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Aviacentre
11-27-2006, 04:15 PM
Hi there,

I'm a junior in high school, and our most recent assignment in careers class asks us to talk with someone (via e-mail) who works in a career that we're interested in. If there are any real airline pilots that would be willing to answer some simple questions surrounding your job, I would greatly appreciate it if you would send me an e-mail at [email protected], and I will forward the "consultation" questions to you.

Only brief answers would be necessary and it should take only 10-20 minutes.

Thanks!


sigep_nm
11-27-2006, 06:09 PM
Dont send it to SkyHigh, although he could probably give you a good response, but he tends to be a little over the top, good info though. Try CalCapt, or Rick77777, they both have very good insight and have answered some of my questions on a regular basis with very helpful responses.

favila008
11-27-2006, 06:33 PM
CalCapt is busy at the moment doing is pimpin thing, but he will probably give you some good insight on what it is like to be an airline pilot. Like Sigep nm said Rick77777, or Ottopilot can also help you. Just have patience.


icebluecuda
11-27-2006, 07:08 PM
Dont send it to SkyHigh, although he could probably give you a good response, but he tends to be a little over the top, good info though. Try CalCapt, or Rick77777, they both have very good insight and have answered some of my questions on a regular basis with very helpful responses.

Unfortunately, us newbies can't send messages to you senior members... Yet! We are at your mercies to post in our threads. :(

vagabond
11-27-2006, 09:06 PM
"consultation" questions

Care to post the consultation questions here?

FlyerJosh
11-28-2006, 03:46 AM
Care to post the consultation questions here?


Here is a list of the questions as they were sent to me:

Current Date & Time:

Your Phone Number (if you're willing):

What are several of your normal job duties:

What values are important for this career:

Do you work mostly with data, people or things? Please Explain.

Do you usually work indoors or outdoors?

Do you usually work sitting at a desk, standing, or on the move?

How much noise is there in the work area?

Is your work dangerous in any way?

If you work is dangerous, in what ways is it dangerous?

What are your normal working hours?

How often do you work overtime?

Do you ever work nights or weekends?

What aptitudes are needed for your career?

What are the education and training requirements to enter and advance in your career area?

What is the average beginning salary for someone in your career area?

How much does the average person earn after five years?

How much do the most successful people earn after ten years?

What types of fringe benefits do workers in your career usually receive?

How many workers are needed in your career area at the present time? Locally? Statewide? Nationwide?

Do you think the demand for workers like you will increase or decrease in the next five years?

Do you work with people in other countries? How?

Is there any additional information about your career area that you think might be interesting or helpful to someone who is interested in pursuing such a career?


Try to make at least some of it positive, okay guys? Not every job out there sucks right now...

icebluecuda
11-28-2006, 12:33 PM
I removed a couple things that aren't applicable or I dont know the answer. I am sure somebody else will come shortly, but I hope this helps.

What values are important for this career: I assume by values you also mean skills and personal attributes. Attitude is everything, maintain a good professional attitude, math and science is preferred, no DUIs or excessive speeding tickets.
Do you work mostly with data, people or things? Please Explain. All three. Data, weather, aircraft specs, loading specs, performance calcs. People, other than Cargo, you have to deal with passengers to some extent, and then you should maintain a good rapport with your coworkers. Things, Aircraft worth more than you will make in your lifetime.
Do you usually work indoors or outdoors? All seasons, and other than the walkaround, indoors.
Do you usually work sitting at a desk, standing, or on the move? Sitting while flying.
How much noise is there in the work area? Certain frequencies of your hearing will be harmed over a career. Engine and wind noise.
Is your work dangerous in any way? Flying isn't inherently safe, but good pilot decisions make it acceptably safe.
If you work is dangerous, in what ways is it dangerous? See above.
What are your normal working hours? Every Thanksgiving, almost every Christmas, weekends. However, when you are home, you are home all day. No 9-5. If you want to go fishing all day on a weekday, and have that day off, you can!
Do you ever work nights or weekends? Yes.
What aptitudes are needed for your career? Professionalisim, patience, dedication.
What are the education and training requirements to enter and advance in your career area? If you want to fly for a Major airline, you need a batchelors degree. Math & Science is preffered.
What is the average beginning salary for someone in your career area? A friend of mine got hired at Great Lakes and made 16k/yr.
How much does the average person earn after five years?
How much do the most successful people earn after ten years? For these, check out the first page of Airlinepilotcentral.
What types of fringe benefits do workers in your career usually receive? Reduced fare airline passes.
How many workers are needed in your career area at the present time? Locally? Statewide? Nationwide? I have no idea.
Do you think the demand for workers like you will increase or decrease in the next five years? I think it will increase over the next five years due to the lack of people currently enrolling in flight school.
Do you work with people in other countries? How? Fly to Canada, talk to Air Traffic control in Canada.
Is there any additional information about your career area that you think might be interesting or helpful to someone who is interested in pursuing such a career? Get a degree first. Getting the flying done is the easy part. Without a degree, you will not be elligible for the best jobs.

Aviacentre
11-30-2006, 05:56 PM
icebluecuda, thanks for your help. Would you mind disclosing what equipment you fly and for what carrier (or company)? I'd like to use it for my homework.

icebluecuda
12-01-2006, 02:53 PM
icebluecuda, thanks for your help. Would you mind disclosing what equipment you fly and for what carrier (or company)? I'd like to use it for my homework.

Professionally, I fly a desk. I am a full time student of engineering, I am a senior with some real world experience as well. I hold a private single/multi licence. Not much more than a learners permit, but I grew up in the airline industry and I have alot of friends who fly professionally. Besides, nobody else seemed to answer your questions. I am not a great reference, but my points are sound.