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I'm 46 & Passed Inst. Written

Discussion in 'Changing Careers' started by amprecon, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. amprecon

    amprecon Well-Known Member

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    Just got my class II medical, passed Instrument written and am studying for the Commercial written.
    I've been an aircraft mechanic since I was 19 starting in the USN in 1987. Got my A&P in 1999, Private in 2001, IA in 2004 and finished all of my Instrument except for the final check rides in 2003.
    And here I am, 15 years later, still pursuing this thing, is it OCD or am I just crazy? I just can't put it down, just have this desire to keep chasing it.
     
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  2. web265

    web265 Well-Known Member

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    Keep chasing it! I started my career at 51, now 3 years later, I'm working full time with a good 91 outfit, great QOL, and just returned from FSI with my first jet type rating. It's doable.
     
  3. Shiftace

    Shiftace Low Time Private Pilot

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    Keep at it! I've been working on my instrument for a little over 2 years. Sometimes things take a while....
     
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    modernicarus Well-Known Member

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    You're only one year older than me and I've been working on my CFI since 1992.
    I'm still in the fight.
    Sometimes I feel like the Chicago Cubs of aviation. "Next year".
    Life happens, but you haven't failed until you quit.
     
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  5. amprecon

    amprecon Well-Known Member

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    It HAS to happen!
     
  6. amprecon

    amprecon Well-Known Member

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    Just passed Commercial Written last Tuesday........now what? I can't afford the flying part.
     
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    GypsyPilot Well-Known Member

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    How much time do you have? The actual flying and training portion of the commercial and CFI is way cheaper than the IA rating. If you're significantly below 250 hours, then I agree that can feel challenging at times... But there are ways to affordably build time.
     
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    drunkenbeagle Gang Member

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    I think I did Instrument ground in 2001, actually got around to finishing it in 2009. Was a CFI a year or so later. The best time is when you get it done.
     
  9. amprecon

    amprecon Well-Known Member

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    Just finished multi-engine ground today, woohoo!
    I have 101.1 total hours, all I needed was a checkride with school's chief instructor then faa checkride to complete the instrument.
     
  10. ComplexHiAv8r

    ComplexHiAv8r Well-Known Member

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    Nice! What are your plans?
     
  11. amprecon

    amprecon Well-Known Member

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    Ummm, winning the Powerball Jackpot to fund the flying part.....?
     

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