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Old 12-04-2018, 02:48 PM   #1  
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Default Would you do it again?

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.

Thanks for the time, Cheers!
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Old 12-04-2018, 04:09 PM   #2  
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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, 05:26 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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