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How can I get Pilot hours to get a good piloting job?

Before anyone answers with "Fly a plane, duh" here's the situation. I’m close to getting my Pilots license (40 hours) but the organization I want to work for (Airserv) requires 800 Hours minimum. Any advice on getting these hours without paying $80 an hour plane rental? 760 hours X $80 = $60,800.

Asked By: Ryan T - 2/5/2007
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Which pilots license are you actually getting? Private? Instrument? Commercial? Your going to need all of those. That will build time. Also the next step many people take is to become a CFI, CFII, or and MEI (flight instructor, Instrument Instructor, Multi-engine instructor respectivly). This way someone else pays for... More
Answered By: Josh - 2/6/2007
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Consider joining an aero club or buying an interest in an airplane. This has its drawbacks, since you need to find a way to share the aircraft and there are maintenance and insurance costs to be considered, but this is one pretty good way to reduce the costs of flying... More
Answered By: Warren D - 2/6/2007
 
Buy an aircraft as similar to th one that you hope to be flying. Aquire your instrument, commercial and anyother certification that the company suggests will be useful in your future job. Fly the 800 hours at the cost of fuel, maintanence and hangar. After you are qualified for the job, sell the airplane... More
Answered By: aeropix@sbcglobal.net - 2/6/2007
 
You need to get to get the remainder of your ratings prior to anyone hiring you - so everyone usually get their CFI and starts teaching to gain hours.
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Answered By: Private_Jet_Charter - 2/6/2007
 
your calculations are flawed you will need a great deal of multi time also... More
Answered By: fighterace26 - 2/6/2007
 
flight instructing, or the military.
Answered By: Max Power - 2/6/2007
 
Another place to look is at skydiving outfits. At least go and ask.
Answered By: John - 2/7/2007
 
I have a friend in a similar situation. He dosen't need 800 hours, but he needs to log up his flight hours as a PPL pilot... More
Answered By: pegasegirl - 2/7/2007
 
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