Loans for Flight Training?

Cassia

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Hey there,

My name is Cassia and I am currently looking into ways to finance becoming a charter pilot. I realize that this is not the ideal time to be looking into an aviation career, but this is what I want to do with my life right now. I'd like to get my certificates from a place like Aurora Aviation or a simliar programme that isn't a four year degree deal. However, finding anyone willing to give me a loan for this sort of thing is proving a lot more challenging than I had anticipated. Could anyone on this forum point me in a direction? I can't take out a student loan since I'm not going to a college, and it's not as if I'm buying a car or something, I'll admit, I'm feeling a little lost. Is it just not possible to do this in the current economy? Would it be more realistic to apply to programmes run through colleges and take out a student loan? But then it would cost exponentially more to get the education I want and from what I understand, I would leave with not much more actual flight experience than if I had just gone to a non-degree flight programme.

This is all a bit jumbled, but that's how my mind is at the moment I guess, haha. Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks!

Cassia
 

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If you really HAVE to get into aviation then Get a job and pay for your flight ratings with CASH! You will never be able to pay off a huge loan for flight ratings based on what companies pay. A couple years of hard work and a very tight budget and you could have all your flight ratings paid for. I see so many guys whose life has been ruined by a more than $1000 a month loan payment on flight ratings. Some of these guys are not even working as pilots (can't find work or are laid off).

There is a reason it is hard to get a loan for flight school. Most guys default because it is too expensive for the amount of money you will make. Or an even better idea. JOIN THE MILITARY!
 
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If you really HAVE to get into aviation then Get a job and pay for your flight ratings with CASH! You will never be able to pay off a huge loan for flight ratings based on what companies pay. A couple years of hard work and a very tight budget and you could have all your flight ratings paid for. I see so many guys whose life has been ruined by a more than $1000 a month loan payment on flight ratings. Some of these guys are not even working as pilots (can't find work or are laid off).

There is a reason it is hard to get a loan for flight school. Most guys default because it is too expensive for the amount of money you will make. Or an even better idea. JOIN THE MILITARY!
He has some good points. Those who start training now will most likley be in a good position for the 2012 hiring boom. As the regional pilots move into the Nationals and majors there will be lots of hiring in the regional end.
 

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He has some good points. Those who start training now will most likley be in a good position for the 2012 hiring boom. As the regional pilots move into the Nationals and majors there will be lots of hiring in the regional end.


The hiring boom. Just like the last one that has placed thousand of pilots in $20,000 to $30,000 a year jobs.
 

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And that's after working as a flight instructor for some time.
 

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If you really HAVE to get into aviation then Get a job and pay for your flight ratings with CASH! You will never be able to pay off a huge loan for flight ratings based on what companies pay. A couple years of hard work and a very tight budget and you could have all your flight ratings paid for. I see so many guys whose life has been ruined by a more than $1000 a month loan payment on flight ratings. Some of these guys are not even working as pilots (can't find work or are laid off).

There is a reason it is hard to get a loan for flight school. Most guys default because it is too expensive for the amount of money you will make. Or an even better idea. JOIN THE MILITARY!
Thank you for your advice. I did consider joining the military before I ended up on a backcountry trail crew in Yosemite this summer. It's still an option, although not my favorite.

I cannot see how I could save up enough money in a couple years working as a barista or bartender to pay for 30,000 dollars in flight training (or whatever it would end up being). Even working two jobs and living off dumpster dived food, I don't see that happening. I want a better life with a career that makes me happy, I do not want to spend the next ten years talking about wanting to be a pilot and never saving enough money to pay for the training. Of course, I'm not saying I'm opposed to working two jobs while I'm training as a pilot (and after!) to help out with the expenses.

From what I gather, Sallie Mae Career Training Loans sound like a scam. Are there any trade school or technical school oriented loans out there that are legit?

Thank you for your time, either way.

Cassia
 

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I've been kind of surprised at the lack of people trying to get aviation-related loans and peer-to-peer sites like www.lendingclub.com. Other types of educational loans, yes, but not aviation.

Not saying it's a good idea or not. Just surprised.
 

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Be careful what you wish for. Sounds like you are not looking for advice, just money. Good luck. They only thing that might be harder to find than a job in aviation right now is money for aviation training.
 

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Reconsider this industry and if it's still for you then you will find a way to finance it. Military is a great way to make money, but remember don't join the military because you want to pay for flight training. Your job in the military is to support and defend the country the money is just an added benefit.
 

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.... likley be in a good position for the 2012 hiring boom. As the regional pilots move into the Nationals and majors there will be lots of hiring in the regional end.
There's going to be a hiring boom in 2012?
 

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just watch, kinda like the check is in the mail
Sorry, kinda can't accept that. That's like saying, "the stock market is going to go up tomorrow." Maybe it will, maybe it won't- but if it does it's not as if it went up because you had some sort of special knowledge that allowed you to predict that it was going to happen. More than likely, it was a coin flip and you guessed the correct side.

I hope you're not thinking that there's going to be a big hiring boom in 2012 just because that's when retirements will likely start again. I'd argue that pre-2007 we had lots of retirements and that in itself did not constitute a "hiring boom," so 2012 will be no different when the retirement start again. Yeah, it will help, just like retirements help any other industry, but I don't think that constitutes a "boom."

Cassia, looks like Secret gave you some good advice. Don't load yourself up with debt from flight training that you will unlikely be able to service in the first several years of your career!
 

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Sorry, kinda can't accept that. That's like saying, "the stock market is going to go up tomorrow." Maybe it will, maybe it won't- but if it does it's not as if it went up because you had some sort of special knowledge that allowed you to predict that it was going to happen. More than likely, it was a coin flip and you guessed the correct side.
The economy is recovering, retirements will start again, every retirement creates five pilot jobs, the growth from the econ recovery coupled with the retirement turnover will generate a lot of pilot jobs. Educated guess, only time will tell if it is a good guess. Same as the stock market. It is a free country right now, you are free not to acept it.
 

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It is a free country right now, you are free not to accept it.
Understood, but just don't want to give the original poster false hope, either. The industry is absolutely SATURATED with qualified pilots, and will probably be for a long time- I would guess well beyond 2012.

I agree that retirements from the top will trickle down nicely, but at least at my airline (if it makes it to 2012 which will make pilot hiring all the worse!) the age 60+ guys aren't going anywhere, anytime soon.
 

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times change

Understood, but just don't want to give the original poster false hope, either. The industry is absolutely SATURATED with qualified pilots, and will probably be for a long time- I would guess well beyond 2012.

I agree that retirements from the top will trickle down nicely, but at least at my airline (if it makes it to 2012 which will make pilot hiring all the worse!) the age 60+ guys aren't going anywhere, anytime soon.
It was saturated with qualified pilots in 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003, and by 1977, 1987 1977, 2007 it was difficult to find qualified pilots. Go back and read the threads from around 2002. Everyone giving advvice to get out of the industry, there would never be any jobs again. Those who started training in 2002 and 2003, were the ones who got the jobs in 2006 and 2007. Kinda like the stock market, when everyone says it is time to get out; it is often the time to get in.
 

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It was saturated with qualified pilots in 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003, and by 1977, 1987 1977, 2007 it was difficult to find qualified pilots. Go back and read the threads from around 2002. Everyone giving advvice to get out of the industry, there would never be any jobs again. Those who started training in 2002 and 2003, were the ones who got the jobs in 2006 and 2007. Kinda like the stock market, when everyone says it is time to get out; it is often the time to get in.
Going to have to disagree with you Yip. The industry has been saturated with pilots not only the years you mentioned, but for almost the ENTIRE time period you mention (minus the early 70's). The difference between now and then is that for the past 2 years and the next 3 years, practically no one will retire, which makes the current oversupply even worse than before. So like the years you mention, there was a persistent oversupply but now we have 5 years of NO ONE leaving off the top.

In 2007, there wasn't a shortage of pilots. There were just few pilots willing to work for less than a living wage. There's a difference. Had the regionals simply raised their wages, they would have had all the pilots they wanted. I know that because I have 2 acquaintances with the appropriate ratings who would love nothing more than to get back into aviation, but simply can't afford to live on 20K/year, so they sit at their current job and wait. I would bet there are 1000's of guys like that out there, and more being created every day as flight schools continue to spit out pilots with no jobs to go to.

I just think you're not doing a young kid any favors by pinning his hope on a "pilot shortage" that probably won't materialize. The sad state of this industry that has existed now and for almost the last 10 years is that we have to hope that some sort of "pilot shortage" materializes in order to get any semblance of a decent career and a living wage. I doubt senior accountants, for example, are on accountantinfo.com telling young guys that a big "accounting shortage" is going to materialize so it's a great time to enter the profession. A senior accountant doesn't have to say that because the laws of supply and demand are in balance for most other professionals very much UNLIKE pilots.

I'm done! To the OP, good luck. Do not get yourself into serious debt to get into this profession or you will likely be disappointed, no matter how much you love flying.
 

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It's impossible to predict things. Too many variables (most unexpected or "Black Swans") drive future situations.
 

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Going to have to disagree with you Yip. The industry has been saturated with pilots not only the years you mentioned, but for almost the ENTIRE time period you mention (minus the early 70's). The difference between now and then is that for the past 2 years and the next 3 years, practically no one will retire, which makes the current oversupply even worse than before. So like the years you mention, there was a persistent oversupply but now we have 5 years of NO ONE leaving off the top.
Having been in the hiring business, it was a lot harder to get pilots in 2007 than it is in 2009. I call that a shortage. You are welcome along with avbug to call it anything you want. Right now it is still a free country.
 
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