EMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3797 times:
Hi fellow a.netters.
Sorry this is a bit long but I really would appreciate some comments.
After a year and a half with an inner ear problem I have been doing some through research and have come to the realisation that this problem will most likely be with me for lift, hopefully only on and off. As I have always dreamed of being a pilot (like many on here I guess) this news is a bitter pill to swallow as it all but puts an end to any hope of becoming a pilot (at least commercially). I will always hope that it will clear up but I think it is unlikely to clear enough to pass a class 1 medical. I am slowly learning to accept my problem, I mean there are things that many other unlucky people have to suffer that are MUCH worse than what I have, some days I get really dizzy and "brain fogged" (a funny spaced out kind of feeling) but other days are much better.
Although I have never worked in the industry, for as long as I can remember aviation has been my passion in life. I spend most of my free time (and some times when I should be doing other things ) reading up on current things to do with the industry and technical aspects of planes etc. Not to mention simming and aviation photography! Therefore I would like to make my career in the aviation industry despite the fact that I can probably no longer be a pilot.
This post is mainly to ask for some advice of other careers in the industry that would satisfy someone who is deeply passionate about aviation/machines and travel. One area of the industry that does appeal to me is the dispatch. Am I right in thinking that I read that they use a lot of similar data and procedures to pilots? I'm talking in terms of meteorological data and route/flight planning charts/software etc. One of the reasons why being a pilot appeals to me is the fact that you are having to constantly use your skill and training to overcome constantly changing situations. Is dispatch like that a bit? I mean having to draw up plans based on changing data etc? I would be very interested to hear from any dispatchers out there on what they think of the job and how you would get into the career. Also what would be the best way of gaining soem insight into the work to see if it was what I wanted to do. Are there any books that I could read or could I do any work experience or something along those lines? Info for work in the UK or anywhere that would take an eager English only speaker would be great.
Are there any other careers in aviation that you think would fit with what I am looking for?
Once again I'm sorry this is so long but I really need some advice and guidance as I now need to pick a new coures for my life.
Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Giving up and refusing to try again does!
AirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3711 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3787 times:
Is your ear problem something that surgery could fix? If it is then I would go for it. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. If all else fails being a dispatcher will do fine. Most airlines allow dispatcher unlimited flight deck flights.
Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
Toulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2760 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3708 times:
Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 1): Is your ear problem something that surgery could fix? If it is then I would go for it. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. If
I really feel for you. I spent most of last night actually in tears due to pain in my ear, and it appears I have a very serious accute inner ear infection, also causing the dizzy feeling your referred to and even some nausea. Was sent urgently to a specialist today and have been put on very strong antibiotics and other things. He said he fears I have already definitely lost some hearing and just hopes I won't loose more and that I will regain as much as possible, but he very much doubts I'll ever hear as well as I did before, yet in the past of cases he said the loss may not be noticeable to me, in the worst it could be as bad as at the moment, and I can hardly hear out my left ear! Will find out more next Monday!
You hang in there. Talk to you docs about your professional plans and see.
Quoting EMA747 (Thread starter): Is your ear problem something that surgery could fix? If it is then I would go for it. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. If
Unfortunately surgery is usually a last resort measure as the ear is so incredibly delicate and can often just make matters worse.
Pkbhx From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3606 times:
Really sorry to hear this , i had some problems with that passing my class 1 , it took around 2years to right itself. Please dont give up hope i'm sure that something will come along. You never know what is around the corner , its impossible to tell... Lets hope in this case its good news for you both!
People dont realise how hard hitting news like that actually is , Keep your head held high and keep a positive mind
ZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1995 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3517 times:
The Dispatcher idea would be what I recommend, you work directly with the flight crew and help them with there flights, while this is not flying it self it is still pretty close. If I were to loose my Cat. 1 medical I would probably become ATC however that is if I can get a medical for that.
5mileBob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3457 times:
EMA747: Don't give up hope. A lot of us in aviation thought we would never get the job that we wanted, but many, including me, did.
There is a very good dispatcher school in Miami, FL (Sheffield School of Aeronautics, I beleive) that has trained many dispatchers and they have been hired all over the world.
Many airlines are coming out of financial problems and the future looks good for hiring for many aviation jobs. Also, don't limit yourself to just the airlines. There is explosive growth in the fractional jet / charter industry, and they need dispatchers, flight and ground support personell too.
Remember, even Alan Sheppard, the first US astronaut in space, had to overcome ear problems and ended up walking on the moon.
Best of luck!
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3439 times:
Quoting We're Nuts (Reply 5): Be a flight attendant. That's what I did after my diagnosis ended my flying.
Respect to you. I think most pilots would agree that they would never become FAs in the event that they couldn't fly anymore. To the thread starter, don't worry about it much if what you have is permanent. On the other hand being a pilot these days is not what it used to be so you won't be missing much.