worldywings Posted October 23, 2009 Report Share Posted October 23, 2009 Hello all Before I start let us respond to those who will ultimately say that if one has a job, that one should quit moaning about changing jobs and be thankful for what he has...to those who will respond in that manner :jerry: Anyhow, I am a non challenged VFR guy who spent 5 years managing a tourism base in Canada. You know the routine, get em up, get em earning and when its busy, get yourself up also. Not challenging flying but very challenging from a management standpoint. I than moved on to what many consider a dream job. I am Ops Manager/chief pilot of a small outfit in the Caribbean. My job has been to set up this little outfit and navigate through the politics and BS of Island life. The flying here is breathtaking but the business end of things is nothing short of disgusting and corrupt. Its is a trade off between lifestyle and career. Our lifestyle is fantastic and has been able to offset the career aspect of things up until now. Recently however we are finding this is no longer the case. (I use the term "we" as my wife is in this just as much as I. We are both 4000 miles away from family and as of 3 weeks ago, we also included our new addition, little Abigail) Anyhow, once again it is not overly demanding on the flying end but being a one man show so to speak the demands are great in regards to time and sacrifice. This leads me to my questions.... (finally some of you are saying) I am worn out from being the "boss" to a certain extent without the usual perks and priviledges ($)that would normally follow such a position and I am feeling it is time to let someone else tell me where to fly and I will fly there and back....and go home and get a worry free sleep with my wife and brand new baby daughter. I am leaning towards that change to the IFR side of things and I am wondering just how much of the book work and written stuff one can do in his spare time whilst employed in the VFR world. Any suggestions, advice, or even horror stories showing my insanity for wanting to leave the VFR world are welcomed and appreciated. I am a manager I am a salesman I am a motivator I am a marketing guru I am a problems solver I am a company man I am a mentor And lastly, I am a pilot. There in lies the rub...I think I am ready to adjust those qualifications and be a PILOT who possess all those important business qualities rather than someone who has all those qualities and gets to fly once in awhile when those who don't possess these qualities feel like taking a day off Any stories, helpful hints, wage expectations or lack there of and advice in heading down the IFR road would be greatly appreciated. Or, if anyone has or had found themselves in a similar position let me know how it turned out. I am not an owner nor do I ever wish to be and the days of carrying a cell phone every minute of ever day like I am one, including vacation and even during child birth are starting to grow old. It seems slow around here and I am getting a little tired of beach/happy hour waiting for the tourists to come so I thought this would be a good a time as any to get some feedback. Fly safe everyone Thanks in advance for the comments...whatever they turn out to be WW P.S. to those who are sure to start PM'ing me with offers of stunning service from new pilots I must unfortunately say that unlike my last position I have no ability to take on and help along new guys. So, in advance I respectfully reply that it matters not how stellar you are as you begin your aviation career, I can do absolutely nothing for you if you have less than 2000 hrs. Not my rules but rules none the less. For anyone else looking for a change of scenerey, keep your eyes open for the next six months or so WW Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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