A victim of the economy

Well after 7.5 years of instructing NJA pilots for FSI I have become a member of the growing lines of the unemployed.

I thought I might be recession proof, but I guess not.

So onward to new endeavors. I don’t see myself flying for another 2-3 years until the industry recovers, as it always has.

I think I’ll use this time to stay home with my 5 kids and wonderful wife.

With that being said if anyone is looking for a 7500TT pilot with an ATP CE560XL type and international experience let me know.



sorry to hear that man. Things will come around, if you can use the time to spend w/ the family, then time well spent. Like you said, things will recover.
Good luck!

http://www.websmileys.com/sm/sad/861.gif Sorry to hear it Nik… I understand that there has been alot of advanced instructors that have lost their jobs in the past several weeks. It sure is tough out there in our industry. I’m hang’in on for dear life… For how much longer?.. http://www.websmileys.com/sm/sad/533.gif

I’m surprised that FSI is hit hard enough to be cutting back.

A friend of mine lost his job at TEB about 3 weeks ago but found something in 2 weeks. He said that once he got past the want ad’s he found that there are jobs available that are not being advertised. Probably not much in the wonderful category, but right now cash flow is king. The old adage is that it is much easier to find work if you already have a job. any job.

Good luck to all

I am so sorry to hear this. Sounds like you have the support of your family and are trying to look at the positive side of this. These are such difficult times. Again, I am sorry to hear it.

My heart goes out to you and your family.

Same boat, 6000hrs Lear & Citation types survived the first round from 20 pilots to 6, soon 0. As porterjet stated there are jobs out there and by looking hard I found one. A pay cut, but it keeps me solvent unlike a lot of corporations.

Hey Nik,

You’re going about dealing with it the right way! I used to work for an HR Consultant who was also a grief counselor while in the midst of PG&E downsizing a nuclear power plant. Some guys had their jobs since high school. It was my job to help the guys get their resume up-to-snuff and begin searching both internally at PG&E and externally. Here was my bosses advice to someone who walked in our door with a pink slip in their hand (ultimately, I was out of a job too after they determined they no longer needed us):

1). First thing, take some time, a few days to absorb the impact. Spend time with family, be with your kids…let everyone comfort you, this will recharge you for the tasks that lay ahead.

2). Alert your network, and you have done that here :smiley: My boss would tell guys that 70% of jobs are found through networking, not sending resumes out cold. There are thousands of eyes here and the odds are someone has a lead, or knows someone that knows someone!!

3). Polish the resume, cross check and verify for errors. Remember, now most resumes are scanned and saved to databases (larger companies). Keywords are search terms, so spelling and grammar are paramount.

4). Start a multi-pronged search. Networking, Headhunters, Ads, Tech Journals, Tech Job Boards. A friend of mine at PG&E started this little BBS that grew into a Nexus for contract workers to find jobs. He ended up selling it and making a TON of money. Here it is:


Check out Aerospace/Aircraft. There might be something there, but I am sure other people here know of better examples.

5). Give it time. Then things will start hitting. Be sure to send a thank you note to every person who interviews you and remember to ASK for the job in the interview. Do role playing with someone to polish up on interview skills if you think you need to.

6). And channel negative energy… if you don’t want to exercise, just walk or get out and play with the kids. I thought my boss was nuts with this one. I didn’t want to do either, until I discovered how good climbing the stairs during lunch at work felt! I lost 10 pounds in 2 months :slight_smile:

Good Luck Nik!! May The Force Be With You!! You will come out of this tunnel!! :smiley:

Be sure to check out charter companies too. Here is one I know of: