JETBLUEATASW
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When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:48 am

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 to MCO 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?
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:02 am

Long before I wised up and became an ATC :P

But seriously, ever since I was a little kid I wanted to fly. Didnt know what, military or civl, but Ive always wanted to since I can remember.

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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:18 am

Well, I decided I wanted to be a pilot when I was 8 and am still pursuing my dreams. Hopefully no more than 10 years before I become a pilot

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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:54 am

Wanted to become a pilot ever since i got addicted to airplanes which was around the age of 15. Now ive become more serious and hopefully in less than 5 yrs i can accomplish my dream.
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 3:41 pm

July 5th 2000 Holiday in western England, a small airfield I can't remember my dad took me and my two brothers up in a flight in a warrior I think. I was sitting there drooling at the instructor and wishing I could be like him. I was 9 years old then and I'm 15 now and I still am pursuing my dream. I have it all planned out and I am training for my PPL at sibson EGSP and currently have 5 Hours in my logbook. I have financial support from my great mum & dad who fully support me along this bumpy track full of wrong turnings.
 
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 3:43 pm

Quoting JETBLUEATASW (Thread starter):
without any judgment from anyone

it gets to me after a while....

i knew i wanted to be a pilot when i could only see the tails of planes shooting by on 25R at the UMC when i was about two. i could never see the plane, just the tail. (it was almost always WN too).
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:59 pm

I've always loved aviation, but way back in 1995, we flew from YVR to DUS via LHR on an AC L1011. I spent sometime up front and even got to sit in the captain's seat, and that was the instant that I decided I wanted to fly.

I got my PPL, multi-engine rating, night rating and even started my CPL, but it just didn't work out. So I had to give an airline career up.

For those of you still aspring this dream, when you're in flight school, you'll meet some older guys who will tell you that they wanted to fly for the airlines when they were your age, but it didn't work out. Don't end up like them! Stay focused and work hard, you won't regret it. Don't ever have to end up telling people that it didn't work out.
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:53 am

Quoting JETBLUEATASW (Thread starter):
when did you want to start flying?

When I realised it was better than working for a living (and it didn't take long!).

Some folk say it's sad, but in my spare time, all I want to do is go flying some more.

I love aviation, I love flying. The other half is an ATCO, and despite it, we still get on.

Can life get any better !?!?!?

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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:05 am

Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 7):
The other half is an ATCO

ATC Officer?


You messing with ATC's ?

:-P

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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:02 pm

Quoting ATCT (Reply 8):
You messing with ATC's

It's like having a back seat driver, except you can't tell ATC to shut the F%*@ up !!  Big grin
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:57 pm

I have wanted to be a pilot since I was very young and I'm still waiting to be a pilot. Someday I will get my PPL and be one, but who knows when that will be. The wife decided we should buy a house this year so I guess my dream will have to wait another year.  Sad

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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:39 pm

Quoting Md94 (Reply 10):
The wife decided we should buy a house this year so I guess my dream will have to wait another year.

Ah there, my friend, you have become a victim of diminishing returns. The secret is to stay single and invest in flying. Only once you've achieved that can you also afford the significantly more expensive option of getting hitched !!!  Big grin

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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:51 am

I agree Shamu...and this is my 2nd marriage. No excuses, I should have learned in my first!  Smile

I guess that is why they make Flight Simulator.  Wink
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:24 am

Age 6 or perhaps earlier. My first ride on a Grumman Goose seaplane was really quite a thrill. But, we also made many trips to the airport to pickup Dad from business trips back in the days when you could go outside and really see, hear and smell those prop planes and even the early generation jets and turboprops. (1958-1969) I got one ride in a DC-3 in 1961 and my first ride in a new Boeing 720B in 1963.
 
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:45 am

Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 9):
It's like having a back seat driver, except you can't tell ATC to shut the F%*@ up !!  

 rotfl  You've just made the quote of the year...I never thought of ATC in that perspective!
 
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Thu May 03, 2007 11:31 am

For me, about three years ago, at age 13. Unfortunantly, my family does not have the funds to send me to flying lessons. I plan on attending the University of North Dakota James G. Odegaard School of Aerospace in Grand Forks, ND, in two years. Hopefully, there I will graduate certified in VFR, IFR, and, maybe have my license for CRJ work here at my home near MSP. Dreams can come true.

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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Tue May 08, 2007 4:24 am

Since I was 5 and still trying to pursue it.
Money is a serious issue though but heck... I'm still in the fray.
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Tue May 08, 2007 8:48 am

When I went to Air Basic training course with the Royal Candian Air Cadets. We went on familiarization flights in Cessna 172s around the Greater Victoria area..... And the rest is history.

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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Wed May 09, 2007 12:44 am

I have wanted to drive things that movee since the moment i was cognitively functional. I wanted to drive trains boats, trucks planes, ect. Probably wanted to be a pilot since i could visualize their being a "driver" for the plane.
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Wed May 09, 2007 1:20 am

Well, I cannot remember the exact date, but from the moment i knew what an aircraft was, I wanted to fly those things...

Well, I made it and now I am in training for MD11F... Big grin

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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Wed May 09, 2007 2:16 am

Ive always wanted to be a pilot, my earliest childhood memory is flying Ansett NZ DUD-AKL and being thrown on the plane because we were late lol.

Ive always loved planes, im 17 now and trying to decide what to do with my life. I want to be a Pilot but there are also many careers that im interested in and are easier to get to.

Over here in Aussie you will need atleast 1500 hours before a major will even blink at your application. Hopefully this pilot shortage arrives in the next few years. If only i had the abode to work in the EU then i would be right do a Advance Diploma in Aviation and then go over there  Sad

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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Thu May 10, 2007 4:50 am

I first got into aviation at about 12, and since then Ive strived and strived to become a pilot. All my hard work will hopefull pay off, but I have a number of hurdles to pass first.

I agree, other younger people don't seem to understand my dream. They don't know what they want in life, whereas I have my life (WELL CAREER) hopefully planned out.
 
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Fri May 11, 2007 11:02 am

Well, I went to school to be an A&P, then decided to become a pilot at age 19. Took one semester, almost got my private....and had no more money. Now I have a degree in law enforcement instead.
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Sun May 13, 2007 6:38 am

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 6):
I've always loved aviation, but way back in 1995, we flew from YVR to DUS via LHR on an AC L1011

Just noticed a chronological error on my behalf, that should have read 1985,not 1995 ..... sorry ......  ashamed 
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Sun May 13, 2007 7:08 am

Well I was on a flight with my family, we were split in 2 and i was sitting with my mum and some old guy was next to my mum and he turned to me and said "i hear you want to be a pilot" which i didn't at the time, I wanted to design them but i thought about it over a few weeks and thought ya know i would love to do that. So for Christmas i asked for a trial flight and have now been training for 2 years.

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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Mon May 14, 2007 6:40 am

In 1993 on an Adria DC-9 from Paris.
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RE: When Did U Decide U Wanted To Be A Pilot?

Thu May 17, 2007 6:12 am

I wanted to be a pilot when I was three years old. I have had the great privilege of having a step father "Who I met when I was Nine" who flys Global Express's and Challengers. I remember when I was little flying on MD-88s a lot and I got the feeling of freedom up in the air like that and all my troubles were forgotten. Now I have 70 hours flying time and I cant wait to get to fly with some of the big dogs like my father!

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