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#1 UH60Av8r

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 11:35

Hello all,  I am new to the forums.  I am looking at obtaining my CFI back home in NJ and was wondering if anyone on here as used any of the flight schools in that state. (also open to ones in Philadelphia area  as well) Were your experiences good/bad?  As an Army Aviator is it worth getting my CFI through the civilian side, or waiting until I track IP and get it that way?  

 

I also do not know if there are specific things I should look for when picking a school.   Just trying to get the ball rolling so any tips/advice would be helpful.  Thank you.



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Posted 05 September 2016 - 22:32

The number 1 thing you need to determine when picking a school is, what are my odds of getting hired here after I'm done?

#3 takefootoff

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 11:47

A double whammy of civilian instruction and Army flight time would be a killer way to do it man. Go for it!

#4 UH60Av8r

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 10:21

Astro, that is exactly what I am looking for.  I plan on doing whatever it takes to make flying a career.  I need to see how much is left on my GI Bill to aid in the cost; as doing it through the Army would mean I would need to wait about 2 years or so.  



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Posted 09 September 2016 - 10:34

If I was you, just make sure you can find a school that has Part 141 (which means the VA will pay for it), but ALSO flies R22s/R44s. There are a good amount of schools that have Part 141 certification, but for whatever reason they fly Schweizers. But 95% of the schools that are hiring will not be flying that airframe. This means you will probably have to look outside of NJ.

 

Take it from me, I flew at a part 141 school in NJ (you can figure out which one) and used up a lot of VA funding for my CFI. But most schools want you to have 100 hours in the airframe to realistically work for them. So I had a CFI ticket, but was essentially un-hirable. So then I had to go to a different school, fly for 50 Hours in a R22, and then do my CFII in a R44. Finally, I will be able to send my resume without getting a cold shoulder.


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Posted 10 September 2016 - 09:52

If I was you, just make sure you can find a school that has Part 141 (which means the VA will pay for it), but ALSO flies R22s/R44s. There are a good amount of schools that have Part 141 certification, but for whatever reason they fly Schweizers. But 95% of the schools that are hiring will not be flying that airframe. This means you will probably have to look outside of NJ.

 

Take it from me, I flew at a part 141 school in NJ (you can figure out which one) and used up a lot of VA funding for my CFI. But most schools want you to have 100 hours in the airframe to realistically work for them. So I had a CFI ticket, but was essentially un-hirable. So then I had to go to a different school, fly for 50 Hours in a R22, and then do my CFII in a R44. Finally, I will be able to send my resume without getting a cold shoulder.

 

So what you are really trying to say is that you hated not being able to pump your own gas or make left turns?



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 20:51

If I was you, just make sure you can find a school that has Part 141 (which means the VA will pay for it), but ALSO flies R22s/R44s. There are a good amount of schools that have Part 141 certification, but for whatever reason they fly Schweizers. But 95% of the schools that are hiring will not be flying that airframe. This means you will probably have to look outside of NJ.
 
Take it from me, I flew at a part 141 school in NJ (you can figure out which one) and used up a lot of VA funding for my CFI. But most schools want you to have 100 hours in the airframe to realistically work for them. So I had a CFI ticket, but was essentially un-hirable. So then I had to go to a different school, fly for 50 Hours in a R22, and then do my CFII in a R44. Finally, I will be able to send my resume without getting a cold shoulder.

If you're still looking there's a new ad on the job page for a Schweitzer cfi?
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Posted 14 September 2016 - 23:20

If you're still looking there's a new ad on the job page for a Schweitzer cfi?

Havent seen any in the last few weeks...



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 23:30

Havent seen any in the last few weeks...


http://www.jsfirm.co...da/jobID_342687
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Posted 24 September 2016 - 15:35

You didn't indicate your experience level or the ratings you currently hold; but if you have a Commercial rating and are currently flying, you should be able to obtain a CFI rating in 10 or so hours of flight time plus appropriate study time for the written and Oral part of the checkride.  If you aren't actively flying, obviously the number will be higher.  We've done several CFI's with no prior experience in Enstroms in 10 - 20 hours.

 

If you don't yet have a Commercial rating; it's a whole differrent ball of wax and can be a bit complex - check the FARs for details.

 



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Posted 26 September 2016 - 08:50

 

...another one

 

http://helicopterjob...px#.V-knJyRn0cA







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