When I was 11, during the first Gulf War, I decided that I wanted to be a pilot. I had posters of dozens of plane on my bedroom walls. I read all I could. Remember, this was pre-internet and pre-YouTube. But my parents thought that my mind wasn’t gears towards math and science (I only got a 95 in calculus), and steered me towards a profession that involved more writing and research. I went to law school, settled into a career that I never really liked, and always kept looking up. Over the last few years my job has required A LOT of flying. Mostly international. I spend (or SPENT, thanks to COVID) so much time in airplanes and airports that my desire to fly was rekindled. During lockdowns I watched hours and hours of flight videos made by pilots, from training to actual commercial trips.
I want to be a commercial airline pilot. I am fortunate to have the money and won’t need to finance my education or worry about living expenses during training. I’m also not terribly worried about a low starting salary once I get a job. My wife gave me the go-ahead (shockingly enough). You only live once.
I haven’t done my intro flight and obviously won’t make any decisions without doing that first.
I just wanted to hear the experiences of others, what it’s like to learn to fly from scratch in your 40s, getting a new career started, the experience and all that. I know, at best, I wouldn’t get a regional job until I’m 43 or 44. I’m OK with that.
Thanks for all the great insights and advice on this page.