I have a couple of questions for you guys! I am an aspiring pilot who is in school right now. I’m 19 and I’m double majoring in Finance and Actuarial Science just in case flying doesn’t work out for some reason. I’d hate to fail a medical test or have something come up that I can’t control that ends my flying career. I like to have backup options just in case. So for the questions:
1.) I think I have decided to wait to start flying until after I graduate college and then go to a flight school. Other commercial pilots have told me the best way to get your hours is to do it as fast as I can and treat it like a full time job. Do you guys recommend this strategy? Or do you have any suggestions as to how to get my hours as fast as possible?
2.) Someone told me that you had to be 23 to get some license to fly commercially. Is this correct?
3.) Even though there may be a pilot shortage now, what do you recommend I do now to make myself look more employable? Aviation related or not.
4.) From experience, can you help advise me on how to get to the majors the quickest? I know I need to spend a few years with the regionals, but usually how long does that last?
5.) Are the major U.S. Airlines facing a current pilot shortage or only the regionals?
6.) Are there any rules against doing a job for another company while flying? I would love to do contract work with another company while Im on autopilot to make some extra money.
I know this is a lot to ask in one post. I guess I’m just a little excited for what the future holds! Thanks!