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jrowland96
01-10-2005, 12:46 PM
I was just curious how many of you have flown in real life, have your pilot's license etc.?? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

My dad and two uncles all owned planes (Cessnas and Pipers) back in the 60s, but my dad sold his when I was young. My older siblings all took family vacations with dad doing the flying. I've always loved planes and flying, and I'm (once again) considering taking lessons for my private license.

Just seeing what others' experience IRL (in real life) is. Anyone into MS Flight Simulator at all??

John

jrowland96
01-10-2005, 12:46 PM
I was just curious how many of you have flown in real life, have your pilot's license etc.?? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

My dad and two uncles all owned planes (Cessnas and Pipers) back in the 60s, but my dad sold his when I was young. My older siblings all took family vacations with dad doing the flying. I've always loved planes and flying, and I'm (once again) considering taking lessons for my private license.

Just seeing what others' experience IRL (in real life) is. Anyone into MS Flight Simulator at all??

John

thmalablloo
01-10-2005, 01:28 PM
I've been flying gliders since 1991

ruxtmp
01-10-2005, 01:29 PM
I have been flying for about 11 years. Mostly 152/172 and gliders. Gliders are definately more enjoyable. I tried the AircombatUSA out once, way to expensive for what you get.

Maple_Tiger
01-10-2005, 01:35 PM
When I dream at night, I fly the latest jet fighters and or WW2 planes.

Guess this doesn't count.

Fliger747
01-10-2005, 01:43 PM
Flying for 32 years, Capt 747-400 currently. Fly ski equipped supercub (in Alaska) on the side. Daughter got her lisc. in a taildragger last year and is third generation woman pilot in the family.

RoughRaider1
01-10-2005, 01:47 PM
Flew a Citabria for a couple years until they tore down the airport I was flying out of.
Was alot of fun and made some great memories.
Although the cost isn't really that bad, I couldn't justify continuing it as a hobby. It's not really something you can just put away and forget about until you have the urge to fly, it's a hobby that needs to be maintained in many ways.

Infamous_Troll
01-10-2005, 01:49 PM
Private
IFR
Multi
Commercial
w high performance/complex endorsments

I don't have too many hours though. I'm trying to work my way up to a real job or CFI position

oh and Maple_tiger, last night I flew an x-wing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
at least I think I did...


The Infamous Troll

ddsflyer
01-10-2005, 04:11 PM
31 years, 3500 hours, Multiengine ATP, own and fly Beech 58 Baron. Son, (M.D.), licensed at age 17 ASEL while in high school.

VBF-83_Hawk
01-10-2005, 04:20 PM
I R 1 of Dem!

Been flying for 24 years. I hope to some day know what I am doing.

Moslty Antiques and a Cessna 180J. Flew fire patrol for five years.

Currently building and experimental: www.curtisshawkp6e.com (http://www.curtisshawkp6e.com) #27

joberrick
01-10-2005, 04:59 PM
Does R/C count? But I do hope to get my private license soon.

9th_Bloodfist
01-10-2005, 05:30 PM
I have never flown before. I actually wanted to be a fiter pilot for the airfoce and passed all the test I needed to get in the program except one, the color blind test lol. I did try and get my first ride in a B-25 that came to my hometown in charleston sc. They were offering rides in it for $50! As you can imagine all the slots filled up pretty quick. hats even funnier is that it was the same B-25 that crashed a few months ago at an air show killing everyone on board. I will be taking my first flight soon though, my dads friend owns a plane from the 1940's that is like a bi-plane with the 2 cockpits, only its a single wing. I'm not sure what type of plane it is though.

huggy87
01-10-2005, 05:54 PM
I've been flying for the US Navy for the last 8 years. Just hit my 1000th Hornet hour. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Owlsphone
01-10-2005, 06:32 PM
Still a student pilot here. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

timholt
01-10-2005, 06:48 PM
15 years - only fly aerobatics as I find flying from A to B boring.
Have never been bored with any of the IL2 products though.

TC_Stele
01-10-2005, 07:04 PM
How does one get started in flying? And how do you later become a commercial pilot?

Was interested actually in flight control operators. Apparently most of the industry is retiring and its said that theres now a need for personnel in that field. Is that the case and if so where does one get started?

Viper_42
01-10-2005, 07:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 9th_Bloodfist:
I have never flown before. I actually wanted to be a fiter pilot for the airfoce and passed all the test I needed to get in the program except one, the color blind test lol. I did try and get my first ride in a B-25 that came to my hometown in charleston sc. They were offering rides in it for $50! As you can imagine all the slots filled up pretty quick. hats even funnier is that it was the same B-25 that crashed a few months ago at an air show killing everyone on board. I will be taking my first flight soon though, my dads friend owns a plane from the 1940's that is like a bi-plane with the 2 cockpits, only its a single wing. I'm not sure what type of plane it is though. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ryan STA?

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Zuki_169th
01-10-2005, 08:14 PM
Not a "real pilot" per say ... but I fly for fun. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
http://img141.exs.cx/img141/1527/mrpilot5em.jpg
http://img142.exs.cx/img142/9928/mrpilot11rn.jpg
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TX-EcoDragon
01-10-2005, 08:19 PM
*Waves*

I spend most of my available time either flying or working to pay for flying. . . with some sim time tossed in the mix here and there for kicks.

My primary focus is competitive Aerobatics but I love all types of flying and aircraft.

I use or have used most all PC sims, as well as the full cockpit, motion sims. For GA flying I use X-Plane and FS2004 most of the time.

You may want to look into finding a mentor through AOPA's Project Pilot program that is in your area, this can be a fun way to make some friends who are already in the field, and very useful move for demystifying some of the basics.

http://flighttraining.aopa.org/learntofly/project_pilot/index.cfm?priority=SX05APPM

TC_Stele here is some info on the first step:
http://www.txsquadron.com/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=&TOPIC_ID=433

Sakai9745
01-10-2005, 09:24 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by TC_Stele:
How does one get started in flying? [QUOTE]

Just drop by your local airport that has a place that offers flight lessons. Ask for an orientation ride; it allows you to go up for a short instructional flight just to get an idea of what is involved. This would also be a good place to field your questions about what is involved in obtaining your first license, the Private Pilot License.

Just a piece of advice if you decide to press on - take your time interviewing a few instructors to find one that meshes well with you. It'll save time (and money) and make the experience that much more enjoyable.

kiddknapp59
01-10-2005, 09:42 PM
This will sound a bit odd considering who I work for, but I hate to fly. I won€t even fly commercial airlines unless I absolutely have to. Hate it. I took a helicopter ride with my nephew a couple years ago; he was around 7 years old. It was a first for both of us; and probably a last for me. I did it just to put it on the list of stuff I have done that didn€t kill me.

darkhorizon11
01-10-2005, 10:10 PM
I do.

Loco-S
01-10-2005, 10:57 PM
Since 1990, ASEL, MEL, with CPL from a couple of countries.

now just having fun.

HotelBushranger
01-11-2005, 01:07 AM
Haven't flown it myself, but flown in a Bell 206, 172's, um this twin engine job a few months ago, forget it, might have been a Piper something, a DH82 Tigermoth (that was fun!!!) and a Robin 2160. I actually got to fly most of that actually, besides the aerobatics and the landing.

OT:How many of you have military experience as a flyer? Im currently a student, and I can't make up my mind wether to fly choppers in the Army (i.e. Blackhawks, possibly Hueys, Kiowas), or join the Air Force and fly jets (Hornets, F111's/JSF 35s which we'll be gettin by the time I'm old enough). I'm leanind towards the Army, as my Jetranger ride was the best, and I'm not too fond of jets, more of a WW1/WW2 buff. Thanks for any and all advice.

Cheers,
HBR

IV_JG51_Razor
01-11-2005, 01:42 AM
Dad was a Navy fighter pilot, and I wanted to follow in his foot steps, but flunked out of college (US Naval Academy). So, I joined the Army and started flying helicopters.

I have about 1000+ fixed wing hours with a Comm ASMEL. Last time I flew a twin was back in '80 for my check ride LOL! I have an ATP in helicopters though, and about 9000+ hours in them. Flying S-64 Skycranes now, mostly for fire fighting. It's a hoot! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Cajun76
01-11-2005, 02:00 AM
I flown (with an instructor) in a small Cessna before (152? 172?). Been kicking around the idea of getting my PL, and squandered a chance to do so for the past 3 years, but I wouldn't have my wife now, would I? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

HotelBushranger
01-11-2005, 03:03 AM
Ooo, hard choice isn't it? Plane or wife? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

AWL_Spinner
01-11-2005, 03:47 AM
A relatively n00b-like 180hrs, PPL with night and multi-engine endorsements.

Hope to maybe get my float rating this year.

Iggy-Snaps
01-11-2005, 02:57 PM
S! Got Private ticket 28 years ago. Single engine land and seaplane rated. Float planes are a real blast. Acomplished skydiver and got to fly in a B-17 this summer.

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TX-EcoDragon
01-11-2005, 03:20 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by HotelBushranger:

OT:How many of you have military experience as a flyer? Im currently a student, and I can't make up my mind wether to fly choppers in the Army (i.e. Blackhawks, possibly Hueys, Kiowas), or join the Air Force and fly jets (Hornets, F111's/JSF 35s which we'll be gettin by the time I'm old enough). I'm leanind towards the Army, as my Jetranger ride was the best, and I'm not too fond of jets, more of a WW1/WW2 buff. Thanks for any and all advice.

Cheers,
HBR <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

The civilian demand for rotorcraft pilots is on the upswing relative to fixed wing jobs, so from a planning perspective I'd suggest getting the rotorcraft training, and then you will have a good chance of being able to continue when your service comes to an end.

Covino
01-11-2005, 03:33 PM
I'll be going to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Daytona Beach in few months to begin my flight training.

VBF-83_Hawk
01-11-2005, 05:32 PM
A little off topic guys but I just saw a news clip of a cessna 172 crash land on a golf corse. Was on CNN

Woof603
01-11-2005, 06:47 PM
35 years, 25,000 plus hours, military and commercial. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Stackhouse25th
01-11-2005, 06:56 PM
180 hours SEL time, and Multi Engine/Instrument/Tailwheel/High perf ratings within 3 months.

Maple_Tiger
01-12-2005, 04:25 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Infamous_Troll:
Private
IFR
Multi
Commercial
w high performance/complex endorsments

I don't have too many hours though. I'm trying to work my way up to a real job or CFI position

oh and Maple_tiger, last night I flew an x-wing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
at least I think I did...


The Infamous Troll <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>



You is lucky lol. I don't even know what an X-wing is.

Windchilly
01-12-2005, 04:32 AM
Raises hand enthusiastically!

Within about 3 hours of obtaining my private pilot's license. Been flying since April 24, 2004.

I HIGHLY recommend you chase it if you're thinking about it! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

DuxCorvan
01-12-2005, 06:10 AM
I can fly, but I need no planes. You'll see when I get my red & blue suit from the laundry.

Philipscdrw
01-12-2005, 06:29 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VBF-83_Hawk:
A little off topic guys but I just saw a news clip of a cessna 172 crash land on a golf corse. Was on CNN <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I just saw a magazine clip of a PC-12 that landed on a road. Was on Flight International

I fly Polish gliders, and have a grand total of 30 minutes airtime so far.

Jungmann
01-12-2005, 10:38 AM
300 hours in (semi-) warbird Bucker Jungmann N853N. 125 hours in (semi-) warbird Civil Air Patrol T-34.

Years in P-51s and P-38's (in my dreams).

oldschool1992
01-12-2005, 11:22 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Fliger747:
Flying for 32 years, Capt 747-400 currently. Fly ski equipped supercub (in Alaska) on the side. Daughter got her lisc. in a taildragger last year and is third generation woman pilot in the family. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
If your a captain of a 747 you have to make pretty big bucks. Dont you have any desire to buy one of those P51's on the market only a little over a million. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Dash_8
01-12-2005, 11:53 AM
Been flying for 15 years in about 20 different aircraft. I have about 5000 hours with 3500 of them in the DeHavilland Dash 8 I fly currently. (that was my approach into State College, Pennsylvania in the sig below) Earned my private when I was 17 and finished the Commercial, multi engine, instrument, CFI and CFII while getting my Bachelor Degree in college.

han freak solo
01-12-2005, 12:11 PM
I was a student pilot flying Cessna 152s at Texas State Technical Institute in Waco, Texas until the funds dried up. Fun while it lasted! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

The name has changed to Texas State Technical College and you can get an associates degree there in Aviation, either as a pilot or airframe and powerplant mechanic.

erauflyer
01-12-2005, 12:18 PM
I currently go to school here at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and I'm studying aeronautical science. I've got my private and instrument and am now working on my commercial (flying Piper Arrows, which are a blast!) I've got about 210 hours.

lronSight
01-12-2005, 01:06 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dash_8:
Been flying for 15 years in about 20 different aircraft. I have about 5000 hours with 3500 of them in the DeHavilland Dash 8 I fly currently. (that was my approach into State College, Pennsylvania in the sig below) Earned my private when I was 17 and finished the Commercial, multi engine, instrument, CFI and CFII while getting my Bachelor Degree in college. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

What's going on man? We have about 12 of your aircraft sitting in North Bay ONT and Calgary, all taped up. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I'm an Aircraft Maintenance Engineers apprentice working towards M2 with ACAs on 76's (hopefully), 19 months completed in May.

Dash_8
01-12-2005, 01:24 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>What's going on man? We have about 12 of your aircraft sitting in North Bay ONT and Calgary, all taped up.

I'm an Aircraft Maintenance Engineers apprentice working towards M2 with ACAs on 76's (hopefully), 19 months completed in May.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I actually flew one of the aircraft up to North Bay last November. Nice area.

US Airways has been trying to phase out the turboprop flying. They expect to have eliminated the Dash 8 by the end of 2008 (if they ever survive and get out of banktrupcy!)

They have combined the two wholly owned Dash 8 operators, Allegheny Airlines and Piedmont Airlines. Piedmont is the 'surviving' airline so a lot of the leased Allegheny Dash 8s have been returned to be refurbished and leased back out to other companies. That's why so many of them are back up there in Canada. The remaining owned Dash 8s of Allegheny will go to Piedmont along with the pilots and flight attendants. I am on the Allegheny side and will be re-training the "Piedmont way" starting in February. (Its amazing to see how differently two companies can opperate the same aircraft.)

Bartsimpson-
01-13-2005, 03:08 AM
Me , when i can afford it , vfr 172 and pa28 rated

Bartman .

rurik
01-13-2005, 07:33 AM
Hopefully I'll be getting my glider license this summer http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

taiterbud
01-13-2005, 07:38 AM
I got my private in a Diamond DA-20c1. I have an instrument rating and commercial and currently working on my CFI in Piper Arrows. They are fun. I cant deny it, I'm hooked.

HotelBushranger
01-13-2005, 08:08 AM
Like ya pic Bartsimpson http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

TX-EcoDragon: Those serving in the forces mean when I'm done with my training, I've got a certificate or whatever, but basically I've got the same trainging needed for civie work, and don't need to do all the stuff I would need to otherwise?

Thanks for the advice mate, greatly appreciated. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

mikepilot
01-13-2005, 10:06 AM
Good day, I am new to Pacific Fighters and this list.

I flew hang gliders for about 4 years and transitioned over to sailplanes in 98. Own my own ship now (previous owner's web site with pictures): http://www.nimbus.org.uk/sn_103.htm
It now has "MV" on the tailfin.

Flew Cessna 150's for a bit in 1973. Soaring is going to be part of my life from now on.

I'm enjoying getting to know Pacific Fighters and may have an interest at some point in applying to join a squadron.

Best regards, "Mike Victor" (soaring callsign & PC too I supose)

tralkpha
01-13-2005, 12:25 PM
220 somthing hours so far
single engine land + insturment but not insturment current anymore http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif
im planning to remedy that shortly as i am finishing up my commercial + complex in a pa28 arrow

lronSight
01-13-2005, 03:17 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by taiterbud:
I got my private in a Diamond DA-20c1. I have an instrument rating and commercial and currently working on my CFI in Piper Arrows. They are fun. I cant deny it, I'm hooked. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey, I worked at Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. Canada last year building wings for the DA20 and 40 models. Can't wait until they start the line for the 42, because so far they have nothing started.

Airmail109
01-13-2005, 03:32 PM
GUYS I NEED HELP.
Ive always wanted to be a pilot. My eyesight is not good enough to become a commercial pilot in the UK but it is in the US. Is there any advice you can give me on how Id go about getting my license in the US and eventually move to the US and get a job? Im 16 and am currently at 6th form college. Where would I stay? Could I get a job at the end of it? I basicaly need some contacts as well as its often not what you know but who you know! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Sakai9745
01-13-2005, 04:29 PM
Aimail101

Call Air Desert Pacific in Southern California at (909)596-6059. I went there for some training and they seemed to cater to quite a few foreign students on student visas... at least that's the impression I got. Anyhoo, it certainly couldn't hurt to inquire there.

I'll talk to a friend of mine who instructs at American Flyers and forward this question to him.

Regards,

Sakai9745
01-13-2005, 04:37 PM
Oh... as to the question:

900+ hours
Multi-Engine Commercial with Instrument
CFI

Aircraft Experience:

Piper Warrior/Archer/Arrow
Cessna C152/172/172SP/182
Diamond DA20/AD40
Beech Dutchess

My greatest claim to fame, hands on pilot wise, is 5 mins stick time in a VP-3A (Orion VIP Transport) back in '91. Pilots got bored and let us enlisted types give it a try.

erauflyer
01-13-2005, 05:03 PM
Aimail101,
If you are serious about making aviation a career, I would suggest taking a look at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. They are one of the premier schools in aviation and they offer a four year degree in Aeronautical Science, which trains you to become either commercial or corprate pilot. Check out the website at www.erau.edu (http://www.erau.edu). I attend Embry-Riddle and I have a friend from the UK who attends. Good luck!

Nug01
01-13-2005, 05:13 PM
12,000+ hours.

lronSight
01-13-2005, 05:30 PM
Hey Dash8, is this you?

http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=755613&WxsIERv=RGUgSGF2aWxsYW5kIENhbmFkYSBESEMtOC0xMDIgRG FzaCA4&WdsYXMg=VVMgQWlyd2F5cyBFeHByZXNzIChQaWVkbW9udCBBaX JsaW5lcyk%3D&QtODMg=Um9hbm9rZSAtIFJlZ2lvbmFsIC8gV29vZHJ1bSBGaWV sZCAoUk9BIC8gS1JPQSk%3D&ERDLTkt=VVNBIC0gVmlyZ2luaWE%3D&ktODMp=SmFudWFyeSA5LCAyMDA1&BP=0&WNEb25u=QWRhbSBXcmlnaHQ%3D&xsIERvdWdsY=Tjk0MUhB&MgTUQtODMgKE=SSdkIHNheSB0aGUgQ28tcGlsb3QgaXMgdGhlI G9uZSBkb2luZyB0aGUgbGFuZGluZyB0b2RheS4uLg%3D%3D&YXMgTUQtODMgKERD=OTIx&NEb25uZWxs=MjAwNS0wMS0xMw%3D%3D&ODJ9dvCE=&O89Dcjdg=&static=yes&sok=V0h***UgIChkYXRlc3RhbXAgPiAnMjAwNS0wMS0xMicpIC BPUkRFUiBCWSB2aWV3cyBkZXNj&photo_nr=7

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Dash_8
01-14-2005, 07:51 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Hey Dash8, is this you? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not me flying that one.. That's a Piedmont Dash_8 going into Roanoke according to the caption on January 9th. I've flown into ROA but not for about 5 months. I was off on the 9th anyway.

The picture in my sig was taken by a friend of the Captain who lived in state college. I then had my brother who has a degree in, and works as a commputer animator 'touch it up' in Photoshop. He reduced the haze in the background. It was a VERY hazy day that just about blocked the view of Nittany Mountain in the background.

Asgeir_Strips
01-14-2005, 08:49 AM
I want to take a private pilots license. Im just 16 yrs old. I can take sailplane/glider whatever lessons, but i would rather save up for a private pilots license.... I love airplanes, as a kid i used to go to a mountain, i could see the local airport from there, very exiting, once i saw a concorde there! :-P And there was a military airbase there also (Royal Norwegian Air Force) So when running around in the lawn i often saw F16 doing barrel rolls and flying over our house, I think that's the reason why im so interested in aviation, especially WW2 aviation. And one time i also saw a F15 Eagle, i think it was stationed here because there was an exercise going on in the north sea.. Maybe NAM (Nato Air Meet or something) I want to take a ppl = private pilots licence!

Airmail109
01-14-2005, 08:52 AM
Thanks Sakai.....erauflyer...Is there any way I could get any sponsorship to go to Embry-Riddle?
My parents dont have loads of money you see. Do you think it would be wise to go there once I was 18 or after university when I would already be riddled with debts!!!!!!

erauflyer
01-14-2005, 10:35 AM
Aimail101,
This is probably the biggest concern for all ERAU students. The school has many ways to help. If your grades are good enough, an academic scholership is definently the way to go. Also, financial aid is available for those who meet the criteria. Finally, student loans are always available. I would highly suggest that, if this is the route you want to take, you attend when you get out of high school. If you have other questions, feel free to PM me. Good luck!

Airmail109
01-14-2005, 12:04 PM
How do I pm you? Im from the UK, i dont know whether I would be able to get any financial aid! Then Id need a job in America as my eyesight is not good enough for the uk!

erauflyer
01-14-2005, 12:27 PM
Tell you what, so we don't clog this forum up any more than we have to, check my profile(click on my name in the upper left part of the post) and get my e-mail address. I will be happy to answer any questions over that medium!

testpilot11
01-14-2005, 02:51 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Aimail101:
How do I pm you? Im from the UK, i dont know whether I would be able to get any financial aid! Then Id need a job in America as my eyesight is not good enough for the uk! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>Sorry to be the one tell you this,unless you have 20/20 vision you will find it very hard to find a job,the competition for airline jobs is tough.they would always take someone with 20/20 before you.

Airmail109
01-14-2005, 03:22 PM
DOH! Yeah im not exactly looking to fly for United Airlines. I have been told though by some pilots that they got jobs over in America due to thier eyesight. A chap called John Deakin who Ive been in touch with seems to think that I could get a job, hes a highly rated test pilot and warbird pilot. He doesnt fly for airlines though as he doesnt like the job. Im looking to be a Commercial Pilot aka the step below airlines. This is because I want to build hours so I can gain enough expierence to become a warbird pilot. I think John Deakin only flew in the Airlines for a few years when they let him in due to his eyesight not being up to scratch.

erauflyer
01-14-2005, 03:31 PM
testpilot11
In the United States, as long as the applicant has 20/20 correctable vision, he/or she can be a commercial pilot (I know, I am onehttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gifHere at least, vision isn't that big of a problem unless it can't be corrected or if one is joining the military.

TC_Stele
01-14-2005, 03:39 PM
Are any of you air traffic controllers? My dad was one during WW2. Are the personnel usually pilots?

tracker45
01-14-2005, 06:50 PM
I fly a Dhs2 Tracker ******ant bomber (forest fire fighter). It is a Grumman aircraft that was built under licence in Canada and the flown off the Canadian Navy carrier Bonaventure. Converted to a ******ant bomber in the late 70s and still used for that purpose today.

I love flying it and I suppose it will be as close as I will come to flying a WWII warbird. Still has the old round (radial ) engines. Wright Cyclones that were originally used on the B-17. The B-17 model was a series with different superchargers so they didn't have as much HP.

Nothing sounds better than those radial engines at full power and let face it. Other than military,, how many guys get to drop 10,000 pounds of weight out of their planes at a target!

20thFG-PirAnha
01-15-2005, 01:38 PM
Student Pilot here also, at Purdue University West Lafayette, IN. I have interest in joining Air Force or some branch where i could fly their jets, but i also have a color vision problem. They said it was a red-green color deficiency. I did get that wiped away from my 1st class medical certificate by taking a light signal gun test, but i'm not sure if i could be in the military and fly their a/c with this. I mean, i don't think i'm color deficient, i see fine.

huggy87
01-16-2005, 10:04 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by tracker45:
I fly a Dhs2 Tracker ******ant bomber (forest fire fighter). It is a Grumman aircraft that was built under licence in Canada and the flown off the Canadian Navy carrier Bonaventure. Converted to a ******ant bomber in the late 70s and still used for that purpose today.

I love flying it and I suppose it will be as close as I will come to flying a WWII warbird. Still has the old round (radial ) engines. Wright Cyclones that were originally used on the B-17. The B-17 model was a series with different superchargers so they didn't have as much HP.

Nothing sounds better than those radial engines at full power and let face it. Other than military,, how many guys get to drop 10,000 pounds of weight out of their planes at a target! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Tracker, where do you fly? Is it seasonal work? How is the pay fighting fires? It looks a lot more fun than being a glorified bus driver.

BTW, your 10,000 pounds trumps most military pilots unless they are flying heavy bombers. My personal was 4000 lbs. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

CowboyTodd41
01-16-2005, 12:18 PM
My family owns a Luscombe 8A and I've been flying since I was 5. Currently working on my Private or possibly my Sport Pilot b/c I'm really lazy.

tracker45
01-16-2005, 03:35 PM
Huggy87; Yes it is fun. Sometimes it gets pretty hectic around the big fires. Flying charters seems a real bore now, unless the Wx is bad and thats not fun.
Pay is alright considering we have 7 months off and some guys fly in the offseason.

I fly in Sask. Canada.

huggy87
01-16-2005, 05:25 PM
Tracker, is it a hard business to break into? I currently have about 1300 hours, almost all FA-18 time. I will probably have another 400 hours before I can get out. Would that be sufficient. I would most likely want to work the West Coast, preferably California. I'm not looking for any personal information, but what would be starting pay for that kind of work.

Thanks, Huggy

PBNA-Boosher
01-16-2005, 05:29 PM
almost got my license for single engined planes, and I can't even drive yet!

tracker45
01-16-2005, 10:01 PM
Huggy:: Its pretty hard to break into the firefighting stuff here in Canada. I really don't know what its like in the States ,job wise.

That F-18 time can't hurt when looking for a job like that!

I have a friend that used to fly a Tracker here in Canada and for the last few years he has been flying a Tracker in California. I haven't heard from him in a while but a mutual friend said told me he was moving up to a Turbine Tracker, (Marsh conversion) next year.
The company he works for is a private industry that contracts to the CDF (can't remember the name). The CDF pilots fly the Ov-10 Bronco for bird-dogging. Kind of like FACs.
No sure of the exact figures but somewhere around $110,000.00 per summer ( around 5 months) .??

VBF-83_Hawk
01-16-2005, 11:16 PM
Is me...just when you think they are going to increase the fleet, they cut jobs http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
Flew this one for a couple thousand hours


http://www.geocities.com/vmf_312/bryanc180j.jpg

Gr7_Bizu-RO
01-16-2005, 11:46 PM
Skydiving counts as flying? lol..I,m licenced in that direction.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/yago9/looney21.gif

huggy87
01-17-2005, 10:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by tracker45:
Huggy:: Its pretty hard to break into the firefighting stuff here in Canada. I really don't know what its like in the States ,job wise.

That F-18 time can't hurt when looking for a job like that!

I have a friend that used to fly a Tracker here in Canada and for the last few years he has been flying a Tracker in California. I haven't heard from him in a while but a mutual friend said told me he was moving up to a Turbine Tracker, (Marsh conversion) next year.
The company he works for is a private industry that contracts to the CDF (can't remember the name). The CDF pilots fly the Ov-10 Bronco for bird-dogging. Kind of like FACs.
No sure of the exact figures but somewhere around $110,000.00 per summer ( around 5 months) .?? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Criminy. That pay is pretty good for only 5 months. I imagine you must put in some long days during the fire season. Do you move around the country quite a bit, fighting where needed?

Edit: VBF-83 Hawk, did you fly that as part of a job. To what fleet are you referring?

Yskonyn23
01-17-2005, 10:29 AM
Just graduated and got my frozen ATPL.
Been flying Cessna 150/152 (haven't we all?? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif), Cessna 172, 182, Piper Seneca 3 and Piper Seminole aircraft.

Currently at work at the flight academy which pays me half salary/half flying hours.

Looking for a job as a airline pilot and in the mean time wreaking havoc in IL/PF. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BSS_Vidar
01-17-2005, 11:44 AM
Been flying since I was a teenager... 20 years US Navy over 2000 hours in S-3A/B Vikings, over 200 hours in F/A-18 Hornets out at Strike U in Fallon, Nev. Part of the first S-3 aircrews to participate in Top Gun in regards to perfecting and refining DCM in 1988. 526 arrested landings on various U.S. carriers, and have ejected once... and that was once too many. Other than being the only survivor from a crew of four in that accident, that 1.5 sec of pilot-in-command time just doesn't count.

Now retired, I fly multi-engine high performance props.

huggy87
01-17-2005, 01:20 PM
Vidar,
Did you go to the airlines? How easy is it to get hired after 20 years in the Navy? Easier than if you get out after 10? I'm surprised you're flying props. I would have thought one of the majors would have picked you up.

BTW. Was your ejection part of that accident on the enterprise- the prowler/viking incident? I don't know if you heard, but there was another pretty bad viking accident a few months ago. One ran right into a cliff near Chichi Jima (I may have the wrong island) at night. I think they were the recovery tanker. I don't know if they were being vectored or if it was an internal navigation error. Probably can't say more than that on a public forum.

BSS_Vidar
01-17-2005, 06:46 PM
Let's just say I'm on sabbatical and takin' it easy for a while. I'm going back to school and instructing on the side for right now. I will be hunting for a job here within this year. I ran into two old Viking buddies that are out now. One flies 757/767's for UPS, and the other was the co-pilot on the Delta 767 I flew home on after the holidays. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

The hiring phase is comming back up, so if you're getting out of the "Canoe Club" soon, you'll probably get picked up quick.

You should join the Blacksheep for a CQ session sometime. We fly CV NATOPS! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Let me know if you ever want to fly around the boat a bit. I think you'll get a kick out of a bunch of monitor jockeys flying precission carrier ops.

That Viking/Prowler deal was my old squadron. VS-22 Checkmate, aka, The Vidars -(check out the buddy stores).

http://www.highgallery.com/VS-22Checkmates.html

I had left for my last tour as shore duty not long after that happened

S!

Yskonyn23
01-18-2005, 04:00 AM
Wow the sole survivor of a crash.
I've seen video's of pilot's ejecting out of their aircraft during my training. It must hurt like hell and on the video they say that you always blackout for some moments due to the high g-loads.
I certainly do not want to make you feel uncomfortable, so don't answer if you don't want to, but do you remember anything of the actual ejection?

Man, you actually flew F-18s... I've tried to enlist at the RNLAF some years ago (for F-16), but while in the selection process they stopped hiring. Now I am in the airliner world.

NawlinzVoodoo
01-18-2005, 04:56 AM
<span class="ev_code_RED">I don't, nope.</span> http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

MGBurrows
01-20-2005, 11:33 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Zuki_169th:
Not a "real pilot" per say ... but I fly for fun. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
http://img141.exs.cx/img141/1527/mrpilot5em.jpg
http://img142.exs.cx/img142/9928/mrpilot11rn.jpg
http://img141.exs.cx/img141/5397/mrpilot112lz.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That looks like the Inland Empire you're flying over. That's where I live. Maybe I saw you up there...I might have been down there some where looking up at you.

MGBurrows
01-20-2005, 11:51 AM
I have some little stick time in a R-22 (A very light Robinson helicopter often used for training) totaling 10 hours all told. I was good at it, too. Only one person in my class picked up hovering faster (It took him 5 hours to accomplish it, I did it in my 10th and last flight hour.) and I never had a problem maintaining heading, airspeed or conducting level turns. I loved practicing autorotations (emergency descent and landing) because it was almost like being airborne again, drifting down in a parachute ... so peaceful. Too bad the school - which was accredited and thus you could draw ELSC loans that you didn't have to pay back until after you graduated - went belly-up on me. You can expect to spent around $40,000 to get your Commercial License in Rotor Wing Aircraft including important certifications in IFR flight (That's what killed JFK Jr.: not knowing how to fly IFR and flying in IFR conditions...) and CFI (Certified Flight Instructor, likely your first job as a pilot. You will learn by teaching and build flight hours doing it.) I should have found another way, but...

Yellonet
01-20-2005, 03:17 PM
No drug related jokes??? What's going on? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

robertmeyer1968
01-31-2005, 11:42 PM
I fly a Saratoga, a Cessna 310, and a V-tail Bonanza. About 1400 hours in 5 years.

x__CRASH__x
02-01-2005, 11:56 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by huggy87:
I've been flying for the US Navy for the last 8 years. Just hit my 1000th Hornet hour. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I've been flying for the U.S. Navy for 9 years (I have to one up you. lol) and I have close to 4000 EP-3/P-3 hours.

Of course I'm not a pilot. I just sit in the back and turn knobs, push buttons and watch the pretty lights.

x__CRASH__x
02-01-2005, 11:57 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BSS_Vidar:
You should join the Blacksheep for a CQ session sometime. We fly CV NATOPS! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Let me know if you ever want to fly around the boat a bit. I think you'll get a kick out of a bunch of monitor jockeys flying precission carrier ops. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I hope thats open for us landbased recon Navy aircrew as well. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

DuxCorvan
02-01-2005, 04:27 PM
I fly in real life. It's more: I need no plane. Tiny shtty planet with less dense material lifeforms!

S!

I mean...

http://web.mit.edu/wuster/www/draw/Superman.jpg !