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Old 03-22-2017, 07:07 PM   #11  
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With 3,000 hours, I felt like I was ready to be an airline pilot. Barely...
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Except that the 1500 hour rule has nothing to do with safety.
Says the guy who doesn't even have 500 hours.
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You can almost justify paying someone with 250-500 hours $22/hr. Let's not go backwards here.
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1500 hours helps weed out the ones that aren't serious about the job/profession.


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Except that the 1500 hour rule has nothing to do with safety.
I remember when I drank UND's kool aid about how "prime airline pilots are at 500-700 hours". and that everything beyond it is all detrimental to society. Yup says the professors that have never worked in the airline industry and now preach their knowledge because they did "studies".

In the end it's like being a 19 year old just wanting to go buy a beer and cursing those that made the law 21, and then when you finally get to 21 and you see the point and how reckless you would have been if you had been legally able to drink back then . More or less It's weeding out the kids that would rather blow their load and go to Great Lakes, wash out there because they're not the super pilot they think they are than spend 15 monthes teaching and actually learning. I learned more and had more fun teaching my Chinese kids than I have in a crj.
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You can get 1000 hours instructing in 1 year so anyone complaining that it "takes too long" is probably picking QOL as an instructor over building time. Which is totally understandable
It took me about 2.5 years to get to 1000TT from 200TT. However, I was on the QOL side of instructing. Small University + QOL made for an awesome couple of years.

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I actually kind of miss it if you don't factor in the horrible pay.
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No one in Congress is moving toward changing this. As usual, the ALPA Legislative Affairs group is, "out to lunch." (it's headed by a law school drop-out.)

The real threat is Indonesian pilots with BS logbooks coming in on H1B Visas because of the "pilot shortage."

There is no "pilot shortage", there is only a shortage of airlines willing to pay pilots the going rate.

For once, get ahead of this one!
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I cant even imagine what would happen to flight schools if that goes away. They have a hard time getting CFI's as it is
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It took me about 2.5 years to get to 1000TT from 200TT. However, I was on the QOL side of instructing. Small University + QOL made for an awesome couple of years.

Four day camping trip? See ya!
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I actually kind of miss it if you don't factor in the horrible pay.
Yup, exactly! Some people aren't in a huge rush because they have an awesome job and probably location (like yourself) and take the hit building time. Also, probably better quality students and possibly more money.

I took a hit on my QOL and taught Chinese in AZ. Still had fun but worked A LOT and also got 1000 dual given in 1 year and I was off to the airlines. People just complain it can't be done. It can be done, but you have to out weigh the options. Do you want to have fun, good money, benefits, and an awesome experience (like you) or do you want to log hours the fastest way possible with 1 vacation in your year. Lol.

In some ways if I did it over I would have instructed back at my flight school or somewhere I could have a more relaxed and fun experience and enjoyed teaching....but I can't complain with getting done in the amount of time I had.

Just gotta follow what you want, but building 1500 hours really isn't that a big of deal like people set out to make it. I'm sure you agree with me, relatively it sounds like.
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They should take the 1500 hour rule, and make it 2000 hours, 1500 hours in the past 5 years. None of this 1500 hours flying day vfr out of uncontrolled airports in a cub for the past 20 years.
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