reply to post by Terric
10,000 sounds a bit high, but what do I know?
When I learned to fly, and progressed in my training and knowledge, eventually I was qualified to TEACH others to fly...at that point, hard to
remember that far back, I had maybe....600 to 1,000 hours? That is actually more than required to instruct...and each hour you're teaching you log
as well, as flight time.
Of course, that doesn't count all the hours spent reading and learning on the ground...you don't log that time, so I have no idea.
IF you know your "life's goal" (mine was the ultimate airline job) in THAT profession you can actually achieve it in less hours, total time.
clarify...less than I
had, at my hiring. Typical "minimum' at most US airlines is around 1,500 to 2,500 hours. Very different around
the world, though. And, timing is a factor, as mentioned below...
My logged hours at the time of my hiring were about 6,000...but, still, that encompasses a LOT of other hours, not logged. AND, I hit the industry at
a bad time, and had to slog at smaller commuter companies for years...
Career total logged hours? Over 20,000 by now. (I shudder to think how many hours were spent sitting in hotel rooms on overnights, watching CNN
Headliine news repeat every 30 minutes...UGH!)
In many professions, well the airlines, it's really about market demand, and job opportunities/economics and health of the industry...AND you have to
compete with a horde of other aspirants.
Sometimes it's WHO you know, not WHAT you know.
I reckon many other of "life's goals" are equally variable, as to the amount of effort required...sometimes it really boils down to luck (Or,
timing...a form of "luck". Maybe 'karma'??? This gets esoteric, eventually....)
(My head hurts.....)
[edit on 6 August 2010 by weedwhacker]