I'm 32, and a single Father with sole custody of my son. Im looking to switch careers, was told to find what you love and do that as a profession. I have loved flying since childhood and seriously considering switching over to avaiation. Will this be possible being a single parent of a 4 yr old?
Honestly the answer is no, or at least not without ALOT of support. The training alone will require you to be away. Further, pilots by definition fly to travel distances you can’t do by car. That means being away from home. The average pilot is gone 15 days a month, and as much as 18 when you start.
Getting through training and time building would be difficult but doable because you’re home most nights. However, I can’t see the rest of your career working out being gone 18 nights a month.
Do you live near family that would support you to the extent of stepping in as your sons parent while you’re away? That’s the only way I see this working.
I think it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to be a single parent and be an airline pilot. I mean you could do it, but you would be gone a considerable amount of time. You would certainly need to have somebody who could raise your kids over half the month.
Thank you all for your replies. The only family that is close wouldnt be willing to help at this time. Im considering relocating to my home town if my family there would help. I know of some colleges that offer pilot degrees and aviation management courses. Looking into that as well. Would take longer than this accelerated program but might make it do able with my current situation, its that or wait 14 years till he is 18.
It isn’t just the educational portion of your career. Take a look at our “Schedules” section as it will give you a good idea of how much we ar eon the road.