Hello all…new guy on the forum with a question.
I am considering a career change to follow my dream of working in the aviation industry as an airline pilot and curious if it’s realistic or not.
I previously completed some work toward my PPL back in 2001 with this same goal in mind. 9/11 put a big damper on things and rolling the dice to guess the future job prospects for people funding their own training seemed too risky. To that point I had managed to gain 27.6 TT in a C172. Soloed at 13.5 hours and completed my night cross-country. Life moved on but the passion/dream have always remained in the back of my mind. With pilot demand at regional airlines on the rise, I’m interested in learning if this could be a realistic opportunity for me to take advantage of or not. I like to think I may make an attractive candidate for regional airlines like Horizon, Compass, Skywest given my location (Seattle), bachelors degree, and lengthy/successful career as a full-time employee with two of the worlds largest tech companies in the Seattle/Redmond, WA area.
Unfortunately, I can’t start right away. By the time I get life and finances simplified enough to do this I could be 47-48 when starting. I’ve considered finishing my PPL in the meantime. Appreciate any thoughts you may have on all of this.