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Old 06-18-2021, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by ScottS View Post
Does anyone else have any updates or success stories? Also, how long did it take to obtain your CFI, or other ratings, while working full time in the military? I have about two years left and recently got the flying bug. First step is obviously get my PPL and see how it goes, but this definitely seems like an interesting career choice.
Take a look at RTAG they have a lot of info on getting your ratings etc while in the military or separating from the military.
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Old 10-17-2021, 02:41 AM
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Got a similar one,

Anyone know anything about using Skillsbridge and not looking for an CFI or CFII. Basically I just need 200 or so hours for my ATP. I've got a Cessna 162 so I'm looking for somewhere to let me fly for a few months before I punch out spring 24. (I know, pipe dream)
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Old 11-21-2021, 06:45 AM
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I am an active duty pilot at Randolph and started a 6 month Skillbridge with a flight school on Nov 1. I was able to curtail 109 days of my UPT ADSC based on a Director of Ops job offer from the school. To sweeten the deal for the AF (they probably wouldn't have let me go 6 months prior without this), I still fly as an IFF IP twice a week to stay current/proficient in the jet for my transition to the reserves. I was 200 hours short of 1500 (plan is airlines) when I decided to separate and get real hours at a flight school rather than .8 at a time in the T-38. High flyer at the school gets ~150 a month. I've never gotten even close to that in an entire year as a fighter pilot.

I have been learning 6 different airplanes, and it's quite a bit of information. Cirrus SR-20/22/22T, TBM 850, Seneca II (Which I just got R-ATP via MIL2ATP - HIGHLY recommend) and a DA-42. The longer you stay at the company, generally the more you can expect they'll invest in you. There's a few other skillbridge bros here but they are in/out = not getting trained in the TBM. The job offer is a fantastic backup if the majors don't call.

I could only get an MEI-I from my MCI, so sooner than later I will need to get a CFI topoff. Right now I get good flying just flying around fractional owners in the cirrus/tbm. I talked to a CFI bro who is an IP at Seymour, working part-time at mil2atp - the CFI topoff can be challanging depending on what maneuvers the DPE asks of you.

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Old 11-21-2021, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Steverin06 View Post
I am an active duty pilot at Randolph and started a 6 month Skillbridge with a flight school on Nov 1. I was able to curtail 109 days of my UPT ADSC based on a Director of Ops job offer from the school. To sweeten the deal for the AF (they probably wouldn't have let me go 6 months prior without this), I still fly as an IFF IP twice a week to stay current/proficient in the jet for my transition to the reserves. I was 200 hours short of 1500 (plan is airlines) when I decided to separate and get real hours at a flight school rather than .8 at a time in the T-38. High flyer at the school gets ~150 a month. I've never gotten even close to that in an entire year as a fighter pilot.

I have been learning 6 different airplanes, and it's quite a bit of information. Cirrus SR-20/22/22T, TBM 850, Seneca II (Which I just got R-ATP via MIL2ATP - HIGHLY recommend) and a DA-42. The longer you stay at the company, generally the more you can expect they'll invest in you. There's a few other skillbridge bros here but they are in/out = not getting trained in the TBM. The job offer is a fantastic backup if the majors don't call.

I could only get an MEI-I from my MCI, so sooner than later I will need to get a CFI topoff. Right now I get good flying just flying around fractional owners in the cirrus/tbm. I talked to a CFI bro who is an IP at Seymour, working part-time at mil2atp - the CFI topoff can be challanging depending on what maneuvers the DPE asks of you.

Regarding the CFI topoff check. My understanding is that the best route is to add single engine ATP to your multi ATP(one checkride), than take the check for adding your single engine CFI. I would strongly recommend talking to your DPE ahead of time so there are no surprises. There is very little actually required for both checks which maybe why some DPEs feel the need to add random stuff.
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Old 11-17-2022, 08:03 PM
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Anyone used skill bridge recently to just fly the line with an operator like Wheels Up? I see they are on the employers list.

Iíve already got a lot of BE40 hrs just kinda looking for an intro to pax ops before airlines


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Old 11-30-2022, 05:26 PM
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Talk to Chris at mil2atp for something like that. But I can't see you getting to fly passengers for wheelsup, etc. You would be displacing a pilot from a paid position. I gotta imagine that's the type of thing that would destroy any airline group, especially if they have a union.

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