I’m a 52 yr old military helicopter pilot, retiring in 4 months, and looking for a second career. I have over 1800 rotary wing hours which includes 600 cross country, 550 PIC, 300 Night/NVG, and 150 instrument (real and sim) hours. Additionally, I have about 150 fixed wing hours, including 15 multi-engine hrs. I also have my commercial helicopter / instrument and private airplane single-engine land with instrument ratings.
I am familiar with the retirement age. I estimate I would likely get hired (fingers crossed) around 55, which would give me 10 years at the regionals, which would be fine with me.
My questions are: 1) other than being technically proficient, If I have the opportunity to get my Helicopter ATP certificate, would it look good on a resume. 2) if I were to get it, is there an airplane ATP add-on? I only see reference to a helicopter add-on. 3) I see these great deals with Eagle International hauling freight and building hours than getting an interviews /jobs with PSA and Republic. In your experience, do airlines want hours or ratings (CFI, CFII, MEI) and hours? 4) Since I have the 1500hrs total time, do you recommend getting the multi, CFI(II), and MEI separately versus the Airline Career Pilot Program? 5) my wife wants to retire in Louisiana (her home), do any regional airlines have domiciles in Louisiana, preferably New Orleans or Baton Rouge?