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Old 02-20-2021, 05:07 PM   #11  
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Not sure how old and fit you but if I could do it over again Iíd strongly consider being a firefighter. Depending on where you live they can make some good money and have some great pension plans.

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Each to their own! I remember a furlough very early in my flying career where I was working on a crew pouring pool decks in Tampa. It was right near the airport and I cursed seeing jets overhead while I sweated and got concrete in my boots out in the sun. I was so damn happy that job was short lived and I could get back to a flying gig! Manual labor was not my friend.

I have flown with some folks that were genuinely miserable about check rides and weather. Some eventually got it, some left flying. Good luck in the trades, there can be some good cash there but it will get old quick dealing with job site drama and cheating contractors. Be sure to count your fingers and toes before and after every shift!
I enjoy flying the plane. I do not like dealing with FAís and pax because Iím introverted and scared of crowds. I donít like flying during the summer because of storms, but overall itís not enough to make me leave flying for good. Maybe Iím getting bored with it and need a change.
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Not sure how old and fit you but if I could do it over again Iíd strongly consider being a firefighter. Depending on where you live are can make some good money and have some great pension plans.
I second this as a firefighter/paramedic. I left the airlines after years with a regional during the lost decade. My worst day as a firefighter is better then my best day at a regional dealing with FA, TSA, weather and entitled passengers. The money, schedule and pension is now amazing but it takes a lot of physical stamina and training. I still flight instruct and fly weekly to feed my aviation habit. The pay difference between Fire depts is a large as between regional FO and Major captain. Just understand that if you do switch careers, although at first scary, can be very rewarding and you can find happiness in doing something you never imagined.
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I second this as a firefighter/paramedic. I left the airlines after years with a regional during the lost decade. My worst day as a firefighter is better then my best day at a regional dealing with FA, TSA, weather and entitled passengers. The money, schedule and pension is now amazing but it takes a lot of physical stamina and training. I still flight instruct and fly weekly to feed my aviation habit. The pay difference between Fire depts is a large as between regional FO and Major captain. Just understand that if you do switch careers, although at first scary, can be very rewarding and you can find happiness in doing something you never imagined.
Ok, thanks. Any experience with plumbing/electrical careers?
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Ok, thanks. Any experience with plumbing/electrical careers?
No I honestly have a limited knowledge on the trades, but I can say when you open your eyes towards other careers you can be surprised what other careers pay and schedule they work.

When you find a career you are interested in talk to guys currently in it to get the most accurate info. Thatís what I did after flying a brutal 4 day trip in the NE. I walked into my local fire station and asked them to tell me all about their job including the positives and negatives. After a couple of hours of chatting and hearing how much they all loved the job I was sold.

Every career has ups and downs the key is finding the ones that have the same ups that you seek.

Good luck just remember that just because you stop flying for a living doesnít mean you have to stop flying. Or that you can never go back when the lifestyle because more consistent with your life.
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No I honestly have a limited knowledge on the trades, but I can say when you open your eyes towards other careers you can be surprised what other careers pay and schedule they work.

When you find a career you are interested in talk to guys currently in it to get the most accurate info. Thatís what I did after flying a brutal 4 day trip in the NE. I walked into my local fire station and asked them to tell me all about their job including the positives and negatives. After a couple of hours of chatting and hearing how much they all loved the job I was sold.

Every career has ups and downs the key is finding the ones that have the same ups that you seek.

Good luck just remember that just because you stop flying for a living doesnít mean you have to stop flying. Or that you can never go back when the lifestyle because more consistent with your life.
Thank you. I think I should talk to some guys in the field to get a better feeling about the job. I couldnít see myself being a firefighter lol. Thanks for all the hard work you do
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Thank you. I think I should talk to some guys in the field to get a better feeling about the job. I couldnít see myself being a firefighter lol. Thanks for all the hard work you do
You are welcome. To be honest I never wanted to be a firefighter and wasnít even on my radar at the time. I happen to be dead heading and set next to a San Francisco firefighter. We started chatting and he had me captivated with all his ďwarĒ stories and how much he truly loved his job. After that flight I started looking more into it and less then six months later I made the switch. Prior to that conversation I was looking at only white collar careers that I could use my degree.

Itís not for everyone but I truly love what I do and the excitement. At the end of the day when I go home I know I made a positive impact on society which fulfills me.

The down side is itís a young mans game. I work for a busy urban dept and it can break you off. I canít imagine being over 50 and still going on roofs or dragging hose into a fire. At a certain age you either have to promote up or get out.
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I enjoy flying the plane. I do not like dealing with FAís and pax because Iím introverted and scared of crowds. I donít like flying during the summer because of storms, but overall itís not enough to make me leave flying for good. Maybe Iím getting bored with it and need a change.

OK, maybe try freight then? Maybe try going into the training department or becoming a sim instructor at a place like Flight Safety? I worked there between airline gigs once, had fun, learned a bit as well. Any gig can get boring after a while, so changing your duties is a good thing to stay sane.

Didn't mean to infer any lack of skills in my last post BTW.
And none of us like thunderstorms. I did a decade of transcons and had to deal with them all the time. That and the Rockies in winter.
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A guy from my regional class bought a septic tank pump truck and left flying to live happily ever after. Last I heard he owned six trucks and employed ten people. There are a lot of ways to earn a living outside of aviation. Where I live however HVAC isn’t one of them.
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