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So this is my first post, I've kinda been lurking around here for a while (yes, yes, I'm one of those), just thought I'd introduce myself. I've been flying since oct. of last year, picked up my private in feb, and now that I've gotten the next round of finances straightend out I'm looking at going for my commercial and instrument. The question I have is how practical is it to get the instrument? I know it'd help to sharpen my skills as a pilot, but with money the way it is does it really make a big difference when it comes to landing a job? After I hit that magic thousand hrs, I'm looking to get in with a flight seeing operation. From what I understand, IFR isn't really something you would do in that industry. I assume that without being instrument rated it would limit my employment options, I guess what I'm curious about is if it would effect my chances of getting any kind of job. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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So this is my first post, I've kinda been lurking around here for a while (yes, yes, I'm one of those), just thought I'd introduce myself. I've been flying since oct. of last year, picked up my private in feb, and now that I've gotten the next round of finances straightend out I'm looking at going for my commercial and instrument. The question I have is how practical is it to get the instrument? I know it'd help to sharpen my skills as a pilot, but with money the way it is does it really make a big difference when it comes to landing a job? After I hit that magic thousand hrs, I'm looking to get in with a flight seeing operation. From what I understand, IFR isn't really something you would do in that industry. I assume that without being instrument rated it would limit my employment options, I guess what I'm curious about is if it would effect my chances of getting any kind of job. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Get it. You will greatly improve your options for employment. No you don't USE your IFR rating in tours but many companies REQUIRE it for employment. Also the simple fact is you need to get a lot more time anyway to reach the minimums for your commercial license. You might as well spend that money and time in the air working on your instrument ticket. After all was said and done I ended up with just 2 hours more than the minimum hours for my commercial after doing my instrument in the middle of the two. Granted it cost about 50 dollars more an hour for the IFR ship and instructor (rather than flying solo for that time) but it has more than paid for itself. Get it. It is a no brainer.

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So this is my first post, I've kinda been lurking around here for a while (yes, yes, I'm one of those), just thought I'd introduce myself. I've been flying since oct. of last year, picked up my private in feb, and now that I've gotten the next round of finances straightend out I'm looking at going for my commercial and instrument. The question I have is how practical is it to get the instrument? I know it'd help to sharpen my skills as a pilot, but with money the way it is does it really make a big difference when it comes to landing a job? After I hit that magic thousand hrs, I'm looking to get in with a flight seeing operation. From what I understand, IFR isn't really something you would do in that industry. I assume that without being instrument rated it would limit my employment options, I guess what I'm curious about is if it would effect my chances of getting any kind of job. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

 

If you intend to fly professionally, get the instrument rating. Will it help you land a job? Ask somebody for whom you might work. My guess is that if they're hiring minimal time pilots, all flight time looks alike- except the instrument rating and lack thereof.

It will help you on the job. Someday, you'll be in the position where you'll make a close weather call. Instrument training from the get go gives you more knowledge to build on, improving the decisions. It will save your behind when you make the eventual, inevitable bad weather decision. Get the rating.

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Get it.

Regardless of the job potential, it gives you many intangibles.

It will sharpen your flying skills and discipline.

It will help you with situational awareness.

It will improve your CRM skills and realization of the resources available should you need them.

It will help you be more confident in the better decisions you will make.

It will make you a more complete and professional pilot.

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