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From unemployed airline pilot to GA flying instructor.

Old 22nd May 2020, 09:51
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Originally Posted by ANCIENT View Post
geeup you must live a very sheltered life. For some of us the gloss wore off the airline life and we moved back to more interesting flying.
exactly! For me the heavy metal job was just a means to a decent income, gave me the opportunity to do other things inc GA flying. I left the dog eat dog 'bus' industry early to finish off flying commercially with some challenge attached to it! Glad I had the opportunity but wouldn't recommend it!

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Old 22nd May 2020, 22:11
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Cannot disagree I have had a sheltered life in a small pond.

But every time a big fish (from the airlines) comes to the small pond its painful for all involved.

Examples that spring to mind 88/89, ex Ansett, Compass, Ozjet, Cathay, RAAF. Makes for a long day in office, crewroom or cockpit cause thats all you are going to hear..

Just my opinion and as I said good luck

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Old 22nd May 2020, 22:44
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For anyone contemplating doing this, Id suggest that you study up and pass the CASA PMI exam first. The PMI exam could be quite difficult to pass without doing any pre study. Once thats done, focus on building your own lesson plans. The bulk of the work in a FIR is being able to learn how to develop and give good briefings and debriefings.

Its certainly not a walk in the park and it requires quite a lot of dedication, particularly for someone older regardless of experience. Its a completely different mindset in my opinion, from being a line pilot in a multi crew environment.

Good luck for anyone contemplating on doing this, the industry would certainly benefit from a few more experienced people getting into training.
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