Go Back   Airline Pilot Central Forums - Find your next job as a Pilot > >
Career Questions Career advice, interview prep and gouges, job fairs, etc.
 

Welcome to Airline Pilot Forums - Connect and get the inside scoop on Airline Companies

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ. Join our community today and start interacting with existing members. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free.


User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-10-2019, 06:46 PM   #1  
New Hire
Thread Starter
 
Joined APC: Feb 2019
Posts: 1
Default Starting From 0 Hours

Hello! I am a 21 year old student currently enrolled at the University of Southern California, finishing up my third year. I have always loved aviation, as my dad and grandfather are/ were both UA pilots. I have recently taken this more seriously, and am looking into starting on getting my licenses and ratings to get this process going, but I’m not sure what would be the best way to start. Would it be best to transfer try to work towards an aviation degree? How important is the degree type to my eligibility at an airline? Also, what would be the quickest/ most efficient way to get from 0 hours to ATP right now? I have been looking at Liberty College’s online program that partners with several flight schools and offers a restricted ATP program, but I haven’t heard anything else about it. If anyone has any info that might help, I’d be so grateful!
Lucius is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2019, 07:07 PM   #2  
Gets Weekends Off
 
galaxy flyer's Avatar
 
Joined APC: May 2010
Position: Baja Vermont
Posts: 3,634
Default

Easiest? Start “rushing” a guard unit for a UPT slot. You’ll have to want to serve, however.

GF
galaxy flyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2019, 07:19 PM   #3  
All is fine at .79
 
TiredSoul's Avatar
 
Joined APC: Sep 2016
Position: Paahlot
Posts: 1,290
Default

Always have a plan B as your medical is just one bad decision away from being gone gone gone.
TiredSoul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2019, 09:26 PM   #4  
Gets Weekends Off
 
Joined APC: Apr 2015
Posts: 169
Default

It’s been over 25 years since I started flying so I’m probably not the authority on the best way to get started these days. But from what you wrote, I’d say your best bet would be to just finish up the degree you have going now. Meanwhile, you can get going on your Private Pilot’s license at a local FBO. Biggest thing there is to find an instructor you like and that can explain things so you understand. If you still have the passion for flying after the privates, go for the Instrument (then the Commercial, and so on and so forth). And if at some point in training you lose the passion or it’s just not what you thought it would be then maybe time to reconsider (imo, flying is flying and if you don’t enjoy flying small planes, you won’t like flying big ones either).

Regarding the degree, most major airlines just want a Bachelor’s (doesn’t really matter in what). The only exception might be Delta…from what I understand they’ll give weight to someone who went to a top tier school, completed a challenging curriculum, etc. But I wouldn’t worry about that too much…good luck, have fun

Oh yeah, your pops might know a thing or two about the subject
Gordie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2019, 07:49 AM   #5  
Line Holder
 
Joined APC: Jun 2018
Posts: 77
Default

There's really no quick path to earning your way in this industry.

Personally, I'd look to double major at some point, add a degree to the one you have (or are in the process of earning).

Avoid debt....this can be near impossible, try to minimize the amount borrowed. Perhaps you can work after graduation and carry a 2nd or 3rd job to save for ratings?
smc2020 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2019, 10:24 PM   #6  
On Reserve
 
ESQ702's Avatar
 
Joined APC: Jan 2019
Posts: 17
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by smc2020 View Post
There's really no quick path to earning your way in this industry.

Personally, I'd look to double major at some point, add a degree to the one you have (or are in the process of earning).

Avoid debt....this can be near impossible, try to minimize the amount borrowed. Perhaps you can work after graduation and carry a 2nd or 3rd job to save for ratings?
I want to echo the avoidance of debt. It’ll sink you faster than anything. You’ll have more options, make better decisions and have way less stress in your life if you’ll listen to that counsel. Good luck in your journey!
ESQ702 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2019, 03:22 AM   #7  
Gets Weekends Off
 
sourdough44's Avatar
 
Joined APC: Sep 2013
Position: Left
Posts: 366
Default

Well, you really need to finish your degree somewhere. Some depends how strong you want to take this ‘new direction’ towards piloting? I’d start the ball rolling towards a private pilots license locally.

The very 1st step may well be a ground school of sorts, get an intro flight.

The exact degree doesn’t matter a whole lot. I’d try to keep most of your credits already earned, there or if you transfer. You have plenty of advice fr9m the home front, hopefully some $$ help too.
sourdough44 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
 

 
Reply
 



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Any "Latest & Greatest" about Delta? Guard Dude Delta 197028 Yesterday 09:06 PM
CommutAir Rumors and Info Crawl CommutAir 5205 02-20-2019 11:27 AM
Proposed FAA Rest Requirements: Sept 14, 2010 757Driver Major 26 08-09-2011 06:50 AM
New Rumor From Good Source Another Excess FR8Hauler Cargo 80 08-22-2009 08:16 PM
far/aim requirements question Juicegoose Flight Schools and Training 4 12-27-2007 08:06 AM


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:04 AM.


vBulletin® v3.9.3.5, Copyright ©2000-2019, MH Sub I, LLC dba vBulletin
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Website Copyright ©2000 - 2017 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1