Flintstone wrote:Hi Lefty.
I should have been clearer. For now the instructing would be a fill in between the day job. I wouldn't expect to actually live off it on that basis but I don't want it to be an expense. I need to sit down and work out the number of hours that would see me break even.
It might also be a useful thing to have in my back pocket when I eventually retired. Instructing was my forst job in aviation, might be nice to finish off that way too.
Flinty, since my initial posting above, I've been advised by more than one FI, that my earlier estimates for a full time FI salary were well off the mark. and that perhaps £15-£20K would be a more realistic expectation. Wow. That is a lot lower than I was expecting. (and I suspect, a long long way from your current salary level )
It seems a strange phenomena that Microlight instructors seem to be paid significantly more than fixed wing PPL instructors. I'm told this is done to two factors. (1) unlike the FI, microlight instructing is not a route to building hours for the ATPL - so the wannabe airline pilots won't do it. (2) the lower cost of operating a microlight means that the "market" price for lessons, has more fat, which allows for instructors to be paid more - before the total cost reaches the point where customers won't pay.