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Should My Kid Become An Airline Pilot?

Posted in air travel, airline, airline cartoon, airline pilot, flight attendant, flight crew, military flying, pilot with tags , , , , , , on October 17, 2020 by Chris Manno

I get asked that a lot, especially these days, as people with aircrew dreams worry about the recent implosion of the airline world. The quick answer is “yes and no.” Stay with me.

First, how old is your “kid?” Kids–high school and college–are ten to fifteen years out from being qualified for an airline job anyway. So, here’s the yes: chase that military pilot pipeline–USAF, USN, USMC, and US Army. By the time you’re ready with military flight hours and experience, the airline pendulum will be on the upswing, as it eventually must be.

Yes, military flight training is tough to get into, and, as I discovered firsthand, even harder to get successfully out of:

My flight journey, from “kid” to USAF pilot training to 35 years in the cockpits of the world’s largest airline, most as captain. Read this.

But if the “kid” is thinking of flying for an airline any time soon–think again: this most recent airline meltdown cost the jobs of anyone with less than ten years at a major airline. Anyone hoping to get hired now will have to get in line behind those currently on the street, awaiting recall to their airline job, before any “newhire” sets foot on the property.

I actually told a couple kids that. It is kinda true …

But if you’re the thirty-something considering a career change: I wouldn’t. You’ll be the last one hired and will probably never upgrade to captain, even if you do get hired, because you’ll be too old.

So, tell the kids, “Work hard in school, fight your way into military flight training–preferably with the Air National Guard or reserves–then fight your way back out. DO NOT GIVE UP–before or after. Serve your country, get the best flying experience in the most advanced, coolest jets in the world, then bide your time. The next people hired as airline pilots are kids now. This is your time: focus, dedicate yourself, and do not take no for an answer (see my story above). Be there, ready, when the airline biz recovers, redefines itself, and rebounds.

Trust me: it’s worth the wait.

Join Me On Airplane Geeks Podcast

Posted in aviation podcast, military flying, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 6, 2020 by Chris Manno

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Airplane Geeks podcast is the number one online source for aviation, airline and aerospace news. It was my privilege to join them once again for an episode where we discussed An Airline Pilot’s Life with the podcast crew.

You can listen to the entire episode here . We discuss the true story that is Amazon’s #1 new release in commercial aviation, giving you an insider, firsthand view of military flying from USAF pilot training to years of missions flown in the Pacific, Asia and the United States. You’re in the squadron, in the cockpit and in the air flying the missions.

Part Two of An Airline Pilot’s Life is complete and ready for release in both Kindle and paperback formats later this month. Start your aviation journey now with Part One on Kindle and get ready for Part Two which will put you in the cockpit of the world’s largest airline, flying the DC-10, MD-80, F-100 and Boeing 737-800.

Climb aboard, strap in, and let’s fly through An Airline Pilot’s Life.

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