Unaware of the looming pilot shortage, I started my flight training back in 2009 with the Darling Downs Aero Club.  Over the course of the next 18 months, I would attain the following achievements:

  • Private Pilot License
  • Night VFR Rating
  • Constant Speed Endorsement
  • Retractable Undercarraige
  • Tailwheel Endorsement
  • Commerical Pilot License
  • Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating
  • Turbine Endorsement

This came at a cost… around $75 000 AUD!  It would go on to almost cost me my sanity when I chose to put it all on hold!

I learned three great lessons about the becoming a professional pilot:

  1. pilot training is expensive
  2. pilot training takes time
  3. timing matters

In the early stages of my training, I can recall discussions around the aero club’s lunch table of the looming ‘pilot shortage’ and thinking how timely my entry into the world of professional aviation was… and it was.  Unfortunately for my aviation aspirations, it just didn’t fit the time in my life or circumstances with my family.

More recently I’ve noticed an increase in articles relating again to the now more pressing pilot shortage.