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OkieDuster
08-06-2019, 12:28 PM
Hello all!

I am tossing around the idea of changing industries to either the airlines or charter pilot and was wanting to pick some brains if this is the right place.

Little bit about my aviation experience:
At the end of this season I will have somewhere between 4-5000 hours of single engine turbo-prop time(Cropdusting). Other than that have around 300 hours in a Cessna 210 with high performance and complex.

My big question would be are there any airlines/charter companies that cover the cost of dual and instrument training?

If not would be be more beneficial to buy a plane that's rated and sell it after completing my training?

Any general helpful advice and or resource locations?

Thanks in advance.


rickair7777
08-06-2019, 07:45 PM
I am tossing around the idea of changing industries to either the airlines or charter pilot and was wanting to pick some brains if this is the right place.

Little bit about my aviation experience:
At the end of this season I will have somewhere between 4-5000 hours of single engine turbo-prop time(Cropdusting). Other than that have around 300 hours in a Cessna 210 with high performance and complex.

Plenty of time for the regionals, assuming ATP mins. Do you have the XC?


My big question would be are there any airlines/charter companies that cover the cost of dual and instrument training?

I doubt anyone pays for the IR, unless it's part of an employer-funded ab-initio program which I don't think we have in the US anyway.


If not would be be more beneficial to buy a plane that's rated and sell it after completing my training?

For just the IR, I doubt it would be worth it. If you need several hundred hours (XC?) maybe so. But it's risky, you can save a few grand but if you have a big MX surprise you might have to spend a few tens of grands.

OkieDuster
08-07-2019, 02:22 PM
Plenty of time for the regionals, assuming ATP mins. Do you have the XC?



I doubt anyone pays for the IR, unless it's part of an employer-funded ab-initio program which I don't think we have in the US anyway.



For just the IR, I doubt it would be worth it. If you need several hundred hours (XC?) maybe so. But it's risky, you can save a few grand but if you have a big MX surprise you might have to spend a few tens of grands.
I will have to look into the rec's for ATP minimums, I do a fair bit more XCing than your average crop duster so I do think I would have the minimum at least. Sounds like I will have to at least grab the dual and instrument ratings myself I have a friends who's an instructor so may be able to negotiate a bit on the fee. The 210 I mentioned isn't IR rated but it could be used to mop up any specific XC requirements I lack.

Is there a specific regional that is better than the rest? I don't necessarily have my heart set on going the Major airline route but that does seem to be the most stable in an already unstable profession.


sourdough44
08-07-2019, 02:50 PM
We have people here thinking the career change thing at 30 with close to zero time. You are surely able to fill in the gaps to get a seat starting somewhere.

I generally donít like the idea of buying to fill shorter term training gaps.

At times it takes a bit of faith to make a jump.