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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 11:43
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Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Australia
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Originally Posted by Band a Lot View Post
It has its ups and downs, but if I am honest many more ups than downs.
Surely the goal of aviation is to have an exactly equal number of ups and downs!

Lost Pilot - you said that you've got maybe 15 hours to go on the CPL if you go by the minimums. How realistic is that? Are you going to be ready to do the test after 15 hours more flying? Or is part of the problem that you still feel like you've got loads of work to do before you reach the appropriate standard?

If it's just 15 more hours, I'd stick that out. At a few hours per day you'll be done within a week, or at a few hours each weekend it's only a month. Even if you never use the CPL it'll do no harm on a resume for other jobs as an example of dedication to a task, ability follow instructions, performance under pressure, etc. As others have said, once it's finished you can take a holiday, do some "fun" flying, and reconsider your future plans.

If it's "minimum 15 hours but realistically 50+ hours" then it's probably time to cut your losses - at least temporarily. Take a holiday, and if you come back from that still feeling like it's a bad idea, then abandon it and find some other work. Exactly the same situation as if you continue now, although without the nice "CPL" to put on your resume.

Looking to the future - is there something that you would like to do? Someone else mentioned a career as an ATC; I'd imagine that there are a range of other flying-related jobs that would benefit from the practical experience but do not actually involve any hands-on flying - and may be more suited to your interests. There are jobs opening up in the UAV space, and a CPL (or even a PPL) gives you an advantage there because it means you've completed a required test and you understand most of the rules. Flight training involves some flying, but not a terribly large amount where you're actually in control (ideally you're just supervising a student after the first few lessons) and plenty of ground work too. Or you can do something else entirely, and you'll probably still find that some aspects of flying (like the ability to decipher regulations) are useful - although of course the further you stray from aviation the more work you'll have to put in to pick up appropriate skills.
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