Which Type Rating

pumpkinhead

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I may have an opportunity to pay for a type rating, I am partial to the B747-400 but that’s just an aircraft I always wanted to fly. I wanted some feedback on what aircraft is in the most demand, (what might secure me a job), both wide body and narrow body. This would most likely be for a foreign operation. Also if not too much trouble, recommended school for such aircraft training. Thank You.
 
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Use your ATR type rating and come to India.
 

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B777 for widebody, A320 for narrow body. B74-4 is a fantastic bird but overall 777 is more marketable. IMO A320 type is better than the 73 because there are more jobs for expats flying the bus. If you already have widebody int'l PIC time then go for the 777 for $$$.
 

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Chronic Jetlag, thanks for the feedback, I think your right, was expecting this exact recommendation. I guess it was wishful thinking about the B-747-400, I really love that airplane. Only have so much money left from a liquidated 401K after penalties and taxes. 4 airlines, 4 bankruptcies. As suggested in another thread, Type + 0 Time = No Job. I’m leaning toward just hanging on to the money.
Schicer, thanks, I’ve already contacted several recruiting firms, only one positive response, mainly because of my non currency in the ATR, but I am pursuing the one lead, getting all the paper work together now. It sounds like you may be flying the ATR over there now; if so I would like to pm you for some insight.
 

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Whilst your drive is admirable, the perception that you should BUY your own type rating in order to get employed is what is fundamentally wrong with this industry.

Take a look at an expat website like PPRuNe and read the whinging (whining) posts on differential pay, lower pay, CoS (Conditions of Service), time to upgrade and so on - realise that it's all a consequence of pilots giving up, by degrees, all that we and our predecessors worked for.

Yes, times are tough and work isn't that easy to get, and sacrifices have to be made...

Stand your ground. Don't do it. A type rating with no time on type isn't worth squat anyway. I wouldn't hire an ATR driver (irrespective of experience) with a B744/B777 "rating" and ZERO wide bodied time, international experience, ULH, ETOPS and all the other goodies that go with the B744/777 job package. You're a liability, not an asset, and there are many furlougees out there who will make your paper rating look absurd.

Save your money or buy Sirius stock. Double your money.

Your $20K for a B777 TR will be worth squat in 6 months.
 

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Well said Underpants. But, I don't agree with Sirius stock. I bought that when they first started and lost my ass.
 

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an atr type and 1000 pic on type will get you a 90K job in ireland without the JAR lisence
 

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Whilst your drive is admirable, the perception that you should BUY your own type rating in order to get employed is what is fundamentally wrong with this industry.

Take a look at an expat website like PPRuNe and read the whinging (whining) posts on differential pay, lower pay, CoS (Conditions of Service), time to upgrade and so on - realise that it's all a consequence of pilots giving up, by degrees, all that we and our predecessors worked for.

Yes, times are tough and work isn't that easy to get, and sacrifices have to be made...

Stand your ground. Don't do it. A type rating with no time on type isn't worth squat anyway. I wouldn't hire an ATR driver (irrespective of experience) with a B744/B777 "rating" and ZERO wide bodied time, international experience, ULH, ETOPS and all the other goodies that go with the B744/777 job package. You're a liability, not an asset, and there are many furlougees out there who will make your paper rating look absurd.

Save your money or buy Sirius stock. Double your money.

Your $20K for a B777 TR will be worth squat in 6 months.
Wouldn't it be nice if people actually value themselves that way, this paid hobby of ours would be a career
 

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If you did what you are suggesting – you would’nt get a job with any reputable carrier. Not because of what Cpt. U. correctly pointed out – but because of your decision making skills in where you have put the last of your liquidated retirement money.

Respectfully.

fv
 

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type rating

What u do with your money is your business, end of story, I like the comment about idiots with their mouths closed. But ponder this, before you pay for that rating, make sure you have a job offer of sorts. I unfortunately did a similar thing ten years ago, and at the time everybody wanted 500 hours in type, and I was never able to really use that type rating, which was a waste of the time and money.

my 2 cents
 

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What u do with your money is your business, end of story, I like the comment about idiots with their mouths closed. But ponder this, before you pay for that rating, make sure you have a job offer of sorts. I unfortunately did a similar thing ten years ago, and at the time everybody wanted 500 hours in type, and I was never able to really use that type rating, which was a waste of the time and money.

my 2 cents
I agree without time on type the rating is worthless the way things are right now.
 

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I agree without time on type the rating is worthless the way things are right now.
I can second (or third or fourth it as the case may be) this statement. I have an A-320 type and a TRI letter on the thing (I'm teaching for the manufacturer), but with no time on type, and I can't even get a second look as an F/O anywhere on it...

So, I can't imagine getting a job with a type and no experience in a 320 these days... So, if the type won't really help, get the 74-400 type if it's what you want to do... (Or just be a good citizen and don't waste tax payer money on something you know won't really help you get a job... Go to culinary school or get a commercial drivers license -- something useful...)

Just my 2 centavos...
 

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What underpants said.

The same thing applies to corporate/smaller stuff too.
 

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I think the bigger question here is how do unemployed pilots in the US obtain jobs throughout the world with carriers hiring.

I don't like the idea of paying for a type either (and fortunately I never have) but if it makes the difference between getting back to work or staying in the unemployment line then you do what you have too.

I have a good friend in flying the 767 for ANA... furloughed UA. He never thought he would be where he is either.
 
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