Originally Posted by horseflesh
Yes, my health/eyesight are good.
I plan to take one of those "introductory lessons" at Westin in the next couple of weeks, looking forward to that even if I don't take it any further!
I've been on the pprune forums, lots of positive people and a lot of people moaning, LOL. True, you could set a day aside to read through the relevent stuff.
The main reason I'm considering the Florida option (apart from the cost obviously) is that I could do so much of it in one big block. I'll obviously need to get some sort of job to pay the bills (back here), but I don't think many employers would be too keen on someone taking weeks or months off at a time.
The way I see it, I'll never have an opportunity to try something like this again, so it's at least worth considering.
Are you working as a pilot at the moment jmayo?
Would you recommend it as a career??
No only PPL with lots of different types of flying as well.
I never wanted to be glorified bus driver on a 737 etc.
As one examiner told me, the best commericial flying he did was freight since he had no cr** from payload unlike with passengers.
I went through PPL in Florida, sadly school no longer around, due to 911 and lock down on whole process.
If going FLoirda make sure you do lots of the theory before hand. Makes life a lot easier.
Then if you push you can do PPL in 3 weeks if have to.
Lots of airports in Florida and so good for hour building.
A lot of people will tell you are not as good a pilot because you have not flown or trained in conditions over here and you have trained in less time. Total cra~*.
You get more intensive flying over there, which has advantages, and after you do 10/20 hours over here you get used to conditions. Anyway if you have ever had to fly during one of their thunderstorms you will get more of an eye opener than ever get here.
Not recommending you do fly in their thunderstorms.
I met a lot of guys doing CPL/ATPLs etc. Lots of military guys transferring from helis to flixed wing and trying to make it outside as civvy pilots. Also met the guys laid off by small airlines after 911. They were making very little money as first offciers and ended up making more at non-flying jobs.
Some of best pilots I have ever met had never flown jets but flew by seat of pants as bush pilots on beavers and cubs etc.
I think you need to be very focussed and you really must want to do it because you will have to make sacrifices to get to ATPL.
Try flying and if you love flying go for it.