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Old 10-29-2017, 01:56 PM   #21  
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So how does that work? I mean you're paying ER tuition I assume and that includes the cost of flying I assume. So ER pays for you to rent from them or how does that work?
Technically, no. Lenders consider flying to be “high risk” and wont lend money for flying. So, you have to accumulate extra loan $ not spent on tuition and use that for flight lesson costs, or use grant $.

I recommend skipping college. Just use credit cards (or get a loan; DO NOT tell the loan officer it is for flight lessons, unless you have a good cosigner) at a part 61 flight school. You dont need a college degree, but you can always get one later after you are a regional airline pilot. I dont know of any aviation colleges where tuition covers the cost of flight training.

Ive heard good things about ATP. You pay a bit more, but will have a CFI job waiting for you and you will get there quick. But, I think a part 61 school is the cheapest option. From PPL to CPL, I estimate under $18,000. If you decide to get your multi and CFI right away, that will cost more obviously. You could probably get a job with a wet CPL and just skip the multi and CFI.
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Old 10-29-2017, 03:01 PM   #22  
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It was the same at my university. I attended a state university, and the flight department was in-house. That means when you looked up the N numbers, it was registered to the university. Being a state entity, there were all sorts of liability issues. Which is a shame, because they used to rent them out. But then one PPL and his instructor had a high-profile crash, they played the "reshuffle administration and fire some people" game, and it became a very not-so-fun place. So we had to go pay lotsa money to rent from nearby FBOs, none of which were especially close by, and the planes/maintenance weren't as great as our part 145 guys.
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:10 PM   #23  
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Ive heard good things about ATP. You pay a bit more, but will have a CFI job waiting for you and you will get there quick. But, I think a part 61 school is the cheapest option. From PPL to CPL, I estimate under $18,000. If you decide to get your multi and CFI right away, that will cost more obviously. You could probably get a job with a wet CPL and just skip the multi and CFI.
You're forgetting the few hundred hours you have to build from PPL to CPL..
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:26 PM   #24  
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You're forgetting the few hundred hours you have to build from PPL to CPL..
Yes I did.....Im thinking you’d have have about 150ish hours after getting the instrument (BTW, do as much instrument at night as you can to get night hours) so you’d still need about 85more hours before starting the Commercial. You could always split the cost with a safety pilot for that time....possibly in a 152 if your light enough....so maybe another $5k? Total being around $22k? I know the prices have probably changed since I did it, so thats all guesstimate.
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Old 11-06-2017, 02:22 PM   #25  
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I believe either the 500 or the multi or both are non-negotiable even though it says SE or ME. I am local and other than the one guy who is on every thread they post, they have a good reputation among the local pilot population.

I guess I shouldn't say "believe", I hope it is because they've been looking for a couple of months and although I have time in a couple of the types they fly, I'm friendly with the local place that services most of the country's PAC-750s, I have a lot of experience in data acquisition, surveying, and high op-tempo deployments, and I have an active security clearance (a common, but not often advertised requirement for survey work), I can't seem to get any traction yet. Maybe my resume has a big 'ol typo on it or they absolutely need those times/types for insurance or something. My Multi checkride is in 3 days, I'll update with them after that and see what happens.

If you do get hired with less, please post up some details, would love to know what they hit on your resume that I'm missing.
I haven't seen a resume that fits this description, but send me a PM and I'll see if I missed something.
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Old 11-06-2017, 02:24 PM   #26  
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what does it pay?
$35-70k depending on experience
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