|I have a full time job (ATC) and a bare minimum CPL. Unlike most dual licensed ATC/Pilots I was ATC first and have obtained my CPL over the years without the intent of being a commercial pilot, as such I have a low number of hours (300 which makes me good for nothing). Just going out and boring holes in the sky lost its charm for me several years ago. I now use the plane pretty much only for trips and as an efficient means of transport.
I'd like to do some more flying in my spare time. Flying with a "mission" or a reason I still find interesting and I would like, but don't expect to be able to get part time work as a VFR single engine pilot. I love aviation, have worked in aviation all my life and have a wide breadth of experience in several areas. Tried the local DZ and something might come up, but im not holding my breath. Tried fire-spotting last summer, didn't even get a response to 2 phone calls and one letter. I've tried to play the angle that although I can only work part time (2-3 days a week) I can offer stability because im not going to run away the first time someone else offers me a twin job. Problem is I can't compete with a 250 hour unemployed guy who is willing to sit and answer the phone or chuck bags 6 days a week in the hope of getting a couple of hours of flying here and there. Glad i'm ATC and not a pilot struggling to get that first job. As such i'm considering volunteer flying and would like ideas. I have done the following:
1. Signup up with Hope-air. Am in the processing stage now.
2. Tried to sign up with Angel flight - didn't even get a response.
3. Am trying to do cadet tow-plane flying.
Any other idea's of volunteer pilots? I had offers in the past to teach ground school and will probably do that this year just for the enjoyment of doing something I love.