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Propwash72
03-06-2020, 02:54 PM
Iím a captain at a regional. I have the opportunity to apply for a full time sim instructor position at my current company. Iím interested because I enjoy instructing, but Iím also looking for ways to enhance my resume, especially with LCA positions so few and far between. Iím confident Iíd enjoy the work, Iím just concerned about shooting myself in the foot since I would only be flying an actual aircraft about once a month. Anyone gone this path? Pros? Cons?


rickair7777
03-06-2020, 04:24 PM
It's a good resume bullet, assuming 121 sim instructor.

But it would be best if you already had competitive flight experience... in that case it's icing on the cake.

Propwash72
03-07-2020, 09:21 AM
Yeah Iím sitting at about 4500 TT and 1200 part 121 TPIC


rickair7777
03-08-2020, 06:26 AM
You'd better off with 2000 TPIC. Tough call, instructor opportunities don't come around every day. I'd probably take it and just try to fly as much as possible, even if it has to be on days off.

Bahamasflyer
03-12-2020, 07:58 PM
You'd better off with 2000 TPIC. Tough call, instructor opportunities don't come around every day. I'd probably take it and just try to fly as much as possible, even if it has to be on days off.

Its a shame that a major donít consider 1200 TPIC and then 800 sim time the same (or greater) than 2000 TPIC. Whatís another 800 of flying the line going to prove after you have >1000 vs valuable instructor time afterwards?

freightpilotguy
03-12-2020, 10:24 PM
Touching on this topic, Iím currently an FO at an ULCC, looking to go to a legacy in the long term. I have the hours and currently working on the degree but Iím looking at becoming a sim instructor, part time for CAE. I understand that being a sim instructor at your specific airline looks better but, would there be any incentive (regarding applying to a legacy) to being a part time sim instructor at a training center?

For those wondering, Iím too junior and donít have enough time to become a sim instructor at my current carrier.

JTwift
03-13-2020, 05:23 AM
Touching on this topic, Iím currently an FO at an ULCC, looking to go to a legacy in the long term. I have the hours and currently working on the degree but Iím looking at becoming a sim instructor, part time for CAE. I understand that being a sim instructor at your specific airline looks better but, would there be any incentive (regarding applying to a legacy) to being a part time sim instructor at a training center?

For those wondering, Iím too junior and donít have enough time to become a sim instructor at my current carrier.

instructing at CAE wonít get you anything towards a Legacy, IMO. You might make some corporate contacts, though.

rickair7777
03-13-2020, 08:03 AM
Its a shame that a major donít consider 1200 TPIC and then 800 sim time the same (or greater) than 2000 TPIC. Whatís another 800 of flying the line going to prove after you have >1000 vs valuable instructor time afterwards?


Maybe they will, just don't know for sure.

But do I know that 2000 121 TPIC is a good number (or was last week anyway).

rickair7777
03-13-2020, 08:07 AM
Touching on this topic, Iím currently an FO at an ULCC, looking to go to a legacy in the long term. I have the hours and currently working on the degree but Iím looking at becoming a sim instructor, part time for CAE. I understand that being a sim instructor at your specific airline looks better but, would there be any incentive (regarding applying to a legacy) to being a part time sim instructor at a training center?

For those wondering, Iím too junior and donít have enough time to become a sim instructor at my current carrier.

Shows that you're a go-getter, and like to teach. A little icing on the cake but probably won't substitute for flight experience.

Be prepared to answer the question "did you call in sick much from the airline to go to your other job?"