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Subject: Should I be flying as many night hours as possible?
 
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softhandsUser is Offline
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03/15/2014 7:41 PM  
I have a total of 110 hours in helicopter so far. Right now I'm working on my instrument and commercial then want to be a CFII. My goal is to work EMS, in the end. While I'm time buiding to reach 200 hrs so I can instruct in the R22... should I be flying as many night hours as possible right now? Seeing as most EMS jobs require 100 night or more. Or will those accumulate while I'm instructing? I imagine I'll be doing some touring work as well and might get some there too..
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03/16/2014 1:58 PM  
If you get a job as a CFI, you will work through your night hours pretty easily during the time to 1000 hours.
However, if you don't get a CFI job and do something else, those night hours may not come so easily.
To get a Part 135 job, you'll need 25 cross-country night hours, so that should be your minimum aiming point.
I would fly a combination of day and night for variety and experience. Why not do your IR at night? If you do some x-country with it too you'll kill 3 birds…
Good luck.
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03/16/2014 6:42 PM  
Yes, and instrument hood time too in the helicopter. Those are the two I have found hardest to get. I also see a lot of other pilots short these hours. Don't worry about turbine time or long line time, like many do. Do all your instrument training at night and when you become an instructor, try getting a lot of instrument students. Teach them at night and when you can have them teach you an approach and do it with a hood so you can log it. Look for every excuse to fly at night, and build instrument time especially if you want to go into ems.

Aircraft flown: AS 350 B2, EC 130 B4, MD500E, R44RII, R44RI, R22BII
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03/18/2014 4:07 PM  
Yes, fly at night as much as you can, because you just never know where you'll end up next.
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