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Enforced retirement

ColdWarWorrier

Old-Salt
I’ve spent most of my working life flying helicopters. Army Air Corps then offshore in the North Sea, Police Air Support and finally Air Ambulance. There was a gap of about seven years working as a Journalist specialising in transport matters, apart from that flying has been my life.

Now, rapidly approaching 60, my flying career is over. The CAA has mandated that commercial helicopter pilots over 60 cannot fly solo. I often fly with a P2, but there is a stipulation in my contract that I must be able to fly solo (positioning flights, maintenance, etc).

Therefore I am forced to retire six years before I qualify for a state pension. I have my Army and employer’s pensions to provide a basic income, mortgage is paid off, no debts. The job market in the aviation industry is dire. Outside of aviation job prospects for over-60s with no transferable skills are non-existent.

The plan is to sell up in the South East and relocate to the Scottish Borders (Kelso or Melrose) buy a similar property to what we have and bank a six-figure sum to supplement the pensions. The plan was always to retire to the Borders, but not just yet.

Mrs CWW is in the Civil Service and can transfer to Edinburgh, but I am seeking advice on how I can spend my time, apart from spending more time on Arrse.

I therefore call on other retired Arrsers to let me know how I can fill my new-found leisure time and what others have done in similar enforced situations.

Edited for mong spelling.
 
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Whining Civvy

War Hero
Masturbation would be the obvious one. Do you still do that when you hit 60?
 

ColdWarWorrier

Old-Salt
Masturbation would be the obvious one. Do you still do that when you hit 60?

Less frequently and it takes a lot longer than it used to. I also have to save whatever libido I have left to keep Mrs CWW happy.

(I think this falls into the category of “too much information”.)
 

Polyester

War Hero
Human factors is a big deal in Health and safety training now. Most large companies are headed in that direction with regard to work planning and risk assessment. I imagine a transition to health, safety and the environment would be a seamless transition for a pilot. Duponts dirty dozen etc etc.

Best of luck, hope whatever you do works out for you.

E2A; obviously, I mean that the rest of the world is starting to catch up with Avn. Most companies are light years away from understanding HF in terms of HSE.
 

ColdWarWorrier

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Teeblerone

Old-Salt
Saw (sic) this on Legs' wood turning thread & it looks interesting.
'Build stuff with wood: make awesome projects with basic tools' [sorry, link didn't work]


Not retired, but really enjoyed forklift driving (& van driving) for a charity.
 
Find something new to fill the spare time my dad was so busy with Rotary good works he wondered how he’d ever had time for a job. Build a kit car or get a part time job at Homebase. You’ll find something
 
Are you wanting time by yourself/family or a more social aspect?

If its by yourself/family then id suggest touring Scotland. Visit the outer isles, there are some hidden gems out there.

If you are looking for something more social then look at the charities up there. Poppy Scotland are excellent is Erskine.

Something a bit less obvious would be amateur dramatics or if you fancy running round in a skirt a screaming “freeeeeeedom” there are a few re enactors.

Or bag the munros.
 

anglo

LE
I’ve spent most of my working life flying helicopters. Army Air Corps then offshore in the North Sea, Police Air Support and finally Air Ambulance. There was a gap of about seven years working as a Joirnalist specialising in transport matters, apart from that flying has been my life.

Now, rapidly approaching 60, my flying career is over. The CAA has mandated that commercial helicopter pilots over 60 cannot fly solo. I often fly with a P2, but there is a stipulation in my contract that I must be able to fly solo (positioning flights, maintenance, etc).

Therefore I am forced to retire six years before I qualify for a state pension. I have my Army and employer’s pensions to provide a basic income, mortgage is paid off, no debts. The job market in the aviation industry is dire. Outside of aviation job prospects for over-60s with no transferable skills are non-existent.

The plan is to sell up in the South East and relocate to the Scottish Borders (Kelso or Melrose) buy a similar property to what we have and bank a six-figure sum to supplement the pensions. The plan was always to retire to the Borders, but not just yet.

Mrs CWW is in the Civil Service and can transfer to Edinburgh, but I am seeking advice on how I can spend my time, apart from spending more time on Arrse.

I therefore call on other retired Arrsers to let me know how I can fill my new-found leisure time and what others have done in similar enforced situations.
If you want to retire, only if you want to mind, then retire and go jobbing,
Jobbing,
Doing any type of job to bring in a bit of money, giving you something to do
and doing it when you want to,
I'll give you some pointers if need be,
 
Have you thought of teaching others skills you have found useful over the years aka transferable skills. Rural life can be down to transport, some folk rely on the bus to get about. Have a look at what you can teach, remember when andy colson? went inside he was used for basic education of fellow cons. Some nice parts of the borders Auchencrow is nice
 

ColdWarWorrier

Old-Salt
Once we’ve sold up and moved, money won’t be an issue. I have become resigned to retiring completely. The idea of starting in a new industry at 60 holds no appeal.

Touring more of Scotland was always a plan (I’m a native and we have spent one of our holidays each year visiting family and touring).

I’m looking for a hobby or pastime that will stop me sitting in front of the telly all day or having arguments on Arrse.
 

Polyester

War Hero
Once we’ve sold up and moved, money won’t be an issue. I have become resigned to retiring completely. The idea of starting in a new industry at 60 holds no appeal.

Touring more of Scotland was always a plan (I’m a native and we have spent one of our holidays each year visiting family and touring).

I’m looking for a hobby or pastime that will stop me sitting in front of the telly all day or having arguments on Arrse.
The John Muir trust would welcome you with open arms. Do you enjoy hillwalking, want to learn dry stone dyking and path/hedge laying? Valuable work.

E2A: there is also the Caledonian forest people too who are always after people to plant deciduous trees.
 
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I often fly with a P2, but there is a stipulation in my contract that I must be able to fly solo (positioning flights, maintenance, etc).
Presumably, P2s also fly as P1 and are rostered variously in either seat? Given that you often fly with a P2 (and others?) though there appears perhaps to be room for a permanent P2. Wouldn't your employer consider you for a P2 only position (at an appropriately adjusted salary)?

Mind you, I retired well early - yet to reach retirement age but the thought of going back to work fills me with horror. What do I do all day? Whatever I like (apart from the few miles mit Mutterly each day which is non-optional but enjoyable too. I never seem to have quite enough time in any given day to do whatever it is I do though.
 

soleil

War Hero
In some places in the country, there are voluntary teams who pick up and take the elderly and infirm to hospital appointments. Could you volunteer to do that?

You would be providing a valuable service. You could even tell them about your career while taking them, they would probably enjoy that.
 

ColdWarWorrier

Old-Salt
Presumably, P2s also fly as P1 and are rostered variously in either seat? Given that you often fly with a P2 (and others?) though there appears perhaps to be room for a permanent P2. Wouldn't your employer consider you for a P2 only position (at an appropriately adjusted salary)?

Mind you, I retired well early - yet to reach retirement age but the thought of going back to work fills me with horror. What do I do all day? Whatever I like (apart from the few miles mit Mutterly each day which is non-optional but enjoyable too. I never seem to have quite enough time in any given day to do whatever it is I do though.

Flying permanently with a P2 is not an option. Others have tried.

I am actually looking forward to not having to go to work anymore. I just need ideas on how to fill my time, but without too much of a commitment.

Suggestions from @dingerr and @Polyester sound on the right track.

Edited to credit the right people.
 
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Helm

MIA
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Book Reviewer
Once we’ve sold up and moved, money won’t be an issue. I have become resigned to retiring completely. The idea of starting in a new industry at 60 holds no appeal.

Touring more of Scotland was always a plan (I’m a native and we have spent one of our holidays each year visiting family and touring).

I’m looking for a hobby or pastime that will stop me sitting in front of the telly all day or having arguments on Arrse.
 

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