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Commercial Pilot Certificate

Wed Apr 26, 2000 5:09 am

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!

RE: Commercial Pilot Certificate

Wed Apr 26, 2000 6:10 am

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!

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Wed Apr 26, 2000 6:22 am

Congradulations, Mike!!!!!!

If and when we do fly together, don't take me to the cleaners!!!!!  

I'll have to buy you dinner on this one!

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RE: Commercial Pilot Certificate

Wed Apr 26, 2000 7:45 am

I'm right behind you... taking the written this week... hopefully the oral and practical in the next two weeks... then on to the multi for me.
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RE: Congradulations!

Wed Apr 26, 2000 7:53 am

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 !!!  

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RE: Commercial Pilot Certificate

Wed Apr 26, 2000 8:25 am

Yeah, Ben, I'll be getting both my CFI and my CFII this summer. I'm also going to teach here at Purdue next semester. I am going to begin my multi-engine training in the fall, in a Beechcraft Duchess.

Purdue Arrow & Rominato

Wed Apr 26, 2000 10:06 am

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.


Visit us at: FAA.GOV/FSDO/ORL

Best Regards,

Jean-François LABORDE
FAA Aviation Safety Center.
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RE: Commercial Pilot Certificate

Wed Apr 26, 2000 1:57 pm

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!

RE: Commercial Pilot Certificate

Thu Apr 27, 2000 3:09 am

Hi !

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...

Aviation is an every day lesson.

Have fun !


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