|Quoting 2H4 (Reply 1):|
Without question, the hardest part of (civilian) pilot progression is paying for it.
Lucky me! I just had to let people shoot at me and the Government paid for it.
I was going to say that the hardest part was getting hired by your final destination
It is a process rather like being an Olympic hopeful diver. You train and practice and train and practice for years. Then you get your one shot: You climb up on the board or platform and you leap and whatever happens in the next second determines whether you are an Olypmic hero or a footnote in some book of statistics.
Speaking for the USA, the airlines will have hundreds of applicants for a dozen new-hire pilot positions. Everybody in the group has a degree, some from good schools, some from not-so-good schools. Every applicant will have three or four times the published minimum experience. Every one will have read the same reference materials on interviewing with this particular airline. Most will have family or friend there vouching for them. They will all look good and smell good and have their interview answers all prepped.
So you get your turn on the lonesome side of the long mahogany table and then you go home to wait.
That to me is the difficult part.
The flying? Mostly that was fun. Personally I thought that getting the instrument rating was the most demanding single evolution on my way to where I sit today. It was new knowledges and new skills all coming at you at a good rate, and the standards are high.
Your first airline ground school might seem like a big load to you, but that might just be unfamiliarity and self-imposed stress. "I really NEED this job!" After a while ground schools and checkrides are just part of the wallpaper.
Oh yeah. Like 2H4
says, there is paying
for it all.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.