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Old 03-30-2006, 08:09 AM   #21  
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Private pilot: 50 hours of flight and simulation
Instrument rating: 44 hours of flight and simulation
Commercial: 120 hours of flight and simulation
Multi-engine rating: 16.5 hours of flight and simulation

So once I graduate from SIU with the previously mentioned hours, Iíll have to be a CFI for a couple of years to pick up more time, and then apply to a Regional? Is that pretty realistic?
Yup. You also need the CFI, CFII, and MEI ratings. Depending on airline hiring CFI time could be 6 months - 4 years, but it usually hovers around 2 years.

You should also compare the cost of flight training at the university with other sources.

However if that flight training is by any chance FREE...get off the internet, stop wasting time and go do it before somebody wises up!!!!

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Private pilot: 50 hours of flight and simulation
Instrument rating: 44 hours of flight and simulation
Commercial: 120 hours of flight and simulation
Multi-engine rating: 16.5 hours of flight and simulation

So once I graduate from SIU with the previously mentioned hours, Iíll have to be a CFI for a couple of years to pick up more time, and then apply to a Regional? Is that pretty realistic?
How are you going to be a CFI without your CFI tickets? Your looking at at least another 30 hours flight time (total) for you CFI and CFII. But yes, depending on how many students you have, a couple years as a CFI before applying to the regionals is reasonable.
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Old 04-01-2006, 09:19 PM   #23  
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Jacobsos,

I am graduating from SIUC in a couple of weeks and wanted to let you know that SIU is a great choice for a school. I came in with my private pilot license 4 years ago and am now leaving with 950 total and 110 multi. I'm not going to do an internship, but if you want to do one they can help you in the long run. I do have some suggestions to mention.

If you can afford it, and I know some people can't, get your flight training done first!! Many people, even the ones that can afford a lot of flight training bills, take their time because they enroll in their Gen-ed and management courses. But what does that leave you with when you graduate? Well, if you don't instruct at SIU, you're looking at around 200-300 total hours.

I came in with my private and completed all my ratings up to CFI and Multi in my first 2 years. What that has allowed me to do is instruct as a part-timer for SIU these last 2 years while finishing up my management degree. Hopefully, my last day of instructing will be the day before I graduate

Another suggestion is to get involved in the organizations there. For example, The Flying Salukis Flight Team is a great way to build your knowledge and flight time (I know I benefited from that). There is also an aerobatic club that has been doing excellent in their recent competitions. Besides these, you have others such as the Aviation Management Society, Alpha Eta Rho, Aviation Ambassadors, and many more which can help you make contacts for when you graduate.

Also look into building your multi time while you're there. I built mine through SIU's Executive Air Transport course. I paid a lot of money (about $12,000), but looking at my hourly cost, I paid $133/hour to fly a Cessna 340 & 421 IFR while carrying passengers. Now if you ask me, I think that experience was well worth the cost.

Anyways, I hope I've been helpful. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.
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Well, I go to U of I, and have only heard good things about SIU in the aviation program. They only negative is that the aviation market may be in limbo by the time you graduate in which a degree in business from U of I might be worth a bit more than if it were than form SIU. Other thatn that, i dont really know how to compare the 2 aviation schools
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Thanks for the information and advise. I didn't think money was going to be a problem, but I just got some bad news. I just found out that Uncle Sam is going to give me the shaft and only cover 60% of the flight training costs. I'll just have to come up with another 15-20K to cover the rest. Shouldn't be a problem!
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