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Old 18th Jan 2014, 08:48
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Smile Stop bashing "P2F"

I'm 19-years-old. I got a job with easyJet two months after my nineteenth birthday and I now have just over 200 hours on type to go with the 160 I got at OAA. I'm lucky and I believe you make your own luck in flying. This is also based on what I'm told being a third generation pilot with both my Father and my Grandad flying forty-plus year careers with British Airways and it's predecessors.

P2F is the future because it makes no sense in growing older after having just paid all the money you do to obtain a fATPL and sitting on your backside doing , working menial jobs or taking flying positions that don't allow you do to what you ultimately want - fly a jet. If you are happy to piston pound and fly turboprops all day, fair play, but don't bash someone who invests in their future by paying money for something that ALL the airlines today want - a type rating and hours on type.

It is a gamble but you don't get anywhere without taking a risk. I did not pay for my type rating or my line training and I was lucky that I went straight in from OAA. Others are not as lucky and are making their own luck. If you do not have the money, cannot justify it or are for whatever reason unable to pay for a type rating or hours on type, it's going to be a long wait for you to get a job in this climate on a jet and even if you are able, you'll essentially pay for it through a lesser salary or in another way.

My advice is if you have the money, pay it and take a leap of faith - everyone will eventually have to do the same, you'll just reap the rewards earlier.
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 11:18
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 11:20
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 11:21
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 11:41
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Quite right OP! Its not your fault if you've got more luck in your bank account than the others. Make hay before the airlines go back to using that other currency "skill", whatever that is...

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Old 18th Jan 2014, 11:57
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 12:14
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@ sapperkenno - LOL

You're 29 and still flying GA.

When I'm your age, I'll be a TRI/TRE.

Pay the money and get on with it or turn 40 and have no hope. That's all I'm saying...
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 12:29
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It is a gamble but you don't get anywhere without taking a risk
If these kind of airlines want the type of inexperienced pilot willing to gamble everything on one shot at getting in ,then they are welcome to them,I hope they still think its a good idea when they gamble their aircraft and passengers lives trying to get in on a bad approach..Let the public decide they should at least know who's up front.
Paying for type ratings,yes I agree with whether bonded or after successful interview with job guarantee,this is the reality now as too many in the past abused the system.
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 12:29
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I agree.

There's plenty of the 'good ole days' boys on this board, so you only ever hear those who never had to deal with P2F in the first place. They're full of buzzwords but typically their opinions have very little substance.

Even in this thread it's been suggested that you should refuse such schemes. Unfortunately that only works if everyone else does the same. How do people propose we accomplish that? Hold a giant tea party for all unemployed pilots and make them pinky promise they won't do it? Perhaps send round a polite email?

Of course all of those pilots will now need to build hundreds of hours. Thank god there's an abundance of available flying positions worldwide. Hang on, no, that's not true at all, is it?

P2F started a long time ago, probably before the threadstarter even muttered his first word. As with all pilots today, they start their training in a P2F environment. It's all very well lambasting a student for playing the game, but it's a neccessary evil when the alternative is sitting on your arse at home, or managing to find a flight instructors position that doesn't actually cost you money. Of course, in that position they could make a self-congratulatory post on PPRuNe whilst their ratings lapse and their skills diminish, but at least they'd have the comfort of being congratulated by many who were put through their training and employment without any real financial cost.

The threadstarter didn't create the P2F culture, he just has to live with it.
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 12:39
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 12:40
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It's a long time ago since I was 19 but if I remember correctly, I had a bit of humility back then.
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 12:47
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If you are, as you say you are, flying an easyJet aircraft - it won't take them long to read your utterly stupid post and fire you.

Your stupidity has made me laugh my ar5e off.
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 12:54
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Now lwt's get something straight son !!!

I believe you make your own luck in flying.

after having just paid all the money you do to obtain a fATPL

someone who invests in their future by paying

It is a gamble but you don't get anywhere without taking a risk.

take a leap of faith
You didn't make your own luck !

You didn't pay !

You didn't do the investing !

You didn't take the risk !

and finally, you didn't take a leap of faith !

and if, in between leaving school and starting at oxford you earned the money for the course then you have my sincere and humble apologies
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 12:55
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He's right though, troll that he might be. The guys that made his correctness possible are those that allowed themselves to be bonded to airlines for the type rating in the past. Pilots are the most useless of trade unionists and so the tariff to fly is high.
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 13:09
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Troll or not, truth is he is right sadly. The system has changed forever.

You can't co-ordinate action among low hour pilots because it's akin to herding cats. It's dog eat dog now.

I did the self improver route... glider towing, para dropping and now on a medium TP but don't see myself moving onto jets anytime soon due to the way the system works now. It will take a lot more networking and a fair dab of luck.

At the same time, I know a guy who started more or less same time as me and did P2F with bmi then got into easy. He is now gearing up for a command. His 30k gamble paid off and he is years ahead now in terms of both career and money. He essentially made his own luck albeit with massive stakes.

Whilst I value the varied flying I have done and have had great experiences working my way up the industry, I don't have a pot to pi$$ in and have to be constantly reminded by my boss that there are people queuing round the block for my job if I don't like it.

All told though, I would not change it. My experiences have made me the person I am and the Pilot I am and for that I am thankful. These are my stories to bore people in the cruise with. What will be your stories Mr 19yr old?
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 13:11
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 13:18
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 13:19
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Originally Posted by 19_Flying_A_Jet View Post
You're 29 and still flying GA.

When I'm your age, I'll be a TRI/TRE.

Pay the money and get on with it or turn 40 and have no hope. That's all I'm saying...
Well, I guess it is enough to ban him, isn't it? This is supposed to be a forum for professionals and future professionals (hopefully).
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 13:26
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*Puts popcorn in the microwave*
Same for me.
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 13:38
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Well that brightened up a soggy afternoon.

The OP's real stroke of fortune was merely an accident of birth.

On we go.....
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