For those members who began their flight-training career path through the regular flight school path—I’d like to get an idea of what effect, if any, the aviation culture had on your entry into the profession.
A perception that I have had for a while now is that the aviation world—even at the ordinary flight school, or entry, level—is somewhat of a closed world. There is often an air of exclusivity that seems to turn candidates away rather than welcome them in. There is this kind of cutthroat, individualist feeling to the whole thing. I don’t know how it is in other countries, but I’m willing to bet that this is pretty common in North America.
What’s interesting is that you can go to a flight school and even though you demonstrate interest in investing in their programs, and are able to talk about aircraft, systems, navigation, etc., you sometimes get this sense of it being like a gated community, with little "follow up" on their end. Maybe it’s just me, but I have always found the pilot’s world an extremely hard world to penetrate.
Obviously, not everyone has had such an experience, but for those who did and ended up training despite it—were there any difficulties in crossing that invisible threshold? Was your flight school enthusiastic about training new pilots?
We talk about attitude being an important personal quality; I think it’s also important on the industry side. Maybe so many want to get in, that the industry is saturated?
I’d be fascinated in hearing any thoughts on this little mentioned sociocultural aspect of getting into flying.