-Riddle (Daytona Beach,
FL) and Purdue (Indiana, I think) are the key, but not only players here.

Either path will be a long road and so one needs to keep sight of the goal fairly strongly in order to be successful.

One thing I would do right away (If you haven't already) is to go out to the airport and take the "Intro
flight" to make sure this is the path you want.

I started taking lessons at 14 yrs old, applying every
grass cutting dollar I could... That was 29 years ago,
and I haven't regretted any of it ever.

Good luck,

Captain Joe Richter, American Airlines

(Please note the above comments are my own and do
not represent those of my employer)
 
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RE: Tips On Becoming A Pilot

Sat Nov 25, 2000 3:14 am

Yes, follow Capt. Joe Richter path and you'll get it.

I've started taking flying lessons at the age of 14 and now i'm 17 and planning to become an airline pilot. The aviation colleges are good, but some pilots require you to save your money and go to an in-state college. Airlines dont really care what major in degree you hold but they recommend....although, you WOULD need a backup degree just in case you can't be fit to fly with the majors. (i.e poor eyesight, bad medical records, etc.) But you can fly with the regionals or corporate with some good flighttime, commercial w/ instrument rating and a 2nd class medical.
Hope this helps...

K. Cook/Arlington, VA/DCA
 
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RE: Tips On Becoming A Pilot

Sat Nov 25, 2000 11:23 am

thanks for the info joe! this will help me in my path to flying!