So I'm considering switching careers and pursuing helicopters. This switch has weighed very heavily on me and I've read all the forums and posts applicable. avbug's post about loking back in 30 years hit me right in the feels.My situation is a little unique although I know many of you have gone through similar. Just looking for some career pilots to weigh in.
I earned all my ratings with the GI Bill so I have no flight schools debts. After the GI Bill funds were cut, I ended up not landing a job at my flight school. I got hired in a non-aviation field and I make really good money, benefits, and lots of perks (vehicle, gas, bonus, etc.) but it's not flying and I really don't care about it. It provides financial stability.
Flying is my passion. I've never really found one in my life until i found flying. Not flying is painful but also no financial stability is painful.
My question to you guys who know the industry is:
Do I forego the money, imminent purchase of a house, and secured future, for a life in aviation. I know I have about 2 or 3 years making peanuts before I start making a decent income.
In my shoes, would you do it? Knowing what you do about the industry. Knowing the risks.
I know how I feel about it. Just looking for some industry insight.
Cheers and fly safe!
Those Vietnam pilots should be retiring any day now.