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Old 01-04-2006, 07:32 AM   #1  
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I'm currently 15, go to high school and I live in Montreal. I want to become a pilot since I was small but some how a part of me thought that I wouldn't do it. But during the past year I started thinking and realised it was indeed possible. So I went looking for information and found out that there is a college in toronto that have a piloting program. Ever since I've been dreaming about being a commercial pilot. I want to fly!

Nowadays I can only play Flight Simulator 2004 and it's gotten so natural for me. Although I realise it's far from the reality, but for me it's a step closer. I have actually read all the training documents that Microsoft has included in the game. I have learned such things as VOR, the use of GPS and ILS...

I still have one more year of high school left. So I have to talk to a councelor soon enough.
 
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Thats how I started. Flight simulator 98'. Then I started a lesson a week when I was fourteen. I soloed when I was 16 got my PVT on 17th B-day and Commercial 18th B-day. Now I am a CFI trying to get an airline job. I think in Canada you can get your PVT at 15 and commercial @16. Correct me if I am wrong. Kinda wish I lived in Canada, I could be so much further ahead in my career if because I would have gotten my ratings when I was younger. My advice, if its something you really want to do, start lessons ASAP and don't look back. Good Luck
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why rush it, goto college, have fun, get your ratings while your in school
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Don, don't waste any time. Get started early and make sound decisions. Don't be like me and waited until I was 44 to decide I wanted to fly for living. I wish you all the best.
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I went a similar route to ERJ135. I began flying lessons at a young age and I think it served me well. I also read everything I could get my hands on, from "Flying" magazine to technical manuals to Ernie Gann. Don't neglect aviation and airline history. A good university aviation program is fine, but in my opinion they are overpriced. A four year degree is still essential if you want to position yourself for an airline career, but it definitely does not have to be in aviation. A degree in anything that interests you will expand your worldview and can open up some other doors if a piloting career doesn't come to pass. It's usually cheaper to get a non-flying degree and get your licenses/ratings on the side--shop around and compare. Don't overlook the military option, either. I wanted to go that route but was unable due to less than 20/20 vision. So talk to someone who has been there and done that (not just the recruiter). Good luck!
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actually, to tell you the truth I can't start right now because of school and because of the quebec education system I do not have to pay for college so it's free of charge. Money does not really worry me at the moment, I think next year after I'm done my high school I will go and apply at the college and if all goes well I'll start my training.
 
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If you already now know what you want to do, you are already a step ahead.

Just don't forget it's supposed to fun!
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