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About Cessnaflyer

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  1. I waited and made sure I had the ATP written done so they could type me once I was hired. It is not as expensive to get your ATP as it is all the previous ratings but you might as well save a few thousand dollars and have the company do it for you.
  2. This has never been a problem before. The whole history of airlines it has been high minimums and even required military time. There was never a lack of pilots. Only until the 2000's has this hiring with less then 3000 hours been around. Most people would flight instruct for 2 years then fly cargo for 3 years before they even thought of moving to a regional let alone a legacy. Now people view regionals as stepping stones to the legacies and with it we have seen a degradation of wages because of people not caring about the wage and looking at their time instead. Yes, it is an invitation to anyone that would like to chat more. You may be closer to a corporate job than you think. I was hired with only about 900 hours.
  3. If you have further questions you can PM me anytime and I can help you out as well. I am a 121 pilot and sim instructor for my airline so I should be able to answer about 25% of your questions. I still fly a King Air on the side so I can help with the corporate questions as well.
  4. I went the very slow route and taught only about 50 hours a month and flew a King Air. If you work at a busy flight school you can get all the hours you need in about 2 years. Don't worry how long it will take though, enjoy the ride. Because you will have 10 years of hating your life moving up the ranks of an airline.
  5. If that's your attitude then we don't need you in our industry. We are the safest mode of transportation because of the many hours we put into training and our passion for doing our jobs well. This should be compensated appropriately. I chose my airline because we were compensated fairly and had great benefits. You should the same as well. Does the school you are going to hire graduates back to teach in the program? That would be the best way to become an instructor because you are comfortable with the airplanes and the curriculum. If they don't have one I would look at the big flight schools at Deer Valley airport in Arizona. They are hiring all the time and since you will have an MEI you will be able to build that coveted muti time. Once you get your ATP then you will be able to be hired by the airlines.
  6. The simple rules of a SIDs and STARs If they tell you to follow a SID or STAR you follow the route. Do not follow altitudes, or speeds on the plate. During your clearance they usually give you an altitude to climb to. If they tell you to follow altitudes, speeds or both, then you can follow whats on the plate. Pretty simple rules.
  7. What also helps is that the CG is below the aircraft and it acts as a pendulum keeping the fuselage on the bottom side of the airplane.
  8. I have a really good contract where I am teaching at now, which is fairly close to Horizon first year pay. I am 23 years old with close to 200 given and I have to count all my lucky stars to be in the position I am in now. Now if only I can get my multi and some trips with the plane then I'll be closer to where I would like to be now.
  9. Haven't applied just yet. I am still building up the hours. Right now my times are 500/0 and I hope to be at around 1000 by the end of July. Then I'll throw my hat into the ring.
  10. It's good they had an autopilot and didn't end up in a large bath.
  11. It's part of the group that looks like it has Barbara Bush on the tail.
  12. Yeah reseting the time will be nice! I'll just have to remember to change the expiration date on all my students log books when I sign them!
  13. Friday I finally got my CFII!Wasn't that bad of an add on since I already have my CFI. There really isn't much to do in the oral besides the basics of instruments and the common errors of first time instrument students. The flight was just as easy as well because the majority of my free time flying is done IFR.Then today I got to talk to an airline that I thought I would never be able to fly for. We'll see how that goes in the next few months!
  14. It might have been a positioning flight where they didn't have a number already in the system. I've been on some positioning flights though and dispatch gave them a 'normal' type number with no other phonetics in it.
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