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5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by GLOBALTOURISM: 12:20pm On Sep 24
Working as a commercial airline pilot has many perks. Here are some of the best:

Salary
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2011, commercial airline pilots made a mean annual salary of $76,050, more than the $45,230 earned across all occupations at the same time. Although this is not as high as some people would expect, commercial airline pilots also get a number of benefits on top of their salaries.
Travel
The most obvious benefit to working as a commercial airline pilot is the travel. As a commercial airline pilot, you will be able to tour the world (often staying in nice hotels while you do so). What’s more, you’ll be paid to do it!
Flexible Schedules
On average, commercial airline pilots work about 225 hours each month. However, they are limited to about 1,000 flying hours per year. For this reason, many commercial airline pilot’s responsibilities include non-flight duties as flight scheduling, record keeping, and the arrangement of aircraft maintenance. Pilots can enjoy flexible working hours, as well as extended periods of time off. They can use this time off to take advantage of the travel benefits afforded to them.
Travel Perks
Commercial airline pilots are given large discounts on personal air travel. Many are also given discounts on personal car rentals and hotel rooms. These benefits often extend to immediate family members, as well, and can be for life.
Other Benefits
Commercial airline pilots are typically provided with free enrollment in a 401k savings plan by their employer and some companies even match employee contributions. Additionally, many pilots also receive comprehensive medical coverage for themselves and their families.
Airlines also provide their pilots with uniforms free of charge, so commercial airline pilots don’t have to worry about buying work clothes. While in the air or staying in hotels between travel legs, pilots generally eat for free or at a reduced price.

An additional benefit awarded to some commercial airline pilots, depending on which airline they work for, is an education gift-matching program that matches charitable donations to educational institutions dollar for dollar.

Of course these are the top 5 reasons to become a commercial airline pilot, but the sixth and most important reason for international student is for their love of flying!

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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Paidrooll: 7:17am On Sep 25
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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Felixalex(m): 7:17am On Sep 25
This topic is not for everyone. U should have put it this way..

5 reasons to become a commercial airline pilot (IF YOUR PAPA GET MONEY)

Many people dream of becoming pilots but do not have the means to make this dream come true. Only rich kids have the opportunity cus of the high tuition fees, except God bless you with scholarship..

The few people I know that studied aeronautical engineering in federal universities in Nigeria, all of dem are teaching physics, maths and further maths in secondary schools undecided

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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Offpoint: 7:17am On Sep 25
Those two guys above me God will not forgive you guys, I blame Glo.



I fly at night, what kind of pilot am I?



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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Igbokiller(m): 7:19am On Sep 25
i refuse to be tempted.



leave me where i am grin
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Turks: 7:20am On Sep 25
Dear Op,


- Tell them how expensive flight schools are
- Tell them how racist white flight instructors are
- Tell them they’ll continue to read till the end of their career
- Tell them about how expensive aircraft type-rating is
- Tell them how tough it is to get an airline job in Nigeria
- Tell them they’ll need about N25million for a full package.
- Tell them they’ll need to be medically sound (Class 1 medical) to become an airline pilot
-Tell them how you have to be seriously connected to get into the aviation school in Zaria

This shouldn’t serve as a deterrent but as an eye opener. It’s not always about the money. Weigh your options carefully.

...the list goes on and on lol

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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Nobody: 7:20am On Sep 25
Everything is easy on the net. cheesy





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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by abdeiz(m): 7:21am On Sep 25
Op i know you copied and pasted this. To be realistic in this hell-hole its only the upper socio-economic class of citizens that can have the luxury of trying to be a commercial pilot. And your post would have made more sense if you told us how to be a pilot, where to get trained, how much it cost and the different certifications available. That would actually have been help than to try tempt us to making our mouths salivate this early morning reading benefits of being a pilot ke.
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Chudi99(m): 7:24am On Sep 25
I envy pilots so much, I would have love to be one myself bt, I don't know if that may still be possible since I am almost clocking thirty.
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Racoon(m): 7:24am On Sep 25
None of these reasons applied to me when I desperately wanted to learn flying.The simply passionate love for piloting pulled me to the profession
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Racoon(m): 7:24am On Sep 25
Chudi99:
I envy pilots so much, I would have love to be one myself bt, I don't know if that may still be possible since I am almost clocking thirty.
"All things are possible unto him who believes" See it! Confess it! Work towards it! Then achieve it.Go do it man.

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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Nobody: 7:29am On Sep 25
Racoon:

"All things are possible unto him who believes" See it! Confess it! Work towards it! Then achieve it.Go do it man.
this your moniker...are you related to this guy...

Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by ArcFresky(m): 7:34am On Sep 25
Becoming a pilot was a childhood dream, but the tuition woke me up, now am an architect.

I am still interested though, I just love flying.

Who wants to sponsor me?

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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by martyns303(m): 7:38am On Sep 25
Chudi99:
I envy pilots so much, I would have love to be one myself bt, I don't know if that may still be possible since I am almost clocking thirty.

It's very very possible, age is not a restriction in aviation. takes 2yrs to get ur PPL, CPL and type. The only problem you will have is money. it cost between 12 to 20m to get the above qualifications based on where u train.

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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by JIDEproudAFONJA(f): 7:42am On Sep 25
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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by folake4u(f): 7:45am On Sep 25
Cc: bossinblack.
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Samdelzon(m): 8:28am On Sep 25
Hummnn OP, make your findings on the cost to study in an aviation school and then come back to ammend your write up wink wink wink.... To become pilot no be to read about am for net o...... Na your BAR[font=Lucida Sans Unicode][/font][img][/img] go determine wether you go become pilot. Abi scholarship dey for anybody wey wan become pilot niiii? grin grin grin

Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Samdelzon(m): 8:29am On Sep 25
Hummnn OP, make your findings on the cost to study in an aviation school and then come back to ammend your write up wink wink wink.... To become pilot no be to read about am for net o...... Na your BAR go determine wether you go become pilot. Abi scholarship dey for anybody wey wan become pilot niiii? grin grin grin

Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Horus(m): 8:30am On Sep 25
Fight to flight

The inspiring story of how this Nigerian fought to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a pilot.
When he was just five years old, Olumide Ayoola set foot on a plane for the very first time, and was hooked.
It took 42-year-old Olumide another 25 years of determination to finally become a commercial airline pilot for KLM UK.
Ayoola told The Voice’s Trudy Simpson of his amazing journey. “When I was five, I went on my first flight. The cabin crew
took all the children on board to see the cockpit and the pilot.

AIRCRAFT

“Once I walked in and saw the buttons and lights, and the view they had from the front of the aircraft, I fell in love with it. I said ‘This is what I want to do.’ “There is a big difference between wanting to be a pilot at five and eventually achieving it at the age of 30. That was down to mainly financial and health reasons. “In secondary school I would daydream and followed any newspaper reports and publications about airplanes and pilots, and every time I flew I tried to get the chance to talk to the pilot. Every opportunity I got, I would go to the airport. “At 16, when I finished my O’ levels, I gathered enough information to go to flight school. However, his parents encouraged him to go to university first. “I came over from Nigeria to go to school in England. It gave me more access to find out more about becoming a pilot. “Becoming a pilot was also in the background when I went to university and studied engineering. “When I finished at niversity, I was free to pursue it. But when I found out the cost was so high, I couldn’t afford it. “Flying training is very expensive. It costs about £80,000 to go from scratch to being at the point where an airline can finally employ you ,and even then they have to put you through further training. “There are a number of ways people can get in. You can be lucky enough to have the cash so you can pay for the training yourself. At the age of 21, I didn’t. “I couldn’t ask my parents to sponsor it because the cost was so high and they had already spent so much on my education. On top of that, I had found out my eyesight was not good enough to be a commercial airline pilot. “At that time you had to have virtually perfect eyesight to be a pilot and I wore glasses from the age of 10, so it looked, for a long time, like I was not going to be able to achieve it. I was very despondent. It was as if the dream was over.

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“But I was told my eyesight was still good enough to be a private pilot. So I said ‘If that is the next best thing, I’ll do that’. I did that on and off and started working as an engineer for London Underground, flying whenever I could as a leisure thing. “I later found out that London Underground had a flying club, which was subsidised so it was cheaper than what I was doing. I went there and started flying more and more. And I (later) read about laser eye surgery. “At 24, once I found out I was suitable for it, the dream came back. I did the surgery, waited two years to make sure the eyesight was stabilised, and applied again to be a commercial pilot. I also started looking into going to flight school. “Airlines were offering sponsorship (to go to school) but for one reason or another, I was not eligible. I realised I would have to self-sponsor. “I worked for a few years as an engineer and saved up and got lucky with the property I bought. I realised that by selling the property I would be able to pay off the mortgage, pay for the flying training and have enough to put down on a deposit for another place. “I did my flight training for three years because I didn’t do it full time. I had a mortgage to pay and bills, so I had to keep working and did the academic part of the training part time. “I finished the training and began job hunting. I sent applications to at least 500 different companies, different types of airlines. But it is twice as difficult for somebody who is self-sponsored compared to somebody who is sponsored by an airline. “But I kept applying and networking, talking to people. I met people who were working as pilots who could make recommendations. “It took me about nine months to find a job. There were times I felt like giving up, when people said ‘You are crazy, you are throwing away a good career to chase this dream’, because I was well paid as an engineer. “It was a good career but it felt all the time that something was missing from my life. “My big break came at an aviation jobs exhibition, given to me by one of the guys I knew from networking. “Nearly all major airlines were recruiting but I sat through presentation after presentation saying they were looking for the type of person I wasn’t. “Half way through, I thought I was wasting my time and went outside. Standing near the door was an old gentleman smoking a pipe. “We got talking and I basically told him that it seemed I was wasting my time here because I was self-sponsored, over the age limit, and did not have enough experience. “He talked me into staying, saying ‘You never know, ’ so I went back inside to listen to more presentations. “Then they said the next speaker is the pilot manager from KLM UK. On stage came the man I had been speaking to. “They had a round table after the presentation and I went over, and he and I chatted. “He said ‘Don’t give up and eventually we will get to your application’. We had a very encouraging conversation and I went home feeling much happier. “Three days later, I got a phone call from one of the guys I mentioned to him and he was saying the gentleman had asked about me. “He encouraged me to call (the gentleman) again. I did. He said he had spoken to my friend about me. He put my CV in the pile of those that he had recommended. “Six months later, I was starting a new job! There was a bit of trepidation but a lot of happiness. I have been with KLM 10 years. “My message (to people) is not to let themselves be railroaded by peer, parental or any other kind of pressure into doing something they don’t feel is for them. Everything is possible.”

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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by xcelentattitude(m): 8:37am On Sep 25
Why trouble yourself, things are easily done these days using the internet, you can download some YouTube videos, pdf's etc.

Before you know it you are already FLYING?

You must know that the first thing you need to fly is a kite, once you can fly a kite do you are good to go

Lemme come and be going

#Team CRA
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by OvaSabi1(f): 8:52am On Sep 25
Turks:
Dear Op,


- Tell them how expensive flight schools are
- Tell them how racist white flight instructors are
- Tell them they’ll continue to read till the end of their career
- Tell them about how expensive aircraft type-rating is
- Tell them how tough it is to get an airline job in Nigeria
- Tell them they’ll need about N25million for a full package.
- Tell them they’ll need to be medically sound (Class 1 medical) to become an airline pilot
-Tell them how you have to be seriously connected to get into the aviation school in Zaria

This shouldn’t serve as a deterrent but as an eye opener. It’s not always about the money. Weigh your options carefully.

...the list goes on and on lol

The global aviation labour market is heavily saturated at the moment. Too many pilots and no jobs. It's not even a Nigerian thing Only, it's global.
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Turks: 8:58am On Sep 25
hence the reason I asked any prospective plot to weigh their options carefully
OvaSabi1:


The global aviation labour market is heavily saturated at the moment. Too many pilots and no jobs. It's not even a Nigerian thing Only, it's global.
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by FitnessAndGoodL: 11:14am On Sep 25
cool
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by Saimeritus(m): 11:48am On Sep 25
Racoon:
None of these reasons applied to me when I desperately wanted to learn flying.The simply passionate love for piloting pulled me to the profession
Sir, Are you an Airline Pilot now?
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by jiorhemen(m): 3:58pm On Sep 25
Felixalex:
This topic is not for everyone. U should have put it this way..

5 reasons to become a commercial airline pilot (IF YOUR PAPA GET MONEY)

Many people dream of becoming pilots but do not have the means to make this dream come true. Only rich kids have the opportunity cus of the high tuition fees, except God bless you with scholarship..

The few people I know that studied aeronautical engineering in federal universities in Nigeria, all of dem are teaching physics, maths and further maths in secondary schools undecided
Nigerian universities don't offer aeronautical engineering
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by justkay: 3:34pm On Sep 26
xcelentattitude:
Why trouble yourself, things are easily done these days using the internet, you can download some YouTube videos, pdf's etc.

Before you know it you are already FLYING?

You must know that the first thing you need to fly is a kite, once you can fly a kite do you are good to go

Lemme come and be going

#Team CRA

Bro, you are the best. I no know say your type still remain for nigeria.

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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by justkay: 3:39pm On Sep 26
OvaSabi1:


The global aviation labour market is heavily saturated at the moment. Too many pilots and no jobs. It's not even a Nigerian thing Only, it's global.

Yes, read this: punchng.com/after-expensive-training-scores-of-nigerian-pilots-face-uncertain-future/

This is not to discourage anyone. Go for your dream career and try to be the best. In the midst of it all,try to make informed decisions.

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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by OvaSabi1(f): 4:21pm On Sep 26
justkay:


Yes, read this: punchng.com/after-expensive-training-scores-of-nigerian-pilots-face-uncertain-future/

This is not to discourage anyone. Go for your dream career and try to be the best. In the midst of it all,try to make informed decisions.

Eyah. I can only imagine the distress especially considering the money spent on training.

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Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by bossinblack: 10:19am On Sep 28
folake4u:
Cc:
bossinblack.
Noted
Re: 5 Reasons To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot by folake4u(f): 10:54am On Sep 28
bossinblack:
Noted
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