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Is 40+ too old to start a Commercial Pilot career?

I'm 44 and I just started my private pilot journey, however I would like to see if is worth it to get the commercial and maybe fly for profit, I wonder how is the market for commercial airlines or ...
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What department does an airline pilot fall under?

On LinkedIn, I saw on the Page for the Harry Reid International Airport there were charts for 346 members, 157 of them working in Operations, 43 for Administrative, 37 for Business Development, 25 for ...
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I built my 1500 hours outside US. Will airlines in US still consider them as valid hours?

All of my flying licenses are FAA-based, ranging from PPL to IFR, CPL, and even a frozen ATPL. I acquired these licenses in Nepal, where I accumulated my 1500 flight hours as a first officer. In Nepal,...
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Average salary and hours of a survey pilot?

I’m wondering what the average annual pay and hours flown are for a Survey Pilot? Namely in the UK.
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What jobs are available outside airliners in England, and how do I get into them?

I’m currently under training and intend to take on aviation as a lifelong career, but I’ve never taken to the idea of airliners. What general aviation jobs (like survey, aerobatics, cargo, small ...
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What are the chances of a fresh pilot school graduate to get a 'trainee' position at an airline in Europe?

My daughter (19) is about to start a career as a pilot. She completed the entry test to a pilot school in Norway (we live there) and got her Class 1 medical license. She's going to enroll for a 2-year ...
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What part-time opportunities are available for low hours pilots?

I hold an NPPL and have a career that I very much love and wouldn't want to change. However, I would also like to make some money from flying. What, if any, part time opportunities are available for ...
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Thinking of investing in getting a commercial or instructor license but having a hard time evaluating the current job market as an outsider [closed]

I really appreciate your advice on this one and please excuse my ignorance. I already fly gliders and am passionate about aviation like many of you here. I work in software, but sometimes get fed up ...
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Is it possible to graduate from ADFA and then apply for an airline job? [closed]

I am a current year 10 student wanting to become a pilot. I am choosing between going to ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy) to take a course in aviation and the airforce fast jet pilot and going ...
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What are some possible uses of a Data Scientist in an Aerospace Engineering team? [closed]

Apparently, data science can be applied to the Aero industry, but how is a question that I still can't find an answer, and which proves to be incredibly elusive online. I don't mean the Business ...
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Are Lockheed Martin pilots considered civilian or military?

Came across this job on LM's website https://www.lockheedmartinjobs.com/job/luke-air-force-base/f-35-instructor-pilot/694/10202293008#anchor-responsibilties Since the organizations hiring you is a ...
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How does a U.S. military air traffic controller become a civilian air traffic controller?

If a person is working as a United States military air traffic controller and then they get discharged, do they have to go through additional training and tests to work as a United States civilian air ...
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Should I do bachelor first or pilot training first?

I am a student now going to grade 12 residing in Nepal. I am perplexed about should i do my training first get a job and do bachelor alongside with my job or should I do bachelor first and then ...
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How to fly for the United Nations?

I can't find anything online about flying for the United Nations, either helicopter or fixed-wing, and any of their aviation programs, and I'm really interested in this. Can someone point me toward ...
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Do I have to take science in high school to become a pilot?

Some articles say we don’t need to take science in high school to become a pilot but some say we do... It’s very confusing and I don’t know which subject to take; Science, commerce or arts. Hope ...
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Is there a career path to fly fast, military jets without being in the military?

I would like to pilot or fly in fighter jets however as I have mild asthma I cannot join the Royal Air Force. So is it possible to fly in or pilot these kinds of aircraft as a career without being in ...
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Switching careers from physics to aviation [closed]

The main question is whether the background in the (scientific) field of applied physics and engineering can help one to start a career in aviation (to do it for living)? It seems impossible and not ...
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Application interview / career as a pilot: is qualifying from First Officer to Captain expected from an applicant?

I would like to know, if an airline expects an applicant, who wants to become a pilot, to qualify from pilot (FO) to captain (CPT)? Is qualifying kind of mandatory or is it primarily a personal ...
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What is the best major to study for a career in propulsion systems design? [closed]

I want to be an aerospace engineer but am not sure what to major in. I really want to design propulsion systems. What would be the best major for this and what could I do to increase my chances of ...
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Is there an aviation career where I would help design an entire aircraft and its systems?

If I want to design and build planes, what career would that be? Would it be a mechanical engineer, systems engineer, or what else. (I feel like saying aerospace engineer is too vague and most ...
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Thinking of changing careers! [closed]

A little background: I am a senior software engineer with over 14 years of experience. I will turn 30 soon. I live in the UK but I'm neither a British citizen nor from EU member country. BSc in ...
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Can a non-citizen get a pilot job in Canada if they have an FAA CPL? [closed]

I am an Indian national and considering taking CPL classes in the US. Upon graduation I should have around 250 hours under my belt and FAA licenses. Based on my citizenship status and FAA licenses, ...
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I want to be a French fighter pilot. Any advice? [closed]

Hello everyone! I want to be a French fighter pilot and I would like some advice from retired fighter pilots about how you should do things if you were at the same age as you were when you entered ...
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Is a 40-year-old person too old to start an ATC career?

My wife: is 40 years old is a mother of two (able to do five things simultaneously / in the same time) has been working as an English and French teacher for her whole career (19+ last years) has very ...
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Is having a history of seeing a therapist not allowed for pilots?

In a recent question someone said: I thought about seeing a therapist, but as I want to work at a major company, I don't know if you're allowed to have a history of seeing one. Is it true that ...
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Can military officers change occupation to become pilots?

From what I have read, the paths to become a fixed-wing pilot in the Air Force, Navy, and Marines, are to go to a military academy, enroll in ROTC in college, or go to an officer training school after ...
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What unique challenges/limitations will I face if I start a career as a pilot at 45 years old?

I'm contemplating a mid-life career change. I made some money in another industry, and now have the luxury of choosing a job that pays less, but provides enjoyment and satisfaction. I suspect being a ...
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Is there an upper age limit for pilots freight only?

When I asked my original question below, I should have been more specific. I will rephrase my question, however, I do wish to extend my thanks & appreciation to those who answered my question as ...
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What is the ratio of Commercial + ATP pilots with employment as pilots in the US?

Of all certificated commercial/ATP pilots in the US under the age of 65, how many are employed in full-time pilot roles vs commercial/ATP pilots with some other profession than a pilot?
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What percentage of professional pilots end their career early for medical reasons?

As an amateur pilot I'm aware that I can lose my medical at some point and have to give up flying. For a professional, losing a medical can end their career. I know several people who wouldn't even ...
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Is flying as a post-retirement occupation possible? [closed]

Is it possible for a non-professional pilot to pursue a post-retirement career as a professional pilot? Of course I'm not talking about airline jobs but what about bush piloting or missionary/non-...
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Does a long time to solo hurt your chances of becoming an airline pilot?

I've heard that on job applications for airline pilots that they ask the question: "How many hours to Solo?". If it took someone 30 hours to solo but they had more logged flight time than someone who ...
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A pilot faces a medium-term loss of their medical. What can they expect?

This closely related question asks about what options a pilot has when facing a permanent loss of medical. However, not all disqualifying conditions are permanent. Maybe you got an interesting ...
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How to become a helicopter pilot? [closed]

I once had a dream of becoming a helicopter pilot. Then life happened: married young, kids, school, career, etc. I'm working in a good career while finishing a Ph.D. in engineering. But still, I find ...
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What is the best route for my 18 year old son to become a pilot with a major airline? [closed]

What is the cheapest and most effective way for my 18 year old son to become a commercial pilot with a major airline?
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I am 14 and want to be a pilot but don’t know how [duplicate]

Currently I am 14, turning 15 and live in Victoria. I have this aspiration to become a commercial pilot, but I don’t know how. Should I start flying now? Should I get a private pilot license by 16? ...
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Would USAF ATC experience help in getting a civilian ATC job?

Can I join the US air force as an air traffic controller, and then use my ATC skills from my service to become a civilian ATCO?
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Is training and pay different for cargo and airline pilots?

Do cargo pilots receive different training than airline pilots? Are there notable differences in salary or other benefits? My assumption is that since cargo pilots do not have to deal with passengers,...
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What educational qualifications are required to become a pilot in the UK?

In order to obtain a pilot's licence in the UK, are any formal educational qualifications (such as school-leaving certificates) required? As well as any statutory or other formal requirements, do ...
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Do airlines require aptitude tests or other similar tests for new pilots?

Do airlines require pilots to take an aptitude test? Are there any other similar kinds of tests that airlines perform?
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What are the requirements for a foreigner to become an Air Traffic Controller in Sweden?

Background I am an Air Traffic Controller (ATCo) working in Greece and I'm looking for information about working in Sweden as a foreign ATCO. I speak Swedish and my wife is of Swedish origin (not a ...
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Is it possible to get a purely VFR job with colour blindness?

I'm 23 years old and I have red-green colour vision deficiency. I'm currently working in engineering but I have my PPL and I've been interested in commercial flying for a very long time. I've always ...
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How much mathematics and what level should commercial pilots have? [duplicate]

Continuing off the title, do different types of pilots require different mathematics level? Since as a pilot you have to calculate such as how much fuel will be used and needed, the weight of the ...
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Who pays airline pilots?

Do pilots make money from the airline they fly for (Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Skywest), the company that makes the aircraft they fly (Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Embraer, Bombardier), or just by ...
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How do ATCs choose between Tower, Approach, and Enroute facilities?

Under the FAA system, regarding the allocation to different streams for ATCs, how is this decision made? Do trainees decide early on during training which stream they'd like to work for and ...
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How important are my EASA exam scores for getting a future airline job?

I'm doing my ATPL and I hear a lot of stories about what scores you should get in your exams to get a job as soon you get the licence. Does anyone have any information about how important the exam ...
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How can I continue my flying career in the USA? [closed]

I'd like some guidance for my career. I completed my basic CPL from South Africa in 2009 and got a job in January 2015 flying a C208B in Nepal. Now I'm in the USA for more than a year and I'm thinking ...
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Would an aviation engineering background be helpful for a Flight Data Monitoring Analyst?

I am working now in the aviation sector and I am technical administrator for planning aircraft maintenance events. Recently I search for new opportunities and found "Flight Data Monitoring Analyst"? ...
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How do PPL, CPL, and ATPL compare?

What are hiding under these letters? What do they stand for? I have read many others, but I could never understand what they mean and the pilot's career on each of them. If possible, can anyone post a ...
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Is a degree from an overseas institution likely to be a barrier to employment with a major US airline?

I'm currently enrolled at a university in Jamaica. However, on my school break I often come to the US for flight training. I would like to know if a major US airline would employ me after completing ...
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