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Becoming a Pilot

Want to take to the skies and fly an airplane for a living? Find out what it takes to become a pilot!

Pilots - Come Fly With Me

If you were a superhero, would you want the power to fly? You can if you grow up to be a pilot! Despite what you may have heard, you don't have to be good at math, trained in the military, or have perfect vision to be a pilot. Anyone - men, women, people with 20/20 vision and those with glasses as thick as Coke bottles - can be pilots.

Pilots - Take to the Skies

To be a pilot, you have to get a commercial pilot certificate by passing commercial pilot ground school and logging at least 250 flight hours. Then you need to pass a check-ride, which is like the driving test you take to get your driver's license. You also need to get a medical certificate to meet the health and fitness requirements to be a pilot, an instrument rating to fly with low visibility (in clouds and bad weather), and a multi-engine rating since most commercial planes have multiple engines. After all that, you have to get an airline transport pilot certificate, which is the highest pilot certificate that allows you to be the pilot in command a.k.a. the captain of a large commercial airline (the dude who sits in the left seat in the cockpit).

Pilots - How Much $$$ Do Pilots Make?

It's a stressful job - after all, you're operating a massive machine in sometimes extreme weather conditions, and you're responsible for the lives of hundreds of people on the plane - but it's also very rewarding. You work in an office that travels, your view is constantly changing, and you and your family get to travel for free to anywhere in the world! The pay isn't bad either! In your first year with a commercial airline like Delta or American Airlines, you can make anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000, but after 10 years of flying your salary goes way up to six figures!

Pilots - Did U Know?

  • Aviation Day is observed every year on August 19th in memory of Orville Wright, who built and piloted the world's first successful airplane with his brother Wilbur.
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Dear Dish-It In The Forums

drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
Did something happen between you two in the past? If so, I feel like she might have some unresolved issues with you that you need to discuss with her. And, time doesn't always mean a lot. I've gotten closer to someone before compared to someone whom I had known for 8 years.
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country_girl19
country_girl19 posted in Friends:
Dear Dish-it,                          Me and my friend just started talking again, and it seems like she regrets it. She'll leave me for the people she has only known for a couple of months, when I've been friends with her for a year. Also, she gets annoyed with me, and I don't know what to do.
reply about 14 hours
drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
I'll be honest, I don't think that it's very fair that you're placing so much blame on your mother. Cancer is very hard to heal in any animal or person. She may of been able to help one spot, but that doesn't mean that she was going to be able to heal the rest. There's a slim chance that they could of made it through, but it's probably for the best that she put him down. Cancer is a painful thing to go through for dogs and humans alike. It would of been worse to push it. As for the depression, I understand where you're coming from with it. It's a difficult thing to go through and it makes things hard to do. I've struggled with things in the past and sometimes still do, so take my word on this: Eat. What. You. Can. Don't starve yourself. Don't binge. Don't do anything. Keep eating. Your health matters too. You need to find things to do, like hobbies (drawing, reading, writing, ect.) and spend time with friends when you can. At least talk to your friends, don't push them away. They're there for you, even when they might not know how to be. Don't be ashamed to cry, it's perfectly fine too. It's a better alternative of getting things out than a lot of things you could be doing. Do not, under any circumstances, start cutting. Take it from someone who's dealt with it on a personal level in several ways, do not start it. It is not something you "won't get addicted too" and it will not be a "one time thing." Do not try it. Do not start it. Do not try to find "softer" alternatives to cutting. Self-harm is not a fixer, it does not help anything. It isn't something to be ashamed of. It's a personal issue along with mental illness. But it is a very big deal. "And to go and kill him like that instead of getting him help?" There isn't always a place to help. Sometimes it won't do the things we wish it would.
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RavenClawRaina
My dog, Loki, was old and had cancer. He was 14. My mom healed one of his cancer spots but not even a month later, she put him down. He had life in him. He played like a puppy. If she healed one spot, why couldnt she heal the rest? He could have lived right? He was like my little brother, I loved him like one. He was family. Every since he passed, Ive been depressed. Losing weight and not wanting to go out and hangout with friends. Me and my mom get into fights more. At some points, I hate her for what she did. I dont dare tell anyone about my depression and I cry every night until 3:30 am. I have considered cutting but I dont want anyone to judge me. Im not going to but I just want someone to understand what his loss did to my heart. Ive had him since i was a baby. He was my best friend. And to go and kill him like that instead of getting him help? I was mad. Can anyone relate? Can someone help me? ( im not going to a therapist btw ) UGH WHAT DO I DO?!  
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Pokemonlegends05
Sometimes Video Games can Cheer you up as well. Happy, Vibrant Games: New Super Mario Bros. U Pokemon Shuffle Any of the Mario Party games. Minecraft Super Mario 3d world (Wow, a ton of Mario games :p) Jak and Daxter Super Mario 64 These are useful for making this :e into this  =(
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