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Commercial Ticket

seattle

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How many hours did it take you once you started flight training for your commercial ticket? Thanks.


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Sorry I wasn't being clear.

Once you started your flight training for the commercial ticket, then how many hours in the airplane did it take? I'm trying to figure how many nights after work I'll be comming home late. Thanks again.

Seattle

PS: I am a slow learner, so maybe it will take me 250 additional flight hours :)
 

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Commercial ticket

TDTurbo is 100% correct. I got my Commercial before I got my Instrument. Big mistake. At that time I wasn't training for a career and was earning ratings because I wanted to be a good pilot. I had taken my Commercial written first. I was working overnights, 2000-0600, and my instructor, who only taught part-time, wasn't available until 5:00 p.m. So, my training was not under the best circumstances and it took me a while to learn and get ready. I lost count of the hours; it was too many. At that time I really didn't care that much, but I was getting very frustrated. I think the problem in large part had to with not having my control touch honed through the precision of flying instruments. I noticed the difference first-hand in how much my flying improved after I got my instrument rating.

You have your instrument rating, so, hopefully you have "the touch." A lot of people (more than a lot, actually) have trouble with Lazy 8s. Lazy 8s seem to require a lot of time. I needed a lot of time with them. People otherwise do fine with chandelles and steep turns if they learned the Private constant-altitude turns properly. Some people have trouble at first with 8's-on-pylons. Most people do fine with soft-field takeoffs and landings and max performance takeoffs, but many have trouble with max performance landings. Take it from someone who knows - it is tough to train after work. You shouldn't need all that many hours if you can fly regularly and get the help you need from your instructor.

Good luck with your training.
 
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mattjenna

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Took me about 20 odd hous in the RG to get to PTS, which took me upto the 250.

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skychaser

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With a recently acquired instrument and me rating:
17 hours for the initial rating in a single.
for the me add 10 hours... most of which was spent remembering checklists.
 

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From your profile it looks like you have your instrument rating already and you have 300hrs Total time. if this is true.
do you already have the appropriate time in certain areas?
such as 100pic, 50hrs X-country, and a few other areas
look at FAR 61.129 to get the specifics.
If you have the appropriate time requirements which it appears you may, then it shouldn't take anymore then 5 to 10 hrs +- a few to fine tune things. with a few ground lessons to learn commercial regs and other stuff.
Along with a couple extra manuvers to learn, it is basically fine tuning what you've already been taught.
 

seattle

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Thanks guys. Get'n started this weekend - weather permitting. I have most of the other requirements out of the way, so I'm hoping I can bang it out in a week or two.

A commercial rating, my amount of total flight time, and a quarter will get me a phone call. Just one of those things that needs to get done. Thanks again.

Seattle
 

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Hi!

It took me about 50 hours to get my private. I then waited about 2 years, flew about 180 hours more, and got my commercial/instrument, with one written FAA test.

Does that seem odd to anyone?

See if U can figure it out!

I know some guys who already did!

Cliff
GB,WI

PS-I'm now trying to add a SEL to my commercial license. I could add an SEL to my ATP, but I think it'll go faster to add it to my commercial. (the PS was a clue!)
 

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Military competency written

That's a trick question, my friend. It's not the least bit odd. The giveaway is your military aviation background in your profile.

You got your Private. Then you went to UPT. Then you went to FSDO with your flight records, took and passed the military competency written, and walked out with Commercial Airplane and Rotorcraft-Helicopter, Instrument, Multiengine, and Private Privileges-Airplane Single-Engine. Your four-hole Boeing experience got you out of having to take a centerline-thrust restriction on your multi.
 
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atpcliff

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Hi!

Darn!

U guys figured it out so fast! Good work!

Anyway, I hope to start flying skydivers in a couple of weeks, and then to get $ through the WIA program to pay for most of my flight instructor costs so I can start building some hours.

Good luck to ya'll!

Cliff
PS-It sounds like we're a little bit closer to getting some USAir RJs, which means I may actually get recalled before I run out of recall rights in 3.5 years!
 
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