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I was wondering if anyone could provide some advice on finding a job flying or otherwise somehow in aviation.  My life took a major nose dive in that I just lost my job, and in thinking about what to do next, what I really want to do is fly.  I've always loved flying and got commercially rated but circumstances took me in a different direction.  Trouble is, due to lack of time and money, I've done very little flying the past several years.  My only flight in the last 3 and a half years was my much-overdue BFR last September, and before then it was only a couple times a year because the new FBO jacked up the rates so much it was hard to afford.  Instrument and multi-engine flight has been so long ago, that all would require some pretty intensive refresher training.


What is there for a commercially rated pilot with little more than 600 hours, no CFI cert., and almost no recent flying experience?  Any suggestions?  I spent so much time and money flying over the last 20+ years, I don't want it to just fade away and have been for nothing and have no idea where to even begin looking.

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  1. RyGuy on Feb 02, 2018

    Sorry about your job.

    Do you have a family to support? Money for training? Your age?
    What about becoming a CFI?

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  2. Skyfox on Feb 04, 2018

    I’m 42 and I don’t have a family to support, just me and my dog (and by extension, her veterinarian). While I do have a good amount of money saved up, without an income currently and a very uncertain future, I just can’t afford to spend it on training. I’ve never wanted to be a CFI, because (1) I’m not a people person and have a hard time relating to others for building relationships with students, and (2) I’ve always been terrible at verbally explaining and describing things even though I can demonstrate just fine. At my previous job I was always the worst trainer for new employees.

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