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JDquest

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  1. Hey, thanks for taking the time to write out your reply. This is great information. I suppose I should just try to get a private license and take it from there. Definitely losing weight is on the table right now just for health reasons alone. As far as cost, it does seem to be much more expensive than fixed wing. Just seeing that the overhaul of a entry level helicopter costing past six figures, provides a barrier to entry for private owners or renters. At this point, I am just glad I have the ability to pay for the school.
  2. Thanks for the response. I appreciate the information and it really does give me some confidence to pursue this dream. I really just have to go out and start looking at booking a session with a CFI to see how it goes. Glad to hear part time training is not an issue. I suppose I never thought of the physical demand of multiple flights a week. That would definitely be an adjustment.
  3. Hello everyone, Thanks for taking a look at my post. First one here and would love some feedback on my thoughts. I am looking at a potential career change. Currently I work in finance and am fairly successful at it. Been doing this for about 10 years and have turned age 30. Being a pilot has always been a childhood dream of mine. Helicopters have fascinated me specifically due to just the mechanics and physics. Anyway, for someone looking to join this potential area, obviously coming from zero experience is a concern. Here are a few questions that I would like to ask. 1. I know I weigh too much. Currently at about 280lbs I have always been large. I have wrestled heavy weight since being a sophomore in HS. This means I have the ability to cut weight but realistically, the smallest I have been in my adulthood was 218lbs. I don't think I can get down to 175 without being a skeleton. I am also about 6'1'' so my frame doesn't allow much flexibility. 2. Cost for school. I can pay my way with my current earnings but I wouldn't want to leave my current position until I completed enough experience to get a job. Is that even realistic? Would the time part time school even be possible to get enough flight hours? I know for sure my earning potential will not be high for quite some time. 3. Are degree programs worth it? I am sure my finance degree is useless in the aviation field, so seeking a specific undergrad would be a direction I would be open to go. 4. Should I just go the hobby route?
  4. Hello, I have searched around for this information and have found related posts but wanted to check in again as a lot of them were over 10 years old. I am looking at a potential career change. Currently I work in finance and am fairly successful at it. Been doing this for about 10 years and have turned age 30. Being a pilot has always been a childhood dream of mine. Helicopters have fascinated me specifically due to just the mechanics and physics. Anyway, for someone looking to join this potential area, obviously coming from zero experience is a concern. Here are a few questions that I would like to ask. 1. I know I weigh too much. Currently at about 280lbs I have always been large. I have wrestled heavy weight since being a sophomore in HS. This means I have the ability to cut weight but realistically, the smallest I have been in my adulthood was 218lbs. I don't think I can get down to 175 without being a skeleton. I am also about 6'1'' so my frame doesn't allow much change. 2. Cost for school. I can pay my way with my current earnings(I do about 300k/yr right now) but I wouldn't want to leave my current position until I completed enough to get a job. Is that even realistic? Would the time part time school even be possible to get enough flight hours? I know for sure my earning potential will not be close for quite awhile. 3. Are degree programs worth it? I am sure my finance degree is useless in the aviation field, so seeking a specific undergrad would be a direction I would be open to go. 4. Should I just go the hobby route?
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