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Old 12-04-2018, 01:48 PM   #1  
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Good evening, all. Iím trying to make a decision between the job I have now vs. the airlines. I have a CJO from CommutAir which has the CPP, as you know. Currently I work for my state flying the governor making $71k, but home every night. Raises are up to legislature and out of my control, so the money is stagnant. My question is this: we have a baby boy due in February and Iíd just like to hear from some of the seasoned pilots here if given the chance youíd pick the airlines all over again. Missing some birthdays, anniversaries, etc is it all worth it in the end? Iím not just speaking monetary terms, but the quality of the job, the career satisfaction. I have a pretty healthy marriage and this is our first kid together, so itís just clouding my judgment a bit.

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You making decisions for how long? Six weeks? Six months? Six years? Thirty years?

For a career? Absolutely. Get hired with a major and move to a large base once you have 15% of the seniority list below you. That's about three years at the current hiring rate.

Bid reserve and you'll make 80% of the pay and work about 50-60% of a full line holder.
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Old 12-04-2018, 04:26 PM   #3  
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Only you can answer the question, hate to say it. Yes, as a career, the smart bet is to follow slicebackís advice. But, Iíve met plenty of very happy pilots in your position. They make a secure living, live where they want to be, maybe small town where they both grew up, want the kids to be near family and home life. It works for them. Lifeís not necessarily about money.

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Good evening, all. I’m trying to make a decision between the job I have now vs. the airlines. I have a CJO from CommutAir which has the CPP, as you know. Currently I work for my state flying the governor making $71k, but home every night. Raises are up to legislature and out of my control, so the money is stagnant. My question is this: we have a baby boy due in February and I’d just like to hear from some of the seasoned pilots here if given the chance you’d pick the airlines all over again. Missing some birthdays, anniversaries, etc is it all worth it in the end? I’m not just speaking monetary terms, but the quality of the job, the career satisfaction. I have a pretty healthy marriage and this is our first kid together, so it’s just clouding my judgment a bit.





Thanks for the time, Cheers!
I am at the end of my major airline career having navigated the path you are considering. I am now flying Gulfstreams around the world. I certainly would do it all over again. Yes there are some lost family times, there however is also that trip to London that ended there, where you took you family and spent the week. There is most importantly the security of career LTD and lifetime medical. It is really hard to find an aviation job better than a major. Everyone for the most part pays their dues to get to a major.

My goal when I retired was to look to the sky, see a set of contrails and never say “I wish I would have”. I have achieved that goal.

Best of luck to you!
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I know itís a big ďifĒ but if you feel like you can get on with a major witching a few years I would go for it. You can be senior at a junior base witching 3 years of being at a major and be home most nights any way. No doubt I would do it all over again. Iíve only been in the 121 world for about 9 years and havenít experienced any furloughs so I canít speak for that, but I have made peanuts at a regional and can say itís worth it.
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I am at the end of my major airline career having navigated the path you are considering. I am now flying Gulfstreams around the world. I certainly would do it all over again. Yes there are some lost family times, there however is also that trip to London that ended there, where you took you family and spent the week. There is most importantly the security of career LTD and lifetime medical. It is really hard to find an aviation job better than a major. Everyone for the most part pays their dues to get to a major.

My goal when I retired was to look to the sky, see a set of contrails and never say ďI wish I would haveĒ. I have achieved that goal.

Best of luck to you!
Lifetime medical? That's not necessarily true, especially at the airlines who've gone BK or might go BK in the future.
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My goal when I retired was to look to the sky, see a set of contrails and never say ďI wish I would haveĒ. I have achieved that goal.

Best of luck to you!

ďFor all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these,

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Would you do it again?
Still doing it.

Of course.
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