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Old 07-25-2011, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. I have always loved flying as a passenger, and have never been bored looking out the window, but flying is a feeling of its own. It was my first flight and I did the takeoff on my own (minus the pedals).

Just wondering from anyone else who has flown, does it ever get old? I think this would be an amazing job.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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No it never gets old, Just wait till you solo, without the flight Instr weight in the plane the plane will jump off the runway.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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No it never gets old, Just wait till you solo, without the flight Instr weight in the plane the plane will jump off the runway.
Do you fly commercial?
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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I ride Commercial (would much rater be up front but.. FAA TSA Airlines.... seem to object) ,
I fly Private.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Does it get old? No I dont think it does. I dont fly much too busy with school but once I can calm down with school I want to get my PPL, IFR and Commercial. But as for a job thats a whole different story. See being a pilot is NOT a job it is a lifestyle. I think it would be an awesome job but at the same time, pay is terrible for most pilots, the lifestyle is hard and job security is even worse. But of coruse it is an awesome job! If you like it keep at it. Get your private and take it one step at a time.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Ive been considering this for over a year now, and finally took the plunge and did my first intro lesson and it was awesome. Flying has always been a passion of mine and I regret not doing this earlier. I think most fields you go into after studying in college, you will put your life into it. So you should really choose something you love. I've been studying things on and off that I don't care about because of the money and its only landed me in debt. I'm gonna do some more flying lessons and see how things go.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:51 PM
 
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I have over 6,000 hours an ATP and a type, not yet 30, and it never gets old. In fact it just gets better the more high performance equipment you operate. Skimming the cloud tops @ 400 mph, zooming in and out of building thunderstorms like canyons, taking off and hitting the clouds @ 200' only to see the ground again back at 200' appear thru the fog, nope never gets old. Flying small airplanes did after a while though, I much prefer the airlines. Much quieter, more comfortable, smoother, and someone else to do all the work for you and all you do is operate the plane, which is all we want to do anyway .

As far as lifestyle that is right, although you do get a lot more days off. I had 13(?), but I worked a ton made almost 12k. Month before that I had 23 days off and only made around 6k. You want to work? You get paid. You want to take it easy? Sure go ahead, your choice. Pay starts low but gets better pretty quick.
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:05 PM
 
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Anyone who has an interest in flying but it's too expensive or not sure if you want to commit to lessons.

Groupon and living social have flying lesson deals fairly often. In Chicago they have had probably about 6 in the past 2-3 months, all at various small airports with various companies.

I bought one for the private airport at midway for my dad for fathers day, he's too scared to do it so I wound up buying a cool gift for myself.
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:08 PM
 
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No it doesn;t get old and the more places you go, the more exciting it becomes. The only thing our Captain tells us is that often time flying an aircraft like ours beomes more technical and less flying. He owns some older Korean War era prop fighter and we can always tell when he took it out during his days off.
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I would probably go back to college for aviation. Like I said, this has been an interest of mine all my life, and I have been looking into it for about a year now. I just finally took my first flight and absolutely loved it, i'm just kicking myself now for not doing this before I chose a bunch of other majors I had no interest in. I don't know a TON about the academic process though, I have seen a lot of differing information, sites have said its not very standardized. What is the best route to take or that I should start looking up more?
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