Real Answers from Real Pilots

Age and relocation


(Robbie Sizemore) #1

Good afternoon everyone,
I currently hold a PPL with single and multi rating, and approximately 500 hours total time. I live about 100 miles NE of Atlanta. I am considering a career switch and chase my dream of flying for an airline, even if it is a regional. My dilemna is, I am 49 years old and permenant relocation is currently not an option. Is it feasible to get hired by a regional and not have to relocate? I know a lot of pilots that commute but don’t know the ins and outs of it.
PS, Im 20 minutes from KGSP and earned my multi at ALLATPS

Thanks


#2

Robbie,

The ability to commute to work is one of the perks of the job. I literally know pilots who commute from Asia, Europe and Australia. The thing to keep in mind is getting to work is YOUR responsibility. When you’re new and on reserve you’ll have to get a hotel or crashpad and may very well find yourself commuting to work to wait for a call that never comes only to fly back. Half the pilots I know commute but none are very happy about it.

Adam


(Robbie Sizemore) #3

And age factor? I think I should be able to get through the final ratings and time building fairly quick. I would think 6 months? Do you agree?


#4

Robbie,

You have your PPL and your ME, need your instrument and commercial and a means to build 1000hrs (CFIs perhaps?). Ratings aside even if you fly 100hrs a month that’s 10mos. I’d be thinking a year and then some.

Adam


(Robbie Sizemore) #5

Thanks Adam. Im thinking ATP to finish up and instruct. Hopefully I can do it in Lawrenceville, where I did my Multi


(Tory) #6

Robbie,

Keep in mind that ATP only has two options: 0-CFII or PPL-CFII. Even though you only need IR, CPL, CFI, MEI and CFII, you would have to do the private credit program. ATP doesn’t do individual ratings.

Tory


#7

Robbie,

That’s fine so 6mos for the training and probably another 9mos for time building. Still not bad.

Adam


#8

Robbie,

I am not aware of any regionals that have bases at GSP, but there are several that have bases at CLT. Of course there is no guarantee that you would be CLT based right away, but if you were hired at the right regional, it would happen soon enough. The caveat is of course that things can always change at a moments notice…

Chris


#9

Robbie,

I think six months to build 1,000 hours is seriously pushing it. I would plan on 75-80 hours per month as a CFI, on the good months.

Chris


(Robbie Sizemore) #10

Thanks for the input guys