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Old 01-14-2020, 11:37 AM
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Just curious about what the demographics of the TSA classes are currently?

I am 50, just sold my business and kicking around the idea of applying. No military experience, just a guy who likes to fly and now may have the time to do it.

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Old 01-14-2020, 11:56 AM
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Just curious about what the demographics of the TSA classes are currently?

I am 50, just sold my business and kicking around the idea of applying. No military experience, just a guy who likes to fly and now may have the time to do it.

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As long as you find it enjoyable and don't need the money there is no issue. That being said I wouldn't do it. I can think of a lot of things that i'd do in my golden years besides being junior at a Regional.
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I ran into a few career changers (40+) during initial and two were in my class. One made it, one didn't, but I don't think older guys are having any more problems than anyone else. Age is just another number, unless you've got Alzheimer's or something.

Just make sure you show up ready to learn. And accept that you will be scheduling's b!tch until you can hold a line. That might be a tough transition coming from a place where I assume you were calling all the shots.
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Check out my comments about training-while-old in this thread....

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Thanks for the write up..
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Just curious about what the demographics of the TSA classes are currently?

I am 50, just sold my business and kicking around the idea of applying. No military experience, just a guy who likes to fly and now may have the time to do it.

Thanks!
I canít speak to TSA demographics. Iím replying to say that, having turned 50 last year during my initial training for a different regional, I am so glad I did it. I had nothing but Part 91 GA time in my logbook previously, and the step up to 121 flying has been one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done. Thankfully, I have the support of an amazing wife. Also, while Iím still running my own business, I get to decide how much of that work to take on so that I can fit it all in. And I have no regrets at all about taking it on. So go for it! Feel free to PM me if I can help with answers to any specific questions.
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Old 01-21-2020, 01:29 PM
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Thank you for that!

I am still deciding.
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Old 01-21-2020, 04:55 PM
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Smile 50+

Just turned over 55.
Go ahead! Do not waste your time.
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Old 01-22-2020, 09:49 AM
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I have my own sim business and mentor numerous pilots. I specialize getting older pilots get through 121 & 135 training. I have several guys in their late 50’s and one who’s 60 in training now. If you have 1500 hours and a heartbeat you can get hired at any regional. TSA and Go Jet are real bottom feeders. Strongly recommend other Regionals.

Older guys do have a higher washout rate then the younger guys. But if you pre study the right material and have proper coaching on how to get through training, it’s like a marathon. You can do it. Massive impending global pilot shortage coming to low coast carriers and legacies in next five years. You can make good money at LCC’s now (JetBlue - Spirit - Frontier) we over a 100K year two with real retirements like we have at the Legacies.

A year or two at a Regional and you could get to a LCC and in a few more years possibly a legacy. At United we hired many in late 50’s and even one FO I flew with was 61.

I’d go for it, never live with what ifs, best of luck.
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Iím 41 and making the jump to flight school this spring and canít wait... I just wish I did it 10 years ago!
side note... Iím 6í5 285lbs... will the regional cockpits be an issue for me?
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