For those who are put off by the lack of job certainty and the costs associated with being a pilot... boo hoo.
I paid for it on my own back (worked 3 jobs) and knocked on countless doors until I got my first paid flying job. I then moved my way up in the traditional manner and had a great deal of fun in the process.
Point is, if you truly want it enough (and I mean truly, not doing it because it looks like it will be a bit of fun) you can make it happen.
I’m getting really sick of the whingers out there who expect things to happen for them and approach any obstacle with a defeatist attitude.
I’m sorry but you’re wrong. Name one other degree or course that costs $100k where the average person that actually completes it only has around a 10% chance of making it into a proper job (in this case an airline)?
Most would be 50% at worst.
While I congratulate you on your tenacity, it shouldn’t come to you working 3 jobs along with everything else just to pay for flying to get you into a job. There really is a missing level in New Zealand between GA and airlines.
Agreed - I admire duff's tenacity and determination, but I would go out on a limb and say that in terms of young people (especially today), duff's level of determination would be the exception rather than the rule. The issue at hand is a sustainable future for the industry given the projected numbers of pilots required, and at some point the industry will have to hire more than "the most determined" to keep up the numbers.
Who's asking anyone to borrow 100k? If you want to knock it all out quickly then go for it but be aware of the risks (medical event, another GFC). Why not work for a few years, save some money and reduce your exposure to debt.
Today's society (especially with the availability of government student loans - and now fees-free first year uni) places the expectation on most young people (especially the high performers at school) to go through the stereotypical path of tertiary education followed by employment in their chosen field. I think the mindset that "I will work for a few years in completely unrelated jobs to save up for flight training" would be rare in a high schooler these days, when everyone else (teachers and parents included) are talking about going to university etc etc.
Also with total flight training costs now getting into 6-figures, and most reasonable-paying jobs requiring some sort of qualification, how realistic is it to be expecting typical kids out of high school to be saving up any reasonable proportion of that (which would be in the tens of thousands of dollars), working jobs they can realistically get straight out of high school?
The issue of medical event/discoveries is quite valid though, and personally, I'm actually glad my parents sent me to university instead - discovered halfway through uni that I inherited an autoimmune arthritis-type condition down my father's side, which would have been somewhat career-limiting in aviation. The symptoms didn't really show up until a couple of years into uni - so if I went for flight training I would've got a clean medical at the start, and would've been quite screwed when the arthritis showed up later on after huge sums of (borrowed) money have been spent on CPL/MEIR.