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Old 07-15-2017, 05:13 PM   #1  
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I have 230 hours and got my commercial with instrument and still got one more year in college to get my bachelor degree. But I do not want to become a CFI but i will get my multi soon. My question is how safe am i for a start up job position without doing and being a CFI? Is there really a lot of pilot shortage that i can easily find a start up job like banner towing, arial photography or sky diving anything other than instructing?
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Hello all...
I have 230 hours and got my commercial with instrument and still got one more year in college to get my bachelor degree. But I do not want to become a CFI but i will get my multi soon. My question is how safe am i for a start up job position without doing and being a CFI? Is there really a lot of pilot shortage that i can easily find a start up job like banner towing, arial photography or sky diving anything other than instructing?
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How does being a CFI make you more safe for flying when you're not flying for the most part? CFI is basically for time building to qualify you for something that has minimum hours, not for being 'safer'. (I'm sure you will get the opposite opinion before this thread is over).
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Old 07-16-2017, 11:57 AM   #3  
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How does being a CFI make you more safe for flying when you're not flying for the most part? CFI is basically for time building to qualify you for something that has minimum hours, not for being 'safer'. (I'm sure you will get the opposite opinion before this thread is over).
OMG really?
You'll learn more about flying in your first year of instructing then all your flight training combined.
Just taking it as a time building excercise is really a disservice to and disrespecting of the profession.
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OMG really?
You'll learn more about flying in your first year of instructing then all your flight training combined.
Just taking it as a time building excercise is really a disservice to and disrespecting of the profession.
And there is your first opposite opinion Aidenboiii.

The main point is, CFI is not a mandatory path to building hours and being a 'safe' pilot as some would think. It's OK not to become a CFI.
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It is....
But it's also a rewarding path chosen by thousands that went before you.
And certainly nothing to be embarrassed about.
Every entry level job will eventually reach the end of its usefulness and you don't learn anymore.
Going up and down a beach at 500' gets old quick and none of it fills any additional columns in your logbook.
When picking an entry level job consider:
TT and the rate of accumulation
XC
Night
IFR/IMC
PIC

Flightinstruction gets you to build on all of those. Just a thought.
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It is....
But it's also a rewarding path chosen by thousands that went before you.
And certainly nothing to be embarrassed about.
Every entry level job will eventually reach the end of its usefulness and you don't learn anymore.
Going up and down a beach at 500' gets old quick and none of it fills any additional columns in your logbook.
When picking an entry level job consider:
TT and the rate of accumulation
XC
Night
IFR/IMC
PIC

Flightinstruction gets you to build on all of those. Just a thought.
Going to agree here. Plus it lays the foundation for CRM. Trust me when I say that I dont want someone to learn CRM when they are at the regionals. Not the place. Besides some of my fondest memories of flying were from my CFI days
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Also your limiting yourself to the amount of jobs you can get in the future if the economy takes a tank and hiring at regionals stops, as unlikely that is right now. For me it's nice knowing I can fall back on instructing even if it's not something I really wish to ever do again.
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