Re: Anyone here a helicopter pilot?
There are a lot of commercial pilot jobs that don't involve airlines. None of my friends that have commercial licenses fly jets. They either instruct, fly backcountry "bush pilot" type, cropdusters, charter, etc. The ultimate adrenaline rush is probably aerobatics. However, there isn't much that compares to the adrenaline rush of skiing for me.
You want an adrenaline rush from flying, become a western Idaho cropduster pilot. Little bitty fields with lots of trees, hills, and powerlines. I spent four years working for a cropdusting company. You have to be nuts to do that job. But they work 3 months of the year for a pretty decent yearly salary.