Baja Guy Posted November 9, 2014 Report Share Posted November 9, 2014 If I may, I'd like to share an ambitious plan I undertook that ultimately landed a great job out of the bush. This is going to take a while. Please bare with me. In May 2012, I bought a Mooney M20C. I'd never flown an airplane in my life and been flying rotary for 15 years. But the plan was several years in the making, and required extensive understanding of standard 421. I decided on cpl-a rather that ppl-a to start. I hold the medical anyway. 40 hours of ground school and arranging a private flight instructor during my days off from my bush job, and by holding cpl-h, there is no requirement to start with ppl-a and you only need 100 hours instead to the usual 200. By September I had the cpl-a with night rating, and moved onto IFR. I chose multi group 1 at a school, but could've done just group 3 in the Mooney much much cheaper. Kind of regret the multi group 1, I'll probably never use it. There's only a 4 or 5 hour transition from fixed wing night to rotary night, and by holding a group 1, 2, or 3 IFR, you can convert that to group 4 with just a recommend and a flight test. Now it's time to fly the Mooney at night. A lot. And here's why: ATPL-h requires the exams, some instrument (which you'll have by now), and 50 hours night pic or co pilot (dual doesn't count). However, only 15 must be in helicopters which means 35 can be in the Mooney. The biggy is the requirement for demonstrating proficiency in a two crew helicopter, but at least you can get to be ATPL-h eligible minus the two crew thing. This is now April 2013. A year goes by. Starting to wonder. Gonna have to move. But, in the meantime, keep flying that plane. Night, hood with a licensed buddy or relative, and, yes, actual IFR as well. I may not have mentioned the Mooney if full blown certified IFR (non icing) until April 2016. Getting me to my contract job in Ft. Mac every week. Fly these hours lots, and here's why: When you finally land your rotary IFR/night job, you will be a first officer until a company-specified number of night/IFR hours are accumulated. The Mooney has accelerated my captaincy by well over a year, bringing on the $20,000 per year pay raise much quicker. Other companies may have an even greater pay hike when upgrading, I don't know. So I guess I bought my job. Maybe yes, maybe no. I can say that the little airplane has done its job. I can confidently fly into non icing, non convective cloud. I have the job I want, and I can see captaincy relatively soon. So, the cost is truely relative when you consider what the end result is. My fixed wing credentials are in my back pocket, but, well, you never know. This is kind of starting to sound like a sales pitch, and here's why: It is. Stay tuned in the marketplace in about a month. Because, when a plan comes together, it can be worth a lot more than that new pickup you're thinking of buying......Hmmmmm..... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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