swan3609 Posted August 26, 2013 Report Share Posted August 26, 2013 So like many others, I have decided that I want to make a career in this industry. I got a year into University and realized I was setting myself up to sit at a desk job that I was never going to do well in.. I have talked with multiple people in the industry from 50k+ hour Vietnam pilots flying fires, to a others that have gone and got their CPL privately and are now fighting fires, and 2 different guys who are flying medstar and lifeflight, and the directors of maintenance and safety at 2 different companies .. I have come to figure out that there are many different ways to get into the industry, I am just trying to figure out the best way for me after listening to how everyone else did it and the different advice they gave me. I know that lots of people just dive in and take out a loan and go for their Private and then their Instrument, Commercial and then CFI and some end up getting a job instructing. Then building hours until they can get a "real" job. I also get that this is a very hard industry to get into, and there is a lot of paying your dues until you have experience. I started thinking about how to make myself more marketable and give myself a better chance of getting hired down the road and thought about getting my A&P and CDL with endorsements and then later get my CPL. In a perfect situation, I could get a job at a flight school somewhere either wrenching, driving fuel trucks, or even sweeping floors just to get my foot in the door and then hope for a discount on flight time after working for a few months.. My question is what is the outlook for those that have gotten their A&P cert and then got their CPL? Granted, your still going to have to get your CFI or CFII and teach to build hours. But does having your A&P make you more hire able once you hit the ~1000 hour mark? I would love to hear the thoughts of those that have been in the industry and have into on all this. I am ready to get down and work my ass off to get into this industry, I just want to know if I am starting in the right direction or not.. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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