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CubWrangler
10-24-2018, 11:45 AM
Another long time lurker making my first thread. A little info about me... Young, single, no commitments anywhere, from the northeast. Considering AWAC as well as others. I'm curious how long the time is estimated to be for reserve in ORD, MKE, and CAE. Also, how many actual flight hours are current pilots seeing per month. I care less about QOL than just getting my time and moving on. Also don't mind commuting- I've only been home about 4 weeks since March with my current job.


DarkSideMoon
10-24-2018, 02:34 PM
Another long time lurker making my first thread. A little info about me... Young, single, no commitments anywhere, from the northeast. Considering AWAC as well as others. I'm curious how long the time is estimated to be for reserve in ORD, MKE, and CAE. Also, how many actual flight hours are current pilots seeing per month. I care less about QOL than just getting my time and moving on. Also don't mind commuting- I've only been home about 4 weeks since March with my current job.

I got 80+ a month on reserve and close to 100 a month with actively picking up as a lineholder. That being said were doing a lot less flying right now after the summer meltdown. Positive reserve coverage most of this month and almost no open time available for next month. Allegedly were picking up the pace again in December but who knows. Personally I think XJET getting 25 -200s in Chicago means that flying isnt coming back.

Reserve times will vary. CAE is junior so be prepared to waste a good chunk of your paycheck on commuter hotels for awhile. Probably close to a year to get off reserve in Chicago, MKE significantly less and Id wager some people will never sit reserve in CAE. Same story once you upgrade, although Id write off ever getting lineholder CA in ORD or IAD.

CubWrangler
10-24-2018, 05:12 PM
Good info, I really appreciate it! One more question, are there any opportunities to be an LCA or otherwise? Or is it hard to get doing something besides being a regular line pilot?


Flaps8posrate
10-24-2018, 05:30 PM
It would appear that opportunities to do more than to be just an FO are more plentiful than at other places.

DarkSideMoon
10-24-2018, 07:12 PM
Good info, I really appreciate it! One more question, are there any opportunities to be an LCA or otherwise? Or is it hard to get doing something besides being a regular line pilot?

The world is your oyster with extracurriculars here. You basically have your pick as long as you meet their standards, which is not a given.

CanWeGetTheLeft
10-25-2018, 11:01 AM
The world is your oyster with extracurriculars here. You basically have your pick as long as you meet their standards, which is not a given.

We have FO ground instructors and there has even been a FO sim instructor. LCA requires one year in the left seat (company requirement) before being eligible.

Be aware that going down that road can result in a dramatic reduction in your flight time.

IFLYACRJ
10-27-2018, 07:52 AM
Last vacancy award shows two new hires awarded line holder status in CAE.


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