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Old 16th Jun 2020, 12:54
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FI Course + work

Hello guys

This january I got hired by a European company to start A320 type rating. I went through the indocrination course, the ground school and was 12 hours in the type rating until we were rescued out of it and brought back home due to this ongoing pandemic.
Im reaching to you all if you know any schools providing FI courses plus internship and a possibility to work there.
Thanks in advance for all your comments.
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 13:56
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Hello Honeyman5123,

I think you are not the only one at the moment!
I'm desperately looking for the same since March, but I think it is almost impossible nowadays!

The instructor market is already saturated and I'm not sure if it is better to keep the money and wait or to be ahead of the situation, get the FI rating and be ready for a better future FI market.

I'm looking for some good advice too!

Cheers!!
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 14:08
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Your best bet would probably be contacting the school where you did your own training. Many, if not most schools prefer to fill any instructor vacancies from within their own students. This is not just a guarantee that the candidate has been trained to the standards required by the school, but it's also a good advertisement for future students.
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 20:31
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As said above the FI market is quickly becoming saturated. With regard to completing an FI course, firstly its with checking what rate of pay you will be getting. Most FI's I know that aren't airline pilots have a second job to keep their lives afloat. It will certainly take you a long time to recoup your money (but at least you'll get to fly). Consider too if you WANT to do it, FI's that are just 'killing time' are usually not great.

Also worth nothing that with a (probably) global recession looming there will probably be a downturn in GA flying too....

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Old 17th Jun 2020, 21:17
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If you want to be an FI then make sure you aren't just doing it because you can't fly an airliner for the time being. If you give off that vibe, you will not get the job. Instructing will not be a throwaway job as some have treated it, so belt in for 3-4 years of doing circuits and long hours. As for internships and any support towards being an FI, in most cases it will be non existent now, schools have been hit bad, some have gone bust and in the UK we can't even provide any lessons now due to government restrictions, so it will be down to you to work hard and get your skills. It really is a dark picture folks and I've been worried for my job at a flight training provider that has been in business 50+ years.
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