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Old 04-07-2018, 08:38 PM   #11  
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4) Earn a living wage!
Actually I do pretty well with my side business. I can easily support my family if my pilot job goes away.
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Old 04-08-2018, 05:59 PM   #12  
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Actually I do pretty well with my side business. I can easily support my family if my pilot job goes away.
Likewise. I've never let mine lapse and use it regularly, and won't have any trouble securing work. I've been furloughed and immediately had work turning wrenches, with a steady stream of other furloughees coming by the shop looking or work and unable to find it.

I've also had a number of flying positions thanks to holding that certificate, so it's far from wasted. In fact, I've been able to double my pilot salary by holding both certifications, and I've been able do seasonal jobs that let me fly part of the year and stay indoors and work on aircraft in the winter...and be home every night. Hard to beat that.
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Actually I do pretty well with my side business. I can easily support my family if my pilot job goes away.
I know, there is enough money in it if you can charge the customer directly and do all the work yourself. Everyone who cant make that leap is stuck at minimum wage. The going shop rates aren't enough to support living wages for everyone.
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Old 06-26-2018, 12:23 PM   #14  
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Go to the airlines. Most are hiring Avionics Electronics Techs (AET's). Many will have you take an electronics specific test during the interview process. If you ace that, have an FCC, you may be offered an AET position. Otherwise take an AP position then transfer once in the door.
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Old 07-07-2018, 09:45 AM   #15  
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Go to the airlines. Most are hiring Avionics Electronics Techs (AET's). Many will have you take an electronics specific test during the interview process. If you ace that, have an FCC, you may be offered an AET position. Otherwise take an AP position then transfer once in the door.
Why hasn't the FAA made avionics its own certificate? The work is far more cerebral and abstract than anything an A&P does.
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:25 AM   #16  
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Why hasn't the FAA made avionics its own certificate? The work is far more cerebral and abstract than anything an A&P does.
Not sure about that. The FCC (general radiotelephone) license really meets the need for a distinct license and classification.
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