Those Caravans you see are operated on contract by companies such as Wiggins and Mountain Air Cargo for FedEx. They operate all over the place.
Generally, from what I've seen, mins are pretty high, I believe Wiggins wants somewhere around 2500 hrs (though I'm not positive of the exact #) I believe the high mins are due to the fact that the AC are very expensive turbine aircraft operated at night in all kinds of bad weather, single pilot. Also, they are operated under CFR135, requiring that the pilots at least meet the 135 IFR min qualifications.
In short, these are not beginner jobs, they look for experienced pilots.
Mountain Air Cargo wanted 2200 pic to fly the caravan. I flew the Fokker for them, and could never fly the caravan unless I built some pic time outside of work. That's one reason why I left. Good luck to you.
Mid-Atlantic freight wants 1500 TT (I don't think an ATP is required) and they have C208s all over the country. They're owned by Atlantic Aero in GSO and are a great bunch of guys from my experience. But, I do remember someone with an otherwise excellent record and work history was canned for hitting a taxi light at GSO. May be mistaken ... I dunno ...
I talked to a guy at MYGF that worked for Mountain flying a caravan and he was pretty upset about it. He said he got on with Mountain for a way into Fedex and found that Fedex will hire outside before hiring from Mountain. He didn't elaborate and it may as well have been his personal assumption. Can anyone shed any light on this subject?
From what I have heard is that FedEx does NOT like to hire guys who fly the Caravans and F-27's for them. The reason I have heard is that FedEx actually owns the Caravans and pays for their pilots training so if they would then hire them they would have to train them in the 727/A300/MD-11 ect and also pay to have a new guy retrained into the Caravan. I don't know if this infact true or just an ulgy rumor I heard.
Not true fellas,
I had a guy my class that was a former C208 driver, not sure which feeder it was, and we've hired several ex-Fedex feeder pilots since then. Keep updating those apps and keep networking. FedEx is a good ole-boy company and it helps to know someone that flys here. If you have recommendation from a pilot then you're pretty much going to get an interview at some point in time. Competition is rather stiff right now though. Good luck to ya.
I fly for a contract feedder and I have heard the same, that is they don't like to hire the feeder pilots, but I do know of a lot of guys that have made it. One good thing about flying into the hub is you get to meet the mainline guys and develop friendships with them, that can later lead to a recomendation. I think it is silly not to hire a feeder pilot. I mean who knows best about the operation than a guy who flys in there every night. Just my 02.
I was just wondering about if there were and age restrictions with hiring on at a feeder? Let's just say that you more than met the minimums set by the feeder, but you were 38 yrs old, what would your chances of getting an interview be?
Discrimination on the basis of age is a big ol' civil rights violation.
Airlines by and large don't mind hiring older pilots. I personally know a 52 year old hired at NWA and a 50 year old at Gemini. I've been told that NWA has hired guys over 60 - all they can do is the F/E position....