I’ve been in the aviation maintenance industry for 18 years and am seriously considering becoming a pilot through ATP. I’ve been up through the ranks from mechanic to manager and have been engine run / taxi qualified since 2007 and an instructor since 2012. I know I can be a good pilot, my only concern is “starting over” with a family of six. The starting pay for a pilot is peanuts compared to what I’ve been making the past 10 years. But, I think I would love flying. What other factors effect getting hired at a major airline; bankruptcy, driving record, credit score? Can anyone shed some “real light” on it please.