Yea definitely, if anyone’s goal is commercial aviation, it’s a great time to get into it with the “pilot shortage.” I use "s, but it is true. I’m aware of multiple regional airlines in the US cancelling flights due to not having an air crew, some small ops even going under. Regionals finally increased starting pay across the board, with air wisconsin ($70k+/yr) being one of the best. IMO, they had to after the FAA enforced the 1500hr rule. Getting six figures in debt for all your training and flight time to then make $25k/yr wasn’t happening. Majors are starting their own ab initio training.
The airplane pilot shortage has prompted the major airlines to start going after military helicopter pilots which typically fed the commercial civilian helicopter world. This had led to a pilot shortage in helicopters as well. Some companies are having to lower their time requirements to get them.
Lastly, these planes wouldn’t be flying without mechanics (A&Ps). Yep, you guessed it, there’s also a shortage of them. The industry is aware and putting programs into place for youth to gain more interest. In the US at least, being mechanically inclined with a large automotive/motorsport/ other industry background isn’t enough. You need to either go to school for typically 2 years or apprentice in a shop for 3 years (with documentation) to take you license practicals. (I would very much like to get an A&P as well )
I am aware of some schools being condensed down to 18 months. When I was in Bethel, AK over the summer, a fueler told me about U of A Fairbanks having a 12 month course but I haven’t looked into it.
Wow, that was a lot of info but I figured I’d post it for anyone who is interested in a career change. Maybe a portion of ETN will help you follow your dreams.