3 thoughts on “Life As A Beginning Airline Pilot

  1. I’m a Mechanical Engineer who continues to chip away at finally getting a measly Recreational pilot permit in Canada….I have great admiration and respect for all the flying professionals (past and present) who pursue their dream of flying as a career. Hang in there and thank you.

  2. The cost of education for whatever field, has increased substantially over the last half century. I managed to graduate with a BS and no long term debit living paycheck to paycheck working part time in a plywood mill and other part time jobs. At that time I was unaware of any jobs relating to aviation for unskilled workers. My wife earned flying hours working in the office of an FBO. I got my PPL at a VERY inexpensive flying club. After graduation, the flying club failed and I got my first real job in another field. I enjoyed flying too much to persue driving an airborne aluminum bus where gentle maneuvers were not only boring but required. I could not imagine spending all those years in ‘college student poverty’ and significant debit for that kind of flying.
    Since retirement, I regret that I do not have thousands of hours in my logbook, and probably less retirement built up, but I do have a small amount with which I can renew my flying interest and buy or build a light aircraft which will allow me to enjoy sport flying from my home base on my own schedule.
    I’m sure that flying for a commercial carrier of any sort can be enjoyable, even exciting, but the cost to family relationships and work stability seems a price I did not want to pay for my ‘flying fix’.
    If I remain healthy long enough I might consider a part time CFI to help others learn about the thrill and challenge of flight. However your personal goals fit with the current economy. Good luck.

  3. Well written and thought out article….
    Years ago at a regional my goals were similar until l viewed a legacy slot objectively:
    Pilots overpaid? Consider the unending time zone disruptions, inconsistent sleep patterns due to scheduling, noisy hotel rooms, uncertain/poor food and hotel cleanliness, Uncertainties of ongoing medical checks/flight reviews. Same TSA nonsense that pax experience and impact upon family life and the list continues…
    All are individually achievable but collectively impact life quality. As one ages these issues increase in importance but by then one is locked in and its too late to change.
    Factor in bankruptcies, mergers and corporate maneuvering one wonders how they get anyone. So it make sure you address the above to determine if you are a good vocational fit first.

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