I have a couple of pickle forks but have rarely used them while doing the jobs for which they were designed. The best, quickest and most common method changing tie rod ends around the shops is with a good size hammer.
If you loosen the nut several turns and then whack the END of the suspension arm perpindicular to the centerline of the tie rod end tapered stud, it will pop loose. You then unthread the nut the rest of the way and it is on the ground. Nothing to it.
BTW, I hope everything goes well for you with the airlines. It's impossible not to hear alot about it in the DFW news media.
Have a great day,