Purdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 7 Posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1620 times:
Yesterday I finished up my flight lessons for the semester, and in my last flight of the Purdue Arrow, I earned my commercial pilot certificate. The oral, which lasted about an hour, was not too bad. The flight, which was 1.1 hours, also went pretty well, ending in the two best landings I've ever had in the Arrow. The sad part is that I don't get to fly again for a few weeks; the good part is that I'm now qualified to take the CFI lessons that I start next month!
Sky King From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1506 times:
Purdue Arrow - Congradulations on getting your Commercial Pilot Certificate! As you enroll in the CFI course make sure you learn how to teach and how to make a living as an instructor. Most schools only teach you how to fly the manuvers from the right seat and leave out teaching you how to teach and how to make a living as a CFI. If you have questions, need advice, or just want to chat just ask. I may be able to help after 23 years, ATP/CFII/MEI, 12,500 TT and 7,500+ CFI time. Good Luck!
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4462 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1494 times:
Congratulations! You seem to be very motivated to become a professional pilot, which you already are since you have your commercial license. Will you also go for your CFII in addition to your CFI? You are well on your way to a successful career as an airline pilot. So when are you gonna start flying twins? If you start building multi time now and while you teach as a CFI you can in three or four years from now start with American Eagle as a First Officer on the ATR or the Saab 340. You can apply after you graduate, can't you? There is a good chance that they hire you if you have your ATP.
And who knows, maybe in ten years from now I will see you copilot in the right seat of an American 737-800 on a flight from Chicago to San Jose CA, San Diego, Newark or whatever...you never know.
I know you will be an airline pilot.
Again, congratulations and good luck! YOU'LL MAKE IT !!!
JFL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1478 times:
Hey ! Congratulation !
You're a brand new Commercial Pilot. As you're seeking now for a CFI certificate, I would highly recommand you to loggon our website. We have listed all the areas of deficiency we've found with latest applicants.
One piece of advice, try to emphasize right now on "Traffic Collision Avoidance", "Runway Incursions" and "Radio-Communication / Phraseology". Those are some of our special safety programs.
And this is valid for any Airmen certificate holder on this website.
To Rominato, I wish you good luck. Remember that your DPE will expect safety & smoothness...
To non commercial pilot, remember that being professional is first of all a state of mind.
Purdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (15 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1471 times:
Thanks for that site, JFL... it had a lot of interesting information. I've bookmarked it, and I'll be sure to check it when I'm getting ready for my practical to make sure that I've got those areas covered. On my two most recent checkrides, the oral was really my strong suit, but I don't think that they are nearly as in depth as a CFI oral! I've become pretty excited about instructing, though, so I'm looking forward to learning enough to do well on it and then some!
JFL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1454 times:
When I did my CFI initial, the oral was 6 hours...
Yes you'll have to have an in depth knowledge. Knowing to do a maneuver will not be enough. You'll have to be able to explain it in detail with the use "simple to complex" principle...and to make sure your student understand...