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Old 10-16-2017, 10:55 AM   #21  
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Trust me, just stay doing the radiologist thing and keep pulling in 400-500k for at lest the next 10 years. Pay off your debt, buy a Cessna 182 to learn and build time. Heck, get your CFI and teach on the side. Step up to something bigger if you can afford it. Around 50, once you've made enough to retire on, then think about it. I'm married to a EM doc and I saw what she went through(school and residency and of course OUR debt) to get there, don't throw that away just to fly planes for less money.

I wish I could remember where I saw this article, but it was by a retired surgeon that currently flies a Citation part 91 and loves it. Don't rule out that, airlines aren't the only flying to be had out there. The beauty of your situation is that you can still be a full time doc and fly on the side. Just don't quit your med career to start from the bottom in aviation. Yes money isn't everything, but for everybody it IS something at various points in life. Think 10-15 years down the line, get yourself a nice nest egg, which will take away an element of stress. You can have your ratings, hours under your belt, and money to retire on. THEN consider making a big move.

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...I'm typing this from a Holiday Inn next to I-95 next to a gas station and a Cracker Barrel. I've lost all my savings three times in my career, and I started with $110,000 in student debt.
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Go for it man.... you only live once. Don’t let internet opinions decide whether you chase a dream; Even if it is something that “doesn’t make sense”.
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Go for it man.... you only live once. Don’t let internet opinions decide whether you chase a dream; Even if it is something that “doesn’t make sense”.
Lol... but he is literally asking for Internet opinions.
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Trust me, just stay doing the radiologist thing and keep pulling in 400-500k for at lest the next 10 years. Pay off your debt, buy a Cessna 182 to learn and build time. Heck, get your CFI and teach on the side. Step up to something bigger if you can afford it. Around 50, once you've made enough to retire on, then think about it. I'm married to a EM doc and I saw what she went through(school and residency and of course OUR debt) to get there, don't throw that away just to fly planes for less money.

I wish I could remember where I saw this article, but it was by a retired surgeon that currently flies a Citation part 91 and loves it. Don't rule out that, airlines aren't the only flying to be had out there. The beauty of your situation is that you can still be a full time doc and fly on the side. Just don't quit your med career to start from the bottom in aviation. Yes money isn't everything, but for everybody it IS something at various points in life. Think 10-15 years down the line, get yourself a nice nest egg, which will take away an element of stress. You can have your ratings, hours under your belt, and money to retire on. THEN consider making a big move.
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Thanks for all of the helpful replies. It’s not entirely a grass is greener (my aunt is an instructor for a legacy and I got pretty early exposure to the work) but more of a long standing dream. My early career goal was to fly for a major airline. However, I came out of college in 2006 when furloughs were common, which is why I never pursued it.

I will look in to my options. I am very lucky with radiology in that I have a lot of flexibility (I can switch to a 7 on/7 off and be full time with the caviat that this would be night work).

Once again, thanks for your feedback.
Are you currently flying a plane? You owe it to yourself to learn from a good instructor and buy a decent plane to fly around and experience, you should have the money for it and most would jump at that opportunity. Get a cub or a 180, something that makes you a good pilot. There are so many other ways to be active in aviation, like instructing and becoming a designated examiner, or operate your own small airline/charter on the side, and so on.
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Dr Mrs Deadstick35 said “is that person nuts?!”

Here’s the thing about getting time instructing on the side. Do you have a retirement funded? A nest egg? A nice house? In today’s society of lawsuits being filed at the drop of a hat, if your student has an accident and that student’s lawyer hears you’re also a radiologist — game over. They see deep pockets and fountain of cash coming their way.
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Dr Mrs Deadstick35 said “is that person nuts?!”

Here’s the thing about getting time instructing on the side. Do you have a retirement funded? A nest egg? A nice house? In today’s society of lawsuits being filed at the drop of a hat, if your student has an accident and that student’s lawyer hears you’re also a radiologist — game over. They see deep pockets and fountain of cash coming their way.
Yes, unfortunately I don't instruct for that reason. You'd need some serious insurance and a big umbrella.

Entry-level commercial pilots can safely instruct because they typically own nothing, and can just BK out of any judgement (so the lawyers may not even bother with them).
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Hello. First time poster, long time lurker.

I am a 33 year old Radiologist. However, since about the age of 6, I wanted to be an airline pilot. I just got sidetracked.

On a whim, I applied to the JetBlue candidate program and was slected for the assessment (I think that most people are selected for the $160 testing fee. As a doc, my scepticism of getting fleeced with educational testing is pretty high). Is this program the best way to go or is there a better path?

Hypothetically, is it even worth thinking about this switch? I know there are a bunch of negatives to the career, but I can still have my backup job if things don’t workout.

Also, are most pilots in training able to hold a second job outside of flight instructor (or maybe even in more senior roles) or is training/working so all-consumig it’s impossible. My job can be done remotely and in off hours. It would, financially speaking, make things a bit easier.

Please feel free to slap as much reality into my head as possible.
Wow, 33 year old dentist here. Own my own practice. Considering bringing on a partner to free up time to persue a career in aviation. Looking forward to seeing where this thread goes..
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