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What's the best way to build multi engine time cheaply?

Is becoming an MEI pretty much the only way? Or are there other ways? I'm talking about 500 hours -- a good chunk of time. Will small charter or corporate outfits hire you with hardly any multi time and allow you to build time by flying their aircraft? I eventually want to fly for a corporate jet company but they all seem to require an ATP, 2500 hours total, 500 hours multi, and 250 hours instrument. That, of course, is when they are hiring at all.

Asked By: 39% best answer - 9/24/2009
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Three ways: buy your own twin, get the MEI, or make friends with someone with a twin who needs a copilot... More
Answered By: Ben Dere Dun Dat - 9/25/2009
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Getting hired somewhere is different from "time building... More
Answered By: M R - 9/24/2009
 
As you realize, a corporate jet is still a bit off in your future. You need to get on with a charter, but first you will need to build more multi time (about 100 hours or so). Cheapest way is MEI. If you have the cash upfront you might consider buying an old, but good condition, Apache or Seminole. I"ve found that... More
Answered By: Robert G - 9/24/2009
 
I got my multi time flying for a Part 135 freight company. I had only 35 hrs M/E when I joined them, and within 2 years had over 1,100 hrs, mostly C402 with some Baron time. I have never had an MEI, due to the fact that the insurance company for the school I instructed at required 250 hrs M/E before I was allowed to... More
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Answered By: bevl78 - 9/25/2009
 
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