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FI(A) bad idea?

Old 31st Jul 2020, 00:32
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FI(A) bad idea?

Looking to semi-retire in a year or two and would really like to instruct part time.

I have interpreted FCL.915.FI to read that holding a PPL(A), Class 2 medical, pass the CPL knowledge tests and have requisite experience in the log book that I can instruct and get paid for it. Is there any reason to believe that this is likely to change of the back of Brexit?

I am about ready to go down the CATS route and get studying, but slightly worried that dozens of airline jobs lost to COVID will flood the market with semi-retired "Instructors" looking for beer money, with thousands of hours and experience.

Any insight or advice greatly appreciated.
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and have requisite experience in the log book that I can instruct and get paid for it.
I suggest that is over simplification of completing a FI Course.
It is unlikely to change in the near future but as you say there may be instructors returning from the airlines however; will there be enough schools, students available. Competition invariably results in lower income for FIs.
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I wouldn't let it stop you but be aware that there is a huge supply of ex-instructors returning from airline jobs at the moment.

What the FI community really needs is a decent supply if good quality instructors, the industry is flooded with cowboys at the moment.

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by student88 View Post
I wouldn't let it stop you but be aware that there is a huge supply of ex-instructors returning from airline jobs at the moment.

What the FI community really needs is a decent supply if good quality instructors, the industry is flooded with cowboys at the moment.

Good luck.
And one would assume as soon as some ex airline pilot gets re-offered their old job, they would be gone in a flash.
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“Flooded with cowboys”...what evidence?

Originally Posted by student88 View Post
I wouldn't let it stop you but be aware that there is a huge supply of ex-instructors returning from airline jobs at the moment.

What the FI community really needs is a decent supply if good quality instructors, the industry is flooded with cowboys at the moment.

Good luck.
What evidence do you have for that?
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I have seen it with my own eyes BBK, don't take it personally.
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I have seen it with my own eyes BBK, don't take it personally.
Are you still a student? I think what BBK might be querying is the sweeping generalisation.
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I'm afraid, even if it may be a generalisation, student88 is spot on. My eyes (and my ears come to that) see exactly the same every day of the week, many times per day.
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If you’re looking to do the course and then teach rather like a paid hobby then what have you got to lose other than the cost of the course? A former airline colleague asked me the same question recently and given the typical pay rates for PPL instruction I advised him the economics probably don’t stack up.

If you have the enthusiasm to teach then go for it but I to confess I have no idea what the course will cost these days. I’ve only ever taught part time and so my enthusiasm for teaching has never waned which perhaps might have occurred otherwise. Just my perspective. I don’t do sweeping unsubstantiated generalisations!
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I’d be surprised if there were that many coming from airlines.
Since the self improved route disappeared , I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of FOs I work with with an FI, can’t think of many captains either .
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