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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:42 pm    Post subject: Am I too old? Reply with quote

HI All,

Just found the forum today and have to say it is a fantastic resource, so glad I have found it. Thanks to those that have put it together and those that have contributed to it.

My question is...

Am I too old to follow my life long dream of becoming a commercial helicopter pilot at 43 years of age? Or am I kidding myself that I will eventually find work!

I intend to take PPL (H) regardless, but I really would like to make it a career rather than just a hobby.

All advice, positive or negative is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Mark.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personal opinion only, you will probably struggle to get work in anything other than onshore day helicopters in the current financial climate.

Practically you will be 45 and inexperienced as a CPL(H) unless you get lucky you will need to get an FI rating and then if you are any good, find some work.

I doubt (but I cannot say I know) most of the big operators would want to invest in an expensive type rating for someone who will be co-pilot for say 5 years and then perhaps only have another 10 left.

Just twopence worth, if you really want to do it, do it, it CAN be great fun but don't expect it to be sugar coated.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your reply Gary.

I suspected as much, but its nice to have confirmation. Flying for a career is more about the joy of it, rather than any monetary returns. If I can get paid for it, then that will be a massive bonus Very Happy

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