41 year old pilot just finishing off my instrument rating with 130 hours in the logbook. Currently using my GI Bill to pay for the Instrument rating and should have my commercial rating by next summer.
Realizing that getting past that to where even the regionals will hire you is a challenge. I am an A&P, used to fix A-10’s and U-2’s when I was young. (11 years in the AF) Have been fixing flight simulators for the Army and Air Force for the last 12 years.
The hands and knees do not love doing the maintenance anymore. Had I not gotten cancer 7 years ago I would’ve started this process then, but life is just that way. It’s cleared up now, I’ve been getting class 2 physicals, shouldn’t have a problem getting a class 1 when I’m ready for it per the DME.
So, I live near Duluth MN, about 2.5 hours from the ATP school at KFCM. How reasonable is it for one to use the ATP Flex Track to get the flying done within the next year while working full time?
Going that route would I have enough hours to get in at a regional? I’m not against flying for one until I hit retirement age, location is more important that a paycheck at this point to me. I love to fly and love to show it to others.
I figured after mandatory retirement, becoming a CFI at a small rural airport in Northern MN would be the perfect life for me, but that’s long term goals…
Short term, I do have a family. In 2 years the kids will be out of the house.
Thoughts? All constructive criticism is encouraged.