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Kapache007
05-19-2018, 08:09 AM
I am a newbie here just trying to inform myself as I get through training and start looking at different regionals. I am from the East coast but been out west for the past few years and will be doing all my training out here but I have seen cases where guys even commute from the east to fly on the west coast. Is it the winter? Or do pilots get to fly more on the west? What's better about flying west coast?


4V14T0R
05-19-2018, 08:11 AM
I am a newbie here just trying to inform myself as I get through training and start looking at different regionals. I am from the East coast but been out west for the past few years and will be doing all my training out here but I have seen cases where guys even commute from the east to fly on the west coast. Is it the winter? Or do pilots get to fly more on the west? What's better about flying west coast?



Not having to fly on the east coast.


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poorflyer
05-19-2018, 09:08 AM
If you're asking to come to a regional based on the coast it flies on I'll tell you that is a very very bad idea.

As a general discussion, west coast flying is much easier and less stressful. Not many thunderstorms and most are pop ups in Texas that are easily avoided. The less intense weather also means less delays and cancellations so you don't sit at an outstation waiting to be rescued. Winds are constant most the year so you'll most likely have a 15 knot headwind to help smooth out your landings. Hardly any icy runways or freezing rain. Less traffic means quieter radios, especially true on guard, I've heard horror stories of the idiots screaming on guard on the east coast. No devastating cold fronts that take out a couple states worth of schedules.

Again this is no reason to choose coming here just my experience. And I think it does come at a fault because I feel my experience of dealing with such things is lower than my east coast brethren so I try and prepare more when I see some unusual weather along my route.


VIRotate
05-19-2018, 09:44 AM
I commute from the east coast to the west coast. Would I ever do that again? Nope. Donít pick a regional based on where they fly, pick one that will Iíve you best QOL. Usually thatís living in base for most people.

Varsity
05-19-2018, 10:07 AM
If you're asking to come to a regional based on the coast it flies on I'll tell you that is a very very bad idea.

As a general discussion, west coast flying is much easier and less stressful. Not many thunderstorms and most are pop ups in Texas that are easily avoided. The less intense weather also means less delays and cancellations so you don't sit at an outstation waiting to be rescued. Winds are constant most the year so you'll most likely have a 15 knot headwind to help smooth out your landings. Hardly any icy runways or freezing rain. Less traffic means quieter radios, especially true on guard, I've heard horror stories of the idiots screaming on guard on the east coast. No devastating cold fronts that take out a couple states worth of schedules.

Again this is no reason to choose coming here just my experience. And I think it does come at a fault because I feel my experience of dealing with such things is lower than my east coast brethren so I try and prepare more when I see some unusual weather along my route.

West coast challenges are different. Particularly real mountain flying.

The east coast just sucks. It's old, dirty and crowded. I don't want to fly or live there.

Kapache007
05-19-2018, 10:32 AM
If you're asking to come to a regional based on the coast it flies on I'll tell you that is a very very bad idea.

As a general discussion, west coast flying is much easier and less stressful. Not many thunderstorms and most are pop ups in Texas that are easily avoided. The less intense weather also means less delays and cancellations so you don't sit at an outstation waiting to be rescued. Winds are constant most the year so you'll most likely have a 15 knot headwind to help smooth out your landings. Hardly any icy runways or freezing rain. Less traffic means quieter radios, especially true on guard, I've heard horror stories of the idiots screaming on guard on the east coast. No devastating cold fronts that take out a couple states worth of schedules.

Again this is no reason to choose coming here just my experience. And I think it does come at a fault because I feel my experience of dealing with such things is lower than my east coast brethren so I try and prepare more when I see some unusual weather along my route.

Thanks for the info that was what I was looking for. I totally understand this was more of a question from curiosity not a sole reason for determining my future. 👍🏾

BobbyLeeSwagger
05-19-2018, 10:40 AM
In LA we wear chucks not bally's....

Kapache007
05-19-2018, 11:10 AM
Thanks guys very informative. I am not using this as a basis to plan my future, I was just curious. But I do have the option, really my priority is to go somewhere fly alot get that TPIC and get out Compass seems really good for that just wish the future wasn't so uncertain. The back up flow thingy those other guys have seems kinda attractive too though. But anyways I got over a year to decide pretty sure alot will change by that time.

Av8rPHX
05-19-2018, 11:43 AM
In LA we wear chucks not bally's....



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BobbyLeeSwagger
05-19-2018, 11:45 AM
Dressed in locs and khaki suits and ride is what we do


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Yes! Thank you, it was intended as an ally oop

FollowMe
05-19-2018, 03:01 PM
Dressed in locs and khaki suits and ride is what we do


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Flossin but have caution we collide with other crews

BobbyLeeSwagger
05-19-2018, 03:12 PM
Flossin but have caution we collide with other crews

(Skywest) lol

Crucero
05-20-2018, 06:13 PM
"From Oakland to Sactown
The Bay Area and back down"

Yeah, that about sums up West coast flying!



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