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Subject: CFI to engineer?
 
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sneakysrbUser is Offline

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02/23/2013 2:19 AM  
Im currently a rotor-wing cfi and have a private fw. I have used my va benefits and have no debt from training. Ive managed to get to around 400 hrs and am still having a hard time getting work. Ive pretty much done some tours, skydiving and hings like that. I have yet to instruct. So i decided to finish up my va stuff and get turbine/mountain/utility courses. Im in the midsts of that now. Here is where the dilema comes. Ive applied to pretty much every school.in the country. I am not getting any luck. I am getting my cfii here in the next month. Anyway i want to make money...i am about a semester away from a crap prof pilot degree and thinking i want to say screw it and get an aerospace engineering degree. Figure i can instruct while doing this. The long term goal being working for a company like robinson or sikorsky etc. Ive done research and i know both fields can make alot of money. But i am 27 and im tired of being broke. If i do the degree path and get into that do you think ill be able to build time in both to eventually get a high up job with a company like these? Is this putting my eggs in too many baskets? Am i close enough in the rw field that ill make the same amount of money in the same amount of tine? Whats my better choice to be able to get my toys and eat crab legs? Be easy on me guys, just looking for some opinions from guys who have been in my shoes and made this decision already. Thanks
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02/23/2013 2:26 AM  
Added to that i wanna make alot of money. I realize neither will get me rich, but if i could just make good money i could do like other well off individuals and invest in real esta te/ stock etc and have things on the side instead of my $9.50 porter job at a car dealership just so i can have mcdonalds instead of pb and j's.
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02/23/2013 10:50 AM  
What amount of money is acceptable? That would be an important bit of information. $65,000 in southern Mississippi would be nice.... $65,000 in southern CA.... youd barely be getting by.

If you have the ability to get an engineering degree I could definitely see where that may pay off down the road. You probably wont be able to use it much right out of the gate though. Not many people looking to hire a 500hr R22 pilot to be a production test pilot.

I always ask people what they will do if they go in to the doctor one day to re-up their medical and walk out with an unexpected condition? We had a pilot go in on the day his medical was due, literally between flights during his lunch break. By the time his lunch break was over, so was his 25 year flying career. It was over that fast.

You talk about investing in real-estate, playing the stock market, making "a lot of money" Yes.... but that is years down the road for you though. What I would do it make some calls, or some road trips to these places, Robinson, Sikorsky, and talk to these companies and see what it took for them.

If you find out how to make "a lot of money" in this field...... Id suggest keeping it to yourself :)
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02/23/2013 1:44 PM  
I tell newbies all the time about the supply and demand problem in commercial aviation, but it just goes in one ear and out the other, eventually they all say the same thing, I can't find work! If I were you, I'd go for the engineering degree (espesially if the VA is paying for it)! I heard that Robinson hires 1000hr cfis so maybe some day it'll all work out? However, you'll probably always be broke (or close to it) as a career pilot!
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02/23/2013 1:57 PM  
I appreciate the insight. But with the engineering degree starting salary is around $50,000 to $60,000 according to websites. And last year as a pilot i made a ......you may wanna sit down....large....$10,500. Worst part is i was paid on a 1099 and ended up owing the government $1300 back lol. I realize there is money to be made flying, by that i mean $60,000 to $80,000 a year seems more then doable. However it will be another 4 years at least and i started flying in 2009! Anyway i guess its kind of a no brainer. Buckle down and use flying as my part time "fun" job.
sneakysrbUser is Offline

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02/23/2013 2:00 PM  
Robinson hires 1000 hr cfi's for what? Certainly not test pilots?
sneakysrbUser is Offline

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02/23/2013 2:00 PM  
Robinson hires 1000 hr cfi's for what? Certainly not test pilots?
raven5User is Offline

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02/23/2013 2:54 PM  
Last I looked that's what their minimums were for the guys who do the first 5hrs in the new ships and work the safety course, but that was a few years ago?
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