My name is Todd & I am:
• 47 yrs old
• Married w/ 10 yr old step daughter & 6-month-old
• High School & some college but no degree
• Employed & currently making $100k/yr…but only tolerating my job
• My wife is employed & making $95k/yr
• Live in Charlotte, NC (cannot relocate due to family obligations)
I’ve been reading through many posts & they have been very encouraging. I’ve always wanted to follow my passion of becoming a professional Pilot and there’s lots of useful info. & guidance.
I considered attending an accelerated flight school in the mid 2000’s but at that time the Airline industry climate was not as favorable as it appears today. Therefore, I decided not to pursue that path (a big mistake? Yes, probably)! All the information I read now indicates a hiring frenzy at the Regionals, plus an increase of Pilot age limitation to 65 has rekindled my curiosity.
My questions are mainly to receive confirmation of what I was told by ATP on a recent phone call &/or get other opinions/input:
- Is it possible to stay in my geographic area for training & CFI & Regional FO based in Charlotte, NC?
Yes, I know this is a tall order & time is of the essence due to my age. I called ATP & the young lady I spoke with all but told me “don’t bother”. And that really burst my bubble! She indicated that once completing my training at ATP, they will do all they can to base me as a CFI in Concord (just North of Charlotte) but there are no guarantees (which I understand). And even if I am based in Concord, there may not be a good CFI to student ratio for me to generate the 1,500 hours quickly. In addition, she said there really isn’t a Regional airline that hires Junior FO’s for Charlotte based crews & I would likely be based with a Regional airline in San Francisco, Newark or Dallas/Fort Worth. Well, this is a deal breaker & a heart breaker for me.
- Although time is of the essence due to my age, I also must pay off our house before quitting my job & pursuing flight training full time (deal with the wife). This would likely place my start time at ATP around age 49, is this too late? All of this is of course moot if the answers to question 1 are not favorable but if I can make it work, my expectation is not to reach the Majors but spend my career with a Regional until 65. It would be nice to work for a Major but I don’t have a degree & from what I’ve read it’s difficult to reach the Majors in your 50’s even with a degree.
Thanks in advance for any comments & answers.