Oh man this is going to be a longer post for me to explain thing but its no problem :).
Quick update I passed my oral exam for the FAA (I said oral). Unfortunately the flight portion was rescheduled as the winds were not what I would try to do the check ride in. So thanks to all of the people (especially Death Knight who's quote make my sig on another board) that supported me thus far.
Ok now your questions
> Like if you're a personal pilot for one of them rich fellas? Or maybe you could help teach flying.
For the rich fellows yes and no. Yes in the fact that I can for compensation and hire. No in the fact that the insurance minimums on some of the jets or turbo props that they use would be beyond the scope of my experience or rating for me to fly as pilot in command (come to think the insurance mins might not allow me to fly second in command). In fact depending if the plane were more than 12,500lbs I would have to get type rated to fly that jet. Oh in case your wondering insurance minimums are about 1500hrs total time with 100 hours of multi-engine time.
Which leads me to teaching people how to fly. Again no I would not be able to teach people how to fly unless I get my CFI rating. The CFI rating is useful as it will help a starving pro-pilot get the hours they need to fly the rich guy's jet. Although I'm probably going to skip getting my CFI and just do my multi-engine rating and take a job doing aerial mapping work to build time.
> It sounds like public air transit is one of the worst positions to be in now.
Agreed, my stance has almost always been that it was in bad shape after 9/11. And even if 9/11 did not occur we would still be seeing some of the same problems. Without going into too much detail some of the problems that the industry is facing is not only the shitty condition of the economy but, the shitty management that runs these airlines. In fact before I even plan on going back into the flying game full time I want to make sure my financial house of cards is completely in order (no debt, money in savings in case of furlough, and able to get another office job if furloughed). Its a completly different attitude that when I was dead set on the airlines but, its more sensible.
> Sorry man. I've had a friend in that industry and I don't know how they keep from going postal.
I'm trying to figure that one out myself.
> You might not even know how much your job is affecting you until you try
> something else. But it's definitely worth finding some ways to manage stress no
> matter what you want to do, anyone could get to the point where things are
> getting to them, and it really makes a difference to be able to handle stressful
> situations and keep your focus.
> I hope you find what you need and that things turn out better for you. I've
> gone through some rough situations too (I didn't even have internet for a while)
> but you come out of it... don't be too hard on yourself in the meantime.
Heh one of the things that people here or other board rarely see is that I tend to be a worrier by nature. Its bad when your boss and the FAA tell you to lighten up and not be so procedural :).
Who dares wins.