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Guinness means Genius
Dec 18, 2001
I have heard mixed opinions about American Eagle. I know they are hiring but rumor has it they sign you into a long ass contract and pay you minimum wage just about? Which basically locks you into a career in the Regionals. And they have been adding routes like crazy lately... Any truth to this???:confused: :confused: :confused:
My friend, I think you are confusing American Eagle with another airline. Eagle is NOT hiring - many, many pilots are currently on furlough. Eagle is not adding routes like crazy. They have added some of American's routes and have added some on the West Coast to be flown on the RJs, but at the same time have dropped several routes, especially in the Northeast. Eagle does not have any type of training contract, but they will not be hiring for quite awhile anyway, so it doesn't really matter. The contract prevents Eagle from expanding while American has pilots on furlough.
Ok..Was not sure...I should of known better this was not from a reputable source hence the post. I thought it kind of strange as well, (scary at first then strange) :) I'm not to familure with airline industry and the hiring ect... I just got my CFI and instruct on the weekends and have my regular day job working as a sys admin for the local school district. But want to break in full time to the regionals or Corp one day. Any thoughts on a good school for my ATP?

Update: Just read the Flightinfo.com Hangar > Aviation Interview Board > Majors > Question for AA/CAL furloughed guys Thread answed alot of questions reguarding the state of AMR :)
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Judging by your profile, you will be taking the written right? If so, go buy the GLEIM or jepps test prep and hammer it out and take the written test a month from now. You don't need any sign offs or anything for the written. Also, choosing 135 is easier than 121 from what i've heard.
Ya my plan is to get my part 135. The problem is not to many part 135's up here in pdx. :D I do not have that much time multi though so that's going to hurt me.
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Definitely take it -135 - it has nothing to do with which part you can fly under, and when you get your ATP, it's just an ATP, not an ATP (135) or ATP (121). Even when applying to airlines, those that require the ATP written require just that, not the -121 written.

The advantages of the -135 written are that the rules are easier (though you'll find later on that most of -121 isn't much different than -135), and you're probably still somewhat familiar with -135 from the commercial written. The biggest advantage, though, is that the weight & balance, performance, and flight planning problems are much easier when you're doing the numbers for a B1900 than a B747 - if nothing else, no MACH to TAS conversions! Your chances if getting a good score are better, and while it's not the most important thing, a good score is nice to hand to an interviewer - you want every competitive advantage you can get.

Of course, once you get your ATP, they won't see your score anyway...

The FAA only gives two versions of the written as a courtesy to those pilots that are already flying under (and hopefully familiar with) the rules of one part or the other - so if you're not a -121 pilot I would avoid the -121 written.

I'm not familiar with the Jepp software, but I would reccomend the Gleim highly. I used ASA a couple of years back for the FE written, and it was OK, but whenI had to renew it I downloaded the demos from both ASA and Gleim and ended up going with Gleim. Whichever you use, try to familiarize yourself with as much of the base material as you can before you start working on prepping for the written itself - you'll do better, and you might actually end up knowing what you're talking about ;o).

As for American Eagle, the best we've heard for recalls is the summer, though rumors are circulating that we could start bringing a few back before then. No one is getting their hopes up yet.

The airlines that are hiring, at least some in the near future, seem to be the ones associated with United and Delta - look at ASA, ACA, Comair, and SkyWest. There are others, but this group seems to be in the best position right now. Unfortunately, the market has become brutally competititve, but then, by the time you start getting in the window things may have snapped back.

And follow what's on this board. It's not always accurate (consider the sources!), but over time you ought to get a good picture of what's going on.

Good luck.

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