Hello everyone. Name is Mike. I’ve been an aircraft dispatcher for the past 2 years, including 14 moths at RPA. I left RPA to take on a different type of dispatching and miss 121 work and being able to jump seat was a nice perk too. I was seriously thinking about starting ATP 2 years ago and instead went the dispatch route. I went to Jeppesen for my DX certificate and now at 39 years young, looking to finally make the jump to the cockpit.
I’m currently living in Chicago and commute to my dispatch job. I’d be looking to train out at DuPage. My question is mostly centered around when you would find out what location you will be doing CFI work at? I’d like to stay here is the Chicagoland area if at all possible as I’m recently married. We’ve been doing the whole commute thing for the last 2 years and I’d like at least a tiny break before I’d have to do it again possibly as an airline pilot, unless I got lucky and assigned ORD.
I’ve already read a lot on this site and appreciate everyone’s input. Looking to start this new career by the end of the year or early next year. My personal goal is to fly for RPA and plan to stay at the regional level and slowly climb that seniority ladder up to CA. It’s not about the money for me as much it is about QOL and knowing the company and the great group of pilots and dxers.
Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. ATP Chicago info would be great too. Thank you