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Is it practical to become an airline pilot in order to travel internationally?

I am a person with very diverse interests and a lot of life goals I want to achieve. One of them is becoming an airline pilot (just working as one for a year or two) and the other is traveling the ...
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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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What can airline pilots do if they are no longer in the position to fly, career-wise?

I was having a discussion with a friend about the incident in the past days (4U 9525) and more specifically the what could be described as 'Taboo' of Psychological problems among pilots. We came ...
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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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Where do I start learning about Avionics programming? [closed]

I am a student in his last semester going for a B.S. in Computer Science. I would like to eventually transition into the space exploration industry (NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, etc). I know ...
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Why are US Regional Airline starting wages so low?

With 2,000hrs of flight time, a commercial ticket for ASEL and AMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI, and a Master's in Aeronautical Science I could easily qualify to fly right seat for a regional airline, but I just ...
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Why is the air traffic control profession so commonly perceived as "stressful"?

In my experience, almost every time the topic of air traffic control (as a career) comes up in conversation, someone makes a remark like Air traffic control - isn't that a very stressful job? ...
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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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Does a 709 ride mean the end of my career?

If I'm required to do a 709 ride following an incident where the plane went off the end of the runway but it wasn't damaged and no one was hurt, what effect does it have on my future as a pilot? I'm ...
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What can be expected in an airline interview?

So after the long wait, when someone finally gets that phone call for an interview at an airline, what do they need to study? What kinds of questions will they ask during the interview? How many ...
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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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What can a new commercial pilot do to build flight time?

Most new commercial pilots don't have a lot of flight time, so won't be hired by the airlines or corporate operators. A lot of operations require an air carrier certificate (even though they are a "...
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Did Flight Engineers progress to be pilots?

When 3 man cockpits were common place on commercial aircraft what was the career progression of a Flight Engineer like? Did FE's normally transition to be pilots? I'm not trying to insinuate here ...
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Is joining the air force a good way to become an airline pilot?

I've always loved the air force. However, my main goal is to become an airline pilot. Would joining the air force affect becoming a commercial airline pilot? I am asking because if I join the air ...
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Why do aviation careers have age limits?

Many aviation careers have mandatory retirement ages. Airline Pilot (licensed with FAA): 65 (raised from age 60 a few years ago) Controller FAA: 56 NATS: 60 Why do these age limits exist? Is it 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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What training is required to become an air traffic controller?

I'm curious as to what it takes to be an Air Traffic Controller. I sat in a preliminary online test after I got accepted in, but it was mindbogglingly difficult. One of the questions I had to do was ...
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Which companies develop software for airplane systems? [closed]

I am wondering which companies develop software for systems on airplanes? I am a software engineer major and I would love to work with planes in some way. I am not sure if that would be more of an ...
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What do de-icers do during summer?

I was reading about plane de-icing the other day, and someone posted a comment saying that was their job, and when no planes needed de-icing they just slept/waited in the de-icing truck. I was ...
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What is the average cost/timeframe of obtaining a pilot job at a major passenger airline in the US?

Please note that I'm not asking about getting a certificate good enough for flying a wide-body passenger jet (see related question). Rather, I'm asking about getting from zero flying experience to an ...
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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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Do any airlines hire "pilots" with no previous flying experience?

I've previously looked online for pilots jobs at airlines, from budget airlines to cargo carriers; and they always want you to have a ppl. Do any airlines currently run programmes for applicants with ...
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How does one become an airline pilot in Australia?

I am 19 years old and from a young age I have always wanted to become a pilot at an airline. Becoming one is my biggest dream, to me an airline pilot is the most coolest jobs - I get goosebumps just ...
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What does it cost to get an ATP certificate from scratch?

If someone decides to become a professional pilot - meaning an airline or business jet pilot in the USA - what does it cost to get the certifications and ratings and build enough hours to become ...
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Can you be a commercial pilot if you have a criminal record?

Is it possible to become a pilot in the UK with a criminal record?
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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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How do I become a flight test engineer?

I would like to know the whole process to become a flight test engineer (FTE). Do I need to take any FAA specific flight test engineer certificate, apart from an aerospace engineering degree? Do I ...
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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 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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How can I customize my training to become a flight instructor?

I plan on starting my flight training soon at the age of 41, but I don't want to stop at PPL and simply fly for fun: I want to ultimately be a CFI. With this goal in mind, my question is what ...
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What is the least expensive way to become a commercial pilot in the UK?

Besides the RAF is there a way of becoming a pilot without spending tens of thousands of pounds on flight training? I'm finishing university and looking to go into a career in flying, I can't join the ...
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Burdens of working as an airline pilot [closed]

Every job in every industry has some "pressure", "stress", or "burdens" for that job. Being a PPL feels free, but I'm paying for flying. Working as a pilot, I get paid for flying. BUT, before I decide ...
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What are the requirements for foreigners to join the RAAF as a fighter pilot?

What are the requirements for a foreigner — I'm from Cyprus — to join the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to become a fighter pilot?
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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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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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I have an Australian CPL, what do I need to fly in Indonesia?

If I have an Australian CPL can I fly in Indonesia? How likely am I to obtain employment if I have 250 hrs. flight in Indonesia?
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What job opportunities are there for low time pilots in Malaysia?

Does a new pilot who has just obtained ATPL license has job opportunities? When I search at pilot job offered on Internet, they mostly required more than 3,500+ flying hours. What I knew about those ...
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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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What general aviation operators might hire a low time pilot?

I recently obtained my CPL at FTA. In one of the answers: The normal progression is this - you can technically get a flying job after 150-200 hours of private training and flying, having achieved ...
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What's it like to be a volunteer at the temporary airport set up at Burning Man?

I've heard that the Burning Man festival sets up a temporary airport each year for the week of the festival and that it is staffed by volunteers. What is it like to be a volunteer there? Do the ...
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How can I become a pilot in Tanzania? [closed]

I am a student in Tanzania and it's required to take PGM (physics, geography and math) to qualify for studying as a pilot. After qualifying, what am I supposed to do to study for a CPL, and what help ...
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What is the breakout by service branch for FAA ATC specialists with military backgrounds?

For young people interested in air traffic control careers with the FAA and who view military service as providing a boost toward that goal, which branches are most and least likely to get them there? ...
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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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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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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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Really love aviation but have a computer science degree. What kind of jobs could I possibly get which involve aviation? [closed]

I really want to work in the aviation industry. Is there any way I can put my computer science degree to use in this industry.
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What jobs are available for a person on the autistic spectrum with ADHD? [closed]

For a young man who has Autism and ADHD and considered high functioning ( cognitive and processing difficulties but very social ) what types of " hands on " jobs are there for him in the aviation ...
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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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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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Do pilots make a lot of money? [closed]

How much money do commercial pilots make per year, and per hour? Is there significant non-monetary compensation, such as free hotels stays and food?