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Is There Anyplace In Airlines For The Disabled?  
User currently offlineERAUgrad02 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4248 times:

I don't want this to be a "pity" thread but one of usefulness to me and others in this industry.

So I'll begin with some of my background...

I had know from the stroller that I wanted to be a pilot. From a kid building the lego airport and airplanes to building/flying RC planes to at 14 deciding not to take drivers ed. but to start flight lessons. I solo'd very quick as my instructor said using flight simulator (fs 5.0 at the time) really helped. I graduated h.s. to go to a community college that offered a 2yr professional pilot program that ERAU would accept at transfer which Iater did. During college, I got a job with ACA working ramp in ILM. The chief pilot at the time (Rob Cultor) called me one day at my home and told me that many pilots had come to his office raving about a young man in ILM he had to see. So he invited me to his office in IAD (wich I did). At the end of my visit with him, he asked if I'd be interested in flying in the jumpseat for 2 weeks and we'd meet again after. Of course i said yes and i was on a flight to anywhere i could for those 2 weeks. After this, he was a big help getting me into ERAU and then he put me into ACA's "bridge program". 6 months before graduating, i was diagnosed with type 1 diabetis (03') which grounded me. Then they cleared me to fly and 21 days before leaving ILM for DAB, I was involved in an auto accident that left me with a spinalcord injury (04' and yes i was wearing a seatbelt  ).

So here we are today. I'm trying to stay with where my hearts aches everyday to be (in aviation). As mean as customers and the industry can be everyday, I miss it so much. So what jobs if any have you seen someone doing or where i can get hired? I've applied at all the airlines here (ILM) (US, DL, G5) and only US has called and said that they want to hire me to work in ops which is perfect. The good thing going for me is that US employees know who I am and have known me since my father would drop me off (in the 80's) and the Piedmont employees would keep an eye on my brother (now republic e-175 capt) and me.

He wants me to do crew scheduling/dispatching which is great too so again, if anyone can help me with info im greatful.

Desmond in ILM,

[Edited 2009-08-05 09:33:40]


Desmond MacRae in ILM
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User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4226 times:

Dispatch sounds like a great fit for you, especially since you are already well versed in aviation and the industry. There are a few schools out there and while it may be tough to get a job as a dispatcher right now, nothing says you can't get on at an airline doing something else and transfer into one of those positions as they open up.

I'd highly consider working for Southwest since they only recruit dispatchers internally. It isn't uncommon for ops agents and rampers to end up behind the dispatcher desk a few years after they started at the company.

Keep your chin up, while flying might sound glamorous and exciting, there are many other jobs in aviation that IMO are better.

Checko

[Edited 2009-08-05 09:41:13]


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User currently offlineArcrftlvr From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4227 times:



Quoting ERAUgrad02 (Thread starter):
So what jobs if any have you seen someone doing or where i can get hired?



Quoting ERAUgrad02 (Thread starter):
US has called and said that they want to hire me to work in ops which is perfect.



Quoting ERAUgrad02 (Thread starter):
He wants me to do crew scheduling/dispatching which is great too so again, if anyone can help me with info im greatful.

Am I missing something? You want to know how you can get a job back in the airline industry, yet US has called you and wants to hire you to do crew scheduling/dispatching. I'm not sure I understand what else you're looking for?


User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10426 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4052 times:



Quoting TheGreatChecko (Reply 1):
I'd highly consider working for Southwest since they only recruit dispatchers internally. It isn't uncommon for ops agents and rampers to end up behind the dispatcher desk a few years after they started at the company.

As does DL, IIRC.



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User currently offlineERAUgrad02 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4015 times:



Quoting Arcrftlvr (Reply 2):
Am I missing something? You want to know how you can get a job back in the airline industry, yet US has called you and wants to hire you to do crew scheduling/dispatching. I'm not sure I understand what else you're looking for?

I ramble a lot so im sorry. I'm waiting for a spot to open at US ILM to do ops. The dispatching was at my bro's company. Republics dispatchers are in IND and was trying to get back to florida..lol. Are FL dipatchers in ATL or MCO where the hdq is?

I'd do tkt'g but the airlines tend to not hire me not because of my situation but they can say "u dont qualify because u must life 75lbs"...lol. From a wheelchair its possible but not easy...lol.

Desmond in ILM,



Desmond MacRae in ILM
User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3847 times:

I would suggest taking the job in IND, and then transferring later if an opportunity arises. Sure, it's not Florida, but it's not *that* bad here  Wink Brand new terminal, cheap cost of living, one of the cheaper cities to fly to/from, etc.
(that being said, I've been here for 15 years and am ready for a change of scenery!)


User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

There are tons of aviation related jobs you could do. Dispatch is one of the first that came to mind I noticed others have suggested it. As far as the ticketing agent thing the ADA says employers need to come up with a reasonable accomodation I'd talk to an advocacy group and see what types of reasonable acomodations you could suggest. Of course there is scheduling and other ops jobs like planning. You could work in REZ. You could be a complaint resolution specialist (ie answer complaint letters). Additionally there are many jobs not typically associated with aviation office jobs like admin., HR, safety, drug and alcohol compliance, security and so on.

User currently offlinePohakuloa From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 418 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3610 times:

I am morbidly obese (severely is more like it) and I went through an airline management course at my community college (I got lucky, I asked to get in as I am a business major yet have a passion for everything airlines/aircraft and got in). I was told that it woud be very likely that as everyone here has said exactly what I was told I should seriously look into and that is scheduling/dispatch/logistics/etc. High stress at times, but a lot of fun!


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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9032 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3580 times:
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I am sure many airlines hire people who are disabled. I know that at LH a lot work as mechanics. Not on the Apron though, but in the hangars and in the offices. I know of a few deaf people who work with in the engine overhaul department and I am sure there are a lot more.
Just send the airlines an application and tell them what you are looking for and what are you able to do. I am sure there are a lot of opportunities for you.
Dispatch is something which shouldn't be a problem as well, or as you said the crew scheduling (but I've learnt that we crews complain a lot, so don't expect a lot "thank you" from the Crews Big grin )

There are so many jobs in the airline industry, you should find your spot. Good luck and I keep my fingers crossed for you  crossfingers   crossfingers 

wilco737



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User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

Another idea: you could be a website developer for an airline. I did that for TZ and it was a great job. It would take some training, though...

User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6037 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3487 times:



Quoting TheGreatChecko (Reply 1):
I'd highly consider working for Southwest since they only recruit dispatchers internally. It isn't uncommon for ops agents and rampers to end up behind the dispatcher desk a few years after they started at the company.

Not always true, as the last two rounds were externals.


As to the OP, if you want to be a dispatcher or crew scheduler, I would recommend doing your homework on the cities that the various airlines' OCC are in. Things like cost of living, quality of life, healthcare, etc. will definately matter for you.

One thing, though, that would concern me is that it may be a tad difficult to do your annual jumpseat time. Some airlines lets you pre-board, some don't. Also, coordinating with the crew so that they can get out and do the walk around, check paperwork, or even use the can would require a bit of coordination. Then there's always the thing of egress in an emergency.



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