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FedexGuy 09-18-2018 05:31 AM

Becoming a Fedex Pilot
 
Hello, I am a brand new first officer working for a regional. 1000 hours total time currently. I have worked for Fedex express for 3.5 years in the past as a delivery driver, so I have an employee number and all that. I know I canít apply till after I have 1000 pic, but are there any other things I can do to better my odds at landing a job with you guys? I didnít have the best grades through college (2.7 gpa). I am currently at one of the flow airlines for american, but I think Iíd enjoy flying for Fedex more than American. And I donít want to wait 8 years to flow.... Basically Iím trying to find out what kinds of things the hiring guys/girls like to see on a resume in order to land a job at FDX. I am sure previously working there is a good thing, but what else can I do to help better my odds? Thank you in advance for any insight and advice.

MaydayMark 09-18-2018 06:18 AM

Get into the LEFT SEAT of any JET aircraft AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Check airman time will definitely help.

FedEx pilot is a GREAT JOB ... GOOD LUCK!

Baja Boy 09-18-2018 07:17 AM

I would look at getting into the Purple Runway Program with a FedEx Feeder (Empire or MAC).

Nightflyer 09-18-2018 09:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Baja Boy (Post 2676446)
I would look at getting into the Purple Runway Program with a FedEx Feeder (Empire or MAC).

Not if he is already at a regional.

Stay put, get the left seat 1000 PIC turbine requirement done.

Become a check airman.

Keep updating your application.

Good luck. They like former employees here.

joefly 09-18-2018 09:39 AM

I'm in same exact position....worked for FedEx Express for 10 years, have a college degree, and offers from 2 regionals now. Currently flying night cargo. It's either I head to Republic for quality of life and better pay....or Piedmont for faster upgrade time but crappy QOL. I also have a family. Hope all the best for you!

ItnStln 09-18-2018 05:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Baja Boy (Post 2676446)
I would look at getting into the Purple Runway Program with a FedEx Feeder (Empire or MAC).

Does the Purple Runway Program require an aviation degree? From reading the requirements I canít tell if itís any degree or an AABI accrediated aviation program.
ďEarned two-year degree (minimum) or four-year degree (preferred) with a 2.5 or higher GPA from accredited college/university or AABI accredited aviation programĒ

bonanza 09-18-2018 05:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joefly (Post 2676561)
I'm in same exact position....worked for FedEx Express for 10 years, have a college degree, and offers from 2 regionals now. Currently flying night cargo. It's either I head to Republic for quality of life and better pay....or Piedmont for faster upgrade time but crappy QOL. I also have a family. Hope all the best for you!

Don't go to Piedmont it takes 10mo just to get through training. My friend was hired in January and still hasn't even gotten to IOE

Baja Boy 09-19-2018 05:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ItnStln (Post 2676834)
Does the Purple Runway Program require an aviation degree? From reading the requirements I canít tell if itís any degree or an AABI accrediated aviation program.
ďEarned two-year degree (minimum) or four-year degree (preferred) with a 2.5 or higher GPA from accredited college/university or AABI accredited aviation programĒ

Two year degree to get into the Purple Runway Program and a four-year degree with a 2.5 or higher GPA from accredited college/university or AABI accredited aviation program by the end of the Program.

Globemaster2827 09-24-2018 02:07 PM

Most of the RJ guys in my New Hire class had some form of Check Airman on their resume. It'll take you a few years to upgrade and by the time you have 1000 PIC it would improve your chances to go get a Boeing type at an ACMI carrier, BUT I wouldn't take that gamble of giving up a guaranteed job at American. Even if it's 8 years until you flow it may take 4 just to upgrade and hit 1000 PIC... Maybe more.

ItnStln 09-28-2018 08:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Baja Boy (Post 2677065)
Two year degree to get into the Purple Runway Program and a four-year degree with a 2.5 or higher GPA from accredited college/university or AABI accredited aviation program by the end of the Program.

Thanks, I wasnít certain.

ReserveCA 09-29-2018 11:53 AM

Hello,
15yr F9 captain, 15k+ hrs, college, military. ...tired of the indigo sweatshop looking. ...what are my chances?

Thrust Hold 09-30-2018 08:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ReserveCA (Post 2683010)
Hello,
15yr F9 captain, 15k+ hrs, college, military. ...tired of the indigo sweatshop looking. ...what are my chances?

Put your app in.
Update it weekly.
Get a Personal Endorsement to increase your chances.
LCA or Training Dept experience help.

Nobody has solved the Hiring equation. Good luck!

Bidderswede 12-18-2018 05:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MaydayMark (Post 2676407)
Get into the LEFT SEAT of any JET aircraft AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Check airman time will definitely help.

FedEx pilot is a GREAT JOB ... GOOD LUCK!

Sitting on about 5500TT and 1300 PIC Jet with 5000 PIC part 135
My concern is 90% is single pilot.
Would they even look at me with minimal CRM?
Thank you in advance.

Fedfan 12-19-2018 03:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bidderswede (Post 2727589)
Sitting on about 5500TT and 1300 PIC Jet with 5000 PIC part 135
My concern is 90% is single pilot.
Would they even look at me with minimal CRM?
Thank you in advance.

Sure, Iíve flown with a lot of F16 guys. Update app weekly (if thatís still a thing with the new app software)

flad 12-19-2018 03:59 AM

1500
 
is 1500 flight hours required for Fedex? I am a new pilot with 250 hours only. Do you think I have an option to get in the cargo Airlines?

appDude 12-19-2018 04:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flad (Post 2727755)
is 1500 flight hours required for Fedex? I am a new pilot with 250 hours only. Do you think I have an option to get in the cargo Airlines?

You question suggests that major cargo airlines have lower requirements than their passenger peers.
Our nickname may be trash haulers but I take offense to the suggestion that cargo pilots are second class citizens.

UnusualAttitude 12-19-2018 04:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flad (Post 2727755)
is 1500 flight hours required for Fedex? I am a new pilot with 250 hours only. Do you think I have an option to get in the cargo Airlines?

Yes you do. You need another 1250 hours and voila, you can meet one of the many requirements.

UA

Nightflyer 12-19-2018 08:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flad (Post 2727755)
is 1500 flight hours required for Fedex? I am a new pilot with 250 hours only. Do you think I have an option to get in the cargo Airlines?

1500 hours would be fine, as long as 1000 of them are PIC multi-engine turbine. Though it is probably too few to put you in the running.

I suggest you read the board in depth before you post.

I am not sure about the requirements to fly the C-208's.

Twin Wasp 12-19-2018 08:40 AM

The 208s fall under 135 so 1200tt, 500 x-c, 100 night and 75 IMC for PIC.

flyguy2015 12-31-2018 12:28 PM

Biz jet PIC vs Heavy SIC?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MaydayMark (Post 2676407)
Get into the LEFT SEAT of any JET aircraft AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Check airman time will definitely help.

FedEx pilot is a GREAT JOB ... GOOD LUCK!

Hi MaydayMark!

I recently upgraded to Captain at my corporate jet job and am happy to have finally accomplished that. However, only accumulating about 200 hours per year PIC. Since I am a relatively low time civilian guy, (mixture 135 Safety Officer, and some 91)should I jump to an ACMI and hope to upgrade on heavy equipment in a few years or just keep building PIC where I am and then re-evaluate after I log my 1000th hour of jet PIC time? (Reason I ask is some of my non FedEx friends say even if I get interview in a few years I would not be hired without a ton of total time or some heavy time.)

Globemaster2827 12-31-2018 03:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flyguy2015 (Post 2734410)
Hi MaydayMark!

I recently upgraded to Captain at my corporate jet job and am happy to have finally accomplished that. However, only accumulating about 200 hours per year PIC. Since I am a relatively low time civilian guy, (mixture 135 Safety Officer, and some 91)should I jump to an ACMI and hope to upgrade on heavy equipment in a few years or just keep building PIC where I am and then re-evaluate after I log my 1000th hour of jet PIC time? (Reason I ask is some of my non FedEx friends say even if I get interview in a few years I would not be hired without a ton of total time or some heavy time.)

DO NOT go ACMI with that. You'll be getting the same thing on a 767 AFTER upgrade at an ACMI. Your best bet is to grind out as many hours as you can. Get your 1000 PIC and then go ACMI. Upgrade times would be at least two years everywhere then you'll start getting 200 a year PIC.

wrxpilot 12-31-2018 04:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flyguy2015 (Post 2734410)
Hi MaydayMark!

I recently upgraded to Captain at my corporate jet job and am happy to have finally accomplished that. However, only accumulating about 200 hours per year PIC. Since I am a relatively low time civilian guy, (mixture 135 Safety Officer, and some 91)should I jump to an ACMI and hope to upgrade on heavy equipment in a few years or just keep building PIC where I am and then re-evaluate after I log my 1000th hour of jet PIC time? (Reason I ask is some of my non FedEx friends say even if I get interview in a few years I would not be hired without a ton of total time or some heavy time.)

Whatís your end goal? Do you want to be at FedEx or another 121 major? Do you have TPIC from a previous job?

flyguy2015 12-31-2018 05:42 PM

career goal is FedEx or UPS no previous TPIC

Riverside 12-31-2018 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flyguy2015 (Post 2734545)
career goal is FedEx or UPS no previous TPIC

You'll need some TPIC. Plus some heavy time will look nice.

wrxpilot 12-31-2018 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flyguy2015 (Post 2734545)
career goal is FedEx or UPS no previous TPIC

If youíre only flying 200 hours/year at your corporate job, you should consider something else that will get you more flight time. I was in your exact situation several years ago, and left my PIC corporate job for a regional. It wasnít an easy decision, but it definitely advanced my career quicker.

flyguy2015 12-31-2018 07:09 PM

Wow!! Thanks for that!

ERAUAV8TR 01-03-2019 07:35 PM

Is 1000 tpic a magic number or are they taking guys with less.? TY

123456 01-03-2019 08:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ERAUAV8TR (Post 2736273)
Is 1000 tpic a magic number or are they taking guys with less.? TY

It's a minimum requirement and probably need a lot more than that to be competitive but there's always the few that get it with just near that.

PlaneS 01-04-2019 08:24 AM

Don't bother going to an ACMI, it's a largely unnecessary step...unless you enjoy starting out at bottom seniority all over again, learning a new airline and their way of doing things, etc. Stay at your regional, log TPIC, and if your application looks good, FedEx will call you.

Freebreakfast11 01-04-2019 09:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PlaneS (Post 2736517)
Don't bother going to an ACMI, it's a largely unnecessary step...unless you enjoy starting out at bottom seniority all over again, learning a new airline and their way of doing things, etc. Stay at your regional, log TPIC, and if your application looks good, FedEx will call you.

What are competitive civilian minimums these days?

n188r 01-07-2019 05:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freebreakfast11 (Post 2736566)
What are competitive civilian minimums these days?

Im a 91 guy who got hired last year with:
6800TT
3000+TPIC
5 Jet type ratings
12 years International experience in Asia, EU, SA, ME, and Africa

BlueMoon 01-07-2019 05:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freebreakfast11 (Post 2736566)
What are competitive civilian minimums these days?

I had 8000+TT
1200 TPIC
LCA

I know people hired with less TT and no LCA

LJ Driver 01-07-2019 07:16 AM

On that subject, what are competitive military mins these days?

WheeledHamster 01-07-2019 09:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freebreakfast11 (Post 2736566)
What are competitive civilian minimums these days?



For me:
7,000 Total
6,000 Jet
4,000 Jet PIC
About 70-75 countries flown to/from, so lots of international and crossings.
And I prepared like a madman for the interview once invited.

Good luck!



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ARAMP1 01-07-2019 11:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LJ Driver (Post 2738350)
On that subject, what are competitive military mins these days?

In the last 2-3 years, I've seen single seat guys just under 2000 and heavy guys in the 3-4000 range.

LJ Driver 01-07-2019 12:17 PM

I might be taking my family on a trip after I retire from the AF and I'm considering getting Global Entry for all of us (4 total). I have the AMEX Platinum so 2 of us will be reimbursed.

Do you guys that are pilots in the civ world use this also when you are flying on the job internationally or is there another way you process customs and immigration that makes it meaningless?

What I am really asking, is Global Entry useful as a FedEx (or any other airline) pilot?

navigatro 01-07-2019 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LJ Driver (Post 2738554)
I might be taking my family on a trip after I retire from the AF and I'm considering getting Global Entry for all of us (4 total). I have the AMEX Platinum so 2 of us will be reimbursed.

Do you guys that are pilots in the civ world use this also when you are flying on the job internationally or is there another way you process customs and immigration that makes it meaningless?

What I am really asking, is Global Entry useful as a FedEx (or any other airline) pilot?

very useful, even more so as a FedEx pilot, as you are more likely to be out of uniform, so ineligible for crew line (in some places)

BlueMoon 01-07-2019 04:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LJ Driver (Post 2738554)
I might be taking my family on a trip after I retire from the AF and I'm considering getting Global Entry for all of us (4 total). I have the AMEX Platinum so 2 of us will be reimbursed.

Do you guys that are pilots in the civ world use this also when you are flying on the job internationally or is there another way you process customs and immigration that makes it meaningless?

What I am really asking, is Global Entry useful as a FedEx (or any other airline) pilot?

Yes, GE includes pre-check which youíll use if you are at an airport without KCM.

DirtyPurple 01-07-2019 10:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LJ Driver (Post 2738350)
On that subject, what are competitive military mins these days?



Late 2016, I know a USAF heavy guy hired with 2500 total, 1700 PIC. Know a few since then with interviews below 3000 USAF heavy hours. Havenít heard of a single mil heavy guy getting called below 2000 total though.

PlaneS 01-08-2019 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freebreakfast11 (Post 2736566)
What are competitive civilian minimums these days?

This website doesn't let me login half the time so I couldn't respond, but I got the interview with 4700 TT and 2300 TPIC, no LCA.


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