What do you expect man? It's like this....every thread I post lately... :/
Hmmm still, not what this thread was doing.Right, but you're going to get it anyway.
Face it man, if a Satanist runs into a room full of Christians and yells, "#### YOUR GOD! I WORSHIP OUR LORD SATAN!" the response will vary from strange looks to an impromptu baptism to an all out butt whoopin', and it shouldn't come as a surprise.
What this comes down to is that CFI-ing to build time is the relative "easy way" as far as I've seen. Its the surest way to get a job outside of Alaska in the current job climate. However, if that's not what you want to do, you're not going to be a dumbass if you don't CFI. You're not an idiot if you don't have a shiny CFI ticket in your pocket. That's what bothers people like me on this forum. I didn't get my CFI to build time. I didn't have to. I got a job that required judgement and decision making and I got to fly, not teach someone else how to fly. The fact that I flew parts cross country, went IFR and battled ice and the like doesn't make me an idiot. Personally, I thought the experience I gained there was ten times better than CFI-ing. That being said, I'm going back to get my CFI now because even though I don't need it (I have a stable job with good pay and benes) I want to be able to train my friends and family how to fly, and sign my fellow buddy pilots off for BFRs etc.
In today's employment environment, it's no longer an issue of what the best way to prepare yourself skill-wise for aviation career is, it's a question of what jobs other than flight instructing are even possible now. With the regionals no longer hiring at 250hrs (thank god!) I highly doubt that there's many jobs out there that will hire you with less than 500tt. So either most people are going to have to instruct for at least a while or buy the extra couple hundred hours. With most places pushing $100/hr wet for any airplane, that's a lot more than the cost of a CFI.dont start this #### again.