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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:02 pm    Post subject: where did you obtain your hours? Reply with quote

I know it takes a fair amount of experience (hours) before you can receive your instructor rating! my question is, what types of jobs did you get to obtain the required amount of flight time? Also, how many hours did you have when you got your rating? I ask this because becoming a flight instructor would be a great way to accumulate more flight time along with a decent wage! Any reply would be greatly appreciated!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My instructor wouldn't call it a decent wage! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think most would either Jen! Especially not for the stress if any of their students are like what I was!

Logan - I d worry about getting the PPL/CPL for now and then let any employer pay for any additional ratings if possible. It great having lots of bits of paper but you need the experience and the hours to get the jobs (usually!).

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats some good advice wolf! yeah rather than forking out all that cash ill let the employer make that call!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Logan,

Most pilots who seek a career in the helicopter industry work as instructors to build time and valuable experience.
Some employers will pay for additional ratings and other will not.

It took me about 70 hours for my private due to unavoidable delays, until I decided that I needed to put aside a full week of time, fly every day, study every night, and take my ride. The commercial was very easy once the Private was obtained and only a few hours more in flight time (5 hours night Xctry).

As for pay....years ago I was paid $5 US an hour. Hardly enough to support a family but I loved what I did: flying and teaching. Still do. Everthing is relative. If you love what you do, then the compensation is only an added bonus. The real reward is flying!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats true! i wont be doing the PPL(H) then switching over to the CPL(H), its just a straight shot, 8-5 5 days a week ground school in the morning, flying in the afternoon! My school gets the CPL(H) completed in 4 months and takes 12 students. I talked to my instructor during my FAM flight and he said he loved his job (which he only does during the summer and flies ski and tour contracts during the fall winter and spring. My school hires 7 of the 12 students (ones who work the hardest and excel) to fly tours for a nearby company through which they also run. After that the school has helped students get jobs flying news heli's. One of my goods friends who has done this course has both flew for the tour company and the new heli in Toronto. Although this all sounds great after i hopefully get the opportunities that my friend did, ide like to get into instructing and building hours!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you learning in the US? Over here in the UK you have to earn your PPL(H) before you can earn your CPL(H). As for building the hours, when i get my CPL i will have to see then, i think alot of people choose to take a loan out to pay for their instructor rating as a commercial pilot with low hours is not going to be appealing to too many people, whereas an instructor will.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

im in Canada! its possible that during the course ill receive my PPL half way through and then continue through to receiving my CPL at the end of it! Ill have to look it up just to make sure the PPL part of it is 100%
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhhh second most beautiful country in the world... after New Zealand hehe. Yea i should think you do an intensive course involved in gaining your PPL and CPL although the CPL is like the PPL but supersized so i guess you just learn a combined amount of indepth info and then walk the PPL tests as a technicality then sit the CPL ones.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha thanks I do love Canada! none the less i talked to my school and yes, i do tests half way through that involve q's on what could be called the PPL test. at the school their called midterms! haha none the less what you said is correct!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure you can actually do an integrated course over here too, where you go straight from scratch to CPL(H). I'm not sure which schools do this but I don't believe there's much to be gained by this method.

The normal "modular" route which is "Ab Initio - PPL(H) - CPL(H) Ground School - CPL(H) Modular Flying Course" is what most schools offer.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

from there did you go into the workforce to build hours then became an instructor?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I built up my hours to 250, which is the minimum for starting the instructor course. Had to borrow the last 15k-ish, but it was the best move I ever made. Instruction keeps me very busy now, and I love it. I've been flat out since the day I picked up the piece of paper with the rating on it! It's a very satisfying career.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the utmost respect for flying instructors. I'm temperamentally unsuited to teaching anything, let alone flying. You guys are completely nuts. Although, obviously, I'm glad you are! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh i bet! what kind of job did you have in order to get to 250 hrs? Thats if you dont mind me asking!
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