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Old 07-26-2016, 03:47 PM   #21  
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They take poor kids in the Air Force Academy.
Yea, but the rich kids get first dibs. The poor ones end up in helicopters.
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:53 PM   #22  
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The sooner you get your licenses and ratings the sooner you can start getting paid to fly. Instead of getting 100-250 hrs a year learning you'll suddenly be logging 500-1000 hrs a year. Spend the money to ACCELERATE your career. If you spend $50,000 in one year it might gain you an additional year at the end of your career. That's worth $200,000 to $400,000 as well as more money every year when you're at a major airline since you might be hired several months, or years, sooner.

Sometimes debt makes sense.
This works, IF you finish and IF you get hired by a major. The problem is a lot of people take out college loans and never graduate. They are left with a pile of debt and a small shovel to dig themselves out with. Add the aviation component and debt and it leaves a chance for epic disaster IF you don't finish either the college or the training.

Read through the "leaving the career" forum for examples of people quitting with debt before ever reaching a major.

I still say, enlist in the military or Guard and get a GI bill at the very least, if you (or your parents) can't afford this.
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This works, IF you finish and IF you get hired by a major. The problem is a lot of people take out college loans and never graduate. They are left with a pile of debt and a small shovel to dig themselves out with. Add the aviation component and debt and it leaves a chance for epic disaster IF you don't finish either the college or the training.

Read through the "leaving the career" forum for examples of people quitting with debt before ever reaching a major.

I still say, enlist in the military or Guard and get a GI bill at the very least, if you (or your parents) can't afford this.
I'm glad you bring this up. I know a guy who wasn't as serious about the industry like he thought he was. (He's a bit older than me. I'm 18 and he's probably 28 or 30) He stopped flight training and switched to business school but not after racking up nearly $200k in debt at Embry-Riddle. Now he's paying off that debt with a business degree he got.

I think it comes to determination. I am working 60 hours a week now to pay for my current training. Some people want to put in the work but others want to see if there is a way to cut to the chase.

I plan on being in a little debt with college but it is a lot smaller when you work while training rather than committing fully to the industry before you even have a job. Hoping to make sure the college debt is manageable to the point of being able to have a regional job but still manage it. (just incase I can't make legacy out of college)

Edit: Just my ramblings
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Short of WW2 the climate for hiring has never been better, maybe once in a lifetime time, period. (Discounting the 66-68 F/E binge brought on by FAA pilot quals for third man.)
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Kid, go fly in the military, you do not want to be at the bottom of the aviation industry for the next few years.


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This is a 4 year old thread. He’s probably at United now.
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