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Old 04-15-2016, 01:48 PM   #41  
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Will Lynden open up their FO application window to fill the expected new hire class this summer or is there a pool?
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:29 PM   #42  
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I would say give them a call or go see them if you really want to fly the Herc around ze verld!
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:29 PM   #43  
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How's a day to day life of a Lynden loadmaster usually like? How often are check rides? And when they're gone how long are they usually gone for e.g. Africa and such?
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:50 PM   #44  
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Also I'm assuming most of the missions are air land. Do they do much air drop?
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Old 01-06-2017, 03:17 PM   #45  
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Any updates on Lynden? Is the pay scale on the APC profile accurate? Schedules said to be 2 weeks on 2 weeks off... travel on OFF days... how's that translate into reality? People get at least 12 at home in a row?
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Old 03-14-2017, 09:58 AM   #46  
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Any idea what the average turnover rate is at LAC, upgrade time, avg first year pay?
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Old 01-12-2019, 05:19 AM   #47  
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Old 01-14-2019, 02:04 PM   #48  
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Regarding the questions about retention, etc., Lynden lost three FOs and two Captains last year to other companies. Neither of the Captains leaving went to 121 operators, but went to corporate/business operators that they felt better suited their lifestyle desires. They were the first Captains to leave in the last five or so years. All of the FO departures happened in the first part of the year, and all went to various other 121 supplemental operators. I'm guessing they went for the money.

Our junior Captain on the line was hired in the fall of 2015. Reserve Captain in upgrade training this week was hired in early 2017 and had previous Herc time. Management will tell you in the interview to expect 6 to 8 years, but with the fleet expansion, retirements, and people leaving, that has been greatly reduced for the folks on the line right now. YMMV.

Lynden came through with a decent pay bump at the beginning of the year, which was a nice surprise, and a newly-hired FO should probably expect to bring home between $75-80,000 in their first year here, not counting per diem. Lynden, Inc., the parent company of LAC has a profit sharing scheme which has historically added 10-15% above the normal pay annually. It's not guaranteed, but they have been pretty reliable for the time I have worked here.

The 121 supplemental life is certainly not for everybody, but for those who want to fly for a living, but not be an airline pilot, and go where no other US carrier gets to go (not all locations are great, but some are , all 7 continents), and fly a classic aircraft which the Company has spent the money to modernize and maintain (Primus Epic retrofit, WAAS LPV, ADS-B Out compliant 2 years ago), it can be a very good fit.

Just started an initial class and expect another in April. I would expect the application window to open up again sometime this week, if they do it as they have in the past. Check the LAC website if you're interested.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:36 AM   #49  
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What would be competitive for FO? I have 7000+/1000+ but no turbine...all piston.
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Depends a lot on what sort of flying to did to get the time. The Chief Pilot would make the call depending on your experience, and the needs of the Company. While I'm pretty sure he would like to see some turboprop time in there, the application window is open, and the worst that can happen is you don't get called. Second worst case would be he calls and gives you a path forward if you're truly interested in Lynden. I know he has done that on occasion. Best case, you get an interview. Small company, so the time from application, to interview, to class is pretty compressed into a couple months, or even a couple weeks at times. Showing an interest now could pay off for a future class too. Currently hiring for an early April class.
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