TopoGr wrote:I have an Engineer degree as background with work experience and the last 3 years I work for the military.
Will my background be of any advantage to the airliners in order to cover the disadvantages of my age??
TopoGr wrote:Also, how many years do you think it will take me from zero to getting recruited from an Airliner? I don't mind working away from my country and
maybe I consider this a challenge to see new things, new places etc etc, and I am pretty flexible without family, kids, wife...
TopoGr wrote:I am thinking of giving all of my savings to get ppl+buildup and atpl theory by my self and afterwards maybe get a loan to complete cpl,mmc
and be able to send some CVs. Do you think it is possible to find a job only with atpl frozen or should I accumulate some hundreds of hours as
Flight Instructor? I am ready to have type rating deducted from my salary and I accept the high probability of having to live with as low as 20000 euro yearly
in the first years of my careeer.
TopoGr wrote:Also how many years do you think it would take me to become Captain?? Would it be the same as someone at early 20s, or because I have a mature background
will I reach my goal faster?
Starlionblue wrote:As an "older entry" myself (way older than 32 when I started), I would say that you're not even close to having an age issue. Furthermore, your life experience to date will stand you in good stead.
Years to captain very much depends on the airline. If the airline is expanding a lot, 3-4 years is quite possible. At many more established carriers, it is more like 10-15.
Granted I wasn't very experienced - I barely had 1500 hours, and there were lots of learning and oh crap moments, and lots of moments where I and my FO were just looking at each other. He definitely didn't know - he only had 200 hours and we just figured it out and survived the moment. I had a lot of moments when the FO (various different FOs) would remark, "Cool that was my first actual instrument approach." or "First time I can log actual instrument time." or "I'd never flown an ILS to 200 before." or "that was the first time I had to deal with ice."
SuseJ772 wrote:My question is this: if you aren’t a good teacher (so no CFI) but are (or have the potential to be) a good pilot, how do people who have careers later on life (ie. it graduating from Embry Riddle) gain the hours to transition to being an ATP pilot?
Starlionblue wrote:SuseJ772 wrote:My question is this: if you aren’t a good teacher (so no CFI) but are (or have the potential to be) a good pilot, how do people who have careers later on life (ie. it graduating from Embry Riddle) gain the hours to transition to being an ATP pilot?
The ATP 1500 hour requirement only applies to the US. In the rest of the world airline pilots starting with 300-500 hours are not uncommon. At my airline I would guess a third to half of the new hires don't have 300 hours when they start flying a widebody as a cruise pilot.
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