Flintstone wrote:I wouldn’t mind getting back in to instructing but I’m not convinced that it would pay its own way, let alone make me any money.
In the past I’ve not done so because I didn’t feel comfortable taking hours from those instructors who needed them. Now there’s apparently a shortage but it has the risk of me running at a loss.
Flinty, it all depends what you want out of life, but I doubt you can expect to break even, let alone make a decent living.
Pretty much all the flying schools in the SE are short of instructors, so if you had the FI rating you are certain to find a job. The question is whether it is the kind of job you would enjoy.
The FI course will cost approx £8-9K
A full time FI is usually expected to work at least 40 hours per week, usually including either a Saturday or Sunday every week.
Not sure on FT salaries, (someone else can chime in on this) - but I believe they are in the £25-35K region.
Part time FI’s have the luxury of nominating when they want to work or not work. But they can expect to be paid in the region of £17-22 per flying hour. Some schools expect FI’s to do 1/2 hour preflight and 1/2 hour postflight (briefing, de-briefing and records, so that is 1 hour unpaid for every hour paid, others schedule 1/2 hour unpaid per paid hour. ( This is where the full time salaried FI starts to win out).