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Old 11-07-2018, 08:45 AM   #1  
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My hours are in a kinda weird spot. I donít want to get tied down in a long contract anywhere but need more hours to qualify for regionals. 1650 Total Flight Hours
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My hours are in a kinda weird spot. I donít want to get tied down in a long contract anywhere but need more hours to qualify for regionals. 1650 Total Flight Hours
1570 Pilot in Command
115 Multi-Engine
1200 Point-to-Point XC
395 Cross Country
70 Night
70 Simulated Instrument
8 Actual Instrument
Any job suggestions?

Why do you need more hours to qualify for regionals?
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Wierd spot? Hardly! Your current flight time qualifies you for most (if not all) Regional airlines in the US. What specifically are you concerned about regarding your flight experience?
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My hours are in a kinda weird spot. I don’t want to get tied down in a long contract anywhere but need more hours to qualify for regionals. 1650 Total Flight Hours
1570 Pilot in Command
115 Multi-Engine
1200 Point-to-Point XC
395 Cross Country
70 Night
70 Simulated Instrument
8 Actual Instrument
Any job suggestions?

You are short 30 night hours, but:


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If you've performed more than 20 night takeoffs and landings to a full stop, you can count each additional takeoff/landing pair as one hour of night flight time - up to 25 hours of total night credit.
So rent a Cessna 152 for five hours and go on a stop and go marathon for a few nights. It'll cost you less than a thousand bucks. Then you can apply to any regional you want in less than a week.
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Old 11-10-2018, 01:43 AM   #5  
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Go to The 135 world in Alaska. Get some real single pilot experience before you loose the opportunity all together. Once you hit the 121 world, you'll never get that kind of boot camp again. Think about it.
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Go to The 135 world in Alaska. Get some real single pilot experience before you loose the opportunity all together. Once you hit the 121 world, you'll never get that kind of boot camp again. Think about it.
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

Why practice bleeding if you aren't a local who, granted, has it as part of his/her culture and loves it?
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Wierd spot? Hardly! Your current flight time qualifies you for most (if not all) Regional airlines in the US. What specifically are you concerned about regarding your flight experience?
Short on night hours but donít really have the money to go buy them. Iím still interested in flying at another company before I go regional but I donít want to be tied down with a long contract. I guess Iím looking for a good company that fits that mold.
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Wierd spot? Hardly! Your current flight time qualifies you for most (if not all) Regional airlines in the US. What specifically are you concerned about regarding your flight experience?
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Go to The 135 world in Alaska. Get some real single pilot experience before you loose the opportunity all together. Once you hit the 121 world, you'll never get that kind of boot camp again. Think about it.
I like the idea of Alaska flying and have applied to grant but havenít heard anything back. I like them because they have no contracts and I donít wanna be tied down too long since Iím only short a few hours. Did you have any specific places in mind?
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Short on night hours but don’t really have the money to go buy them.
Seriously? You don't have enough money to rent a Cessna 152 for five hours?

I didn't just MAKE UP the :

(b) A person who has performed at least 20 night takeoffs and landings to a full stop may substitute each additional night takeoff and landing to a full stop for 1 hour of night flight time to satisfy the requirements of paragraph (a)(2) of this section; however, not more than 25 hours of night flight time may be credited in this manner.

That's straight out of CFR › Title 14 › Chapter I › Subchapter D › Part 61 › Subpart G › Section 61.159

Rent the cheapest aircraft you can rent for five hours and do as many takeoffs and landings to a full stop as necessary in that five hours to get yourself up to a total of 45 night takeoffs and landings to a full stop. Then log the five hours and then log the additional 25 hours for each extra takeoff and landing. At night at some not terribly busy airport you'll likely have the pattern to yourself and can get easily get six landings and takeoffs an hour, especially if the field is long enough to do stop and goes.

Don't get me wrong, if you want to go haring off to Alaska to have fun, that's great and I hope you have fun, but just getting there and back is likely to cost you more than 5 hours of Cessna 152 time, and a few months delay at a large regional could easily put you behind another 60-90 guys in seniority.

Your choice.
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That sounds like a catastrophic idea. You're seriously considering going through 135 training, having a few jeopardy events, another employer reporting to your PRIA, because you can't afford $500 to rent a 152 for a 5 hours?

I think this is an extreme case of "penny wise, pound foolish".

Let's say Grant calls you and gives you a job in Alaska. You wash out of training. Suddenly you can only work for places like Mesa because of your fresh training failure. Only to save $500.
If you don't have $500. Open a new credit card, pay it off with the signing bonus from your regional.
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