North Shore wrote:
OK, I'll bite. CPL in January '96 Instructor rating, and instructing job by the middle of that summer. First 'real' job (on floats) by ~ June '97. Got into my current gig (ETA: It's not an Airline, but it's my airline) in February 2001. This will be my 3rd summer in the left seat.
Got this job at ~ 2500TT. I've tailored my path to arrive where I want to be, but one of my previous chief pilots helped by telling me that they were hiring, and by giving me a good reference. Also the instructing gig was helped along by a friendship with the CFI at the time. (Funnily enough both of them are at WJ now!)
Hey North Shore,
That actually seems pretty fast! You had 2500TT, and your current job (which sounds pretty good) in 5 years. What type of aircraft are you on now? What was your starting salary at your current job?
I am debating the pros/cons of instructing vs going up north on the ramp. Sounds like you make alot of important connections working as an instructor. What are your thoughs on the experience gained instructing vs going up north and working on the ramp/flying right away?