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Old 04-13-2021, 04:58 AM   #1  
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Default cheap places to Time Build?

I'm a 2 year CFI and only have around 850TT. Due to the slowdown of student inflow, with the pace I'm flying now, I'll have to be a CFI for another 1.5-2 years before hitting ATP mins which is not a viable option. So I'm thinking of biting the bullet (and my savings) and buying a few hundred hours to at least propel myself closer to finishing my hours by the end of the year.

Any recommendations for places (anywhere in the US, but preferably east coast) where I can rent planes for cheap? Bonus if they have lots of time builders to share costs with.
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Airplane operating costs don't vary too much, but in high-cost metro areas there's always a premium for anything and everything. So you're probably looking for smaller or mid-size towns.

Also since you know you need a block of time, you can probably find someone who will rent you a plane for a large block at a significant discount. That's better for the owner and plane than having a parade of random cats flying his plane on training missions. If you're doing mostly XC, even better... that's a lot easier on the plane than primary or CPL training.
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It's not the east coast, but last I checked you could rent a 152 for $85/hr wet in Juneau, WI.

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Buy a plane with a partner or buy into a group owned plane. Cheapest way to do it. You can offer dual instruction to other plane owners to even cut costs further. You will meet other people in GA that need planes moved, BFRs, IPCs, or just someone to fly with as a safety pilot.

Get your hours. Sell your stake in the plane to the next guy in your position

Or there are a few people in Vegas to split with and there is a 162 that runs 95 an hour wet- so 47.50 an hour each
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The cheapest place to time build is at your desk. Buy a good pen.

Experience is never cheap.
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Old 04-14-2021, 12:51 PM   #6  
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After I made this thread, I did find a place down in Miami that rents out a Cherokee for $55/hr wet to time builders. Probably going to seriously look at that as an option once the winter rolls around.

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The cheapest place to time build is at your desk. Buy a good pen.

Experience is never cheap.
I like that.

I know it's not going to be cheap. It actually seems a bit insane to me to drop another $10-15k on this, because, that's why i did my CFI and II. But at this point, I figure if I just spend this money and get the rest of my hours over with, getting to an airline sooner, getting a real paycheck, benefits, and a seniority number now is worth it, rather than flying a measly 30 hours a month for the next 2 years, and surviving off my GI Bill.
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I believe you may have misunderstood.

Throwing money at "time building" to shortcut your way to the front of the line foregoes experience.

Experience isn't something you buy. It's something you get. Something you do. It takes time, and simply buying hours and droning around on your own is not the same. if you want to do that, time build, save yourself the effort, falsify your logbooks by penning it in and go to the airlines with the same level of "experience" you'd have buying it: none.

Or go get experience. It's not cheap. Cheap doesn't refer to the cost in dollars. It refers to experience earned. Earned is not the same as bought, and experience isn't cheap.
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Seniority > experience

What John is saying is factual and important, but isn’t everything. We can all list a half dozen experiences where one class date made a huge difference. You likely have 500 dual given which is a lot more of a start than others. Do what it takes to get in the front door.
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We can all list a half dozen experiences where one class date made a huge difference.
I lived it. For about 7 years. One class date, and I *could* have taken the early one.
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Seniority > experience

What John is saying is factual and important, but isnít everything. We can all list a half dozen experiences where one class date made a huge difference. You likely have 500 dual given which is a lot more of a start than others. Do what it takes to get in the front door.
yeah I have close to 600 dual given right now. At this point I just don't see the benefit of letting this continue to drag out for years. I'm only flying about 30 hours a month right now just because the virus really slowed down new student enrollments. Unless new students start pouring in the door soon, this is going to drag out close to 2 more years.
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