You don't need the mins. if you know someone. I know a guy with less than posted mins get an interview at a very popular regional carrier. Does 300 hours of multi really make you any better than 100? I don't think so. My opinion may be like an a$$ whole, (stinks) but that's just what I think. I think by raising the mins they just cut out half of the pilot population applying. Less headache for recruiting. Any how good luck all!!!!!!!!!
Come on guys, 100, 300, 500, it all depends on the nature of the time. I personally know guys with 100 hours of PIC time in a rented twin flying approaches all night long in all sorts of weather who are far more proficient than others who have 400 hours SIC hours sitting in a King Air developing their radio technique while someone else flies. Then their are those pilots who fly night freight....I think most of you would agree, a few hundred hours of that is likely to sharpen almost anyones skills. I agree that raising the mins is probably more of a tactic used by airline recruiters to make their jobs a bit more manageable....but I don't know that those raised min's are exactly set in stone. They certainly haven't been in the past. I know a bunch of guys who wouldn't be flying at the regionals if they were.
I would think that 200 hours more flight makes a large difference, whether or not your flying down to mins every night or sitting in the right seat while your student gives you grey hair.....200 hours gives you that much more time in the aircraft to get use to flying larger aircraft. If your lucky, perhaps an emergency or two to put some hair on your chest and to give you the confindence that you can handle an emergency when it happens......but of course this is just my humble opinion......
I have 1500/500. All from instructing. Never had one airline interview or gotton one call. I'm gonna tear off the recips on my twin and install turbines sometime within the next 50 dual given. It is all who you know and timing i think.
Just about all arguments relating to time are relative, but unfortunately HR people with stacks of resumes have to use something to sift through them all. Time is probably the first thing they go by. The last few years though have taught the regionals that it doesn't take 5000 hrs. to become a trainable pilot. So I'd say there will be a mix of experience levels for the foreseeable future. Bottom line is, you gotta play to win (like the lottery). Keep sending in your stuff and see what happens.
Getting back to the time issue, you guys can beat yourselfs to death with that issue forevever. To let the secret out, the equipment generally get easier to fly as you increase your experience level. Speaking from the Hawker world, the airplane deflects rudder automatically for you and adds APR power to the good engine during an engine failure. I'm sure those flying Barons full of checks in the middle of the night wish they had that kind of toy. My point is: don't let anyone make you feel like a second class citizen just because you don't have any turbine time. If you can fly those recip twins around in all types of weather, you can certainly tool around and let the automation do it for you too.
When you only have 1500-2000 total time, the difference between 100 and 300 hours of multi time is big. So it is not that 200 hrs makes the difference, it is that 200 hrs when it represents such a large percentage of your total time and of your total multi time, that it matters. Did that come out right ?
I agree, I was hired by SkyWest with 1015 tt and
225 multi (no turbine). I think one of the reasons
I got an interview was that even though I had low
tt, a good portion was with two spinners...although
here I sit and wait for who knows how long.
UtahPilot: I would not worry about company minimums
there is a lot that goes into hiring besides time, put
everything on your resume from your education
to...well does your mom cook a mean meatloaf???