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Old 02-14-2019, 05:55 AM   #11  
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I get it and dont mean to come off complaining. I meant more of, I need to take this opportunity and maximize what I can and do what I can do tap into aviation. Great video btw.
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:56 AM   #12  
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So CFI is the better way to go? I sort of have an offer where Im at now. WHat are the cliff notes for CFI, cost, etc ?
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:47 AM   #13  
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So CFI is the better way to go? I sort of have an offer where Im at now. WHat are the cliff notes for CFI, cost, etc ?
CFI is great....assuming you actually teach and don't waste your time staring at hobbs meter.

Another option is to CFI until you hit 500-800TT and then fly Aerial Survey, Skydive (meat missiles), Traffic Watch or take advantage of some Part 91/135 FO programs.
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So CFI is the better way to go? I sort of have an offer where Im at now. WHat are the cliff notes for CFI, cost, etc ?
CFI = typically 30 day training footprint, create lesson plans, teach, fly the aircraft (about 10 hours), complete FOI written exam, take checkride with FAA, fail checkride with FAA, retest and pass.

I think American Flyers, AllATPS and Sheble Aviation have accelerated CFI courses.
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:07 AM   #15  
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I am a second career pilot.

I recommend you do what you have to do to get the single commercial as quick as possible. Uber, sell unnecessary items, take a small 401k distribution, etc. Once you have single commercial find a survey job, job in Alaska, or Puerto Rico- anywhere you can get hired with single commercial to build time. Next, try for a turbine single job- Caravan or PC-12 gig. Save some more money, once you hit a 1,000 hours, then get a multi commercial ticket and start looking for a king air/light Jet FO job.

PM me if you have specific questions. Happy to help walk you through it.
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:54 PM   #16  
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Can't you freelance with your skills in IT? I get it that it isnt what you want, but to pay the bills, you should be able to work part time after-hours enough to pay the bills with a 1099 contract. That way you can work on flying during the day.

BTW, with a talented CPA they can probably expense a lot of that 1099 employment income so your tax liability can be minimized.
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:17 AM   #17  
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Don’t take anything out of your 401k that’s stealing from yourself as you pay a fine and taxes on top of it.
Ask me how I know, I lost appr 30%.
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I'm sure this question has been beatin' by now, but for my own sake, is there ANYONE out there where I could essentially sign an X time contract agreeing to work for ABC company if they get me all my certs and ratings? I thought there was place out there like that.


I'm working on my CPL, about 90% complete, I have my IFR as well. To our more salt into the wound, I just lost my job (2/11/2019) as a software developer and I really don't want to go back into the IT world. Ever. I've always wanted to be a pilot in some realm and want to make this time count.


Any tips, advice, or anything would be appreciated.


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Old 02-15-2019, 02:00 PM   #19  
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Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach - I just saw flyers they will give you all your CFI, CFII, MEI and a jet type but it says 2-yr. commitment. And I did hear someone say it was hard finding time since they are so short on instructors, thus the need. So...caveat emptor - but could be a great deal depending on your circumstance, and a job with them.
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:31 PM   #20  
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2 years is reasonable as it will take you that much time to get up to 1500hrs anyway.
And there’ll keep you busy too.
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