Thanks so much for the information you provide here for us! I have done the best I could to try and answer my questions from previous posts, but my situation is interesting…
Background: I flew in the Air Force and am looking to get back into the flying world, I miss flying and the challenge of it. I have been in the business world due to some unexpected life events for the past few years. I am a single dad (divorce) with 50/50 joint custody.
Experience: Former USAF aircraft commander/Comm with single and ME (2426 TT; time includes 548 PIC ME turbine, 300 civilian hours in C-152/172, and 2 type ratings), current FAA Class 1 Medical, not IFR current.
-My main questions deal with time at home/commuting and pay.
At this point with my joint custody being 50/50 is it even logical to think about getting back into flying after a couple years break? I know this is a great time to go to the airlines and I don’t want to miss this opportunity. I could give my kids better quality time when I am home vs. the 9-5 job and things being rushed at night with homework/sports/making dinner and all that. I could also give them a better life with good pay as a major/legacy FO starting year 2 once I make it there.
When an airline says you get 11 days off per month minimum, I am assuming the days off would include commuting? So these 11 days off are not “hard” days off? I ask because of my custody agreement, I have to be home 45-50% of the month.
I have to raise my kids and do well for them which takes a bit of money (lol)…based on my flight experience and what you have seen in the industry how fast do you think I could get to a major/legacy FO position and receive higher pay vs. the regionals? My estimate is 3-4 years on the current hiring/upgrade trends, do this make sense or am I off here?
Am I missing anything else?