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04-28-2013 02:36 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Tbird

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Hey guys going through a mid life crisis at 28, a little background on me I have been into computer since I was 7 years old, have an associates of science in Computer Networking, and that is all I have done my entire life needless to say where I live, jobs are pretty dry not only that I am completely BURNT out on messing with computers... It's no longer a passion to me anymore. I have done it all... anyways since I was 10 years old I have wanted to fly an airplane, or helicopter, and since being in the hobby I have wanted nothing more that to just fly. I have gotten on a few ride alongs, even taken over a couple of planes recently, and have a ride along scheduled for a paramedic helicopter. my question to you guys that already have a license etc is where do I get started? My local airport offers a pilot license course, but I do not know how far that can take me.. I have not decided what direction to go in my initial goal was to be a lifeline pilot which requires me also to be a paramedic.. the catch is with children now I don't want to join the military which would probly have been the fastest way to get there, or just settle with a commercial/private pilot... I am willing to dedicate the next 10 years to get this going and done, but would like some help on how to get started or if there is an training centers that may offer financial aid etc thanks!

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04-28-2013 03:47 AM  5 years agoPost 2
wakeboarder2342

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To be honest your nuts to think about this at your age with a wife and kids.

I have had my pilots license for 5 years and I spend a fair amount of time on the AOPA and other forums.

Here is what you are looking at to get started. First most of the major airlines want a degree in aviation or some other college degree. If you don't have that I think your wasting your time.

Plan on going into debt around 100k and spending a few years before you can get a job that pays 16-18k per year flying right seat for one of the regionals/freight companies ect. A few years of doing that and being gone all the time making 8 bucks an hour and you might work your way up to a 30-40k a year job. You will still be gone from home 5 nights a week so don't plan on much family time.

The only way it makes sense to be a pilot is to start young with no family and build the hours you need or to go through the military route.

Heli pilot is even worse as job opportunities are more limited.

If you do decide this is what you want to do check out the "pilot mills" ATP is one of the biggest.

Not an easy route for a family man....

favorite quote, no honey thats the same helicoptor i have always had

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04-28-2013 03:54 AM  5 years agoPost 3
Tbird

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well damn..... atleast minimum wage is going up to 9

Im just at the point right now.. you can make 60-100k a year and hate your life... or not care so much about money and do what you love?

It seems somewhere along the way I got all up in the wanting to be loaded like everyone else, seems most people goto school for the wrong reasons, "money" I raised nearly 500k in the last 24 months to start my own business being caught up on the want to be rich gig.. come to find out it caused nothing but stress and hate towards everyone in the industry, and realizing 90% of every person I have ever met doing my own business only cared about taking my money and benefiting their own personal gain, and now its to the point where I am ready to walk away from all of it and press reset.. You can have all the money in the world buy fancy cars and toys, meet famous people dine in 5 star resturants. to find out I'd rather be in a little ****ty town in Indiana and do something that makes me happy...

but I agreee I am a little old to start over.. but it could possibly be the only thing that saves me

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04-28-2013 04:39 AM  5 years agoPost 4
wakeboarder2342

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It's not about the money it's about the quality of family life.

I can promise you will put your family through hell due to the financial Pressures and being gone all the time.

Wouldn't matter how much I loved something I would never put my family through that.

There are other careers you could do and still fly recreationally on the side for a little fun. That's what I do.

favorite quote, no honey thats the same helicoptor i have always had

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04-28-2013 04:45 AM  5 years agoPost 5
Tbird

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Sounds like that may be my only option.

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04-28-2013 04:54 AM  5 years agoPost 6
G200driver

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Two things...there is really no quality of life being a full time pilot...airlines??on the road 5 days a week or more...corporate..you live with a phone 24/7 on call, day and night...third, you better be married to a REAL good woman... Divorce rate amount pilots run around 70%...as a pilot, you are never home...finally...10 years isn't nearly enough time to dedicate to becoming a professional pilot and hope to earn any kind of wages...I've been at it for 29 years now...finally started making a good living in the past 6-7 years...dues, and I mean a lot of them, must be paid...

Good luck with your decision...

www.gearlegs.com

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04-28-2013 05:56 AM  5 years agoPost 7
#55

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I'm 24 and I fly UH-60 Blackhawks for the army. Been doing this since I was 18. Seriously

I make about 68k a year. When I get to fly life is good, but normal everyday life in the army here at fort hood Texas has sucked.

I am ready to get out and be a bush pilot in Alaska because of the same feelings you said you were having.

I agree. Sometimes the money can't replace happiness.

I would trade my 12 million dollar helicopter for a super cub on floats in a heart beat

If you want to talk about being an army helicopter pilot. Call me I bought a vibe off of you about 8 months ago

334 648 7521 I'm about to go to bed so call in the morning if you want to

Dropping Tones!

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04-28-2013 02:43 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Brokenlink

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check this link out,
http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/25...pter-pilot.html

Jamie Griffith

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04-29-2013 10:51 PM  5 years agoPost 9
jgunpilot

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First of all, it's a buyer's market in the helicopter industry right now. Several pilots I know with about 1,200 hours flight time have been taken on by off-shore operators such as PHI and ERA and make $75,000 within a year, and that's for working half the time (2weeks on and two weeks off). Guys with some serious time go right into S-92s and make over $100,000. The days of fixed wing making more than rotary are over. Since 9/11 most people shooting for the airlines have given up because of layoffs and dismal prospects.

#55 if you want to go fly a bush plane be my guest, but you should look a little further.

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04-30-2013 03:15 AM  5 years agoPost 10
JJMAN (RIP)

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If you have not had a burning desire inside you since a very young age to be a pilot, foresaking all other ambitions and desires, you dont have what it takes to overcome the obstacles you will face, not to mention the ambition of others. You have to want it bad, deep down, its not something you can pretend/act like you want. The money would not matter to you.

I spent 4 years as a enlisted man in the Army, eating ****, just so I could get enough money to go to college. Went $100,000+ in debt getting my ratings, then joined the Navy and spent 21/2 years in flight training to become a Navy pilot. I did 6, 6 month cruises away from home plus multiple 2 weekers and 2 monthers and many dark nights behind the carrier. Just to feed my addiction and fly fighter jets.

You need to take a real look in the mirror and decide.

JAY HIGGS

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04-30-2013 01:12 PM  5 years agoPost 11
#55

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Well said^^^both of you

Yes I know I could make good money if I continued to fly helicopters after getting out But you don't understand that I am obbssesed with ALASKA and being a pilot there.

Last July I got my float Rating in a j3 cub out at beluga lake in homer

That place is the only place where iv been free

Dropping Tones!

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04-30-2013 08:22 PM  5 years agoPost 12
jgunpilot

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I totally understand. If I could do it over, I go to Alaska young and get things figured out.

Just bring a woman and some initial money with you. Your unlikely to find the former and the latter takes times.

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05-01-2013 12:12 AM  5 years agoPost 13
MAVRICK

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Northwest Georgia

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Well for me I've always wanted to fly helicopters but ended up getting my fixed wing PPL a little over 2 ago because of the cost. I love flying but there was no way I could afford the cost it takes to work my way up the line. So what I ended up doing is saving my $$ for two years and then moved 2k mile and am now almost half way through A&P school here in Rome Ga.

I hope to one day be a commercial pilot mechanic but that's a few years down the road

Good luck with whatever you decide to do. Flying is not like anything else

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05-06-2013 01:50 AM  5 years agoPost 14
jjeaster222000

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just get your ppl and be happy!! Thats what i did!!!

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