My name is Brian. I am 40 years old, a doctor, and have been working in the field of international health for the past 15 years from the Caribbean and Latin America, to Africa and now the Pacific.
I am not new to the ‘dream’ of becoming an airline pilot, and have thought about it for years. In fact, Adam may remember my wife and I from when we met at the Alani resort on Oahu about two years ago. Adam provided some great insight and encouragement which was much appreciated.
After many years, my wife and I are preparing to make the big career change. My wife will go first, since she already has her private, and I will hold down the financial fort. The plan would be that when she gets picked up by a regional (2-2.5 years), we will have enough money saved that I can make the move.
I’ve read the forums, the website, have asked questions in the past, and for the most part understand the process, including the risks; but I do have two questions.
First, is the prospect of having a wife and husband both pursuing aviation, what with the need to sit on reserve and then the prospect of building up seniority, an unrealistic proposition?
Second, how difficult would it be to live on Oahu and commute?
I realize there are a number of factors here, such as seniority, holding a line versus reserve, as well as the airline and base to which we need to commute. However, I was hoping to get some general input. Obviously, if this was the goal we would look at regionals that have bases on the west coast.
The reason I ask, is that we have four kids that have been raised on islands. My wife and the kids are currently in Fiji, where she is working; while I am in Pohnpei (along the famed ‘Island Hopper’ route for Chris; I actually have questions about that and GUM as a base in the longterm, but I’ll save that for later). The kids have not been on the mainland in six years, with the closest being annual trips to Hawaii, and I fear culture shock. We have lots of friends on Oahu, and the kids (and parents) handle the Hawaiian lifestyle quite well.