Thu May 16, 2019 6:01 pm
Right now, I'm a CRI, and I'm working towards becoming an FI in the next few months. The reasons for my doing this are various, and mostly relatively unusual as I have no ambitions to do it full time and financially, what I'm currently doing probably makes little sense.
But, reasons not to do it...
- CPL TK is a LOT of work, certainly compared to the vastly more pragmatic FAA CPL TK requirements, which is still (in my opinion, and I have studied and passed both) adequate to the task.
- The ways to get the qualification are mostly expensive and time consuming. Ways to do this effectively, part time, are few.
- Let's be honest, it's a lousy living. £30/hr if you're lucky in most schools, 800hrs.pa if you are similarly lucky, with generally no job security, no employer pension provision, etc. etc. Who is really going to spend that much time and money training for a £24k.pa job?
- Those who do train, in large part are heading for the airlines, as that actually offers decent pay and prospects. A significant number of those left are like me - people who love flying, and actually have a better and more secure career that permits them to indulge their flying habits. The result is very few people with a lot of instructing experience - either they're high years/low hours.pa, or vice-versa.
If we want more FIs, it really is simple. Make it a job that can be trained for at reasonable time and cost, and offers reasonable income, security and prospects.
Last edited by Genghis the Engineer on Thu May 16, 2019 6:04 pm, edited 1 time in total.
I am Spartacus, and so is my co-pilot.