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.