Will Work for Food: A Pilot Looks at 60 ...

One of the classic fallback jobs for airline pilots reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60 is to become a flight engineer on airliners requiring three crewmembers. Sadly, though, that option is becoming increasingly endangered as manufacturers are striving to maximize cockpit automation and limit the number of required crewmembers to only two. All of which presents a major dilemma to pilots in their 50s who are not ready to formally retire. What's a healthy, not-so-wealthy pilot to do? Having recently turned 50, AVweb contributor Ken Cubbin is facing just that question. In this tongue-in-cheek introspective, Ken runs through his options. He hasn't settled on anything yet, but he's having fun getting there.

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