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How to apply to Great Lakes?

ceo_of_the_sofa

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What’s the preferred method to apply at Lakes?

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I'm curious what led you wanting to apply at Great Lakes?

Not trying to start anything here... just merely curious.
 

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User997 said:
I'm curious what led you wanting to apply at Great Lakes?

Not trying to start anything here... just merely curious.

Kind of running out of options here....
 

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ceo_of_the_sofa said:
Kind of running out of options here....
What are your times? Colgan is hiring like mad, apply through airlineapps.com.

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I sent Great Lakes a resume through email and they sent me an email back pretty quick stating that they would review it. Have you done your research on Great Lakes? I've read nothing good except an upgrade time in the ballpark of one year. Turbine PIC is supposedly gold.
 

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Turbine PIC is earned there. Try 8-9 legs a day and short overnights day after day after day. Oh, and they don't pay you enough to eat. But you get that turbine PIC! Someday you might get to use it when you apply to a major, say 2009 or 2010. Maybe I'm just a slacker, but I'll take an APU, 12 hour overnight, and wait another year or two for captain.
 

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I'd just like to put food on the table, at least for me.
 

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I was in your shoes a couple years ago. I really wanted to work at Great Lakes. Everyone I met said to hold off. In retrospect, I'm glad I did.

Now that's not to say that your situation is the same or even similar to mine, but realize what you're asking for before you commit. With that said, I haven't met anyone who has anything bad to say about the pilots there. That is important.
 

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Even if the regionals is your goal at this step in your career, have you considered maybe going the cargo route so you can build up some more total time, and eventually multi time?

Cargo operators last I looked were hiring guys with your experience.
 

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Gotta have those 135 mins for most cargo. Id prefer to fly single pilot myself. From my looking around its best to stick with what Im doing until I get those mins but when you're washing planes for flight time a place like Great Mistakes looks real good.
 

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User997 said:
Even if the regionals is your goal at this step in your career, have you considered maybe going the cargo route so you can build up some more total time, and eventually multi time?

Cargo operators last I looked were hiring guys with your experience.

Got shot down by Airnet for the SIC, don't have IFR 135 mins to apply anywhere else. Flying my butt off lately, but with fall coming up, it'll be tough getting those last 200 hours.
 

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Airnet I guess is night cargo which doesnt suite my bag. Im gonna try and hold out for Ramair if I can stand it.
 

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ceo_of_the_sofa said:
Just 30 multi, that's what's hurting me.
Find someone else who needs multi time and split the cost. There are much better options once you get 100ME
 

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Food for thought... By the time you have enough experience (i.e. multi time) to get hired by a regional that pays more and flys jets, the upgrade may be 5+ years. At places like Great Lakes and Colgan, the upgrade is always going to be pretty fast. Usually around a year. PIC turboprop is A LOT better than SIC in an RJ. The best way to apply? I'm not really sure. When I applied to Great Lakes, I was faxing a resume once a week until they called me after about four weeks.

Here are some pros and cons:

PROS:
1.Quick upgrade time. Turbine PIC is important.
2.Fun flying. You get to FLY the airplane instead of pushing buttons
3.The pilots at Great Lakes are exceptional
4.Good experience. Cruising around thunderstorms at FL220 in the mountains will teach you a lot more than flying around thunderstorms over Florida at FL350.

CONS:
1.F/O pay. About 15K per year.

Captain pay also sucks, but only compared to other airlines' captain pay. I think it is around 27K per year for 2nd year captains. However, every captain there is planning on going somewhere else so the PIC time is more valuable than the paychecks they earn.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
 

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labbats said:
I was in your shoes a couple years ago. I really wanted to work at Great Lakes. Everyone I met said to hold off. In retrospect, I'm glad I did.
Very well put, hold out for a decent company. Don't by any means think GLA is going to put food on the table. Have you seen the payscale?
 
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