Im glad I could talk about this here without any judgment from anyone here, because you share the same passion as I do. I have wanted to be a commercial airline pilot for as far back as I can remember. I was only 4 years old when i took my first night flight on American from JFK
to Jamaica. I can also remember flying TWA several times from JFK
because my grandmother moved to ocala florida in 1989. I knew i loved airplanes because anytime i had to travel somewhere to go on vacation, i was more interested in the flight aspect of it, more than where i was going. Between 1998 and 2001 throughout my high school years i still loved flying, but never really did it anymore. I also was in special ed(or that the school thought i needed to be) for most of my school career until 11th grade when my mother faught to have me removed from special ed because everyone believed it was unnecessary to have me there. Unfortunately do to that and a number of other serious things going on in my young life, i never took SATs and that basically caused my dreams of going to the College of Aeronautics outside LaGuardia look bleak and nearly impossible. So the dream as I knew it, i thought had died. Of course however, when something you truly love u always wanted to do and u have not yet done it, u know it will NEVER die nor go away. Since i lived near JFK
by 10 minutes, I always see aircraft on approach to JFK
and of course part of me always wondered what life would be like if i had pursued the dream and stuck with it. I currently find myself employed by MTA Metro North Railroad for almost 5 years now and find i remain UNSATISFIED with my career. Im not here to MTA bash, but lets be real with ourselves. The red flag came up when I realized I had taken promotional exams within the MTA and for no apparent reason they just do NOT want to promote me. I know they have no reason to deny me because I have called in sick 1 time in 5 years and have 9 customer commendations and 1 from superintendent of operations. Its suspicious because i have literally trained people who were hired AFTER me, they asked me whats on these exams for locomotive engineer and conductor, i tell them and they are now in those positions. Anyways to get back on course here, this isnt about the Railroad. This is about the dream that I once had and still do have. I wanted to try it one day, so i go out to MacArthur Airport(KISP) for a introduction flight lesson with the flight school known as Heritage Flight Academy. I went up in a Cessna172R, and I was taxiing behind Southwest, so that was a nice dose of reality. So after one hour going up on 33L and flying the north shore and south shore of Long island, and returning to MacArthur airport, I knew this was what i wanted to career in. The folks who know in the railroad claim im just impatient and all that jazz, but I knew this is what i always wanted. When I flew that first time, I recieved confidence and i really loved it. Thats alot more than I can say working for MTA. I figure if im going to career change, let me do it now while im 24 years old, young with no children and no major responsibility. I have a fiancee' and we been goin out for 4 and a half years as of this june. She fully supports me, and i probably can marry her once i graduate college, have sufficient time to join a good regional to start with. Anyways enough of the story of JETBLUEATASW. Put the violin away, and you all tell me when did you want to start flying?
"DO ME A FAVOR WOULD YA, THE NEXT TIME U LAND A PLANE ON MY STRIP, BONE UP ON YOUR MORSE CODE"-Tom Berenger