I just turned 40 in October and I’m getting ready to test for my private pilot’s license. I have a wife and two boys, 4 & 6. I’ve done a lot of research about becoming an airline pilot and my biggest concern is my age and how often I’ll be home to see my family. At this point I figure I’m 3 to 4 years out from actually becoming a pilot and I would be leaving a successful finance career.
I’m primarily looking for advice and if someone can give me an idea of how often I’d see my family. Would I work all nights and weekends? When you’re off, are you typically home? Plus, I’m about an hour from Philly, what is the chance of being based out of PHL or KABE? If you are laid over is the hotel room always paid for? Do pilots spend a lot when their not at home?
Any insight would be appreciated plus if you can point me to other topics that might answer these questions that would be great. Thank you in advance.