I grew up reading my parent's 1970's era private pilot manuals... Rode a couple smaller birds as a kid with either my dad at the yoke, or one of my middle school teachers... Turned 17, parents gave me a permission slip to go on a field trip with Uncle Sam... got to ride as self propelled cargo on a multitude of aircraft in the military for 9 years.
Now, I'm married, kid on the way... and the way the math is coming out the GI Bill will pay my whole way for a bachelors in professional piloting at UAA.
Everyone on here that replies to prospective commercial pilots seems to say you need a wife who makes the living since you won't be... Well, I get a check from the gubment now as part of the deal... and the wife has a steady job. Between those two, we have all the bills covered.
Basically, when I drop the hammer on everything, I'll still be flying for fun, I'll just be getting paid for it. I've worked at a FBO here in anchorage, and understand a little bit about remote flying having had to fly into/out of/support flying at, a remote mining site.
My biggest question for anyone who has gone through the program at UAA:
How many hours did you come out of there with? I'm just wondering if the program actually gets you enough hours to "do" anything beyond instructing... I don't mind building hours... because that's time flying I'm just wondering what all I'll have accomplished hours wise, at the end of the program.