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Old 31st May 2022, 21:34
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Smile My partner wants to retrain as a pilot and I'm not sure

Hi everyone- my partner is 43 and wants to go back to what he loves the most, flying. He has a ppl and was in the Air Force 20 yrs ago- he has for the last 20 yrs been working in private sector and he hates it. He misses flying and has recently made the decision to go through the process to get a Cpl and atpl. He has been told by friends he knows who are QFI or pilots that he'll get snapped up for work as he is ex military- they have told him that he can be captain in 5 yrs and that from start to finish 18 months of training and he can get his cpl. He was also told by one of his friends that he can choose short on medium haul flights which allow more work life balance as they'll typically be 4 on 4 off or vice versa, or fly in one day and be home in the evening.

My partner is so excited at the prospect of bookended his life doing the thing he loves the most. I want to support him, but am not sure whether what he has been told is true- I'd like to know if he can get all that he thinks, within that space of time, and get a job or whether it's far fetched. We were thinking of moving in together, getting married etc but I'm concerned this might put a pause on everything, which I can handle, so long as he can get the captain job he says he'll get.
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