BoeingOnFinal
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If You Could Do It All Again...

Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:23 am

I'm on the start of my new education, and I would like some opinions from the new and the experienced within the field:


  • As a pilot, if you could choose your profession all over again, would you choose to be a pilot?

  • And for the other professions, if you could choose all over again, would you have chosen to become a pilot, or would you still be something else and enjoy aviation as a hobby?
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xjramper
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RE: If You Could Do It All Again...

Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:27 am

Quoting BoeingOnFinal (Thread starter):
I'm on the start of my new education

I wish you luck on the fresh start, whatever it may be.

I actually did this exact thing about 5 months ago. I am a private instrument rated pilot and was planning on going to one of the big schools for fast track flying into a right seat in a regional. I love flying, and I hope that never changes.

While I did a profession change, I did stay in the industry. I am currently working on a masters going into Air Traffic control and as a side note im undergoing dual specalizations with the other emphasis on either operations or safety.

I still love flying and I go up and fly whenever I get the chance.

XJR
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RE: If You Could Do It All Again...

Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:30 am

First of all, best of luck in your training.  bigthumbsup  If I could do it all over again, I would be a pilot in an instant. In my opinion, there is nothing better than flying thousands of feet above the ground with unlimited visibility.  Smile As far as other professions, I would like to stay in the aviation industry, and still try and track to the airlines, or go to be a tower air traffic controller. Once again, best of luck, and I hope you get everything you want out of aviation.

Will
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bill1036
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RE: If You Could Do It All Again...

Thu Aug 10, 2006 7:09 am

Wanted to be a pilot when I was at High School.Wrote to BA and The Royal Air Force etc.BA did their best to put applicants off(or so it seemed!),saying the usual 'only 1 out of every 100 applicants make it as a BA pilot'..blah blah.This really did discourage me from pursuing my 'career'.The RAF on the other hand were superb!They positively encouraged youngsters to look for a a career with them.By this time,I wanted to be an air traffic controller(God only knows why!!!!)
and gained the relevant qualifications,only to be deterred by the fact that I would need to move to West Drayton(400 miles away) to train.I did not want to leave home,so this was abandoned too!Little did I realise that I would leave home to live/work in London for 15 years not long after,so,plenty of regrets there.
I wish you well in your new education.Go for it!!
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RE: If You Could Do It All Again...

Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:03 pm

Quoting Bill1036 (Reply 3):
Wanted to be a pilot when I was at High School........

Similar story. After a family trip to the motherland as a teen, came back wanting to maybe fly. However my uninformed guidance ("Call me Coach!") councilor had all the discouragement available "only 1 in 1000's make it, you won't..." Not totally ruined, decided to get my hands dirty and see if I can make it as a Mechanic. Best decision I ever made. Got to sit in the left seat of modern widebody jet aircraft sooner (riding brakes on a tow, mind you) learn something new every day and having the satisfaction of seeing an A/C that was AOG for several hours go flying again after I fixed it. So, no, would not change anything. Not even working at my two previous employers that closed up with some of my money (final pay, vacation, overtime) It gave me a perspective that cannot be had over the counter, or from a book.
 
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RE: If You Could Do It All Again...

Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:28 am

Aviation is very addictive, especially being a pilot. A lot of people who leave the profession wind up going back to it or to something related to aviation. I know a few people who flew in their teenage years but left flying because of personal reasons only to go back to training in their 30s-40s because they just couldn't get flying out of their minds.
 
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RE: If You Could Do It All Again...

Sat Aug 12, 2006 5:09 am

Thanks for your imput everybody.

I have some economical issues due to back problems, and work problems, but I hope at least to make it through my first class medical I have set up the 22 of August, so I can really determen if I have what it takes to be a pilot.

Any helpful tips on the first class medical, anything I should do to prepare?

If someone else wants to make more comments, please do, I really enjoy reading about how people like their work, and why.
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RE: If You Could Do It All Again...

Sat Aug 12, 2006 6:24 am

Quoting BoeingOnFinal (Reply 6):
Any helpful tips on the first class medical, anything I should do to prepare?

I don't know about Norway but here in the states it's very easy to pass it. 1st class for under 40years old is just like a regular check up and I think even more basic. You just give them urine sample, eyecheck, hearing check, and heart/breathing check and that's it. It all takes about 5 minutes. Don't worry about it, try not to talk with the doctor about any of your problems. Remember the flight doctors office is not the place to discuss your medical problems, the whole point is to get in and out as little time as possible. If you have medical problems you should take care of those with your regualr doctor.

[Edited 2006-08-11 23:25:41]
 
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RE: If You Could Do It All Again...

Sat Aug 12, 2006 6:26 am

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 5):
I know a few people who flew in their teenage years but left flying because of personal reasons only to go back to training in their 30s-40s because they just couldn't get flying out of their minds.

Once aviation gets in your blood, forget about it...you'll never want to do anything else.
 
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RE: If You Could Do It All Again...

Sat Aug 12, 2006 9:45 am

Quoting BoeingOnFinal (Thread starter):
And for the other professions, if you could choose all over again, would you have chosen to become a pilot, or would you still be something else and enjoy aviation as a hobby?

Well I choose to be an engineer. I have a ton of fun working on the design end of aviation. I get to work on parts that go on planes and spent the afternoon today analyzing a scavange pump for the APU of a super efficient twin being developed.

I'm not upset that I didn't choose to be a pilot as a career. First off designing the planes pays a whole lot more than operating them. I've earned my private pilot's license in my spare time and love going up and flying, but it isn't a career. Aviation is a hobby and something that I can do for fun. I wasn't willing to put in the effort to become a professional pilot. It is hard work and very expensive. I'm content riding in the back of the planes knowing that the company I work for is responsible for many parts on the plane.
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RE: If You Could Do It All Again...

Tue Aug 15, 2006 1:36 am

Quoting N231YE (Reply 8):
Once aviation gets in your blood, forget about it...you'll never want to do anything else.

Isn't that the truth. The past week has been hard on me - blue skies, calm winds, good weather - the itch came back with a vengeance.

I had the opportunity to get my Recreational permit free of charge, but was so incredibly put off by my instructor and the lack of customer service at the FBO I was at that I haven't been up since I took my intro flight in April '05.

I'm looking into going to a different FBO completely once I've got my finances settled.

Quoting BoeingOnFinal (Thread starter):
And for the other professions, if you could choose all over again, would you have chosen to become a pilot, or would you still be something else and enjoy aviation as a hobby?

I don't know if I'd become a pilot, but I'd certainly be working at the airport - either for the airport operating authority or an airline. Nothing beats the smell of Jet-A  Smile
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AY104
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RE: If You Could Do It All Again...

Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:06 pm

I spent over 25 years in the airline industry, mostly in Customer Service. Had some wonderful experiences, met and worked with some lovely people, many of who are still my best friends. However, as the years went on, especially about the last 5, I was in awe of how ridiculous the travelling public's behaviour had become. It was amazing to me how worked up people could get over the smallest things: Fog delays, not able to sit together, delayed flights and missed connections etc. I don't for the life of me know how some of these people would react in a serious crisis. The littlest things seemed to be traumatic for them.
Yes, if I could do it again, I would probably seek something in the medical profession. This would be a situation where I could really help people who had serious problems, and it would also be satisfying to me. A lot of studying and hard, hard work, but in the end I think it would be worth it.
Cheers,
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