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Old 12-03-2008, 10:59 PM   #9  
Kilgore Trout
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Well I'll try to keep it kinda short, I re-read my original post and decided that I tend to type too much sometimes.
I can only offer you advice based on my own experience, so please keep that in mind. If others out there have input on this please help out.

I think being a pilot/mechanic in Alaska can be a good thing depending on what kind of operation you are working for. Good points are that you will have the possibility of learning a great deal about your company's aircraft, and earning a paycheck while doing it. You may look attractive for hiring as you will be able to help out many outfits a great deal. A few things to keep in mind though- The A+P certificate, like any pilot's certificate, is a license to learn. The aircraft I've flown and worked on are not terribly complex, but I had the help of great mechanics when I was new to working on them. I would not want to be a pilot mechanic at a not so great company without that kind of guidance and help. Your responsibility as an A+P is just as great as it is as a pilot. You may lose out on some flying to other pilots when something breaks, needs an inspection, or the company does not have enough (or any) mechanics around to work on it. On the other hand, you may have a job year round if/when operations slow for the winter and fewer pilots are needed. You may also be able to troubleshoot or fix your own aircraft when something goes kaput away from base.
It's kind of a double edged sword, and one that can get you in trouble if you are not careful. As I said, both jobs demand that you do your best. I don't know that I would recommend getting an A+P certificate for the purpose of increasing your chances of getting hired. Only if you are truly interested in being a mechanic too, perhaps for a big part of your time in aviation.
I do not regret that I'm a pilot and A+P. It has been good for me so far. I hope to continue learning and growing as both. If you have any more questions let me know and I'll try to help out. I wish you the best whatever course you decide on.

Sorry, that was pretty long.

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