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Posted: 10/24/2004 10:07:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/24/2004 10:15:38 PM EDT by CFII]
I am a CFII, MEI, 1000+ hrs, and hopefully getting picked up by American Eagle in a couple months....and Im just 24. What is your pilot experience men (and women)? Post up!


What do you think of the state of the airline industry from a job perpective? It looks real good to me, but maybe im crazy.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 10:14:32 PM EDT
i flew a small plane a couple times it was a blast, then i took a ride in a blackhawk and it got me thinking... when I did my dodmrb physically the doctor told me to turn in my rifle for a chopper cause my vision was good.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 10:24:35 PM EDT
Have had my private for two years and am working on my instrument. I am 19 have a little over 100 hours.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:15:29 AM EDT
CP-ASMEL/IA with about 700 hrs total. Used to be be a partner in a small software company before it was bought out, and my business cards had the title of "Chief Pilot" and "Lead Software Engineer". Ah, fun times at small companies

Considered doing the career change thing and started into a CFI cert, but then met the RV6A and decided I'd rather do that. So, a couple of years ago I let my multi and IFR currency go and started building my RV6A.

I still fly regularly, although really only enough to stay VFR current. Gotta spend that quality time with a rivet gun!

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:25:35 AM EDT
ATP G-4,
Comm Helo, Inst Helo CFI Helo

6,500 TT
5,000 Helo

I now fly for a corporate flight dept and it's the greatest job on the planet. It's like a huge toybox and they pay me to fly anything I like. We currently have a G-4 SP a Pilatus PC-12 a Bell 407 and a Bell 206 BIII. I would not fly for the airlines if you held a gun to my head. It sounds like you are on the right track and I wish you luck. Fly safe and always listen to the little voice in your head.

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:14:02 AM EDT
MEI - ~2700hrs. Haven't totalled my log book in a while.

I don't fly for a living, but like the ability to go when and where I like. Partner in a C310. Use it to mostly travel for fun and vacations.

Didn't want to take a pay cut to fly in the big leagues or with the heavy metal. Just to much BS in the airline industry.

A friend of mine put it very succinctly one time...Commercial pilots are glorified truck drivers with tremendous skill and dedication.

If your passion becomes your job..then what happens to your passion? Just something to think about?

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:56:43 AM EDT
3300+ hrs, ATP me, Comm sel-ses, I have been flying corporate for 6 years now and enjoy it very much. All of my commercial experience is in King Air B200's and C90's. Flying for the airlines is way overrated in my book. Too many furloughs and union BS. The days of making 200-300k + are over! Most young kids coming into aviation wanting to go to the airlines dont understand that. That and they work way too much. Talked to a crew flying a Saab and they were flying 90 hrs a month! Ewwwww!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 8:19:05 AM EDT
No Pilot cert, 10 logged hrs in T-43B (Cessna 172) 6 logged hours in B-737-800 sim, and 4 logged hours in B767-400 sim.

I do however hold the key to any pilot's happiness. I'm the guy who keeps his plane from becoming a flaming aluminum lawn dart.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 8:41:54 AM EDT
I do agree that the 300K days are over, but I am shooting for cargo. FedEx would make me happy. I am going to pursue Eagle tho, due to the fact that I have massive connections. I do know I will be poor forever
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 9:52:48 AM EDT
Private Pilot SEL
150+ Hours in Cessna 152,172, and Mooney M20K (231).

Had to stop flying a couple of years ago due to small children = limited finances. Miss it terribly. Fly the Mooney Bravo and Lear 45 in FlightSim 2002 Pro a LOT now. The Bravo is very similar to the 231 I used to fly. So at least I can still fly virtually.

Have lots of friends who are pro pilots. Most are senior enough to still have good jobs. The pay just isn't what it used to be, nor is the outlook. I used to lament the fact that I could not afford to finish my certifications and fly pro, but not anymore. It was probably a blessing that I fell into the network admin role.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 10:40:44 AM EDT
MEII about 800 hrs total with 180 twin time.

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 10:45:59 AM EDT
many hours in a 1946 Taylorcraft.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 10:46:44 AM EDT
No fancy ratings, just airplane, single engine land, somewhere around 600 hours total, but I can't fly anymore due to health reasons, bummer!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 11:28:39 AM EDT
12 logged hours and counting.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 11:31:09 AM EDT
Student pilot, soloed but need ~20 hrs to finish. Haven't flown for over a year due to, well, a lot of sh!t going on. Man, do I miss it, though. In fact, it's been so long that I no longer pull on the steering wheel of my truck when I reach 65 mph.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 11:33:29 AM EDT
Commercial SEL 5000TT A&P with IA.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 11:34:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Planerench:
Commercial SEL 5000TT A&P with IA.

I know your Mr. Spiffy.....
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 11:40:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CFII:

Originally Posted By Planerench:
Commercial SEL 5000TT A&P with IA.

I know your Mr. Spiffy.....

Good luck getting on with American Eagle. That is what my flight instructor did 14 years ago. BTW he sent out 30 resumes a month every month till he got on. It took over half a year IIRC. Planerench out.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 11:49:40 AM EDT
Well, the reason I am trying is that 3 close friends just got hired on there in the last month. Eagle is hiring like crazy, and hopefully my connections help.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 11:56:29 AM EDT
SEL, instrument rating

200 hours.

Gave up flying 4 years ago. Couldn't devote enough time/money to stay current and feel comfortable with my proficiency.

Enjoyed learning the process, especially the instrument ticket.

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 12:58:13 PM EDT
Civilian: Private ASEL with 58 hours.

Military: 94 hours in the T-34C Turbomentor, will be starting to fly the T-45C Goshawk in January.
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