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Is it too late?

Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:41 pm

I am 49 years old, have 500 hours SEL IFR rated and want to fly commercially. Do I have a chance? Would like to make this my second career. VP of Sales for a large company but ready to get in air and collect a check. Is this a pipe dream.
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Re: Is it too late?

Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:14 am

It’s a long slog. Are you in the US.

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Re: Is it too late?

Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:42 am

It is not. There are lots of older guys that start flying in the Airlines

What are your expectations? there is more to commercial aviation than the airlines

You don’t have a lot of time to start and restart on the bottom of a seniority list.

you’ll need to obtain your atp and get the rest of your 1000 hours to get that multi engine ATP at a minimum before you can do anything else.

So while being a widebody captain flying international is not realistic, you could definitely make regional airline captain and major Airline FO are still within your reach.

(All assuming you being in the US)
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Re: Is it too late?

Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:47 am

Here’s my cut at this hardy perennial question. If someone is established in their career in middle age (45-54); you are entering your best earning years, regardless of the career. Children are in college, lots of equity in house and 401k. It’s time to start socking away those high earning years into retirement—paying off mortgage and building 401k money. So, you want to enter a new profession, by definition, at entry level pay and schedule; one that has some huge risks in middle age (maintaining an FAA medical, very dependent on the economy (we’re late in a business cycle) and is seniority-based (slanted heavily in favor of youth). There are hundreds of pilots at legacies that you could be their father.

Go for it, just don’t post how miserable it is stuck at a regional on 90k/yr and loads of young talent is getting interviewed.


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