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Old 02-28-2009, 09:54 PM   #1  
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Default Fair winds my fellow aviators....

I am hanging up the headset for a gun belt. I was laid off earlier this month because my boss found out I was considering other employment. They were looking to cut payroll so I basically gave them a reason. As it turns out I was offered a job with a police department in the Dallas area. I have to say aviation is one of the most unforgiving careers when the economy goes bad.(Which from research is about every 10 years) I have been flying for a living since 2004. My salary started at 12k and ended at 50k. I have had two companies close the doors on me, which sent me looking for employment. Nothing is ever stable in aviation. As much as I love flying I can't put my family with that burden for the rest of my career. However, thats not to say that I didn't have some of the best times of my life, because I did! But for me there are more important things in life than the thrill and enjoyment of flying professionally. Good luck to all those who choose to stay. I do not recommend this profession as a career, MAKE IT YOUR HOBBY! However, if you can't stay away go fly helicopters!

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Old 02-28-2009, 11:38 PM   #2  
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Might that not be an option for you, too (?) ...


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... if they've got some.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:04 AM   #3  
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It sucks, I won't lie. Its like the hot sexy mistress that you cannot quite get your mind off of, but yet who will totally wreck your life if you continue involvement with her.
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... if they've got some.
In the Dallas area there are about 5 or so PD's hiring right now. Dallas police is hiring 400 this year. That is supposed to continue for several years... From what I have seen oddly enough the PD's are not getting anymore applicants than usual, not sure why though.
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It sucks, I won't lie. Its like the hot sexy mistress that you cannot quite get your mind off of, but yet who will totally wreck your life if you continue involvement with her.
I don't recall his name, but one of the Me-163 pilots was quoted in a book about the program and described that aircraft in just that way.
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:03 PM   #6  
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Good luck in yor new persuit.....Fair winds to you
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:04 AM   #7  
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[QUOTE=mdt301;569486]I am hanging up the headset for a gun belt. I was laid off earlier this month because my boss found out I was considering other employment. They were looking to cut payroll so I basically gave them a reason. As it turns out I was offered a job with a police department in the Dallas area. I have to say aviation is one of the most unforgiving careers when the economy goes bad.(Which from research is about every 10 years) I have been flying for a living since 2004. My salary started at 12k and ended at 50k. I have had two companies close the doors on me, which sent me looking for employment. Nothing is ever stable in aviation. As much as I love flying I can't put my family with that burden for the rest of my career. However, thats not to say that I didn't have some of the best times of my life, because I did! But for me there are more important things in life than the thrill and enjoyment of flying professionally. Good luck to all those who choose to stay. I do not recommend this profession as a career, MAKE IT YOUR HOBBY! However, if you can't stay away go fly helicopters!

Currently in the third and final phase of training of becoming a police officer. I must say there are a lot of similarities between aviation and being a cop i.e. knowledge, stress level, training all the time and studying. But I must say I have been happy, it's nice to have a schedule and not to be worried about getting laid off (at least in my case). The wife and I have been very happy with the change. Oddly enough I really have not missed flying all that much, which is strange for me because I really love aviation. I have plans to continue flying, maybe trying to do some CFI work. Good luck to all those who stay. FYI currently at FL350 using WiFi on a AA, flight this is pretty cool!

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Nice to see your udate.
Congrat on your new career. I was just looking around on APC... to see other pilots leaving the industry. After 10 yrs of 2 regional flying, I am giving it up also. Like you, I love flying but it doesn't pay the bills or enough to raise 2 kids. Some stuffs I would miss, but there are lots of things that I won't. Good luck to you and be safe.
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Just curious, what is the age cutoff for most law enforcement positions? Seems like about 35 years old from what I can see.

I think I would enjoy law enforcement but I may be too late at 36 years old.
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:19 PM   #10  
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Most sheriff's dept's i've looked into have a minimum age of 19, but no MAX age. I've heard of guys in their 40's/50's going through the academy.
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