Help on school assignment, please


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Hello. I am a high school student, who would like to be a pilot someday. I have some questions for a school report that I really need answered, because we are supposed to write about what we want to be. Could someone answer these questions? I would sure appreciate it. Thanks.

1. What made you decide to become a pilot?

2. What type of training did you go through?

3. What were the requirements? (Physically?)

4. If it's not too personal, what is your annual salary?

5. What do you fly? (Commercial, private, etc.)

6. Do you like the position you are in? (Why or why not?)

Thanks again!


P.S. This assignment is due Thursday. That's why I'm asking in such a hurry! [color:black] [/color]
1. I decided to become a pilot after my very first flight. I always wanted to learn to fly, I had an Uncle who had his pilots license and it sounded cool. I knew when I took my very first flight I was destined to be a professional pilot. I was working as a plumber and was unhappy with the idea of spending the next 40 yrs doing that. I decided that I would committ myself to the idea of becoming a full time pilot.

2. I got my private pilot and Instrument rateing at the two seperate FBOs under FAR Part 61. I then got my comerciall / instrument helicopter rateing through the Army's Warrant Officers flight training. After comeing back home I continued and earned my Comerciall Mulit Engine and Single engine rateing at a local FBO under Part 61. I then got my CFI, CFII and MEI at a local FAR Part 141 school. At this point I got picked up for a fixed wing tour with the Army Guard and got the Army's Fixed Wing transition flying a BE-200 earning my ATP along the way. I have been to Flight Safety for 3 transitions CE-500, CE-650 and BH-222.

3. Physical requirements for Civilian flying is Basically good health, good Blood pressure, good eyes. Military initially was more specific, They do a much more in depth eye exam and physical exam. ie: EKG, Lung X-Ray, cardio vascular workup.

4. I will pm you with this one, please respect the privacy issue.

5. My full time job is as a corporate pilot flying the Cessna Citation III business jet for a manufacturing company. I also fly a C-12 (BE-200) for the Army National Guard.

6. I absolutely love my job(s). I get to see the entire country and then some, and no two days are alike. I fly in all sorts of weather, which I like as it is challenging. I like working with the people that I fly, whether they are civilian leaders in my company or the General Officers in the Military. I actually look forward to going to work, it is exciting and I get a lot of satisfaction out of it. I like the type of flying I do as there is nothing "canned" about it.

Hope this helps.
I cut and pasted this from another site

So it doesn't look too pretty...hope this answers some of your questions.

My name is Don Eikenberry and I live near Spokane, WA. I currently work for the world's largest package delivery company as a Boeing 727 first officer. This is my story..

I can only remember that I thought planes were cool.several things pop

into mind. There was the doctor who went to my church who would take me up in his Cessna 182 on my birthdays.couldn't even see over the dash but I remember how special that was and looked forward to it all year. Thank you Dr. Wayne Zook of Wenatchee, WA. There were the countless model planes I put together.and then destroyed in fiery crashes in the back yard. There were the 10 miles bike rides out to Pangborn Memorial Airport on my bike to watch planes in the summer. Also, my grandparents taking me there after church on high school I even got a job pumping gas at the airport. But most of was the old Stearman crop dusters that would fly over my house early in the mornings working the orchard that bordered my house. I would run out and watch those big beasts fly right over my head..and then the spray would fall down on my brain.and to this day, I've have a genetic predisposition to loving everything about aviation.

I started taking flying lessons in 1978 when I was 17 years old. The

Cessna 152's I flew are still there doing the same thing. During the next three years I received my advanced ratings through CFI and got a two year degree from the local community college while living at home. In 1981, I transferred to ERAU-Prescott where I finished up my bachelors degree in aviation and picked up my CFII. There weren't many jobs around and I never was the aggressive type that did a lot of I wandered around doing free lance instruction in a few places. A buddy got a job doing Grand Canyon tours in Boulder City, NV. They needed another pilot and wanted a CFI around for the occasional student.I got hired over the phone. I was quite excited to have my first real job. Flew six days a week and made $600 a month. The glamour ran out real fast and there weren't a lot of jobs around in those days.especially if you didn't have any multi time. For years I had thought about becoming an air traffic controller and pursued it half heartedly. In 1985, I got the call that would have me leave my short career as a pro-pilot and enter the exciting and well paying job of being an air traffic controller. First I had to get through the screening program in Oklahoma City. We spent three months learning non-radar air traffic control procedures and in the end had a few tests on which ones whole career rested. I was towards the top of my class but didn't score high enough to pass.only four in my class of 20 did. Some of us did well enough to be offered jobs as air traffic assistants, though, and for lack of anything better to do, I took a job at LAX approach control. Air traffic assistants did the arrival ATIS, read IFR clearances to VFR towers, and sorted and organized the departure strips that had important information for the controllers. Most of the controllers weren't pilots and their advice to me was to get back into flying if I could, so I quit the FAA after a year and a half to spot fish. I flew out of Hawthorne, CA in a Cessna 150 looking for swordfish around Catalina island. My training consisted of going up once with a guy who knew what a swordfish looked like.we flew around until we saw one and then went back. I made pretty good money doing this for a few months but it was seasonal work. I had gotten to the point in about four years where I had 2000 total hours of single engine time but only about 50 hours of multi.not quite enough to get a twin job. I knew a guy back home who had an Apache twin that would spilt the cost of gas and buzz around with me. Soon I had just enough multi time to get hired flying freight out of Scottsbluff, NE. in an Aero Commander 500. I made $1500 a month and was logging twin time.just what I needed. It didn't take long and I had the magic 500 hours of multi a bunch of interviews at the commuters. I took a job with SMB Stage Line flying Convair 640's. The pay was good and the Convair was a huge airplane next to a metroliner, I made captain in a year and flew out of LAX and SFO to LAS on mail was a great job. The company lost the LAS mail contracts to America West, though, and soon I was furloughed. I had over 1000 turbine, 400 PIC turbine, and a type rating in 1989. That was enough to get me interviews at Continental Airlines, World Airways, and the largest package delivery company in the world. Luckily, to my very complete surprise, I got the freight job in 1990.

I started as a Boeing 727 flight engineer and after four years moved to the

right seat as a first officer (co-pilot). I could have made captain in about the sixth year but decided to wait.and wait.and wait. Basically, seniority is everything in the airline business. I was making good money as a first officer and getting GREAT schedules. Time off and quality of life means a lot more to me than money so I still haven't found the motivation to go to the captain seat yet. Maybe next year..

I work about 10 days out of 28that's Monday through Friday every other

week. Sometimes I fly between Houston and Dallas, Seattle and Vancouver, or Warsaw and Cologne. I'd rather not say exactly what I make but I exceeded 100K a year in about the seventh or eighth year.

I live as a single guy on a lake near Spokane, WA. and fly my 172

seaplane for fun.

Flying is actually a small part of my life. My favorite thing is working with

young people. In my spare time, I do short term foster parenting, mentoring, camp counseling, church youth group stuff, and chill with middle and high school age kids. I especially enjoy it when I can combine my interests in youth with my interests in aviation.



Hummm....there are so many things. I guess it's the way no flight is ever

the same. Even though I fly between the same city pairs a lot, I don't get bored on the short flights we do in the 727. It's interesting how the controllers will do something different each day, you will land on a different runway, or make a different type of approach. Also, you learn new things from the different pilots you fly with and wonder...why didn't I think of that.



I'll call my field airline/night freight. The biggest disadvantage would be

the fact that you live about half your life on the road and sleep during the day. It's hard on the family life to be gone so much (why do you think I'm still single) and pilots have a rather high divorce rate. Working at night all the time takes it's have to shift between being a normal person on your week off and being a bat during the week you work. It may be true that a major airline pilot with some seniority only works about half the month. This sounds great, doesn't it? Guess what....during that time you are usually not at home and living out of a suitcase. The glamour wears off real quick.



I would get a degree in a non-aviation field. I like working with kids so it

would have been cool to have a degree in child psychology, counseling, or education. I suggest that a person thinks of something else besides flying they would enjoy and get a degree that could lead to a full or part- time career in that field. Aviation can be a part-time job....sometimes by choice and sometimes not by would be nice to have the education to pursue something else besides flying.



Don't get married....hehe. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do

it....don't let anyone stop you.



Getting qualified for the job. It takes years of hard work and then there

are no guarantees. Some guys hit the majors five years after college....others it takes 15...some never make it. An awful lot of luck is involved and it hardly seems fair when your luck is bad....but that's just the way it is. It's really not possible to take shortcuts or make yourself lucky. It just takes a lot of hard work and faith that your time will come.
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Hello, I'm John Jones. I live in Corpus Christi, TX and I am a CFI.

1. The most beautiful office space in the world and getting to tour a DC-9s flight deck one time with my dad.

2. I went through training with small FBO's and private CFI's. I trained in Charlotte, Nc and Lafayette, LA. I currently hold Comm ME (IFR)-CFI

3. Well ofcourse I had to pass my medicals. Currently I hold a first class medical. I had to loose a lot of weight though at one time.

4. With both my jobs (manage a radio station and CFI) I make around 50 thousand a year. With CFI, I make about 8 thousand a year. Not to much...But probally just another year till regionals come into play.

5. Well I fly commercially. The types of aircraft include C-150/152, C-172, C-182/182RG, Beech Duke, Piper Archer III (usually never fly the Piper just since its a different enviorment than what I'm ust to).

6. Yes and No. I mean I enjoy teachning thnough its not my favorite thing. I would much prefer being at FL 220 in a uniform but I'm not NOT enjoying teaching. I actually may do it for a couple of extra needed years if it keeps up like it is.
Re: Help on school assignment, please/ THANK YOU!

Thanks for all of the answers you gave me. This really helps me out! God bless you all!
Re: Help on school assignment, please/ THANK YOU!

Thanks for all of the answers you gave me. This really helps me out! God bless you all!

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No thank you...I love showing off about my job
Even though mine sucks compared to others here
I am a First Officer with Atlantic Coast Airlines. We operate as United Express and Delta Connection. I currently fly a Dornier 328Jet (yes, they are called Dork Jets
) from Cincinnati (CVG).

1. The biggest things that started my interest in flying were, in no particular order:
A. My dad was a private pilot who had owned a Piper J3 Cub
B. "Black Sheep Squadron"
C. "Battlestar Galactica"

2. I earned most of my licenses at small airport flight schools called FBOs. I then taught as a CFI for nine years (off and on) to gain experience.

3. To be able to fly and land without damaging the airplane or yourself.

4. While I fly for an airline, I havn't hit the big time yet. I'll be lucky to make $25,000 this year.

5. I fly for a commercial airline.

6. I love it. It's beats any other job I've had by a long shot. I like the scenery, the respect, the cameraderie, and the challenge.