Like most of you I'm sure, I've always wanted to be a pilot. For the past few years I've been flying on and off--nothing serious just for fun when money allowed. In 2005/2006 I flew 3 or 4 times. In 2007, I decided to become a Flight Attendant to see if I could even do that first of all, if I liked the lifestyle and of course to meet pilots. I've always thought of a pilot to be about 45-50 years old, gray hair, mustache and somewhat stern. I was wrong. Working at a regional the majority of my pilots were only a few years old than me (I'm 22). They were some of the friendIist people I have ever met! I felt, "wow I need to get going on the lessons"!
Ever since I brought up the idea to my parents, I've received very little encouragement or support. All they see is the price tag. Its always an issue of money. "Wow that is a lot for a lesson." They would say. Mom and Dad's idea is to go back to what I was doing before and just take lessons when money allows while looking. Mom and dad in in a growchy voice: "You have bilsl to pay (enter list of college loans, car bils, gas bills). Its ok if it takes longer than the rest." They said. I've tried to explain that the more often I fly, the lower it cost because I am retaining more information. This has rubbed off on me. In fact, this morning i was nervous about paying it "ugh, i have to hand my card over and pay for this." I do have enough money in my account, thats not an issue. I was told that I could start September when I my mom gets her new job and if needed, could help me out with money if I get into a bind. Then it went from "well, finish your assoicates degree (it'll be done in May '09) and then it was "finish your bacholers". Sometimes I even get the impression they want me to maybe just maybe start taking lessons when I'm, you know, 40 years old. So September is almost here and I'm taking my first lesson. I told my mom "well, you did say wait until September" and her response was "well, you had a job then..." I have a job now!! What she is refering to is I use to work at a gas station (I have a post in here non-avi about it somewhere). I was making min wage and lived about 30 miles from the station. I also had a second job at an FBO making decent money but I live about 50 miles from there. When I applied to the FBO I was under the impression it was a summer job and it would end Aug 31st (the sign requested "summer help"). I was able to get a good amount of more hours and I am pretty sure I am a keeper.
I recently tried to take out a loan from Sallie Mae (that career loan they have) although I was denied due to my age and lack of credit. I asked that my parents co-sign but they have no clue who Sallie Mae is. My mom even said "its just a company that scams kids like you and then takes all your money." Right now I think I can afford to fly once a week (I'll be at the airport already after my shift so I'll save on gas) and study my butt off during the week. If money comes avaible I'll fly twice a week. I've also explained that there is a rating where I could teach and earn money. I am guartenteed a job here at the FBO once I get my CFI. My mom said "well, you need to get there first." ..........umm duh!!!!!!!!!!
I have noticed that workinig at the airport has helped them "see" things. I make a point to let them know that many of the students are my age (and younger) here. They are, for the most part, not rich and are just like me. Just doing this for a career or/and because they like airplanes. I do have a lot of connections from my Flight Attendant time and many of the pilots are just a phone call, email, or text away. They have all offered their help be it paperwork, dvd's or in one case free checkrides!
I would like my parents to meet me most of the way..if not financially, at least emountially as that is equally important. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
[Edited 2008-08-28 06:46:48]