Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:30 pm
I flew a Piper Arrow while hour building (hence the forum name). Destinations driven partly by Flyer magazine free landing vouchers and partly by where I could convince friends to go and cost share..
When doing your hours building, don't just bimble around the 4 corners of your folded chart. See the UK from the air, it's a great place to fly. Challenge yourself to fly accurately in terms of heading and altitude, **make sure you can trim**, and choose some destinations you need to think about. I live in East Anglia and did my CPL QXC to Scotland.
MEP class rating took me 5 days and was done while still working, before starting the ME IR. It's a 6 hour course with 7 hours groundschool requirement. If you're going to do anything full time I suggest it's the IR, you can't afford to make backward steps due to long layoffs between lessons. It's expensive enough without unnecessary repeats.
I did my FI part time, and got a part time instructing job which I do and enjoy to this day. That said, it's become more of a full time job since COVID!
The transition to a commercial role is a tricky one, in the new world I think you'll have to jump on the first job you're offered even if it means a pay cut. Regardless of which industry, it's usually easier to get a new job once you've got a job. Somebody else will normally pick up or contribute towards your revalidation/medical cost too. If you can split flying and accounting then even better.
You've done the sensible thing and got yourself qualified in another area first. People far wiser than me have tried to instill the need for a fallback career into new pilots for years, that advice was accurate in the past, is acutely accurate now, and will be accurate in the future.
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