Hey everyone I am new to the forum and wanted to get started by posting. My name is Daryl, I’m 36 years old and I am from northern Canada. 20 years ago while still in highschool I decided I wanted to be an airline pilot. I did all the right things, learned French and Spanish (became conversational in both), completed my PPL and night flying and qualified for a flying scholarship from my air cadet squadron. It seemed I had the world by the tail.
A few years later I met a lady who was a bad influence and my life became a series of poor choices and excuses. I became a lost soul.
Fastforward 15 years to last week: my now wife qualified for a trip to Mexico through her work and we went to Cabo San Lucas for 7 days. When we got to Cabo I asked the border guard a question in Spanish and my wife looked at me befuddled. In 9 years together she’d never heard me or even knew that I could speak Spanish.
While sitting in seat 19B on the tarmac waiting to depart coming home my wife looked at me and asked if I was sad to leave. I looked at her and I almost had tears in my eyes and said no but there’s one thing wrong with this aircraft. She said what’s that? I said I’m supposed to be the guy flying it.
After we landed in Edmonton we got to talking and I said you know it’s like talking to that guy you know who once had everything going and snorted it up his nose or threw it all away - except I’m looking in the mirror. My wife started to cry and said it was hard to hear me talk like that. I said it was like somewhere along the way I forgot my passion and today I was punched in the face with it.
That was 3 days ago and all I can think about is flying. It’s consumed me like a disease and all I can think is WTF did I do with the last 15 years of my life? And more importantly do I want to be here 15 years from now asking the same question? I gotta do it - flying is happiness for me.
Here’s the challenge: I quit training in 2003 when I didn’t finish my degree and I haven’t touched an airplane since 2009. Before that I hadn’t flown since 2007 when I did checkrides and circuits for night and daytime flying.
What would it take to get myself back on the right path? Basically go sign up for ground school, rewrite the PSTAR, do a recert course? Realistically at age 36 I don’t really have time to go complete a 4 year degree and 2 years of flight training to get going. Is it worth it to pursue without the degree? I want to fly but I’m afraid of getting stuck at the $30,000 a year level. It’s not all about money but it is something I have to consider before making the final decision. I do have a wife and young son to consider as well.
I would welcome any input.