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Old 11-06-2011, 02:25 PM   #1  
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I have a SKYPE interview with this airline. They are 121/135 and have a small ($1,800) pro-rated training contract. Contract requires 6 months to a year depending on how much of your training you want to pay back.

I am looking for info on scheduling and housing. I was told by HR flying is single pilot VFR in the islands and to Guam. Up to 100 hours per month. Pay is minimum 60 hours with additional pay above 80 hours. Some type of housing allowance..

Also, I am afraid of snakes.

If any of you work there or know anything at all please advise or warn...
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:41 PM   #2  
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Huh, this is the first time I have ever heard of this airline. You sure they're legit? Skype interview? That sounds fishy as all get out.

Edit: Wow. It seems they are legit. (http://www.starmarianasair.com/home.html) PA-32's in the islands, that sounds pretty awesome. Not a huge resume builder though...
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If you are afraid of snakes you should probably avoid Guam.

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Old 11-06-2011, 04:28 PM   #4  
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I believe there is info on the forums about this place. And stuff about lady men over there too. It looks like it would be fun to fly there.
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I have a SKYPE interview with this airline. They are 121/135 and have a small ($1,800) pro-rated training contract. Contract requires 6 months to a year depending on how much of your training you want to pay back.

I am looking for info on scheduling and housing. I was told by HR flying is single pilot VFR in the islands and to Guam. Up to 100 hours per month. Pay is minimum 60 hours with additional pay above 80 hours. Some type of housing allowance..

Also, I am afraid of snakes.

If any of you work there or know anything at all please advise or warn...
I had a few friends fly for them, and overall, they said it wasn't terrible. The flights are like .6 each leg, and you do many of them in one day. Not sure on management/aircraft but I know they had fun doing it. Guam is far out there though, why not instruct or anything like that?
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$1800 for a PA-32? Ouch. Do you get an ATP at least?
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$1800 for a PA-32? Ouch. Do you get an ATP at least?
Probably covers the cost of the trip out there.
I can see a Skype interview for an outfit based in Guam.
Yeah - except for total time it might not be the best for the resume, but it ought to provide some interesting conversation fodder; and for a young single guy looking to start out I'm sure it could be a short lived adventure.

Good luck tkr and let us know how the interview turns out.

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Old 11-06-2011, 05:57 PM   #8  
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schedule varies. some pilots had 2 days off a week, some had none, some had 4. they are day and night ops. regular duty day is 12 hrs, so 7am-7pm. i never flew 100hrs a month....more like 40-50 give or take. and my pay was salary regardless of how much flying i did..maybe they changed it.

they are 135. cargo only to guam and rota for now.

housing can be cheap. when i was there we could only live on tinian. i guess they're letting pilots live on saipan now. saipan is the bigger island with a lot more to do. i lived on tinian and paid $350 for rent. electricity was expensive, often $300 a month unless u can manage to live with minimal A/C.

it's a good gig to build time. the islands are beautiful. go scuba diving if you can. you won't regret it.

pm me if u have more questions.
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Okay, so HR says 60 hour guarantee with extra pay over 80. Can you live on 60 hour pay? Don't be surprised if the schedule is 79 hours per month. Looking at the map and their destinations, the longest flight would be a bit over an hour (Guam to Saipan). So, an average of 0.6 per flight sounds reasonable. Assuming about 80 hours that yields about 130 flights per month or about 6.5 legs per day, five days per week. Looks like you'll keep busy


If you like the water, fishing, and diving, have no family to whine when you are gone for months at a time, I think it would be a BLAST..... at least for a year or so. I lived on an island for four years and have FANTASTIC memories. Sell everything but your laptop and GO! There will be plenty of chances to tie yourself down to plane-Jane 121 job in Everytown, USA.

Just make sure you keep up with your instrument skills: get and use MS Flight Simulator, and review IFR regs regularly. I had the great pleasure to interview a VFR guy, and the great DISpleasure of having to send him home because he forget the regs.

Go. Take a year long "working vacation." Enjoy yourself. And every night as you sit exhausted, having that first beer, take a moment to pity the rest of us poor slobs overnighting in Peoria or Del Rio.


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Do most pilots go there for 6-12 months and leave, or do any of them stay for longer periods of time? Any chance they grow and start flying larger aircraft?
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