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Do you guys always have a second pilot even on the non-typed aircraft?
A few reasons I like the idea of flying with another pilot, First its night time, quiet and it gives ya someone to talk to. Secondly, Im wet behind the ears, you get the learn the ropes from guys with exp.
Single pilot IFR has to be the toughest job in the bis. Thank god for good autopilots.
It seems you guys arent hiring at the moment, whats some of the things that AN is looking for in a app?
macfly........with 400tt u'll be with a captian untill you hit 1200tt(135 irf mins), probally less than a year. After that you'll fly single pilot untill you hit the jet mins (unless you have a S.I.C. that based where you are), AND your number gets pulled for upgrade. As far as competive, low time guy in my class (pre 9-11) had about 450tt.
We're still hiring. A bunch of apps are coming in and it's a matter of filtering through them all. They are computer scored via the on-line app service on the website. This is why they prefer that venue. Everyone hired this year thus far has had Capt. mins, but I hear they will be replenishing the SIC pool. Have your CFI ticket(s) and be actively flying is the best advice I can give.
Sorry man, i was trying to make a joke out of my question... i guess i came across wrong. Peace, lets call a truce, after all we are on the same team.
So you fly one of those planes that sports the nice new radar that is worth more than the plane around it huh. Oh yeah, and one of the autopilotless a/c also... i feel your pain my friend, i flew the 310 out of CPS for 7 months. I am glad i once again am in the 58 though, it's a sports car compared to the truck you fly. I liked them though, but they really have some screwed up systems. It's also fun to watch those wings flex above the cockpit in some good turbulence.
I thought about going to ORL when it came available, but i wanted to have a 5 day week, and so far i have been able to always hold one. Plus now i have a 7 hour duty day, and i am always home by 6:30 in the evening. Oh by the way, i am out of HKS (Jackson, MS).
To eveyone else, we are hiring, but mostly PIC qual'd folks. We did just have an SIC make it through training, and i am sure we will have more going through soon. I have heard that for the SIC's you should have your CFI's and have around 900 to be competetive, but i am sure you can get in with less... i got in with 500TT and my friend got in with 400TT. Just keep at it.
As far as flying with others first, it really made me more confident when i first went out on my own. I am glad i did it that way. I talked with some of the other guys in my class after about a week on the line and they said they wished they had the opportunity to SIC for awhile first also. It is a much different world out there on your own, one which a lot of the regional guys know nothing about (excluding those who did the 135 thing first).
The latest and greatest from Craig Washka is that we have so many apps that they won't look at you without 135 mins. Also the hiring priority goes like this: First, the 141 schools we have hiring agreements with, then pilots recommended by Airnet pilots and last those who apply blindly.
Please remember this is only for right now, as the market changes so will we.
Personally from what I have read, Airnet sounds like it would be a great deal of fun. I would love to have one of the floater positions since I dont really have anything tying me down anywhere. Can you get one of those positions right out of class?
Unfortunately as the previous poster put it, its hard to make your resume stick out. Unless one of you nice people wants to write a generic letter of recommendation and give it to all of us. I can see it now,
Dear Craig I am writing this letter to recommend "insert name here". While I haven't actually met them, their spelling and grammar are excellent and they claim to have 400 hours of space shuttle PIC which would obviously make them an excellent candidate for airnet.
Oh well I guess I will keep bothering them until they call me and tell me to stop .
I wish I knew the secret guys. I've rec'd two pilots that are friends of mine with good times, CFI tickets and experience, and they have yet to hear back. I just think they have so many apps now to get through.