Hi all, this is my first time posting here, but for the last week I have been devouring all of the fantastic insight that these contributors have been sharing.
I, too, concern myself with the fear that I will someday or somehow lose the passion for flying once it’s a job. My dad, a retired A&P/IA, always chided that if you love flying, keep it as a hobby. As such, as well as getting married and raising 3 young kids, I’ve never done anything with my PPL since I’ve acquired it in 2003.
Now at 38 years old, I’m freshly recurrent, and I’m realizing that flying is something I’ve really missed over the last decade. I’ve dedicated 23 years to cabinetry and remodeling, but I’m ready for a change. And this still sounds hair-brained to me, but I’m very intrigued by aerial application (cropdusting). I’ve been in communication with an operator right in my backyard, but obviously have a long road ahead to obtain the ratings needed to fly for him.
The appeal of aerial application is what I’ve always loved about flight, the 3-dimensional dynamic sensations of flight, and the stick-and-rudder skills necessary. If this operator simply cannot find a seat for me in his operation, (this is still being negotiated, and no definitive timeframe has been agreed on, yet) what is your opinion of professional flying for the airlines as a skill/trade? Put another way, does flying IFR flight plans scratch the itch the same way as you remember when you were in PPL training?
I don’t know about anything other than VFR flying, but am afraid that if I commit the resources to ATP for a future in commercial aviation, and there isn’t a path for me into cropdusting, that I’ll still derive the same satisfaction flying for a scheduled carrier.
Surely there are (passionate) pilots on here that have had the same concerns earlier in training?
(My apologies for the philosophical questions)