I started in this game sometime in the last century. I worked for a small airline, saved like mad, did not go into any debt, and paid for my flight time, while paying rent at home and elsewhere. I have to admit, due to the long periods of unemployment, I was burnt out by the time my career got legs, so I quit, and went into something else that actually made money.
Lesson? If you want it badly enough, you can do it. Never take no for an answer, stay positive, and even if you do not feel you fit in everywhere, as you progress, your own personal goals become clearer. Do not give up hobbies, especially ones that don't cost anything.
Aviation is a tough world. Nobody will hold you by the hand and tell you how to get ahead, because they all want your job, and get upset when you get the one they wanted. The only field probably worse is the entertainment business. Did I say, "stay positive"?
No pride even competing with cancer patients and others who have actually experienced real tragedy is truly disgusting.
I wouldn't speak two words to any pilot who I knew had done this.
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I understand I need to look at the schools track record, what opportunities they can offer me when I finish, be comfortable with my instructor etc. but Id be keen to hear the opinions of people in the industry.
I live in Adelaide but plan on moving to Canberra in the near future. I have plenty of family there and can get good money to assisst in paying for the training. My thoughts therefore were to train with HeliAir. Can anyone independent recommend or advise against this?
Thanks in advance
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Consider becoming a flight attendant, especially if you're younger with few commitments, speak a second (or third) language, and live near a base of one of the major airlines. I was 27; at 18 would be better. The barrier to entry is low; 6-8 weeks of training for which you are paid. After that, wages start off low, but they climb to interesting levels - I'm grossing $75k with per diems this year as a service director with great benefits and pension plan, though most aspiring pilots wouldn't care to amass the amount of seniority that I have. More importantly, the schedule is irregular but with a minimum of 13 days off a month I have a lot of time for study and flight training. I completed a business degree from scratch while doing this job before deciding the time was right to jump into flying (2011 was not a good time to become a pilot). So far it looks like I won't have to take on any debt for my flight training through multi-IFR, despite owning a decent house and two paid-for cars.
You also get the benefit of lots of contact with seasoned pilots, who are only too happy to offer their experience and advice once they learn of your plans. You get to see if the airline life is for you, because flight attendants have a very similar work schedule to an airline pilot. You also get the travel benefits, and a foot in the door at an airline, which may prove beneficial to finding a job later. I can also promise you that your CRM with cabin crew will be improved if you've worked in the cabin.
Airlines are looking for flight attendants, so it's worth a try to put in your application. I had a background in auto mechanics and technical data controlling in aircraft engine maintenance, and it's worked out pretty well for me.
Very wise advice! If you want to be in an industry, the first step is to be where it's happening. Being paid to be there, in any capacity, is even better!You also get the benefit of lots of contact with seasoned pilots, who are only too happy to offer their experience and advice once they learn of your plans. You get to see if the airline life is for you, because flight attendants have a very similar work schedule to an airline pilot. You also get the travel benefits, and a foot in the door at an airline, which may prove beneficial to finding a job later. I can also promise you that your CRM with cabin crew will be improved if you've worked in the cabin.