andycpl wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:16 pm
I'm an aspiring pilot, about to get a loan to go to flight school to pursue my dream of being an airline pilot. I have a few questions that I'd appreciate any info on. I'm kind of struggling with how to assure my parent that'll be getting the loan for me that I'll get work after flight school, this will determine whether or not I actually get the loan, so any advice on how to put this to my parent would be appreciated.
I don't have money obviously, I thus can't go to a school like 43 Air School, it's simply too expensive. I intend on going to Madiba Bay School of Flight in Port Elizabeth, doing my CPL multi-engine and Instructors rating there. The loan will be a 7 year loan. Where can I start working fresh out of flight school? I'm open to flight instruction to build hours, I'm passionate about teaching and willing to work hard enough to actually know what I'd be doing and not just do it for hours. I've seen a few jobs in Central Africa looking for low hour pilots for Cessnas, how would one get to the required 500 hours for these jobs?
I know there will be hard grafting involved, I'm a hard worker and will do anything to achieve my dream, information from people in the know would be much appreciated.
I will have a go at the risk of duplicating what others stated.
You did not state your family situation - nor your age - and I gather that you are 5 years into a "profession" that you - with hindsight do not see as a vocation you wish to pursue.
Getting the CPL / Instructors rating (also the Multi engine ?? /you may wish to build some single hours first !) is step 1 and your parents are seemingly prepared to fund a part of that path.
You write - "how do I assure my parents that I will get a job" - short answer - you can not give that assurance ......
They need to be able to rely on your passion - on your input and preparedness to do what it takes.
I did the same for my son in law / he now flies a corporate jet / and his resolve was notice-able - so I stood as guarantor for the financing he needed to get where he wanted to be. (it took him 4 years to pay off the loan).
Getting to the 500 hours is a slog and you need to start (if not already) spending time at the airfield, and spread the word and your interest. Once you have a PPL (even single engine will do) you could start building some hours. Keeping your current job for a long as possible is advise-able.
Let me tell you a small portion of my own journey in the 70's.
I worked at Aero Sales (I was an appie Electrician / instrument tech at that time) on Rand and we had serviced a Beech Baron that belonged to Mr. Goudriaan - ZS-OTC - (OG's father). Oom Klaas (mr Goudriaan) was picking up his aircraft from Rand on a Saturday morning and I happened to be in the hangar with my old man. The aircraft had been outside on the apron the previous night and it had been very windy / it had rained and a lot of sand and muck was on the aircraft, especially the wings. My old man stated - "how in the world can we hand back an aircraft to a client in this way ?" - and I ended up filling buckets and washing the aircraft on the apron in front of the hangar.
Just before I was finished Oom Klaas and Timm Biggs turned up (iirc they came from Baragwanath / gliding hub) and they noticed me finalizing the cleaning of the aircraft. (you have to take note of the era - washing aircraft was then often outsourced to "other employees".). Timm Biggs asked what was going on and I explained that we felt that a client deserved to receive a clean aircraft back. Oom Klaas immediately asked whether I would like to join for the "test flight" and to my amazement they took me along on a flight over Walkerville - Vereeniging …… My first flight in twin piston - I will never forget it.
It is not a job you are chasing / it is a passion.
You write that you wish to be an airline pilot.
Perhaps a nice discussion with "driftwood" on the choices you have will give you some guidance / I would certainly advise you to have a serious look at flying smaller / freight / regional / corporate aircraft. I never went for the big bus route and have to say that I never regretted the choice. I simply felt that the passion was best served hand flying a King Air through the skies - and it never left me …..
I wish you all the luck in the world - chase your dream and never let anyone steer you in a different direction.
The wisest mind has something yet to learn. ...