KenMist747CathayPacificWelcome to episode 106 of the podcast where we help you move toward your career goal. Hearing your stories of achieving your career goal keeps us motivated and helps inspire others. Please keep sharing your success stories including your challenges along the way toward your goal.

In this episode we answer your questions. You will notice many focus on supporting family while working on completing your ratings, degrees, and finding a job. This can be challenging to say the least but we have some encouraging news: You can do it! We relate some of our own experiences and those of our listeners to help you keep motivated while in the challenging position of supporting a family and moving toward your career goal.

Joining Us on the Podcast today are Carl Valeri, Tom Wachowski, and Paul Grieco. If you have any questions for the individual hosts or a general questions please don’t forget to click on the contact tab and we will answer your question as soon as possible. We also provide coaching services to discuss your individual needs in a more private setting. Click on coaching to find out more. Now on with the show.

Reader Questions:

  • I'm having a hard time seeing how I could support the family while in a full time training program
  •  For the first time in my life I found something that I truly desire to learn about. My wife is completing her last year of medical school this spring and will graduate with her MD and a ton of debt in May. Her profession is much like one in aviation where she will start out right at about the same salary with 60­80hr work weeks, but over the next 10 years salary will continue to increase.  ow that I feel I have found my true passion in life is to fly, that has changed.  would like to become an airline pilot or corporate pilot. (I might know the answer after I get through the Private Jet Podcast series!) ­What do you think the best way to go about this is with my financial obligations (loans, family, etc.)?  ow do I become an airline pilot while working a career? Is it possible?
  • Success story from a new Part 135 Pilot.
  • My first love is not really to teach but to fly for an airline, so my emotions tell me to do multi and ifr and take the risk by applying for cathay pacific and hopefully get hired in the next couple of years tops.
  • What do I need to do to make sure I am competitive for airline positions.

Links Mentioned in this podcast:

Cathay Pacific Cadet Program


Photo Credit : Ken Mist Photography.


ACP105 Are You Too Old To Fly?

by CarlValeri on March 31, 2016

CarlPostFlightWelcome to Episode 105 of the podcast where we inspire you to achieve your career goals and live your dream by following your passion and doing a job you love. Today is a spacial episode where we help you answer one question: Are You too Old To Fly? This is probably the most common one we get from you the listener so lets address it right now! Both myself and my co host this eventing began our aviation careers late in life and left very lucrative careers to pursue our passion and become an airline pilot.

Paul and I discuss what led us to make our decision to give up the life we had and move forward in a new direction. For my entire life I have lived outside my comfort zone but there are some important things we must consider when deciding if we should pack it in and start our new career.

Before we begin don't forget if you want to contact us please visit There you will find many ways to contact us along with our other services such as career coaching, the scholarships directory, and our interview preparation services which is included on the coaching page. I want to apologize to those that have called into the show but since we have grown it has been impossible for me to call each and every one of you back individually.

Therefore if you can please send me an e-mail because many times I may only be available to talk at 3 am and since I don't want to disturb you and your family in the middle of the night the best way to get in touch with me is through the website. Also if you have a question please write into the show and we will answer them. We will exclude all of your personal information.

Paul and I discuss:

  • How we both began our new careers late in life: mine at 33 and Paul’s at 34.
  • It’s not just about the money.
  • Why planning is so very important when making a career change.
  • Why you should include your family in the discussion.
  • Who to include in your inner circle.
  • Being realistic with your salary expectations.
  • How many years until you reach your goals?
  • What it is like to do something you love and fly for a living.
  • Why you need a checklist to succeed.
  • T Chart.
  • Are you Too old to fly?


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ACP098 What Is The Best Type Of Turbine Time?

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