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Would it be a bad idea to become an airline pilot?

I was wondering with how things are going with the airlines now if it would be a bad idea to become an airline pilot (or any pilot for that matter). I would also like to just get something like a sport pilot license to fly for fun and I don't know if I would get bored or not of flying if I became an airline pilot being it would be my job and get old after a while. Any input?

Asked By: Nate D - 6/28/2008
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Right now it is a really bad time to pursue an aviation career, especially if you desire to be an airline pilot... More
Answered By: jetflyr - 6/28/2008
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if u like flying its great...most pilots still come from military...so fly if u want....for fun
Answered By: Pedro S - 6/28/2008
 
Yea...airlines are cutting flights and oil prices wont come down for any time soon. It'll be hard to find a job.
Answered By: Roger E - 6/28/2008
 
Do whatever you want. If you love flying like I do, you will always get to the top.
Answered By: Matt Kevin - 6/28/2008
 
In terms of interest, becoming an airline pilot is a natural and logical objective if you truly love flying, and that's what motivates most commercial pilots... More
Answered By: Mxsmanic - 6/28/2008
 
First of all it doesn't sound like you are sincerely passionite about flying. Owning your own plane is like owning an expensive sports car or restoring a car. If you are not in love with the hobby it will get old real quick just like any other whim... More
Answered By: Woody D - 6/28/2008
 
Being a pilot is pretty cool, but unfortunately depending on the job (corporate, airline, or military) there are the pluses and minuses. You are asking about airline pilots. As one poster said it is very volatile. For instance things were looking up a year ago, but in the past 6 months with the ridiculous gas prices... More
Answered By: ih8robots - 6/28/2008
 
Bored of flying? HA!!!! Ya right, my friend. Just go and enroll in flight school (i advise doing it full time) and see how you like it. I flew aerobatics and absolutely loved it. It's like driving a Ferrari in 3D... More
Answered By: squash the RepubliCrats '08 - 6/28/2008
 
It is NEVER a bad idea to fly.
Answered By: spunn_out - 6/28/2008
 
Yes.
Answered By: Warbird Pilot - 6/28/2008
 
If being a pilot is really what you want to do go for it and don't let anybody else tell you different!!! I also want to be a pilot someday and people say it is bad but I ignore them! Airlines are in such high demand of pilots right now, there is not enough! Most airlines look for pilots that have flown in the military... More
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Answered By: Frequent Flyer - 6/28/2008
 
I'm an ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, attorney and I fly private jets and practice law. It amazes how so many here on YA only have "airlines" as their frame of reference for aviation. Sad, really, b/c the airlines are, in my opinion, about the least enjoyable aviation experience out there these days. In fact, downright un-... More
Answered By: MALIBU CANYON - 6/30/2008
 
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