"I want to be a pilot,
how do I get the hours?"
"I am 30 years old,
am I too old to become a pilot?"
"How can I afford flying while I'm working
to support my family?"
These are examples of many of the emails I receive daily.
I say.... Do the math.
Let's pretend you are a 30-year-old professional who was contemplating shifting careers to flying. But you're not sure of the future, how to build hours, how to survive... and what if it doesn't work? What if you quit your job, spend your money and can't make the dream come true?
I am going to share a couple secrets with you:
Time flies, and perseverance pays off.
Let's look at that thirty year old who is thinking about changing careers. This process will work for anyone younger.
What if you spent your vacation, starbucks, clothing, movies, and playtime money on taking flying lessons, and flew two hours a week and earned an instructor's license. You continue to earn your instrument, commercial, multi-engine ratings... etc., while working at your normal job to fund this.
If you make a commitment to fly two hours per week, you would have 104 hours your first year with an instructor's license. Then you could teach on the weekend. If you instructed ten hours a week, you would have an additional 520 hours per year. At the end of ten years, you would have 5304 hours. During this time you'll get an instrument, commercial and multi-engine rating. All this training will go to total time.
You could write your ticket to whatever flying job you wanted with that kind of time. There is going to be a pilot shortage. I suspect you would get hired with half that time.
Reality is, once you get flying you can become a part time instructor you'll make connections and more flying opportunities will arise to build time more quickly. If you're working, you'll be exposed to people, and connections to a possible flying job. This is the unwritten law of the world... Opportunities are there, you just have to keep your eyes open and meet people.
If it took ten years, and you got hired at 40, you could have a 25-year career as an Airline Pilot. How awesome is that?
So here you go...
Do the math...
Fly every week for ten years and
you can become an Airline Pilot.
How easy is that? If you think ten years sounds a lifetime away... just blink and ten years will be gone. Don't be sitting in that future saying, "Wow... I should have."
Enjoy the journey, and enjoy every day. One flight at a time! Click HERE to see how I build Flight Hours. Times have changed...but get creative.