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Old 07-21-2015, 07:39 PM   #1  
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Question CFI initial as a MEI?

Okay so is it common for guys to get their MEI as their initial?
I am doing mine that way in two weeks and I needs some tips for that oral... It has me freaked out already.
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Default CFI initial as a MEI?

Pm me glad to try and help out
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Okay so is it common for guys to get their MEI as their initial?
I am doing mine that way in two weeks and I needs some tips for that oral... It has me freaked out already.
This is how I did it. It was part 61 and I went:
PPL SE
PPL ME
IR (in twin)
CMEL
CSEL
MEI
CFI
CFII

I believe it is also the way that schools such as ALLATPS do it as well. For me, I did it this way because at the time of may training you needed around 100+ ME to get hired at most any carrier. By doing this, after the PPL ME add-on all the hours I flew in the twin were PIC. By the time it came time to do the CFI, I was simply more proficient in the twin as that is what I had spent most of my time in. It worked out fine for me.

As for the oral...it should have you freaked out, its a beast. Put in the time and have your FAR/AIM tabbed and know where to find things and you will do just fine. Mine was with the local FSDO and took about 7 hours or so with a lunch break. It wasn't a bad experience but I was thankful for the hundreds of flashcards I had made as well as the hours of studying. Its meant to be pretty thorough. Keep in mind, you don't have to know everything but you have to know where to find it, quickly. Also, the regulations are reference material, not research material during the oral.
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That's the order I did mine too and thanks for the tips
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I did the II first....
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:10 PM   #6  
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I did my MEI first as well. You can pm me as well.
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For those of you who got the MEI as the initial CFI would you recommend the same path to someone who has only 40 something hours only on multi airplanes ?

If yes then would you recommend MEI training on a multi you have never flown before ?
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For those of you who got the MEI as the initial CFI would you recommend the same path to someone who has only 40 something hours only on multi airplanes ?

If yes then would you recommend MEI training on a multi you have never flown before ?
Personally, I went to ATP and when I did my PPL Add-On for ME in the Seminole I was signed off in 8 hours or so and thought it was really easy compared to my "mental picture" before I started... Having said that that was Private Standards.. I then got my IR and Commercial MEL but as far as maneuvers go, the commercial was very easy too I thought.. At any rate, I'm trying to say that mastering an airplane for the commercial maneuvers (These are the same for CFI Initial - MEI) isn't a big deal and can be done comfortably within 7-12 hours of solid training towards them... the rest is the same story whether it be single or multi first... THE ORAL. Be intricate with the Airplane POH and TCDS etc.... Personally on the side note I wouldn't personally recommend doing it in a twin you haven't flown AT ALL before but thats just something I would say up front and not as a block on going that route, like I said above its really not a big deal if you decide to.. especially if its a Seminole or Apache :]

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