Hi, I’ve been active in the forums more or less since October of last year. My name is Vern and I’m 38 with a beautiful wife and 17 month old daughter. My wife was very generous and gifted me with an intro flight at the ATP location here in Centennial, CO. I chose to fly the Seminole and it felt awesome!!! I had a great flight with a fun instructor who allowed me to handle the Seminole on my own for the most part the entire flight, except for one landing that she completed. After we exited the runway on that landing, we taxied back, powered up and I completed the next landing. I hadn’t flown since 2004 but had a really fun time flying and it felt good being back in the cockpit!!
More about me, I’m a paramedic for a living and recently promoted to a Lieutenant with my combo department. I’ve been in medicine for 17 years now and find myself working 90-120 hours a week (we do 24s so it’s easy to get there) but at the same time I’m starting to realize that I’m getting burned out and it’s time to start realistically considering a career change. Fortunately for me I’ve met two friends who are now Captains after recent promotions, one at Skywest and one at Frontier Airlines. They’re both awesome people and one is still an active EMT with one of the departments that I’m working for and the other recently let go of his paramedic (being a Captain and trying to maintain licensure is hard work!). Thanks to both of them and my love for flying they’ve inspired me to seriously considering changing careers.
I applied for the loans through ATP and was only granted a small loan which wouldn’t cover the cost of tuition but was able to secure the finances through refinancing our home which is we should be closing on in early Feb after receiving an approval notification this past week. So the financing is now there and I’m now trying to figure out a start date for flight school as well as managing all of the other details of what is to come. I am hoping to keep my Lt. position for the current time as it is a part time position at a slow department and would allow time to study during the 24 hours a week that I work from Sun night through Mon night. Our loan will allow for supplementing my wife’s income to help us make ends meet and IF I choose to keep the position we’ll be well covered through flight school and into instructor life (which from reading the posts will be needed at least for a little while).
My flying background includes about 100 hours TT now and I left in 2004 having just started my IR in a Piper Arrow (fun a/c to fly!) so I’ll be coming in with my PPL and I recently completed a First Class Medical back in 2014 with no major changes to my health since then (fortunately). Any thoughts or suggestions on my current situation and on choosing a start date? I’ve considered holding off until around September as I’m also a Line Medic for wild land fire hoping to deploy a few times and make some significant money before starting. Thank you all for reading my post and I’ll look forward to hearing from you.