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thewannabeUser is Offline
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07/23/2012 5:23 PM  
Hello everyone, I am looking for some professional advice from experienced pilots where I won't get biased opinions from school instructors. Any advice, good or bad, is GREATLY appreciated. I am 23 years old, and have approximately 60 hours in R22's with a student license. I'm am trying to decide whether to continue flight school or not (my last flight was two years ago, due to lack of funds and a couple other issues). As most of you know, it's a lot of money to go through school to get a license. If I were to not succeed in becoming a commercial pilot for whatever reason, I would be in big financial trouble. Here is what I need your opinion on. I have had this "cracking" in my hands for about four years now. They crack constantly but so far have NEVER become a hindrance to anything I do. They have also not become better/worse over time. I have been to every kind of doctor immaginable and no one can figure out what the problem is. I am: #1-Worried that they will find out what the problem is in the future and I will have to take some medication that would prohibit me from flying. #2- The cracking increases and I become unable to fly. So far though, it has just been an annoying thing I have learned to deal with. I also have some pretty big issues with multi-tasking. So far in my 60 hours flying, I havn't had any problems. However, that is just as a student pilot. How significant of a role does multi-tasking take in flying professionally? The only other issues that I feel threaten me becoming a pilot is my mild alergies and radio shyness (to the tower, etc). Neither of which I am too worried about. My allergies aren't significant enough for me to even take any meds for, and I would assume radio shyness would pass in time. Even though I would absolutely love to be a professional pilot, I can't afford to go partly or all the way through school and have one of these things stop me from finishing. Like I said, I would be financially done for. So in your professional opinions, do you think I should continue, or are the negatives to big to risk it? Thanks for ANY advice!
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07/23/2012 7:02 PM  
Competition is fierce in this business. Cfis have to multitask quite a bit, so trouble with that could be disaterous!

My advice is to scrounge up some money to finish your PPL (just so you can still fly recreationally, whenever you have the funds) and do something else for a living!
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07/24/2012 2:45 PM  

Im old school, but heres some thoughts.
I agree with getting a private ticket. Only then might you decide whether you want to fly in the first place. Thats what happened to me. I actually got a fixed wing license just to fly. Helicopters was the last thing on my mind till I realized I could couple being dual rated with my professional interest in forestry and land management.

Your hands, your view on not having the aptitude to multi-task, your shyness..... what stands out to me is the concept: 'if you think you can, you can, if you think you can't, you wont.'

I've known so many people from my association with todays young pilot population who have spent a ton of money then found themselves 1) unable to proceed due to lack of opportunity/experience and/or 2) quit trying to succeed in a industry because they actually found they were afraid of it.

But, hey. I know people who went to law school, passed the bar and are selling real estate.

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