Should I wait?

wolfeman

Well-Known Member
Hello Every one,
I am wanting to take a dive into become a pilot but I keep hearing about all of the furloughs. Should wait to do my training? Or start? Thank you for all of your help and time.
 

MQAAord

Scheherazade
Staff member
If you're just thinking about starting your flight training, don't even think about the furloughs at the major/legacy/even regional level right now.

You're years away from having the experience necessary to get hired. Start your training, see if it's something you like, keep going if it is. Build time, wait out this downturn, and by the time the cycle goes back on the upswing (and it always does) you'll be ready to get hired in the next wave.
 

jtrain609

Anarcho-Bidenist
Erm...he could actually be 5 months away if he did ATP's program, and then couldn't find an instructing job.
 

MQAAord

Scheherazade
Staff member
Erm...he could actually be 5 months away if he did ATP's program, and then couldn't find an instructing job.
Then he wouldn't have the "experience necessary", now would he. ;)

Times are tough right now. They won't be forever.
 

Patrick

Well-Known Member
I would advocate starting training, but not necessarily at the accelerated level, nor while incurring massive debt. Right now there's no rush to "get there first."

Go get your Private, and see if its something you like, then re-evaluate.
 

skydog

New Member
With everything that has happened in the last few years, and is continuing to happen, the only question you can think to ask is "Should I start training now, or wait?" The question should be: "Should I become a pilot, or should I pick a career that is easier to get into, pays more, and has better job security?"

And people wonder why wages keep dropping...
 

Derg

New Arizona, Il Duce/Warlord
Staff member
If you're just thinking about starting your flight training, don't even think about the furloughs at the major/legacy/even regional level right now.
That's pretty much my own advice as well.

I started college in 1988 and there was NOTHING going on, furloughs, airlines going belly up, etc. Even 1993 sucked when I graduated. The guys that got out weren't in a position to capitalize on the eventual upswing.

If it's something you really really REALLY want to do, then do it.

If it's something that you think is going to score you chicks, fat pockets and prestige, well, meh.
 

flyinguitar

Well-Known Member
There is a tremendous amount of negativity in flying. Much of it is justified as the career is very difficult (for many reasons), and even if it wasn't, pilots aren't exactly the group of folks to just see the bright side.

So, in my opinion, the only good reason to pursue a pilot career is if you love flying so much that you doubt you will be happy doing anything else. And the only way to find that out is to fly! Watching Top Gun, or enjoying being a passenger on the airlines and thinking "gosh this would be an awesome job" doesn't really tell you much about yourself, or about flying.

I therefore recommend that you take the advice that has already been mentioned in this thread - get your private (as inexpensively as possible), see how much you enjoy actually flying, and then take it from there. Remember, baby steps!

Good luck!
 
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