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Best route to FI

Old 29th Sep 2023, 14:35
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Next challenge will be identifying a school close enough to do this part time while working, to the North East.

Do any of you far more knowledgeable people have any suggestions?!

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GWK
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Old 29th Sep 2023, 19:33
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I have been thinking about doing an FI and I’m in my late sixties……a step too far ?
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Old 30th Sep 2023, 09:41
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Originally Posted by beamer
I have been thinking about doing an FI and Iím in my late sixtiesÖÖa step too far ?
Depends on your experience, but I think there are more exciting ways of having a heart attack.
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Old 1st Oct 2023, 08:30
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Good luck

Iím 58, PPL over 600 hours TT. Lapsed IMC. Last year I undertook the FI course at Andrewsfield, Essex. Best course Iíve taken, most useful, practical flying I highly recommend taking the FI. Schools need good instructors but there is no currency for LAPL only, so if you are serious about FI you need the CPL theory exams. I also work, so my study time is limited to after work and weekends. The CPL TK is a long course you need to put in the hours ,think two hours/ day for 12 months at least. I chose CAPT, similar course material to the bigger ATOís, but all on line and best value out there. There are other providers. When I took my assessment flight I also renewed my CRI. As others have said you need 200 minimum, before starting the course so Iíd definitely hours build ( buy a share and enjoy your flying) get to know a school nearby, on track in wellsbourne have a good reputation and they are a good source of information. As is Irv Lee. As others have said donít accept anything less than excellent flying, height, heading, speed. The FI course demands toy fly accurately, good luck and enjoy every minute
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Old 1st Oct 2023, 09:52
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Originally Posted by fly_webbv2
Iím 58, PPL over 600 hours TT. Lapsed IMC. Last year I undertook the FI course at Andrewsfield, Essex. Best course Iíve taken, most useful, practical flying I highly recommend taking the FI. Schools need good instructors but there is no currency for LAPL only, so if you are serious about FI you need the CPL theory exams. I also work, so my study time is limited to after work and weekends. The CPL TK is a long course you need to put in the hours ,think two hours/ day for 12 months at least. I chose CAPT, similar course material to the bigger ATOís, but all on line and best value out there. There are other providers. When I took my assessment flight I also renewed my CRI. As others have said you need 200 minimum, before starting the course so Iíd definitely hours build ( buy a share and enjoy your flying) get to know a school nearby, on track in wellsbourne have a good reputation and they are a good source of information. As is Irv Lee. As others have said donít accept anything less than excellent flying, height, heading, speed. The FI course demands toy fly accurately, good luck and enjoy every minute
Thank you.

Iím not in any rush, itís a long term aim, so all noted.

A share would be good, but slim pickings in the North East currently. Iíll keep my eyes peeled for that as an option too.

GWK
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Old 5th Oct 2023, 20:30
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Reading this thread with interest indeed. I’m thinking of doing the same thing myself. I’m an ATPL(H) IR holder with just shy of 10k hours and also a PPL A holder about three years away from retirement. I presume/hope all that will count towards the requirements. Anyone have any experience with training establishments up in Scotland?
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Old 22nd Oct 2023, 21:33
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Is PPL instruction still really badly paid ? i was getting £14 an hour in 2002..

Thise above bearing in mind " as a retirement plan ", the weather makes the income very uncertain obv especially in winter .

Also bear in mind , in an ideal world , all your students would be keen enthusiastic folk doing full PPLs so you get a variety of flying , in my experience 60-70 % of what i ended up doing was trial lessons or red letter days or similar and after a few hundred of those it gets dull quickly
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I know numerous FI without CPL TK who work either full-time time or part-time time. Admittedly they're are all CRI's as well All of them do little LAPL instruction offering microlight, Aeros, URPT, SSEA, SEP, TMG, Tailwheel, GR. One is even an FE. I'd do the FI rating first and then if the work doesn't come do the CPL TK.
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Old 22nd Nov 2023, 20:03
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What's the current UK market like for instructors? Would a new (or recently renewed) PPL instructor get snapped up, or are there experienced people twiddling their thumbs due to the lack of students?
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Old 23rd Nov 2023, 10:03
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Very short of instructors in the South-West.
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