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Old 11-12-2006, 12:02 PM   #1  
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Hey guys, sorry to put this topic here, but I didn't know where else to put it. I'm currently working on my Instrument Rating and thinking about my future after my Commercial Multi and Single. My question is, do you think I should stay at Riddle and CFI or go back home and CFI at a local FBO? Getting my MEI at Riddle would have to wait until I have 250 hours of dual given in the airplane only. How fast can you get an MEI at an FBO? I know how much we fly up here which is keeping my decision firm at staying at Riddle. The medical benefits are also quite appealing. What do you guys think?
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Stay at Riddle..Get you MBA while there as a CFI.

Don't spend / waste too much time at the CFI level. Just get your time and move on to the regionals...

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I was thinking of CFI'ing for 4 years at the most. I have my eyes on Ameriflight after that. Not so sure about my MBA, but I got time to think about that.
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Wouldnt this topic be beter in the Flight Training forum. I say stay at Riddle.
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I was thinking of CFI'ing for 4 years at the most.

4 years is a long time to be a CFI, especially these days. I would guess if you stay at Riddle and instruct you will not be there longer then 1.5 yrs.
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I say no more than 4 because the CFI's upgrade to MEI after 250 hours dual given in the single engine, airplane time only. Since we're now a 141 school, we can use sims more often. My instructor was hired in August, fresh out of graduating Riddle, he only has 75 hours of dual given. I think 250 will take a little time to accomplish.
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I say no more than 4 because the CFI's upgrade to MEI after 250 hours dual given in the single engine, airplane time only. Since we're now a 141 school, we can use sims more often. My instructor was hired in August, fresh out of graduating Riddle, he only has 75 hours of dual given. I think 250 will take a little time to accomplish.
What do you mean by "now a 141 school"? Did Riddle loose their 141 status at some point.

Sim time counts for nothing except sim time...so donít log it as total time.

Personally, I would recommend doing your CFI somewhere other than Riddle. A 141 instructor course is way too long and of course they manage to Riddle-ize it. Find a flight school that you might like to teach at and do your CFI there. That way you get your foot in the door and now youíre a known quantity to them.

Not to mention the fact that the commuter mins are going to stay low for the next few years. So those bridge programs are pretty much worthless for now.

I got my MEI in less than 1 week. MEI is possibly the easiest checkride you'll ever take.

I still think a 250-500 hr pilot has no business flying a passenger airplane
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Thedude, what I mean when I say, "now a 141 school," Riddle used to operate under part 142. We now got moved to part 141 which allows us to use FTDs a little more instead of flying. I have never logged sim time as total. I think I'll graduate with something around 300/70. Then 250 more for dual given, after the MEI, probably 100-150 more. So hopefully I can start looking around with 700/220.
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You were always a 141 school. That's doesn't do anything with FTD's. 141 is the approved flying syllabus established by the school and written off by the FAA
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My bad for mixing that up. That's just what I was told by the Chair of the Flight Dept.
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