My class at a regional was cancelled due to furloughs a few years back and now I'm flying 135 on demand freight in jets. I'm about a year from upgrade here, but still wondering if it's worth the pay cut to get in with a regional so I can get the 121 time. Is it worth it to take the hit if my goal is the majors? Around the clock call outs in 60's technology is making regional jets look better and better. Thoughts from the other side?
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Lots of 91/135 guys get hired just as well. Look at the hiring requirements at legacies...TPIC, 4-year degree, no requirement for 121 time that I can recall. I personally would value the TPIC you have an opportunity to acquire right now over the chance of getting on with a regional and stagnating in an FO slot with reserve, commuting, and the like. Get your PIC, ...then... consider jumping over for 121.
Is it worth it to take the hit if my goal is the majors? Around the clock call outs in 60's technology is making regional jets look better and better. Thoughts from the other side?
What will you need to go to the majors without having to fly thousands and thousands of hours of RJ SIC time?? PIC. If your upgrade is within 2 years and you become an RJ FO you will set yourself back at least 2 years. Average upgrade at the regionals is 4 to 5 years.
It's OK everybody......... does anyone know how to fly a King Air?
If you are correct and would be taking a 50% pay cut and are close to upgrading, I would say you had lost your mind if you go to a regional. Sure being on call sucks, and so does flying older aircraft, but you have to look at the big picture here. You are so much closer to CA than you would be if you moved to a regional. Now add to that, that you would likely be commuting (just a guess), have to be on reserve somewhere, be paid significantly less, at least tripling if not quadrupling your time to upgrade.. That TPIC time is your golden ticket, and if you went to a regional you would be stuck waiting even longer for it. Stay the course...Just my 0.02
Do you guys believe part 91 corporate and 135 guys can make the jump to the majors given they have the minimums posted? 1500 TPIC, degree, ATP etc? I find 135 cargo and corpoate operations to be intruiging and a fun gig, but concerned that majors will want that 121 crm experience
Right now im guessing you would be lucky to have them not throw your resume in the trash with just the bare mins.... There are waaaaaaay too many highly qualified pilots with 3-4-5 times the mins looking for work... You can sure try, but its an uphill battle...