flyby_heli Posted May 13, 2007 Report Share Posted May 13, 2007 So, I know this has been brought up in the past quite a few times, and I promised some of you to keep you posted on my students' progression.I had two students that were already rated commercial fixed wing pilots. Both passed their commercial helicopter rating this week, but they chose different ways to get there. Student one: ATP fixed wing, CFI and ground instructor rating fixed wing, thousands of hours, been test pilot for aerobatic airplanes. He chose to skip the private check ride and go straight for commercial. He soloed after 6.5 hours of dual. He ended up with 56.8 hours after his commercial checkride. 35 of them was solo. Student two: Commercial fixed wing, never flown commercially though, flew gyros a couple years back and flies ultralights every now and then. Did the private first and passed that. Then got all the commercial requirements out of the way and started prepping for commercial ride. He soloed after 9.3 hours of dual. He ended up with 60.2 hours after the checkride, of which 22 was solo. So all in all they both spent pretty much the same amount of time and money to get to their ratings although they did it different ways. the 35 hour solo(PIC) requirement, if you go straight for commercial, is the killer part if you ask me. Most people would benefit from more dual instruction and less solo time, but in the end we as instructors can only advice people on what to do. It is the customers money and if they want to do it their own way, that's their right, right? So there you have it, there is in fact more than one way to get to Rome! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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