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Msg ID: 2668629 is fw a better route to being a pilot (NT) +0/-0     
11/12/2020 12:56:51 PM

Msg ID: 2668630 Tbe route to the airport us usually the first step (NT) +0/-2     
Author:to being a pilot
11/12/2020 1:06:39 PM

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Msg ID: 2668631 Tbe route to the airport us usually the first step (NT) +0/-0     
Author:should it be taxi, or lyft
11/12/2020 1:08:25 PM

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Msg ID: 2668632 Tbe route to the airport us usually the first step +0/-1     
Author:I prefer the bus
11/12/2020 1:12:22 PM

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runs every 1/2 hour

Msg ID: 2668644 is fw a better route to being a pilot +4/-0     
Author:Best to
11/12/2020 2:10:59 PM

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get both FW and RW Commercial Certificates, of course with Instrument Privileges.

Use FW to gain flying time, work on the RW while doing it.  Probably provide the widest employment possibilities.  

Of course you'll have to figure out the financing.  Given that, spend t he money on a college education that prepares you for a real job, such as engineering.  Forget photography and basket weaving.

Msg ID: 2668662 is fw a better route to being a pilot +1/-1     
Author:the original post
11/12/2020 3:01:17 PM

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are you living under a rock how many qualified pilots have been laid off from the airlines.



Msg ID: 2668675 is fw a better route to being a pilot +1/-2     
Author:All those pilots layed off
11/12/2020 4:01:04 PM

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and we will probably never need airline pilots again?

Msg ID: 2668688 is fw a better route to being a pilot +5/-1     
Author:you're catching on
11/12/2020 4:27:35 PM

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Msg ID: 2668698 is fw a better route to being a pilot +2/-1     
Author:Things will
11/12/2020 5:45:17 PM

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turn around much faster than you think.  Hope you find that hydraulic jack to help you emerge from your rock.

Of course, best wishes.

Msg ID: 2668750 is fw a better route to being a pilot +1/-0     
11/12/2020 9:07:10 PM

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At least with fixed wing you might get on with an airline that the pilots are represented by ALPA.

Msg ID: 2669115 is fw a better route to being a pilot +1/-1     
Author:The helicopter
11/14/2020 3:21:33 PM

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unions are better than not having one.  We who put up with the industry since the 60s, yes, retired, and went through unionization know it first hand.  Do yourselves a favor and keep them.  Better than not having them.

Msg ID: 2669200 is fw a better route to being a pilot +1/-0     
Author:Yes, but no.
11/15/2020 11:15:32 AM

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FW time building is cheaper for that step between private and commercial, so it's cheaper to get your fixed wing certificates first.  Then do a commercial RW add-on.


HOWEVER, there is down side.  If you want a RW career, all that FW time is mostly useless to you.  You'll be a commercial RW pilot with 50 RW hours, and nobody will hire you.

With a commercial FW cert and 250 hours, you can step right in to many entry level jobs such as banner towing, skydiver hauling, etc.  And when you hit 500 hours, you probably meet Pt135 VFR minimums and can get into a cargo operation.


What are you going to do with a commercial RW cert and 50 hours?  Entry level jobs such as tour flying will cite their marketing programs such as TOPS and say that you need 1000 hours helicopter PIC time.  Heck, even the dregs like flying R44s at Myrtle Beach will want 500 hours.

Seasonal cherry drying will get you a few hours.  And there are a few other penny-ante jobs for a low time pilot.

And yeah, you can be a CFI.  By time you take that 50 to 500, you'll be a very knowledgeable pilot and still have very limited opportunities.

But it's the same as if you went the whole way as a RW only pilot.  The only difference is you would only need to go from 250 to 500.  And your wallet would be a lot lighter.


So do you want to be flying 135 & working toward a career when you hit 500 hours, or do you want to still be building time to qualify for that entry level tour job over the ditch?