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Nov 26, 2001
I just saw a full-page ad in my Sunday Denver Post classifieds that ERAU is establishing a presence at the Air Force Academy in COS: "Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a private, multi-campus institution . . . has partnered with the U.S. Air Force Academy! We're providing introductory flight training to cadets and lieutenants for positions as Air Force Pilots, plus we'll be hiring staff from flight instructors to flight maintenance supervisors and A&P technicians . . . ." (emphasis added)

The ad goes on to say that Riddle will be conducting on-the-spot interviews on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 29th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Location is the Wyndham Colorado Springs, 5580 Tech Center Drive, Colorado Springs. You have to bring a resume and all your credentials.

Flight Specialists (CFIs) require all single-engine ratings, 1000 total and 500 dual given. Military flight instruction experience would be a plus, the ad says. No mention at all about multi. I suspect that this program is a replacement for the old T-41 pilot screening program.

I could not find an online link to the Post ad, but I found this
link to these jobs on the Riddle job openings page. You can apply online, but if it were me, I'd find a way to apply in person.

Thought this might be of interest. This could be a great opportunity for a lot of people. I've had some military flight students, and they are usually great students, intelligent, and highly motivated. I lived in Colorado Springs for four years, off and on. There are few better places to live than the Pikes Peak region.

PS-I would just say that I was always interested in programs like these, especially after I gave up my "dream" of regional airline flying and concentrated on professional instructing. ERAU was the best flying job I had in terms of pay and bonus incentives. Benies were okay. Once again, this might be a good place for mid-level experienced instructors who are sick of unmotivated, boneheaded students to hang their helmets and goggles for a while. And, really, the climate and lifestyle is unmatched.
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I think you're dead-on target. The USAF used to conduct flight screening at the Academy in T-41s, but it died with the T-3 program. There's been talk for a while in brining it back with C-182s or similar, but the USAF just doesn't have the active duty pilots available to instruct. It'll be all single engine VFR instructing, but in terms of stability (gov't contract) and quality of life (C-Springs), it would have to be one of the best flight instructing gigs going. Definitely worth a look for a young CFI.

They will be instructing in the Diamond DA-40 (if I remember correctly) and will be giving each pilot about 50 hrs of time.
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Thanks Bobby for making this information available to all.

I would say I have some real good insight to ad to this thread. I have been one of the instructors for IFT (Initial Flight Training) over the past year and a half. It is true that instructing cadets and Lieutenants is a great gig if you can get it. Highly intelligent, most of them motivated, and their only limited resource is time, not money. All these ingredients together make up for a good teaching environment.

I would caution all those that apply to be aware of one of the downsides to teaching here. In the past, the way the contract was set up was that as an instructor, you only get paid when you fly (or do ground training). Not a problem if you fly in Florida or Arizona.

Unfortunately, we have a very serious restriction here at 6,500 feet, and right at the base of the Front Range Mountains. It's called weather. If it's not being out of crosswind limits, it's too hot to fly (Density Altitude above 9,000). This occurs at around 85 degrees F, and this summer, it has occurred a lot! If it's not too hot to fly, it's too cold to fly. Night flying? Forget about it. No lights. You have to arrange to fly out of Colorado Springs instead. Sunday flying? Forget about it. The tower is not open, and uncontrolled operations are not allowed. And I haven't even begun to tell you about all the other restrictions/regulations imposed by the Air Force.

Anyway, in the past, this has lead to many instructors taking home very little pay because they were unable to fly.

I would advise everybody to find out if Embry Riddle will be paying a salary or not. If so, this will eliminate a lot of the financial risk associated with this position.

All in all, it's a good place to fly. Just do your research about the pay before you decide it's a "great" place to fly.

My 2 cents...

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Well not sure about this new postion but Riddle pays by how much you fly. If you get so many hours with the student (be it flying or oral) they get a bonus.

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