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Old 05-05-2018, 06:57 PM   #1  
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Default Transition out of flying within your airline?

I've worked in the aviation industry since graduating from college, though not always as a pilot. Having had a couple decent corporate desk jobs, I know what it's like, and wouldn't mind going back if it was with the right employer. This job is pretty hard on me and I just don't think I'm a particularly robust person (I'm "weak"). I'm tired all the time, and am concerned about the health effects of sleep deprivation, radiation, airport diet, etc., over a career. Yes, some of that can be mitigated but, still, I just don't like flying that much and seem to handle the road worse than others. Airline flying is also kind of boring to me. I'm the type who likes sitting quietly and working on a problem, which I know many pilots say they'd hate.

I recently finished training with a major airline, and was curious if anyone out there has transitioned from flying into a corporate position within their airline. Of course, some people do this after many years, but I'm talking shorter term, say, in less than two years. Don't really want to work in training. Should I get an MBA or some type of technical degree (business analytics/data analytics seem relevant to airline ops)? Would they even hire me? Ageism doesn't seem to be as bad in aerospace/aviation, so I'd like to stay in the industry as well as with my current airline for now, if possible. Saving up and starting something on the side is also an option, however, I'd prefer to remain an employee in the nearer term.

Lots of analyst and software type positions as I look through the jobs listings, but I'm not really qualified at the moment. I have a Computer Science degree but didn't use it so my knowledge has atrophied.

Anyone out there have a story or experience with this?
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Old 05-06-2018, 08:48 AM   #2  
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Not sure of your age, but have you gotten checked out by a physician? Iím not a physician, but IMHO Your fatigue and weakness point to an underlying medical issue that you should get checked out ASAP. Could be low thyroid or ?? Also donít forget operating with a known medical issue may not be consistent with 14 CFR.

Highly recommend loss of license insurance also...

I have known many folks have lost their medical ceritification and transitioned to the training dept or flight office (i.e. Asst. Chief pilot, etc.). Also, have you considered going to the ďdark sideĒ? A good number of Fed positions do not require a FAA medical. If you lose your medical when employed by the Feds, you wonít lose your job.
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Old 05-06-2018, 12:53 PM   #3  
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Not sure of your age, but have you gotten checked out by a physician? Iím not a physician, but IMHO Your fatigue and weakness point to an underlying medical issue that you should get checked out ASAP. Could be low thyroid or ?? Also donít forget operating with a known medical issue may not be consistent with 14 CFR.

Highly recommend loss of license insurance also...

I have known many folks have lost their medical ceritification and transitioned to the training dept or flight office (i.e. Asst. Chief pilot, etc.). Also, have you considered going to the ďdark sideĒ? A good number of Fed positions do not require a FAA medical. If you lose your medical when employed by the Feds, you wonít lose your job.

I'm 33. Always in good health in "real" physicals. My blood numbers are great, but haven't had a thyroid check specifically. Good weight, active lifestyle, eat well, etc. I've recently realized the importance of loss of license insurance and do have it.

Yes, FAA is another option and I've begun researching that route. It's slowness and bureaucracy is a bit of a turn off but there's surely a lot I don't know about what goes on there. Great benefits as well.
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