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Back to the Cockpit

#1
Before reading; possibly oversharing of personal information, but I feel that this is one of the best communities I am part of and want to share here.

So after some soul searching and talking it over with my wife I am excited to say that I am going to go back to my training for commercial piloting.

I have been unsatisfied for a while and kept wheeling around trying to figure out what I needed to be happy. After really thinking on it and contemplating all parts of my life I've realized it's due to my job. While I am good at it and love the people I work with I am just not cut out to be a desk jockey.

I've lamented on here before about my own decision earlier in life to change out of flight training and go into a safer career path so I won't rehash it again. Enough to say that I am going to rectify that now. The office I work at is moving so my wife and I have been looking at moving for a few months now and we've been lucky enough to have bought at a low point in the market and done some improvements to the house that will allow us to not only slightly upgrade our house and remain neutral in payments, but also pay off a chunk of debt in the process.

The area we are looking at (Sugar Grove, IL) is miles from KARR and one of the FBO's there is JA Flight. They have a full program through Commercial and guarantee a job on completion and after 1,300 hours a interview for captain with them. It provides some comfort for us after the training is complete as a way to continue to increase my hours right away. While searching AOPA job board there is a handful of jobs for other airlines right out of that airport as well and will put us in proximity of O'Hare and Midway as well if a job opening comes up there in the future.

Than plan is to stay at my current position and do the training over time (roughly 2 years) during evenings and weekends. It won't be a quick path, but now that I have it I am very excited. I had already renewed my medical and just got my membership with AOPA started up again. I have my hours for Private and just need to pass the check ride. So a half dozen hours or so I hope will refresh my skills and some serious studying to go with it and I can take check off the first box. Instrument I am looking at using the AOPA financing so that I can complete that soon after. The long haul will be the hours to commercial with Multi-Engine mixed in there somewhere.

If anyone has any connections around Chicago or suggestions of how to be thrifty with those hours between instrument and commercial (for me roughly 150 hours). No handouts being asked for, but looking to be as economical as possibly there since beyond the one AOPA loan I will be out of pocket for anything else.

I will share my updates here as I have them.

I want to thank Flite Test and Drew Camden for this in many ways. Flite Test for making RC flight so accessible and keeping my mind on flight and showing in their videos passion for aviation in all it's aspects. Without them it may of been an "out of sight out of mind" scenario that may of lead to a different path than what I am on now. Drew I want to thank for just being him and not following his desk job but following his passion. Making me feel that it was alright to give up that assured paycheck for a passion and love.

Thanks for anyone who read this. I am opening to any and all suggestions and support. Again, I will share updates here as they come up.
 

PsyBorg

Fly Angry
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#2
Wow mate thats a pretty big leap. Specially while keeping a family and household going.

No over sharing st all. Stories like this inspire more people to just go after their dreams.

Looking forward to hearing about your journey. Just remember.... video or it never happened. Maybe take inspiration from Drew and do a vlog or three for us about what you have to go thru.

Good luck and I hope a smooth and easy path is presented to you.
 
#3
Wow mate thats a pretty big leap. Specially while keeping a family and household going.

No over sharing st all. Stories like this inspire more people to just go after their dreams.

Looking forward to hearing about your journey. Just remember.... video or it never happened. Maybe take inspiration from Drew and do a vlog or three for us about what you have to go thru.

Good luck and I hope a smooth and easy path is presented to you.
Thanks Bill.

I was pondering that this morning. More along the lines of a podcast maybe of regular updates and experiences. Maybe see if I can get instructors, other students, or professionals local to the FBO to make appearances.