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I want to be a pilot!

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posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 05:03 PM
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I'd love to be a pilot one day, wouldn't you? Unfortunately I do not have 20/20 vision anymore...




posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 05:06 PM
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You can't be a pilot then. Simple as.



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 05:12 PM
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laser eye surgery
you can get it on payment plans



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 05:17 PM
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RR is that you. Lol

And you can still be a pilot. I think you need good vision and can use glasses or contacts to up your eyesight if you don't have 20/20 naturally.



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 05:17 PM
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Have you checked this out?

I have a friend whose ex-husband flies commercially and he wears glasses.
He flew for a major (now-defunct) airline and now flies a private jet for some business.



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 05:29 PM
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It's a myth that you need 20/20 vision to be a pilot, even a military pilot.


To enter flight training, a candidate must pass a Flight Class I Flying Physical. To become a pilot, that means the candidates vision can be no worse than 20/70 (correctable with glasses to 20/20) in each eye.

After flight school, the standards relax a little. Pilots and Navigators who have already graduated flight training, can remain fliers as long as their vision doesn't deteriorate beyond 20/400 in each eye (correctable to 20/20).

Source

I took flying lessons for a while but had to quit because I lost my job. I hope to be able to start again soon.

The problem with flying is that the lessons are expensive (about $150/hr) * 20 hrs minimum, then 20 hrs of solo flight (I believe about $75/hr, but I don't remember).

Then once you get your license, think about where you'd fly to. Would it be worth renting a plane for $75/hr?
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posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 05:40 PM
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I feel for you OP, I really do. My dream is to be a pilot but I don't think I can do that because I'm deaf and hard of hearing. That's the thing about dreams, people just don't believe in themselves. Anyone can do anything in this world as long as their heart is into it.

Don't give up on your dreams guys.



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 05:46 PM
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You know, you're lesson wouldn't take as long if you already learned the basics of flying. The more you know before taking lessons, the quicker it will be. This also means less money to spend for lessons for you. I'd like to recommend you to Flight Simulator X. That game alone, teaches you a lot about flying. Trust me.

If you're interested you can download it here;

Flight Simulator X

I hope you know how to use torrents. If you need any help, send me a message because I know the best way to install the game if you're having trouble.

Regards,



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 06:06 PM
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Back in 1980 I bought a 1969 cessna 150 for 6500.oo Insurance was 300 per year and storage was 30.00 per month. I had an AP mechanic who would let me work on the plane - then he would sign my work off.

I had three friends one was working on his commercial flew skydivers/instructed sailplanes, towed banners, and was an instructor up to twin engines. I had another friend - a female first officer on a DC 9 for US Air. I had a third friend who was the captain of a Falcon jet. They taught me to fly -- I had to be aerobatic before I could solo, mostly grass strips -- real stick and rudder flying. They made up their own rules - because they could.

I learned in 6 weeks and then my girlfriend and me set out on an adventure - we circumnavigated the US in a 100hp 100 mph airplane slept under the wing and took about 5 weeks to do it.

We went every where by plane and just hung out with pilots. Really was immersion training.

True bucket list stuff

Sold my plane in 85 and haven't flown since. I do miss it.



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 06:09 PM
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Originally posted by TheProphetMark
I feel for you OP, I really do. My dream is to be a pilot but I don't think I can do that because I'm deaf and hard of hearing. That's the thing about dreams, people just don't believe in themselves. Anyone can do anything in this world as long as their heart is into it.

Don't give up on your dreams guys.

Im a girl!



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 06:16 PM
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Originally posted by TheProphetMark
reply to post by AntiNWO
 


You know, you're lesson wouldn't take as long if you already learned the basics of flying. The more you know before taking lessons, the quicker it will be. This also means less money to spend for lessons for you. I'd like to recommend you to Flight Simulator X. That game alone, teaches you a lot about flying. Trust me.

If you're interested you can download it here;

Flight Simulator X

I hope you know how to use torrents. If you need any help, send me a message because I know the best way to install the game if you're having trouble.

Regards,

Yeah I can't download the game. My computer doesn't know how to open it. I used a flight stimulator before and it's surprisingly easier than using those race car driver games.



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 06:19 PM
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Thanks, I already have FSX and I love it! I have all kinds of plug-ins for more detail and it's really incredibly realistic, especially since I use it with a decent yoke and pedals. I have books and a flight computer (which I have yet to use) also.

However, the law states a minimum of 20 hours with an instructor and 20 hours solo, no matter what, before you can get your license.

To the OP: TheProphetMark's idea is an excellent one. Get Flight Simulator X. It's only about $10 now. When you start taking lessons you'll be way ahead of the game because you'll start out feeling much more comfortable and familiar with the interior of the plane and reading the gauges.
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posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 06:26 PM
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You are so incredibly lucky! Considering the low cost of maintenance for you, I never would have sold it. I don't think I could ever get tired of flying.



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 08:35 PM
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Things change upkeep and storage are more expensive -- I moved on to boats and antique cars.

But you can't loose the memories!!!

You can still find older 150s or cherokees or tigers for 20k
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posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 08:56 PM
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Then be a pilot.

When I was a kid I had an eye exam. My eyes don't work together, so I cannot do those three-dimensional tests where you can "see the box" that stands out. The fat old lady that administered the test turned to me and said, "You'll never fly a plane."

Of course, that is what I always had wanted to do. I was devestated. My life changed.

But then when I was a young adult I showed up at the Herbert Smart airport in Macon, Georgia and asked to take a flying lesson.

11 hours later I soloed, and a few months later I had my private pilot's license.

Don't give up.



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 09:25 PM
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My husband has a private pilots license.He used to fly twin beech bonanzas,
cessnas and piper cubs.He lost his medical and has to have another pilot with
him when he flies.



posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 09:48 PM
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Originally posted by schuyler
Then be a pilot.

When I was a kid I had an eye exam. My eyes don't work together, so I cannot do those three-dimensional tests where you can "see the box" that stands out. The fat old lady that administered the test turned to me and said, "You'll never fly a plane."

Of course, that is what I always had wanted to do. I was devestated. My life changed.

But then when I was a young adult I showed up at the Herbert Smart airport in Macon, Georgia and asked to take a flying lesson.

11 hours later I soloed, and a few months later I had my private pilot's license.

Don't give up.

that's a great story!



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 06:36 AM
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We are actually looking at shortage of commercial pilots in the future. The pays not great anymore but the view is killer. I wish I had started earlier and gone that route as a career.



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 04:12 PM
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I understand. I didn't know that you could buy any plane for 20K. That's a great price, but I'm not sure how safe I'd feel flying it, knowing it was that cheap.


I love antique cars also. I was restoring a 1939 Dodge once, but I was young and stupid at the time and for various reasons I ended up abandoning it. It was a shame, since it was in such great condition. No real rust to speak of and the original seats were still intact.



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 06:04 PM
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Originally posted by AntiNWO
reply to post by spyder550
 


I understand. I didn't know that you could buy any plane for 20K. That's a great price, but I'm not sure how safe I'd feel flying it, knowing it was that cheap.


Inexpensive, not "cheap." Every plane has to go through an annual check-up and you must totally rebuild the engine every few thousand hours of use. I learned to fly in 1975. Recently I found my old airplane, N66589, over in Oregon. It's a different color now, but she's still flying!




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