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Old 06-14-2018, 08:27 AM   #1  
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Default How important is multi-engine time for newbie

How important is multi-engine time for newbie's these days?

Light twins are becoming very rare and expensive. I think turbine time is more important than piston multi time.

I believe that a new pilot with a CFI has better job prospects to build time, than a new CPL with some (+/- 50 hours) multi time.

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Old 06-14-2018, 10:18 AM   #2  
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Are you asking is to recommend a choice between CFI and 50 hrs ME budget wise?
Then go for your CFI as it allows you to gain experience and income.
But eventually you’ll need ME time.
As much as you can get.
If you don’t understand ME dynamics then you have no business being in a (ME) Turbine or in a Jet.
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Right now you need 1475 hours total time, and 25 hours ME to get hired at a regional. How you get it is up to you, CFI or 91/135. Both avenues provide good experience...

CFI's learn how to be in command in a "crew" environment, and learn some leadership/mentoring.

91/135 can offer some challenging experience and some of it has the added benefit that it will kill you if you suck.

Majors require thousands of hours of ME turbine experience, but you'll get that at the regional.
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A 250 hour pilot with a CFI has a marketable skill.

A 250 hour pilot without a CFI, but 50 hours of multi time has little to sell, at least not as a multi-engine pilot. There aren't many jobs that are open to low time pilots; few of those in multi-engine airplanes.

Get teaching, build experience, and pick up a MEI in there to start gaining multi experience.

Light twins aren't becoming rare. Like the rest of aviation, however, they're becoming more expensive.

Get the multi rating out of the way early to enable one's self to take advantage of any logging opportunities that arise, and get multi experience when you can. Don't go into debt for a few, paltry hours of multi, especially at the expense of diving in with both feet to get total time experience. At the early stage in the game, it's about your total time more than your multi time.
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Get the multi rating out of the way early to enable one's self to take advantage of any logging opportunities that arise, and get multi experience when you can. Don't go into debt for a few, paltry hours of multi, especially at the expense of diving in with both feet to get total time experience. At the early stage in the game, it's about your total time more than your multi time.
Yes. I had a ME days after my CPL and was able to pick up random twin flying and ME work here and there along the way so I didn't have to buy too much. If you reach 1500 hours with zero ME, at that point you just have to go buy 25 hours... otherwise the delay will get expensive in terms of long-term seniority.
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There's no way I'd go buy 25 hours in that position. It's ridiculous.

If someone gets to 1,500 hours without multi time, then go get a job in a twin, get the time, and move on. Or get a job in a twin before getting to the 1500 hours.

To go buy 25 hours at todays prices is foolish. Grab a night freight job in a piston commander, learn something, and have goo stories to tell...like everyone else did.
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So... this is a troll post, right?...
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