First of, congratulations are in order!!!!
Well done! The road has been long and arduous already, but with your drive and passion, you made it!!!
Second, no matter how strong the temptation, do not fly for free!
You will find many jobs in our profession pay very little, and if you start flying for free you will make things even worse for all of us. In addition, remember how hard you worked for these ratings? Aren't you a professional with extensive flight training who should receive compensation for your skills?
Now, we all know that getting the first job can be challenging.
Here are a few of the most common options.
This will obviously require more training (and money) from you, so you can obtain the CFI, CFII and or MEI licenses.
The job is difficult, the hours long or sometimes too scarce, and the pay is minimal.
But it is a wonderful way to perfect your art, and to learn more than you thought you knew!!!
The rewards are also amazing: imagine how proud you will feel when your student soloes, and when she passes her checkride with flying colors!
As a matter of fact, many choose to instruct all their lives, and love every minute of it.
Also, there are different types of instructors besides the basics: teach CFIs, float planes, aerobatics, become a DPE, an aviation speaker / instructor, a master instructor, write books on I nstruction or flying, build your own flight school, etc...
Flying night freight
Another incredible experience builder: here you are, by yourself, at night, dealing with weather and trying to avoid icing up, while making sure you leave on time and arrive on time!
Quite a challenge, but the experience you will gain is invaluable and will probably make you think your next job is a breeze.
Traffic / Aerial Photography / Banner Towing / Parachute plane pilot / Glider towing
All these are a lot of fun, and will allow you to build hours fairly quickly. The drawback is that it will mostly be in light single engine aircraft, and won't allow you to build the coveted multi-engine time you will probably need.
In 2008, when the regional airlines were scrambling to hire pilots, they started dropping their minimums drastically. In fact, many were hiring with only a commercial multi-engine license and a bridge program, some even paying for the bridge program. Most new hires were students straight out of training with a flight academy or an aviation university.
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