Aogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 933 posts, RR: 4 Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 9251 times:
Your friend has to have realistic hopes about the use of an A&P in aviation. He's (she's) got to understand the shape that the industry is in now, the number of unemployed technicians, and the changing role of techs. Also, the ability to draw a decent salary within a reasonable amount of time is a huge issue in most cases. If your buddy goes in because he loves airplanes and understands that his options may be very limited, god bless him. If he found out that its a great way to make money, meet women and get respect thru a TV commercial for an A&P school, he's barking up the wrong tree.
Dash8tech From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 732 posts, RR: 5 Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 9208 times:
LMP, he's decided to extend and yep, he's leaving the area.
Aogdesk (Cool handle by the way, we've got Bombardiers on speed-dial! ). We've talked about the industry and he's looking to come back and work with me again (we were working A-6's together a few years back) and isn't worried about the money so much (he'll be a retired Senior Chief). Just wants to stay in aviation, work for his old buddy and make a decent enough living and travel some.
Jim, if you're serious go here and send in a resume to the address.
LMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 9191 times:
Good move on your friends part to extend and finish his education while still in the Navy. The fact that he will be drawing a retirement check will help him weather the volatile nature of the airline industry if he decides to do that route. Can't say I blame him leaving the San Diego area once he retires. I was stationed there when I was in the Navy as well. Nice town but way to expensive. Especially for guys like us.
Dash8tech From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 732 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9178 times:
LMP, although I was never stationed there (only Whidbey Island) I did see on numerous dets to the area how expensive it was. He was just up visiting us last week (we live 35 miles from PDX / KPDX), USA - Oregon">PDX) and told my wife and I how if our house were in San Diego it would cost over $400,000, it's just a simple 3 bedroom 2 bath 1500 square foot 'cookie cutter' neighborhood home - crazy.
LMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 9165 times:
By the way, has the senior chief looked into getting the FAA to sign off on his level of experience so he can go ahead and take the oral and practical for at least one of his licenses. That's what I did for my powerplant license, Saved me a lot of time and money.