*sorry for the length in advance, but well worth the read!!
Having been a successful Realtor over the past 11 years, my real estate coach and I have had some deep discussions on being fulfilled at what I’m currently doing in my career. Needless to say, we got to the bottom of it and found out that what I’ve missed over the past 8 years, is flying on a consistent basis. Flying has been something that has been a part of my blood for a long time due to many family members being exposed to flying. I’m a commercial, multi-engine pilot and instrument rated and have had my license since 2000. I have just shy of 900 hours with 280 of that coming by way of a Baron 58 (190 hours) and a Cheyenne I (90 hours). I’ve called many of my colleague pilot friends who have been through many different flying gigs to get some guidance from them. Most of them lead me start checking into the Regionals. Since talking to them about the process, I’ve recently gotten my 1st Class Medical and have taken my IPC since having flown under the hood 8 years ago. It was an amazing feeling to get back up and to see how much of that I’ve retained and enjoyed. Since then, I’ve applied through the airlineapps.com website platform only to find out that the 1,500 ATP minimums is a hard set rule…for now. I’m now in a predicament. I don’t have my CFI to build the hours nor do I want to bear the brunt of going back through the rigorous training to do so, not to mention that I failed the oral for the CFI twice over 12 years ago. I’m not opposed to it, just would prefer not to have to go through that again. However, it does appear that the Part 135 option is a good pathway due to my experience. I’ve since updated my aviation resume (Resume? Something I haven’t done for years!!) but the only experience I have that is flying related is when I flew for the FBO back in college 13 years ago as well as working as a lineman (2 separate FBO’s but same airport.) I like some of the Part 135 operations but am unwilling to relocate.
Also, it goes without saying, that I’m continuing to fly under the hood to get that level of IMC currency back to a confident stage so when I get the call, I’m able to be whisked away knowing I can fly the minimums.
Lastly, I’ve asked my pilot friends in the immediate area to keep their ears to the ground for any local companies looking to hire right seat. Is there any other options you can think of on how I can bridge the gap from 900 to 1,500?
Thanks again and am looking forward to some additional advice as I continue my journey to fulfill my passion and something I’ve dearly missed for some time!