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Old 01-12-2019, 05:54 AM   #1  
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Hey,

I need some advice on what type of flying to do to get current before going to the regionals. I will not have flown in 4 years by the time I am submitting applications and interviewing. My TT is 2100 , mostly in a Cessna 402 at Cape Air. I already have my ATP. I want to be best prepared when and if I do get hired.

I already am planning on a BFR and IPC. What else can I do to prepare myself to be successful in training in the 121 environment? I feel confident I would be successful, but I don't want to be knocking the dust off in training. I am doing all the ground studying I can now, while I wait to return to the states for the flight training. Also I'll be paying out of pocket for all the flight time, so is it worth it to rent a twin?

Also, I just found out we are being stationed an hour outside of PSP. I know skywest is out west, but what other regionals would you recommend looking into for the best commuting? I'm not too concerned about upgrading fast or moving on to the majors anytime soon. Just want to get my time in at a regional and fly a jet for once.

Thanks for any info/advice.
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Aviation interviews!
Itís all you need. Pay the fee and study the gouge.
Maybe Shepard Air depending on if the company you interview with gives a written.
Not to sound like s shill but Aviation Interviews is worth the cost. I was out of aviation for 8 years and studied the technical questions as well as brushed up on the HR stuff. Got the job!
Canít help you with PSP as Iím based in NY.
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I actually work for AviationInterviews.com so I am using that as a resource big time. I'm more worried about the actual training part. I was just reading a thread that was talking about how many people were failing out of training. I don't want that to happen to me. I'm hoping I can best prepare myself beforehand.
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I actually work for AviationInterviews.com so I am using that as a resource big time. I'm more worried about the actual training part. I was just reading a thread that was talking about how many people were failing out of training. I don't want that to happen to me. I'm hoping I can best prepare myself beforehand.
The fact that your prior professional experience is in a very "hands-on" aircraft will be a great asset to you. I would recommend that you really go above and beyond for the IPC, and spend a LOT of time in a sim flying IFR procedures. From my experience, the vast majority of people who fail initial training do so because they can't fly basic IFR to begin with, and end up being so distracted by fundamental instrument flying that they can't learn anything in the sim.

And whatever you do, do NOT pay to rent a light twin for practice. Light twins are not at all comparable to whatever jet you're going to be flying in the sim.
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I actually work for AviationInterviews.com so I am using that as a resource big time. I'm more worried about the actual training part. I was just reading a thread that was talking about how many people were failing out of training. I don't want that to happen to me. I'm hoping I can best prepare myself beforehand.


Sounds like you have the right attitude going into it... just keep studying and learning and youíll do fine. If anything pull out the ole Microsoft flight sim and do some instrument nav exercises to knock the rust off. Being fresh on instruments will make your sims go more smoothly.

(Edit, I see someone else already mentioned that now)

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Definitely partner up and study in a group setting after class and at the hotel.
Knowing your limitations and memory items early is recommended. Having your profiles and call outs down before sims is a must. Of course this will be based on what aircraft you get and you wonít know that until day one of indoc.
Before indoc I just went over Jepps top to bottom. Get comfortable briefing an approach, SIDS , STARS etc..
Theyíll teach you the rest. Come to class ready to learn. Study and quiz each other together, have a good attitude, cooperate and graduate.
Itís hard but not very.
Like Edna Mode said, ďLuck favors the prepared darling!Ē 😁
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Iíll piggy back off what Captain Kirk said. I was out for 10 years. Flew 4 hours in a 172 to get a BFR and IPC. Interviewed with Compass, went through training with minimal hiccups. Study the callout and flows and be ready to learn. I was definitely rusty but it came back pretty quick. I chose Compass for the west coast bases. So far so good. Pm if you need more info
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