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  1. A lot of great advice, I appreciate it. So I did have my first demonstration flight up at Glacier Aviation in Washington State. Seems like a pretty good, steady/stable operation. Still gathering more info on this - and other flight schools before I start carving in stone. Money-wise I plan on having the full amount for flight school up to 200 hours and CFII ratings before I even start. Plus have enough for living expenses for the duration of flight school and then some a little afterward in the (likely) event I'm not hired straight out of training. Everyone loves to drive hom
  2. Understood. Good advice, thank you! I'll definitely keep that in mind. I know my current profession is apples/oranges to flying. Just hoping the skills I picked up in one help translate to the other.
  3. 2-5 years before you're generally employable is pretty much the norm in any career field though. I work in IT and it takes about that long before you're considered knowledgeable enough to be a solid hire, so I don't expect any less from this industry. The only upside to this whole process is that I'll have enough to completely cover my initial 200 hour training and certifications. I have a degree in Network Administration and 10 years of technical experience, so I don't think I'll struggle very much with the knowledge/testing portions. If I can get half a dozen tech certs reading dry man
  4. I appreciate the advice, thank you! You're right, this isn't something I want to just jump into blindly. There are a number of factors I have to consider before settling on it. The more I hear from all of you, the better informed my decisions are. I will be visiting a handful of flight schools and have a list of questions for each. I understand the risks and sacrifices involved. If I'm prepared to give up a $75K+ career to start over from scratch as a pilot, I better make damn sure I'm dedicated enough to go the distance and stick with it. Thank you again.
  5. Probably the best response I've seen yet. Answers a lot of questions perfectly. A few more questions for anyone who may know: Turbine time: How do you get it if you've never had it? What about twin turbine? Most jobs I've seen require it out of the gate. Do you just have to get lucky finding a job that will train you? NV Requirements: To get certified looks to be around $10,000. Is this something I should do myself after getting CFII? I see a lot of job postings asking for you to be certified with X number of hours. Same with before, do you just have to get lucky to find a job
  6. I wouldn't say my priorities are messed up. Before even starting this process I'd have well over $120k set aside to obtain the necessary certifications, and even IF I cannot make money flying, I have a degree and 10 years of experience to fall back on. Plus with my wife working full time to augment that income, we'll be fine. Trust me, my family will never starve. I am interested in this as a career. I mentioned "blowing money" because for every dollar you spend there's a return on that investment. If you do it for recreation, the return on your investment is in the form of enjoyment rat
  7. No, that would essentially just be flushing money down the toilet. If I'm going to drop a significant amount of money for flight time and certifications, I want it to have a purpose beyond just doing it for 'funsies'. I want to fly as a career. If I wanted it for excitement, relaxation, or entertainment - I could find MANY other ways of blowing $40,000 and get much better results.
  8. Great feedback, thank you. I appreciate it. I'm still not 100% dead set on it yet, but talking to "real" people is giving me a better idea of how things can/might/should turn out vs. flight schools who will tell me anything to drop $40-60k and toss me back out while shouting "good luck" and laughing as they close the door behind me. So far I'm only hearing pretty negative stuff and getting the general idea that it's not worth it. Maybe I just hit a part of the internet full of salty pilots, or maybe the industry really is this bad. Pretty incredible that a company would spend so much on
  9. Pay is the lesser of my concerns. I'm already scraping the 6-figure mark with overtime in an IT field. More money doesn't bring me more happiness. I could just stay in IT and make the big bucks until I retire, but then I'll be 65 looking back on my life regretting not pulling the trigger on something I really wanted to do. I'll definitely look into fixed wing though. I am just starting out so I'll check out all avenues. Still kind of have my heart set on rotary though, even if it means 5 years of slogging through low-pay instructor work to build hours before the 'real' job starts.
  10. Already looked into this, and capital gains taxes don't apply since it's my principal residence, have lived here more than 2 of the last 5 years, and profit is less than $500,000 for married filing jointly. Also, I value all input - especially the amount of thought and care Spike put into his post. It is much appreciated. I can grasp and work with details of my personal life to suit how the situation changes, the biggest unknown is the helicopter industry itself. That is where I need expertise and guidance. I'm willing to spend the time, spend the money, relocate, and my family is willin
  11. Living in poverty was one of the things I brought up with her, quoting another forum post of a pilot claiming to barely make $100-200 per week from instructing. She knows and understands. We have enough savings to live off of for a few years until I build flight time up, and worst case scenario - I pick up side jobs in IT if flight hours are scarce. As for selling the home, we are going to have to move anyway - the nearest flight school is 3 hours away, and in order to stay flexible enough to find steady work or pick up hours, we'd likely have to move out of state afterward. So selling t
  12. Kids are 1 and 4, so moving wouldn't be a huge deal to them. I'm looking a year or more out, not something I plan on doing next week so the Covid thing shouldn't be a huge concern. In fact, it may work to my benefit because as rotary jobs are shrinking, a lot of pilots are transitioning to fixed wing commercial to stay employed, which will leave a void down the line that I hope to fill. I appreciate the input though! Moving around the country is something my wife and I are willing to accept.
  13. Hello everybody! You've all probably heard this exact story a thousand times, but here goes. I've reached a point in my life where I've decided a career switch is in order. I've always had a love for aviation, both fixed wing and rotary wing. My dreams have always been to fly, but after high school I ended up going the cheap/easy route and got a degree in an IT field because the pay was too good to pass up. 10 years later I have a $75k+ job, house, wife, two kids, etc.. I never meant for the IT thing to be a lifelong career, just a quick way to make money until I figured out what I REALL
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