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Old 31st December 2016, 17:24   #1 (permalink)
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So being a pilot is a dream job of mine...

However, I'm getting put off by all the cons of being one. Like how exhausted the pilot is allowed to be (working up to 16 hour shifts) and how you carry less fuel than you're comfortable with! Would Turkish Airlines be a good option for me? Do they offer reasonable rest periods. How's the salary? Is the corruption within the country affecting the airlines? How badly would it affect me when (c'mon, it's inevitable) Turkey has the next coup? Would I have to move to Istanbul so my drive/walk to work/TA's hub isn't a long distance? Would I need fluent/professional Turkish?

Ever so sorry about the mass amount of questions, I might even think of some more.. who knows?
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Re: So being a pilot is a dream job of mine...

Not that many vacancies for commercial pilots, most posts are taken up by ex military pilots with many hours experience and therefore costing the airlines a lot less.
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Old 31st December 2016, 21:56   #3 (permalink)
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Re: So being a pilot is a dream job of mine...

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However, I'm getting put off by all the cons of being one. Like how exhausted the pilot is allowed to be (working up to 16 hour shifts) and how you carry less fuel than you're comfortable with! Would Turkish Airlines be a good option for me? Do they offer reasonable rest periods. How's the salary? Is the corruption within the country affecting the airlines? How badly would it affect me when (c'mon, it's inevitable) Turkey has the next coup? Would I have to move to Istanbul so my drive/walk to work/TA's hub isn't a long distance? Would I need fluent/professional Turkish?

Ever so sorry about the mass amount of questions, I might even think of some more.. who knows?
Obviously Turkish would be a advantage but all tower communications are conducted in Universal English.

Also do you already have a pilots licence and how many hours flight-time can you show.
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If you are serious about this expect to be heavily in debt when you qualify.

The demand for pilots are not that great in the European region but big demand and better paid in the Asia Pacific region but thats for experienced captains as they can also train as well.

As Glen mentioned it is easier and cheaper for a forces pilot to make the transition.

My son has a private pilots licence and I seem to recall he could go to the USA to get a commercial pilots licence but cost would be £20k and that was a few years back.

Of course this is assuming you have the right aptitude for the job they wont take just anyone on.
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Re: So being a pilot is a dream job of mine...

Assuming you are of the male variety why would you want to be a civil airline pilot (apart from those gorgeous stewardesses of course) – endlessly flying between the same destinations and with compulsory retirement at 45 (?) y/o?

I always thought it would be more interesting to pilot for a charter company at least you get to see something of the places you fly to – otherwise you’re a glorified bus driver

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Re: So being a pilot is a dream job of mine...

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Obviously Turkish would be a advantage but all tower communications are conducted in Universal English.

Also do you already have a pilots licence and how many hours flight-time can you show.
I've not even been to college yet (which I plan to go to in September as they didn't accept me last year because we were apparently a month late for signing up for a college). So, I have no licence and no hours of flight-time... The only upside is that I have good English from living in England for 10 years...
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If you are serious about this expect to be heavily in debt when you qualify.

The demand for pilots are not that great in the European region but big demand and better paid in the Asia Pacific region but thats for experienced captains as they can also train as well.

As Glen mentioned it is easier and cheaper for a forces pilot to make the transition.

My son has a private pilots licence and I seem to recall he could go to the USA to get a commercial pilots licence but cost would be £20k and that was a few years back.

Of course this is assuming you have the right aptitude for the job they wont take just anyone on.
On the aptitude side, I've always wanted to be a pilot. It's in our family blood too, I'm guessing a private license is much cheaper than commercial? Could you tell me the prices in Lira?
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Re: So being a pilot is a dream job of mine...

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Assuming you are of the male variety why would you want to be a civil airline pilot (apart from those gorgeous stewardesses of course) – endlessly flying between the same destinations and with compulsory retirement at 45 (?) y/o?

I always thought it would be more interesting to pilot for a charter company at least you get to see something of the places you fly to – otherwise you’re a glorified bus driver

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I'd love some examples of these "charter companies", they sound quite interesting! and when you said "y/o?" is that you asking my age? Just wondering
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On the aptitude side, I've always wanted to be a pilot. It's in our family blood too, I'm guessing a private license is much cheaper than commercial? Could you tell me the prices in Lira?
Why do you need to go to college ??

A private pilots licence worked out about £3,000 when I took my first lesson.
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I'd love some examples of these "charter companies", they sound quite interesting! and when you said "y/o?" is that you asking my age? Just wondering
I doubt many of the more interesting charters have company names.

I once flew on a Russian 6-seater charter between Kariba & Bulawayo – the toilet was a bucket at the rear of the plane with a curtain screen! And there were several interesting characters flying in and out of Dhaka with very questionable cargoes.

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