What State is the best to start in??

CaptO'Brien

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I am willing to move anywhere when i look for my first job..what seems to be the most open market for starting jobs (which State?)...maybe Alaska? do not many people want to move there for a job..... leaving openings for the rookies? Just kinda curious as to where would be the most job openings...seems like everyone would want to live in florida or somwhere nice...so more experienced pilots would go down there and take the better jobs and the rookes would work there way up in the not so nice places....I already live in Canada now so i wouldnt mind moving more north to Alaska to beat out having to work the ramp in Tuktayuktuk (haha yea thats actually a real place )...any imput would be appreciated...Thanks!:)
 

millhouse21

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Screw Alaska! Move to Virginia and Trans States! Go Hulas!
 

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Man I know zilch about flying in Alaska, but from what I have heard; 240 hours + Alaska Flying is not a good combination. I guess alot of it has to do with what your ultimate goals are. I did incredibly well for myself by networking while pumping gas.
 

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CitationXDriver said:
I did incredibly well for myself by <b>networking</b> while pumping gas.
Thats the truth right there. Best way to get anywhere in this industry (and most others). Be around people who are where you want to be next . Loading bags for UAL won't be likely to hook up the job leads, but driving te fuel truck for the local FBO out to every aircraft operator passing through the field will. Some homemade (but proffesional looking) buisness cards wouldn't hurt either. As far as states are concerned, those with large number s of pilot factories probably have a bigger glut of CFIs, but beyond that, the key is to be flexible.
 

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Capt O Brien, Don't go to alaska looking for work with 250 TT trust me, I know, you will be competing with guys that have 1000 or better I wouldn't consider alaska until you have 135 mins at least, start instructing or dumping jumpers or flying pipe, just fly, anything for anybody, you really just have to find some operator you want to work for and stick your head in the door everyday, until finally when they have an opening you just happen to be standing there. What about the school you got your ratings at, do they need a CFI.
 

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I know about 6 months ago, Texas was a real hotbed for new pilots.

Particularly Dallas, and Houston. Lots of airports around those areas, and plenty of flight schools creating many jobs for the new CFI.

Also my personal opinion is that Texas is a great place to live. I'd live in Dallas before I'd move to Houston - although you'd be closer to the coast if you lived in Houston.
 

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Get a CFI gig close to close to your career goal and get a part time job to get a foot in the door.

For example. If you would like to work for FedEx, get a CFI job in Memphis, TN (or any other hub) and get a part time job lifting boxes. Network, Network, Network!

Good luck!:)
 

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Definitely not NC.

I'm old, not too smart, and I'm a lousy pilot ... and so I don't need the competition. :(


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Most pilots live in a state of denial. :D
 

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If you want to go to the airlines it isn't going to matter where you instruct although you might want somewhere warm so as to be able to fly more during the winter. If you want to go corporate or charter instruct near where you would like your first corp/charter job to be. That way your networking can be with the people who matter. Once you start flying around the country where you live will again count less as you'll be able to meet people from a much broader sample of the industry.
 

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Well, I had 600 TT w/ 100 turbine PIC experience, and I am from San Antonio, TX. Could NOT find a job anywhere in TX with that low of time so jumped on the net and paid a site like 6 bucks a month to look for pilot jobs. That day printed out all the ad's and faxed over 150 resumes out. NOBODY called me back, except one company in Michigan. So here I am 1600 Miles away from home to jump start the career ;) Got real lucky, its a Lear SIC job. Everybody said w/ that low of time there was no way I would get a job, especially w/ jets. Anybody w/ low time, screw those people, just keep throwing resumes out there. My company had 1500TT for the mins on the website, but I said screw it w/ 600TT and sent off the resume. Worked out for me. Good luck.
 

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look at his profile, military flight training......


Which makes me wonder vball, why were you looking for a job to begin with? I'd figure if you were flying Goshawks then the Navy would be your employer. Did you SIE'd/washed out of pilot training?
 

Snakum

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with 600TT how did you accumulate 100 turbine PIC
Logging sole manipulator PIC from either seat in a King Air, perhaps?

That's eggzackery how I will be getting mine. :)


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Someone took pictures of me when I smeared peanut butter all over my body which attracts stray cats and dogs. I have sex with the strays until sunrise and then fall asleep in a puddle of my own urine
Somehow ... I find myself becoming oddly aroused. :(

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I had a medical discharge (eyes) at the end of military flight training. the turbine pic was from the military training. usually couldn't have logged it as pic, but i had all my ratings before going into the military. I used aviationcareer.com to search for jobs. usually about 5-7 new jobs daily on there. like 7 bucks a month to view them. anything from traffic watch jobs to 737 jobs, to NFL Monday Night football helo jobs. Vast variety. Hope it helps somebody.
 

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NookyBooky said:
Whichever one you can afford to live in on your unemployment check.
In view of that, Oklahoma is a pretty safe bet...

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Spend some time in Texas, great place to start with no real winter weather to hassle with. Alaska is a great option but you need to use that card when you have about 1500 hours or so of flight time.
 
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