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feedervan

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Anyone fly for these guys? I'm thinking about applying. How hard is it to get into the PHX base.
 

tsky

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feedervan said:
Anyone fly for these guys? I'm thinking about applying. How hard is it to get into the PHX base.

I've been working here for a couple of years now and it has really been a positive experience. On the 121 side, a lot of us have not been getting the time off that we would like because the company is growing so we are rather short staffed right now, but hopefully we'll be back up to full staffing again soon. The PHX base is a 208 base only. As far as how hard it is to get into PHX, is is hard to say because openings are rather random throughout the system. Anyway, I would encourage you to apply and best of luck!
 

feedervan

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Thanks TSKY,
I fly a caravan rigt now for a UPS feeder. I really like the aircraft and wouldn't mind staying in it. Whats the starting pay for the caravan? thanks in advance?
 

blingair

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Feedervan: You can check out empireair.com for more details about where and whom to send your info to. Don't quote me but I believe Van guys start around 35k-ish. Since life on the 135 side is good and most pilots are content with their QOL, openings are sparse but do open up every now and then...on the other hand, the 121 side is in chaos, many people jumping ship.
 

celloman

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I know may guys who work in the ABQ base and a few in PHX. All of them love the job! For a while it was taking some time to get to PHX due to low turn over . One of the guys I know in PHX got on and worked in ABQ for a year before he got the transfer to PHX.

This is the life of the guys who fly the Durango or Farmington run out of ABQ. Show up at the Airport early fly the your destination. Get your fly fishing rod out and drive to the Quality watters on the San Juan river. Fish all day long. Drive back to the airport and then fly home.......

hmmm sounds like a hard life to me haha

Best of Luck.
 

fokkers&beer

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Not bad, widebody int'l work will be really cool. The firehose hasn't been opened up yet, but I'm sure its coming next week, untill then its Beer, and Steaks tonight!
Chin up Bling Air, your time is soon.
 

Ill Mitch

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Hey, just out of curiosity, does anyone know the schedule of the Oakland run. I have never seen the airplane on the ramp there. Tho, one morning we woke up someone sleeping the room in the trailer.
 

fokkers&beer

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8091 leaves OAK at 0230 local time. Gets in OAK about 2200 local. If someone was sleeping, it was either a visiting mechanic, or all hell broke loose with the AC.
 

FlyingToIST

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What are the chances of getting SEA bases as a 121 F/O? I didn't even know that you had a base in SEA and that would be pretty good job if I didn't have to move or commute..

Thanks..
 

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Any word on AFW being a base? When and what airplanes. Whats the upgrade like on that side? QOL and any other info would be great.
 

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psysicx, is that you? ;)
 

Dan CFI/CFII

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"What are the chances of getting SEA bases as a 121 F/O? I didn't even know that you had a base in SEA and that would be pretty good job if I didn't have to move or commute.."

It'll be pretty tough to get "SEA bases." We only have one! Haha, I kill myself.

Depends. A few months ago it was like an army of 121 F/Os went to SEA. One from my class got it before he ever flew an airplane, and I'm waiting on it myself. From the sounds of it, there'll be some openings! They might pretend it's because of greener pastures, but the guys jumping just don't want to listen to me drivel on about bands that nobody else listens to or about old trucks! :) Even the ones who left before I started!

Unless of course you are referring to Casper, WY as "SEA" for some reason, then it seems like it'd be pretty easy to get a "SEA" base. :)

Dan
 

FlyingToIST

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Dan CFI/CFII said:
"What are the chances of getting SEA bases as a 121 F/O? I didn't even know that you had a base in SEA and that would be pretty good job if I didn't have to move or commute.."

It'll be pretty tough to get "SEA bases." We only have one! Haha, I kill myself.

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Dan

Dan,
that's funny.. I was just testing.. :p

Looks like I will have to aply and find that out personaly.

Thanks for the information.. And no, Casper,WY is not considered "SEA Bases" for me. Otherwise I would have gone to Great Mistakes :)
 

Dan CFI/CFII

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"Otherwise I would have gone to Great Mistakes"

But those guys work more! I prefer not to work, if given the choice.

Good luck. I'm still new here, but I'm happier than Dubya clearing brush!

Dan
 

fokkers&beer

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If you don't like to work, the SEA base ain't for you. I don't know who told you you wouldn't be working much. When I was there I flew somewhere in the mid 800's per year, and was in JNU at least a weekend a month (sometimes 2 weekends in a row in the summers). When you figure in a week in YVR, and then shipping you to CWA on your reserve week, you have just been gone for a month straight. And then the next week your back in SE.
After you get a couple of years of flying the SEA base under your belt, come on back and talk with the dude about not working much and all the time off you have.
 

ATRCAPT

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Dan CFI/CFII said:
"What are the chances of getting SEA bases as a 121 F/O? I didn't even know that you had a base in SEA and that would be pretty good job if I didn't have to move or commute.."

It'll be pretty tough to get "SEA bases." We only have one! Haha, I kill myself.

Depends. A few months ago it was like an army of 121 F/Os went to SEA. One from my class got it before he ever flew an airplane, and I'm waiting on it myself. From the sounds of it, there'll be some openings! They might pretend it's because of greener pastures, but the guys jumping just don't want to listen to me drivel on about bands that nobody else listens to or about old trucks! :) Even the ones who left before I started!

Unless of course you are referring to Casper, WY as "SEA" for some reason, then it seems like it'd be pretty easy to get a "SEA" base. :)

Dan


Hey D.S -

You knew the words to "One Piece at a Time" by Johnny Cash. You're okay in my book!
CU
 

ATRCAPT

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pilotyip said:
Any word on AFW being a base? When and what airplanes. Whats the upgrade like on that side? QOL and any other info would be great.

The AFW will be an F27 base only. We have the Midland airplane and the Witchita airplane that do a turn during the night. We will also have a hot reserve crew based in AFW. I believe they are hiring into the left seat of the F27 because none of the current crews want to give up their ATR slots! Hope this helps.
 

swawrench

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I got a call friday from Empire. I put AFW as my choice on the online app. Can you give me an Idea of the ground time in Midland and Witchita? Is it there unload, load and right back? What is a hot reserve crew? How much flying do you get on hot reserve. Any idea of starting FO pay on the F27 and approx. how many flight hours a month. I know its alot questions but I'm really excited. thanks for your help.
 
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