Hi Postive Rate,
I asked Flight's Safery and Operations Editor (and Ex-pilot) David Learmount if he could answer your questions, and here's his reponse. I hope it helps:
"Line training is what you get when you get your job with the airline. If you have earned a type rating from a third party training organisation which has no affiliation with the airline that has taken you on, your airline will want to familiarise you with its own standard operating procedures. SOPs vary from airline to airline, but don’t affect the fundamentals. The airline may give you some simulator time under its supervision to teach you “the way we do things around here”. At first arrival on the line, normally you will operate as an ordinary copilot but with a supernumerary training captain on the flight deck to ensure you are up to scratch and the line SOPs have sunk in. These are acceptance checks, and you’ll get debriefs about how you’ve done. This will go on for several flights until the airline is happy with your performance or decides you are not its cup of tea.If accepted, like all other line pilots, you’ll be line-checked from time to time, and do your six-monthly recurrent simulator training, some of which may be line-oriented flight training (LOFT – google it). This is a “trip” that simulates an ordinary flight between specific points, but during it you get malfunctions or operational problems that test your knowledge and skills, and from which, ideally, you extend your knowledge and your crew resource management skills. Cost? It varies according to how much they want you and what pilot supply and demand is like. If you are rated on the type they fly it might be nothing. The variations are enormous between different carriers".
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Thanks for clearing that up Maverick/David! It sounds like if I am able to pay for the rating, that just might be the end of money going out and maybe see some coming in. Would it be true to say that having the rating almost always brings ones CV towards the top of the pile?!
Positive_Rate:Would it be true to say that having the rating almost always brings ones CV towards the top of the pile?!
Would it be true to say that having the rating almost always brings ones CV towards the top of the pile?!
No. There are many many many low houred pilots who have bought type ratings and have no job and a very expensive rating that is pretty much useless after 12 months.
Its a informative thread. Rating through experience is better than the rating through buying. This would be useful when finding a job rather than useless.