complex SE time vs non-complex SE

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skysurfer in San Diego, California

65 months ago

Hi,

I'm currently PP with IR and have about 40 more hours left for Commercial. I was thinking that it might look better for a future airline job if I had more complex time but wasn't sure. Is it worth the additional cost to get the remaining 40 hours in a complex or high performance aircraft as opposed to a more basic single engine?

Thanks for your reply.

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skysurfer in Carlsbad, California

65 months ago

Thanks for the comment DLP, I appreciate your help.

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nicebirdgallo in Conway, Arkansas

65 months ago

As a former CFI, Commuter Airline pilot and laid-off Corporate pilot, my suggestion is to fly for fun only, get a real recession-proof job like engineering, and save your money.

I know you love to fly. I know how much fun it is. But trust me, save yourself years of debt, hard work and disappointment. Unless your daddy is a senior pilot for Southwest or Delta, you will struggle, and cause your family hardship.

If you must pursue an aviation so-called career and a vow of poverty, get all the multi time you can, stay local, work for a good corporate or cargo company if you can, and train for a back-up job.

Good luck.

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skysurfer in Carlsbad, California

65 months ago

Nicebirdgallo,

That's a good suggestion, and luckily I'm in a position where flying doesn't HAVE to be my career, I think I would just be happier if it were. I currently have an engineering job, but it doesn't really interest me....it seems that if I'm willing to go overseas I can get a better foothold in an entry-level FO position. A friend of mine flies for a small airline in a south Asian country and their chief pilot said that with multi-engine commercial and a type-rating for their aircraft (Dash-8) they would have a job for me. This was, however, a year ago prior to the sharp economic downturn. I figure if I do that for a few years I should be more marketable with the larger airlines. Any thoughts?

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