Hello, I’ve recently been laid off from my approx. 10-year IT role in the travel booking industry where I routinely only flew as a passenger across the US to most major cities from Dallas, TX, and most recently Atlanta, GA where I currently live.
I’m now 44 and I want to fully pursue a career in flight which I’ve always aspired to do but never had the means without being employed. However, I do now and I want to fully invest myself in the program at ATP if it’s not too late with the 65-year-old retirement age. I’m not sure if this would allow for enough time to become a Captain of a wide-body aircraft, for example. Maybe this isn’t a realistic goal but from reading the forum I could likely still have a rewarding career.
I do have a concern about my current weight as it pertains to getting accepted and getting my 1st Class Medical certificate but I’m working on correcting that. The Atlanta area classes are booked up to March or later so I’m getting myself squared away and in the meantime, I’ve read over the forums and I plan to take my admission flight soon and study/take the written exams - PAR, IRA, CAX, FII, FIA, FOI prior to the program start.
I don’t have underlying health conditions aside from being overweight but, I know that’s not going to work with limited space, weight restrictions, and possibly my admission flight which is why I haven’t done that already.
My questions are as follows:
I have over 10 years of job experience in the IT field. Would this satisfy the education enrollment requirement? Also, would it be recommended to try and complete my degrees for the airline position down the road? I just don’t want to lose more time on obtaining my pilot licenses. I have a partially completed Associates and BS in Network Administration. I opted to study for my IT certifications on my own for the cost-effective aspect.
Will my weight disqualify me from obtaining a 1st Class medical certificate or should I try to get that ASAP so I can work on getting accepted to ATP? I’m assuming I can’t apply until I’m at the 250lb weight limit? I’m concerned about deferment so I want to give myself the best chance without more delay.
Is it realistic for me to pursue a career to eventually work for a major airline as a Captain of a wide-body aircraft or should I think more about a First officer role since seniority may keep that out of reach?
I don’t have a family so I’m very flexible with time/schedules. Would this benefit me in any way down the road with seniority, flight time, or wide-body flight opportunities? Maybe I should look into Corporate flight or something else based on the lack of time with seniority in the major airline world?
I apologize for the lengthy post. I’ve been doing my best to read through the forum and have already seen great advice. I appreciate you all!
Thank you for your time,