Hi all, new to this forum, but you guys are very knowledgeable from what I have seen, and I hope you can help me out a bit here.
I am in the middle of my college studies (23 years old but took time off to work for awhile after high school), and I have decided that I want to chase my dream of being an aviator, and more importantly, being an aviator in Alaska. I am wondering what kind of information you guys might have to offer about the Aviation Technology Program at UAA, and more specifically, the Professional Piloting program.
My line of thinking is as follows: most, if not all, of the flying outfits up there require some 500 hours of Alaska time as part of your experience, presumably due to the unique flying conditions. The way I figure, it would behoove me to do my flight training IN Alaska, that way all of my flight hours will be Alaska time, and that will presumably save me some time and money and get me into one of those outfits sooner. My intention is to fly professionally for someone like Grant, Hageland, Ptarmigan, Era, etc. I believe that I would like to stay flying small planes, because the big jets now are pretty much just like flying a computer from what I can tell, and I'm not interested in that.
In any case, please let me know what you guys think as far as whether this is a good way to go about getting certified and into the business. I imagine that some of the carriers must look to UAA for at least some of their pilots, but then again everything is different in Alaska, so I don't really know. That's why I ask the experts!
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide.