Professional Pilots -
Licenses & Ratings
Written by Capt Lim
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 06:07
Hi Capt Lim,
I am 24 years old and I am an aerospace engineer. I have worked for almost 3 years now in a maintenance, repair and overhaul aviation company in the Middle East. I am a citizen of India. I am very keen to become a professional pilot. I have done my proper research but still have a few questions that I thought I should ask.
I have decided to head off to a school in the US in Florida where I can attain both an FAA & JAA CPL license simultaneously. The program is termed as Airline Pilot Program where I earn from zero hours all the way till CPL and get my ATPL and then work as a flight instructor and earn 1500hrs, most of which would be on multi engine.
The school as such doesn’t offer any MCC / Jet transition course. So I plan to separately take up the Jet transition course along with MCC and type rating on A320. There are a few programs where I can get 500hrs on A320. This is an option I would consider in case I still do not get a job. Once I am done with all this, I would head back to India and UAE to convert my license and then try for jobs.
The whole journey to attain all the above may take around 2.5 to 3 years. And, with the current recession, my biggest question is, how the airlines are coping up with this situation. My biggest fear is that after doing all this, I may not land up with a job in spite of spending a lot of money on flight training all the way to type and line training.
I would like to know what you think about the course of the plan that I have chosen and also what do you think about the pilot demands in this recession period.
I am aware that many airlines have placed further orders for aircraft which probably will be delivered to them hopefully by 2010 or 2011. I am sure the pilot demand will still exist. The question is, will whatever path I have chosen be good enough to market myself when I graduate with a CPL, Instructor rating, Type Rating & Line Training.
I would truly appreciate your response.
I think the steps that you have planned for your self look reasonable. The question is, with all the investment into your training, will you be employed at the end of the day?
Well, I hope the recession would be over by 2011 and I firmly believe the air transportation industry would pick up in India or the UAE by then.
Even if you are not immediately employed, you have wisely planned for the Instructor rating. That would help you in the interim in case the global economic is slow to recover.
Yes, there is still demand for pilots in India or the UAE. Be a little patient. Eventually, I believe, you would be absorbed into the airlines.
I wish you all the best ...