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Old 06-23-2018, 10:54 PM   #51
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An old coworker of mine got his start from SOSU and is a private pilot now. I have heard nothing but great things about their aviation program.


Got my PP license at SOSU when I was in school there. Great program with excellent instructors. Got my high performance sign off but didnít get my instrument rating.

Itís worth a look.
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:42 PM   #52
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Since some of you are showing off your rides thought I would post mine. No afterburner and the wing is fixed but still good transport. Having been on all sides of aviation I like this spot the best.


Sweet MU-2 we have one! Bad *** plane!


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Old 07-03-2018, 08:57 PM   #53
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That is a FINE tricked out Baron. What is the screen in the middle of the windscreen? Surely you don't have sun vis?? Do you?


Sorry Rusty, I just saw your question. Thatís a hotplate for FIKI.
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Old 07-03-2018, 09:40 PM   #54
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:26 PM   #55
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Sweet Toga!
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Old 07-04-2018, 07:39 AM   #56
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The only difficulty is financial ( in becoming an airline or company pilot)
Get that instrument as soon as you can
I agree. I'm a 500hr pilot, tail dragger and high performance, working on IFR. All it takes is time and money. You can look at one of the flight programs at a college like Midland or TSTC and get some financing through education.

There are only two kinds of people in this world, those who have flown and those who have not.

Be safe and dont take chances. Lost two people I know since April. One showboating and another a mechanical failure. Flying is dangerous, but the risk is not any greater than driving down the highway.
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Old 07-04-2018, 08:47 AM   #57
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My brother in law is a private pilot (been doing to for 20 plus years out of the San Antonio area). He has the clearance to fly the Bush family, and has flown some stupid rich folks from our area, like the time he flew a client to Austin from SA for a meeting cause he didn't want to bother with driving. He started his own company cause he got tired of leaving is family to fly someone else's family to their vacation. The last straw for him was when he was asked to fly out Christmas Day and be gone through New Years with two young ones at home. He said no.
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Old 07-04-2018, 10:39 AM   #58
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I think everybody has touched on pretty much everything I would say. The biggest thing to me is stick with it and fly as much as you can on a regular basis.
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Old 07-04-2018, 02:03 PM   #59
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I will be around and working at Houston ARTCC the whole month of July. Send me a text or give me a call and we can set up a good time for a tour. You must be a US citizen and have a valid ID. Mark Johnson 832-260-1326

Pic is a shameless brag, and a perk of the job.
Cool pic, you back @ work ???
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Old 07-04-2018, 02:11 PM   #60
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What's your age? Is being a pilot really what you want to do? The pay sucks for many years so get use to being less than a fast food worker. I have a bunch of old study materials I will give you if you promise to pass it on to the next person. I am on the private side and I would never go to the airlines.


Not anymore it doesnít. Huge pilot shortage in the regionals.... many are giving large sign on bonuses and skipping a few years of the pay scale.
Right now, with how quickly the market is grabbing up pilots and how much attrition the major airlines have coming in the next 10 or so years, it is a GREAT education to get. ROI on zero flight time to commercial ratings is much better than a 4 year degree, especially since a couple programs qualify for government student loan programs. The captains at my airline can make over $300K if they want to, so I wouldnít discount the airlines....
If I didnít already have blood pressure and cholesterol issues (and I wasnít already mid 30ís) I would have gone that route last year. I had already talked several times with a flight school. The only problem is it would have put me in the regionals, with little schedule flexibility, while my stepson was still in the house.

In my opinion, and the majority of my airlineís pilotís opinions, it is the best education money you can spend right now.
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Old 07-04-2018, 02:16 PM   #61
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Also, depending on how far into training you are, you may look at a program like ATP Flightschool. They wonít coddle you, itís fast paced, and nothing else in the world exists for a couple years but your training.... but, they are turning guys into sign on bonuses at regional airlines in 24 months from zero time.
If you qualify for student loans, they are Sallie Mae qualified. You would still have to pay for some stuff out of pocket, of course, but it is easier than paying out of pocket at each stage of the licensing process.


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Old 08-18-2018, 06:36 AM   #62
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Yup... After college, I was paired up with a cute instructor. I don't even know what I spent but after ~30hrs of her and I flying around, I was nowhere close to prepared for the check ride. 4 years later, here I am trying to knock it out. I really regret fooling around and not getting it done.
How did that turn out?!
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:53 AM   #63
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Since some of you are showing off your rides thought I would post mine. No afterburner and the wing is fixed but still good transport. Having been on all sides of aviation I like this spot the best.
Do you fly out of MDD? I swear I saw this plane the other day in a hangar in Midland.
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:17 AM   #64
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Did you finish?
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