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  1. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by edward301 View Post
    I am not a licensed pilot, but have about 300 hours in the right seat of
    a Barron P58, and 6 hours in the back seat of a Fouga Magister. I did
    take a class on how to fly in a emergency situation.

    My brother is a pilot with 8000 hours, of which 6800 hours is twin turbin.
    He has his ATP, Float plane, and rotorcraft license. He did fly for UPS for
    a little while, and then Flew Commuter planes for a short while.
    Before I went to the private jets, I looked into all of the commuters, including Colgan. People who think that HVAC techs are not viewed well, should try being on a new hire track for a commuter. Lots of bright young faces who will have their meager income augmented by mom and dad. This and the many applicants lets the carriers offer squat for pay.

    I think if you ask your brother, he will tell you that UPS was the better job!
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
    2 Tim 3:16-17

    RSES CMS, HVAC Electrical Specialist

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  2. #28
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    Former pilot here. Had to hang it up due to lost medical.

  3. #29
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    not a pilot but we had a plane crash locally here this week...pilot blacked out, f-16's scrambled because pilot was not talking to tower.

    http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=11234070
    http://www.journalgazette.net/articl...34/1067/NEWS07

  4. #30
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    Flying is my passion. Was looking at flying as a career but the industry is very up and down. I'm HVAC tech and do it out of necessity.

  5. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by gztech View Post
    Flying is my passion. Was looking at flying as a career but the industry is very up and down. I'm HVAC tech and do it out of necessity.
    Flying is great. As a career, it is a lie. For every Sully who is highly paid and satisfied, there are 10,000 others that are not, and never will be paid well, valued, or treated as though they are anything other than a required "expense."

    One day while preparing for a flight, the other pilot turns to me and says he read that Lufthansa is replacing copilots with German Shepard dogs. He continued "the pilot's job is to watch the automated cockpit readings and to feed the dog."




    "If the pilot touches anything, it's the dog's job to bite the pilot."
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
    2 Tim 3:16-17

    RSES CMS, HVAC Electrical Specialist

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  6. #32
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    LOL about the German Shepards!!

    I currently have 33 hours in the left seat of a C152. I'm supposed to fly tomorrow morning, if it's not raining. I hope to have my license around 40-45 hours. I am doing it strictly for enjoyment, I'm not quiting my day job.

  7. #33
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    Yes...live to fly

    Private, Instrument Rated, Hight Performance/Complex
    Working on Commercial/Multi-Engine (for the fun of it)
    Airplane: 1978 Bellanca Super Viking BL17
    Based: Orange County Airport (KMGJ)
    Member:
    Aircraft Owners & Pilot Association
    AOPA Mentor Program (Mentor 3 student pilots)
    EAA Chapter 1280 (Young Eagle's Pilot)
    Angel FLight NE Mission Pilot
    Amimal Rescue Flight (ARF) Misssion Pilot

    Always looking for an excuse to fly...
    “Your biggest risk is not taking one..."

  8. #34
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    Timebuilder, so what made change careers from flying to HVAC ? Lack of opportunity? economy? Life circumstances? For me its the fact that my family needs to comes first and second a piloting career, initially, is a poor ROI. I've been in the trade for many years and difficult to move onto some thing else career wise. Now I'm in the process of starting my own business.

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