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  1. Hey guys, it has been quite some time since I posted here but I wanted to say that with the help and advice of this forum I am now in the College Student Pre-commissioning Initiative with the U.S. Coast Guard. I'll be applying for a direct flight slot in a year and will hopefully be heading to flight school in two years from now after I survive OCS! I couldn't go without posting here since I give most of the credit to this forum. Thanks to everyone who gave me advice and helped me discover my options. If anyone has questions about CSPI or CG aviation feel free to ask me. It is definitely a solid option next to the Army WOFT program.
  2. This one is not quite THAT small. It is actually the second largest airport in Atlanta (well, not necessarily largest, but second busiest). That is definitely an idea. I am going down there in a few days, and can at least check it out. I'm not sure if you can just walk out to the hangars/fuel pumps at this airport, but it is also worth asking. I am great at networking so it shouldn't be a problem. Also, the fueling job is very promising still so we will see how this goes. Thanks for the help!
  3. I have been planning to do this for quite some time, but I have trouble finding the nearest station to me that I could call. All I have really come up with is the CG Air Station that is down in Savannah, and it is about 4-6 hours away from where I am. I really would love to meet with an officer, especially a pilot, so this would be extraordinarily beneficial for me. Most of my questions are just needing advice, other than basic information. As I said, I know what I want I just need to figure out the path. The alumni association is a fantastic idea that I have not thought about, so I will definitely do that. As I said I really just need a mentor and someone to share their ideas and advice with me so I can make the next move. I do not want to get down the road and regret that I never did something that could have helped me in the long run. As far them being interested in me now, I guess three years really isn't that long. I have called my local recruiting station multiple times, left voice messages, and have even submitted 4 forms online requesting help/information in different areas but have not received any responses. The thing is, I really would just love to visit with a recruiter and discuss my goals and options (like I would if I visited with an officer) and see if they can help me choose a path that will work best for me. As far as getting in contact with one, should I just continue to call them until I hear back? What branch of service was the ROTC scholarship for? Did you have any intention of going the military route or was that just something that happened to pop up for you? The funding is definitely a plus, but surprisingly is not the reason I want the scholarship at all. In fact, I would even go without the college funding just to be able to go straight to OCS following graduation. That is the biggest key for me right now, which is also why I want to find out what the new flight initiative will consist of. Even so, I see where you are coming from as far as what is needed to qualify. I played several sports in high school (wrestling, baseball, some track and field) and was a part of many community service organizations etc. My first year of college I did not do much, but I have been going through some family issues and really did not get much chance to be a part of anything. This coming year I plan to get involved a lot more. I am joining the Civil Air Patrol very soon and I am also looking into Coast Guard Auxiliary. There are many chances for community service in Atlanta, so I don't think it will be an issue. Is there anything that really stands out for scholarships like this? The only thing I honestly worry about is having the 25% minority qualification. That is one thing I would like to discuss with a recruiter. And I can't agree with you more about it being worth the effort. If you don't mind me asking, what are you doing now? Are you flying? I appreciate the help.
  4. Yes, I know about every single Coast Guard program. In fact, I am in a debate about what I want to do. I know for sure I want to go into CG OCS and fly somehow. Even if it takes me a few years just to get to flight school, so be it. That is much expected considering the competitiveness of being a pilot in the CG. The issue for me with CSPI is that they say it requires a 25% minority enrollment, which the college I am attending now has as well as the one I plan to transfer to after this next year. But, I looked at the actual CG website (gocoastguard.com) and it just gives links to the websites that have lists of colleges that qualify for the program and neither of mine are on any of the lists, so I am confused. Also, I am partly waiting on them to list the new requirements for the updated version of Blue 21 (Wilks Flight Initiative)so I can see if I should just wait and try to go that route. I would by far much rather do this, considering it would send me straight to OCS and then on to flight school if I made it through, so it would be no doubt. The third route would be to wait until I finish college and work a regular job, then once I graduate I will apply to OCS, which would basically be the same as CSPI but without the benefits. I have been researching for a very long time, and I am trying to figure out what I can do. I have tried to get in touch with a recruiter, but since I am interested in becoming an officer and also 3 years away from that they don't show much interest in me yet. If anyone on this forum can give me some insight, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm also going to try and find CG Aviation based forum and see if I can get some insight.
  5. SBuzzkill I actually called them today and the woman at the front desk told me that the manager has not had time to go over the applications due to traveling, so I may be in luck! I am going to call back on Monday and actually contact the manager. I have to go to a Civil Air Patrol meeting soon (June 14th) and I will go early and stop in as well. As far as washing planes, how do you get close enough to do this? It isn't too big of an airport but I would figure that fact would make it easier. I will definitely keep at it. It encourages me that it took you a month or so to get in, considering it hasn't even been a month since I sent in my application. KyleA That is pretty good advice. I have thought about it, but are those more of a technical school kind of degree or what? I am in school for business right now, but since I am an undergraduate it is still early. The thing is, I want to get a bachelors so I can apply to Coast Guard OCS after I graduate. Regardless of what happens, I plan to enter the Coast Guard, so I am not worried about a long-term career. I just want something to work in while I finish up college. I do like the mechanic route, but I'm not sure if I have the money or the time to get certified in that in time for it to matter for me. gary-mike I am assuming by this you mean you signed up for the Air Force? Or did you just do the work as a civilian? I would assume you enlisted since they paid for your college, but if not I am definitely interested! There is a major Air Force base near me (Dobbins Air Force Base), so that would be an amazing gig. But, if it requires enlisting, I will have to pass since I plan to go into the CG. helistar I actually looked into this route a while back, but like I mentioned above I do not plan to make a career out of anything. It is definitely something I would look into as far as a back-up plan, but that would be after my career in the military. Overall, no matter what happens I will go into the military in some branch to try and become a pilot, so paying for flight school is not an issue. I appreciate all the tips and advice. I don't know what I would do without this forum!
  6. So I have been working in the flooring business for a while now, and I have come to the conclusion that I would much rather do some type of work in aviation. The problem is, I do not have a pilot's license. I have looked into working at the airport closest to me, but have not had much luck. I really just want a job that will put me around what I enjoy the most. The other issue is that I am only a college sophomore (upcoming year), which gives me limited experience as far as schooling and work. I really just am looking for a direction to go in, but am having no luck. If there is anyone here who has any advice, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
  7. You have a good point Vaelor. I know it looks good overall, I just wanted to make sure it wouldn't come off more rewarding to someone more interested in the Air Force. And I have looked into the Coast Guard Air Auxiliary, which I would LOVE to do for obvious reasons. The problem is I'm not sure if I would have to live near an Air Station or not. The closest one to where I am going to college is 4-6 hours away in Savannah. I will definitely look into it more, though. If anyone here has any advice for it let me know, I would appreciate it. Thanks for the replies!
  8. So I have decided to go for Coast Guard OCS after I finish my bachelors, and I was looking into the CAP. The issue is that it's an Air Force program so I am unsure if it will look good on my resume once I apply for CG OCS. If anyone knows of other programs I could look into or just other volunteer programs that stand out to the military (any branch), I would appreciate some insight! I know this is a different route than most people here, but any help is appreciated. Thanks.
  9. DynamicallyUnstable: I have heard this from pretty much every single person, and it makes more than enough sense. I would imagine the studying is pretty painless, as it seems like most of the information would be rather interesting, correct? I am usually quick to understand things, so I imagine I will be fine. Sometimes certain things just take longer to grasp. It is definitely good to know that the harder you work, the less money you spend! Seems like most things in life work that way. Many people point out the consistency in flight time. Is this just a difficult thing due to paying for lessons, or does it depend on the person? I would imagine once I started I would plan to go non-stop until I got my PPL. r22butters: What is the difference between a recreational license and a PPL? As far as flight time, etc. Seems appealing due to the money, but I feel like it would be much more rewarding to achieve a PPL. Amen to the PIC time! zVo: It is funny that you mention this. After visiting Air Atlanta the other day, I got some information on average costs and I got a brochure for Pilot Finance. It is very intriguing, but I am just depressed at the thought of paying monthly payments. Once I get a regular job (trying to get one at the airport as we speak) it will not be quite as big of an issue. I actually would much prefer to save up money here and there and put chunks down for flight hours. Issue with this is that I am afraid I may end up pausing too frequently between flight time to refill my savings. SBuzzkill: This is the exact idea I have. I feel like paying for all, or at least most, of the training would be the most beneficial route. That way I do not have to keep trying to find ways to save up and lose time I could have spent focusing on my training. And you could not be more correct about the weather. As far as scholarships go, where do I go to look? Do I just google “flight training scholarships”? If grades and drive are the primary requirements, I’m set. When it comes to hanging around after flights, I know exactly what you mean. I actually learned quite a good bit about Air Atlanta just by spending some time after my intro flight just over a year ago. Hard to believe it was that long ago that I flew. Makes me sick! To all of you, where are you now as far as point in your career? (Especially you, SBuzzkill. How’s the Army treatin’ you? )
  10. Awesome, I will send you a PM now. Where are you right now as far as flying goes? What path did you take?
  11. I actually went in March of last year, so a little over a year. I have been dying to continue with it ever since but I, like many others, am broke I am so ready to get going. I'm afraid if I hold out much longer I might go nuts! Can I find the book at any bookstore?
  12. Once I start, I definitely plan to do it in as least time as possible. If I want to get into the Coast Guard, I need to do it before I am 27. I appreciate the advice. I am looking into Air Atlanta Helicopters (which runs through the Professional Helicopter Academy, I believe).
  13. So after over two years of back-and-forth decision making, I have decided to go ahead and get a bachelors in Business and aim for my PPL in the process. After I manage to survive that, I plan to enter the Coast Guard either through OCS or on a flight initiative. Either way, I would love to be in the CG regardless, but flying would be the cherry on top Anyway, that is all besides the point for this topic. I wanted to ask people here if there is ANY easy way to obtain a PPL without breaking the bank? I, of course, am a college student (about to finish my freshman year) and am not rich by any means. I know it will cost me, but is there anything I can do to lower the cost? I know a lot of people on here have really good experience with this, but sometimes there is just no solution. If anyone has any tips/advice, I would love to hear it! And if anyone here knows any bit of information about the Coast Guard (specifically aviation), I would love to hear about that as well! Thanks in advance.
  14. Well you certainly know a lot! With regard to getting a job around here - it's tough. And all about who you know. That said, it seems a lot of the FBOs around here can't keep their staff for very long, so there are frequent opportunities, but they just aren't posted around on job sites. Just show up, hand over your resume, and keep showing up. Twice a month. The nice thing about fueling (besides the job itself) is that it isn't a strict 9-5 job so it works out very well for a college student. I started fueling full-time in August and graduated college in December. It's very doable. That is what I was afraid of. Since I am not from there, it is hard to know people! What are the requirements to do fueling? I do not know a lot about it, but considering I have about 1 hour of flight experience and have no true job experience (besides a few summer jobs and occasional work)I am not sure how it will work out for me. The issue is I will need to get a job before I move so I will be able to get a place. My girlfriend is moving with me, so if we can both get jobs it will be two incomes, which should help some. I am not sure if I worded the citizenship thing correctly, but I am moving from Atlanta. The reason I am living there for a year before going to college is so I do not have to pay the ridiculously high out-of-state tuition. Ugh. Of course there are tons of rules to be considered a resident of Washington, so I got some work ahead of me! And thank you Swisster, but I am already from the States so luckily I will not have to deal with any of that If you don't mind me asking what country did you come over from? Thanks!
  15. You are completely fine. I just figured I would make a post here as well to see how many users are from the region! I am actually planning to go into the Coast Guard, but I am getting my degree first. I would also love to get some flight time in while doing so, so I really appreciate the information. I will check into all of them. I have not been out there yet, but I am visiting this summer. I really like the sound of the area and you are about the 500th person to praise the summers there! How hard is to find a job? I would absolutely love to work at the airport, but I have no idea how hard it would be to get work. I figure if I am living there and going to college (looking into University of Washington) I will definitely need a job. The issue is, before I can enroll and not have to pay my life away I have to be a citizen first. So I figure I will move there and become a citizen before I go! Any advice you could give me? I am only 19, but will be 20 by the time I get out of here. I really appreciate the information Lindsey (you always know everything! )
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