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44-45 yr old – too late for the game?

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I’ve been hearing about pilot shortage and the pay scale being increased dramatically from 90s.
This pilot shortage will continue for next 10 years or so and this is the best time to become airlines pilot, I heard.
I also heard that there are lots of people in mid 40s starting their 2nd career as a pilot, which is hard for me to believe…

According to the news article or press release from Envoy/PSA/others, after 5-6 yrs after you get hired, your salary will be over $100K+ and move to mainline. This makes me wonder if this is really the case or this is just marketing pitch to attract pilots.

I have Multi Engine / Commercial with instrument with a bit less than 250hrs and have not flown for 18 years. Since I’m qualified for R-ATP (1,000hrs), I will need about 750-ish hours to get ATP.
I will have to get back to be current and then CFI/II to build hours. So it would take some time to get ATP, I’d assume.

I have to be very careful with my decision as this will change my career and financial situation for my family. And if I can not make $100K+ down the road, say in 5-6 yrs, it does not make sense financially for my family.

To become a pilot of NB/WB jets had been my dream when I was young and hearing that people in mid 40’s start their 2nd career as a pilot makes me think about getting back to flying…

Your CANDID advise/input will be very much appreciated!

Thanks!

http://www.airlinepilotforums.com/career-questions/98203-44-45-yr-old-too-late-game.html

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