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Old 06-06-2018, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Gmack View Post
What is CFI?
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I'll guess it's a Certified Flight Instructor. What's my prize?
It's actually Certificated Flight Instructor, for those keeping score at home.
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:58 PM
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Correct me if I'm wrong but CFI is one thing, being rated to fly a specific piece of equipment is another.

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Originally Posted by aubv View Post
Correct me if I'm wrong but CFI is one thing, being rated to fly a specific piece of equipment is another.
If the aircraft has a max gross takeoff weight of 12,500 lbs or under and/or is not turbojet powered, no specific type rating is required.

Only the applicable category and class rating is required (airplane single engine land, etc)
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Isn’t there 180 hp or something Not to exceed?
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
Isn’t there 180 hp or something Not to exceed?
Read about the difference between a complex endorsement a high performance endorsement here.
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Cool thanks for the link
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post

Not looking to make a career out of it, but a buddy of mine is a commercial pilot around here and they are always looking for someone to fill a leg and it pays three to $500 a day, so I will be getting my privates license anyway so why not go ahead and get the commercial endorsement and take it vantage of those days when someone is needed
Doesn’t quite work that way!
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Originally Posted by ThreeLittleFish View Post


Doesn’t quite work that way!
let me get to a PC and I will reply better. I know there is a lot and a lot of time needed to be built
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Originally Posted by Kenny Powers View Post
I went back and read the thread. I'd encourage you to buy an instrument capable Cessna 152 and find a CFI who you want to become good friends with, then go part 61. Change that to a 172 if you're over 200# or want to take family with you while you're time building for that Commercial. There will be a very fun period between about 130 and 250 hours where you just go somewhere to burn gas.

I'm sure I can offer much more advice as I learn more about your particular situation.
^ Great suggestion here.
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Bluff, you got some great replies as is usual for THT.

Now I want you to do some math. Add all the hours you have to rent a plane and instructor and see how many hours you have to fly @ 300 to 500 dollars to break even.
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Originally Posted by aFORDable View Post
Bluff, you got some great replies as is usual for THT.

Now I want you to do some math. Add all the hours you have to rent a plane and instructor and see how many hours you have to fly @ 300 to 500 dollars to break even.

yea, I know its EXPENSIVE.........but when Blue Rudy gonna foot the bill you just roll with it

serious, I know It will take thousands x many to get to where want to get to and I am ok with that.
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Originally Posted by aFORDable View Post
Bluff, you got some great replies as is usual for THT.

Now I want you to do some math. Add all the hours you have to rent a plane and instructor and see how many hours you have to fly @ 300 to 500 dollars to break even.
This is why I suggested buying. The rent/buy break even point for a Cessna is very roughly 70 hours a year. I'm assuming he'll want to fly quite a bit more than that if going for commercial in any reasonable amount of time.
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Originally Posted by Kenny Powers View Post
This is why I suggested buying. The rent/buy break even point for a Cessna is very roughly 70 hours a year. I'm assuming he'll want to fly quite a bit more than that if going for commercial in any reasonable amount of time.
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I am also a CFI II MEI but have nothing to add, good advice above.
As for building “free” time, I did that hauling skydivers: They buy a one-way ticket to 10,000 feet, then jump.
(We called them meat bombs
Fun bunch of people to hang with, great parties.
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I'm a CFI/ CFII in both airplanes and helicopters which means only 2 of the 3 things that dadriva posted are true... I've post a picture of my wife before.
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Originally Posted by k9medic View Post
I'm a CFI/ CFII in both airplanes and helicopters which means only 2 of the 3 things that dadriva posted are true... I've post a picture of my wife before.
What’s the going rate for an instructor down in Florida, hearsay is Florida is a good place to learn
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post

What’s the going rate for an instructor down in Florida, hearsay is Florida is a good place to learn

The prices should be a bit more competitive down in FL...flight schools there are almost on every street corner. Most schools up here in the MW tend to be about $120/hour with dry plane
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post

What’s the going rate for an instructor down in Florida, hearsay is Florida is a good place to learn

It all depends. It's been some time since I was in the new learner instruction phase but I believe something around $40-60/hr for the instructor plus the cost of the plane between $80-150.

All of my instructor time in the past 15 years has been for my organization although I am looking at buying a plane and having some partners - if they don't know how to fly I will teach them.
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Mine is about $250/hr for plane, fuel and instructor for C172 dual G1000. It can be had cheaper without an expensive plane.

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Def don’t need to be paying 250/hr
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