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Old 07-14-2020, 01:41 PM
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Oh, don't worry. Competition shouldn't be toooooooo steep. Wink wink. Word on the street is that there are only 6-700 applicants in the pipeline. Everytime the airlines take a dump they all come running to CBP. Weird!
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Old 07-14-2020, 03:27 PM
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Oh, don't worry. Competition shouldn't be toooooooo steep. Wink wink. Word on the street is that there are only 6-700 applicants in the pipeline. Everytime the airlines take a dump they all come running to CBP. Weird!
And then dump on the organization when the airline hiring is good, or at least that's what I've gathered from this thread. Do the dudes who flock the agency ever stick around for the long haul?

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Iím still in school working on my Fixed wing ratings. An Army veteran. The current hiring requirements are 1000 hours . Iím debating applying once I get to that mark. Obviously about two years away. From what Iím reading thereís a huge chance Iíll go UAS? Is that correct? I like the idea of continuing to serve my country. And stability is important to be. I get thereís other parts to this job not just flying but A drone doesnít sound appealing at all.


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I'm in the same boat as you man and we'll likely be at the back of the line until airline hiring picks up again. But who really knows what the industry will look like by the time you have your hours. Just try and knock off things that you think may improve your resume for the job.

I'm thinking of adding a helo rating at some point as well even though I know there is no way they would put me straight into an A-Star with a fresh helo add on. But at least it shows a commitment to the missions CBP flies. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself to justify the fact that I just want a helo add on rating haha.
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Old 07-15-2020, 04:52 AM
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I'm thinking of adding a helo rating at some point as well even though I know there is no way they would put me straight into an A-Star with a fresh helo add on. But at least it shows a commitment to the missions CBP flies. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself to justify the fact that I just want a helo add on rating haha.
I checked into a commercial instrument helo add-on several years ago. I think it was going to be around $25K and 6 weeks. Is there a better way to do it?
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Old 07-15-2020, 05:15 AM
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I checked into a commercial instrument helo add-on several years ago. I think it was going to be around $25K and 6 weeks. Is there a better way to do it?

yeah, come work here and get paid mid-six figures to do it.
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Old 07-17-2020, 12:10 PM
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Can anyone tell me what the pros and cons are of selecting Puerto Rico?

Is there any type of housing offered with any of the locations on the border and also Puerto Rico?

Any known crewmwmber benifits at all?

Are they still trying to fill McAllen?

Does CBP do house hold good shipments?

Also is Grand forks still one of the "harder to fill" locations that I can select?

(Uh60 guy dual rated with 1000 hrs )



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Old 07-17-2020, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by PreciousCargo View Post
Can anyone tell me what the pros and cons are of selecting Puerto Rico?

Is there any type of housing offered with any of the locations on the border and also Puerto Rico?

Any known crewmwmber benifits at all?

Are they still trying to fill McAllen?

Does CBP do house hold good shipments?

Also is Grand forks still one of the "harder to fill" locations that I can select?

(Uh60 guy dual rated with 1000 hrs )



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Pros: lots of work, new facilities, blackhawks, Dash-8, aguadilla/Isabella is a great place to live. Cons: living on isolated island, power grid and public water needs repair.
CBP employees are civilians and are required to attain housing for themselves.
No crew member benefits. AMO isnít an airline
not sure about McAllen. CBP only does household goods to PR.
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Old 07-17-2020, 04:29 PM
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Thanks for the response. I heard there might be a coast guard base there that CBP employees could pay to live in. Is that just a rumor?

What is the flight evaluation with this agency like. Tough oral? I understand I can pick between the 2 aircraft since I am dual rated. Any tips or advice with this?

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Old 07-17-2020, 05:46 PM
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If you go to PR, CBP will pay for your move. Other than that I've been kicking the idea around with my wife...but most say it's not a place for kids (I have 2 small kids)

I took the oral and interview ride back in February of this year. Oral is exactly what they tell you to know. General part 61 and 91 along with vfr/ifr, nos charts. No tricks. Ride is exactly like they tell you in the hiring info. I have almost no time in Cessnas but had 0 problems talking to my instructor and telling him what speeds I wanted to do and he assisted with some general s
and power settings. It is all very fair and all the people in OKC that day were fantastic.

I was only offered Sierra Vista and San Angelo. I was told the other border cities were at capacity (in February).
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Old 07-17-2020, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by PreciousCargo View Post
Thanks for the response. I heard there might be a coast guard base there that CBP employees could pay to live in. Is that just a rumor?

What is the flight evaluation with this agency like. Tough oral? I understand I can pick between the 2 aircraft since I am dual rated. Any tips or advice with this?

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Not a rumor. Oral and flight check are straight out of the instrument and commercial PTS/ACS.
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Originally Posted by cpagdog View Post
If you go to PR, CBP will pay for your move. Other than that I've been kicking the idea around with my wife...but most say it's not a place for kids (I have 2 small kids)



I took the oral and interview ride back in February of this year. Oral is exactly what they tell you to know. General part 61 and 91 along with vfr/ifr, nos charts. No tricks. Ride is exactly like they tell you in the hiring info. I have almost no time in Cessnas but had 0 problems talking to my instructor and telling him what speeds I wanted to do and he assisted with some general s

and power settings. It is all very fair and all the people in OKC that day were fantastic.



I was only offered Sierra Vista and San Angelo. I was told the other border cities were at capacity (in February).
That's a bummer about the kid issue there. I as well have kids and that's important to me as well. But cant kids be enrolled with the schools and stuff on base there?

Are there any other CBP locations that have DOD housing as an option?

I would like to continue flying UH60s but I dont mind flying fixed wing either obviously. I understand I'll be a drone douche more than likely but for the pay (unless it's worse than i think) is pretty worth it and the stability factor. If I wanted to fly what bases should I request?

Will I get any time to practice before the check ride with CBP? I havent flown a cessna in sometime and flying an Astar for a check ride for the first flight sounds a bit scary to me.

Also I am only multi engine ATP rated and helicopter commercial. No single engine commercial is this gonna be a problem?

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