Posted: 12/8/2010 15:12:07
I would like to be a charter pilot. If I where to get my own plane to gain hours and get my commercial certificate would I need to or should I go to college.
Posted: 12/9/2010 13:11:24
Just one man's opinion but -- GO TO COLLEGE! You may not want to think about it now, but there will come a time when you will be unable to fly (not necessarily based on age) and you will need to have a "Plan B" to support yourself and your family. Having only X,xxx,xxx hours in your log book and no other skills will be not much use if you, for what ever reason, can't pass a medical. If you have the assets, I say again GO TO COLLEGE. A degree is an asset that no one can EVER take away from you. Good luck.
NC22375 out of 07N
Posted: 12/9/2010 16:22:13
What I meant was to go to college as in a professional pilots degree
but you are probably right about getting a degree in something else
Posted: 12/10/2010 01:01:45
If you plan on flying for a living, consider a four year degree at minimum. I can't tell you for sure you are better off going to flight school and getting a degree in aviation, but a degree in something will bring you results alot faster. Keep in mind, I keep hearing you won't be able to find a flight instructor in two years.....It's keeping me from giving up at this point.
If you have resources to purchase an aircraft, think of a lease back option with a flight school. You fly your airplane, and it's making you some return on investment when you aren't flying it. Then when you get your CFI down the road, you instruct in your airplane and double dip. You are getting paid to instruct, and while you use your airplane the student is paying to use your airplane. I don't know about your tax codes, but Wisconsin has some tax benefits to a lease back.
Posted: 12/16/2010 20:15:14
I recently looked into arranging charter flights for a friend who was running for the US Senate. I learned if he wanted a guaranteed trip he needed to hire an IFR charter. This required a multi-engine plane and two properly rated pilots. In my area this meant a King Air for at least $1000 per hour. I could get a single pilot charter in an old C-182 but only if VFR conditions prevailed. The point here is that a really effective charter business requires very expensive aircraft and multiple pilots.
With or without a charter business I highly recommend getting a college degree. If you want a really professional pilot oriented education you might consider Embry Riddle. In any event a degree from the lowliest school in the most inappropriate subject will probably increase your lifetime earning potential by at least $1,000,000. It is not so much about what you learn in college that counts. It is the successful completion of this difficult goal along with the learning skills you must gain in order to complete the degree.
Posted: 12/16/2010 20:18:09
Is there even a question? ABSOLUTELY, WITHOUT A DOUBT!!!!!!!
Posted: 12/16/2010 21:23:28
I'm 63 years old. I've accumulated over 8,000 hours of flight time in the last 23 years of flying (I got a late start). I had a good 30 year career in another industry and have a great, successful, family. I have but one major regret. I never attended college! I've taught some college courses as an adjunct instructor but I think there are some aspects of education I've missed.
I encourage you to follow your dream but get a good education too.
Posted: 12/17/2010 07:27:18
Aviation is fickle - and when petrol is $10 a gallon it won't be any less so. Many people, such as myself, are fortunate enough to have made their way in the field without a college education...and have nothing to fall back on unless Mommy and Daddy leave us the farm.
I dropped out of college, thinking "I can always go back"...riiiight!
IF you can get a degree in something that holds your interest (and not one of these useless degrees such as "Applied Aeronautical Science") WITHOUT getting into hock for it, you'd be silly to pass it up.
Posted: 12/17/2010 08:13:09
You might consider Kansas State University's campus in Salina, Ks.
Randal L Durbin
Posted: 12/17/2010 08:54:58
You could always be really crazy like me and do both. I'm going to the University of Puget Sound for my four-year degree while going to Northwest Aviation College for a professional pilot degree. Hooray for government loans!
Posted: 12/17/2010 16:44:38
By all means go to college and take courses in physics, engineering, and aeronautics. Then you will know what you are doing behind the wheel of that plane you want to fly.