Emory Posted February 19, 2008 Report Share Posted February 19, 2008 Hi there, im new to this forum (and the whole industry in general). Being a pilot has been a goal of mine since i can remember, and now i think ive found a way to see it through. For the last year ive been digging for as much info as i can find about training/funding/employment etc... A co-worker of mine is a chinook graduate and i have picked his brain as much as possible and gotten a sense of the strugle ahead of me. My first question is (of course) the funding: being 22 yrs old, the only way i have found to come up with the funds up front is the oilpatch. ive been working a drilling rig for 2 years now, making descent money, despite saving little of it (blast my youthfull self) i know that im now in a position to bank some real money to invest in my training. i am concerned with how long my 140lb body can handle rigging though. Basically i want to know if getting myself into debt and into school now (or soon) would be a colossal mistake? i dont expect that you guys can say with complete certainty what is best for me, but just some experiences, how did you make the final commitment? Did you lay it all on the line? Ive also started taking flight lessons for my private fixed wing license (just the first couple lessons). I know this is something i want to have, but how valuable is it when going for the heli certificate? im just concerned that maybe i should put all of my resources into the commercial heli certificate, as it is my main goal. Any advice would be great. And is it reasonable to think that i can walk into these schools with zero knowledge? i know they say they teach for begginers, but i cant imagine that a good portion of the students have never been in a helicopter? The private fixed wing course really starts from the ground up, but would a career oriented specific course not require at least some background experience? Thanks for all comments, im all ears Emory Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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