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Old 01-01-2019, 03:52 PM   #21  
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Great advise thank you
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:03 PM   #22  
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I got my start as a caravan copilot. It was a good opportunity to learn without being thrown to the wolves. However, it is NOT worth signing a one year sled PIC contract. How long you stay in the bush should really be determined by what your career goals. If your goal is to go to an airline you should leave for a regional as soon as you have 1,500 hours. If it is not, then you should stick around for some PIC time.
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Can anyone explain exactly what the C208 SIC training contract entails at Ravn? Thanks.
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1 year as pic with a $$ amount associated, so once you upgrade to a 207 captain you give them a year. The intent is to not have sicís leave right at atp / r-atp mins.
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Stupid question...for those of you that commute from the Lower 48, what transportation do you use for work? Bring your own car? Uber?
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Stupid question...for those of you that commute from the Lower 48, what transportation do you use for work? Bring your own car? Uber?


You are at a base in a remote village and there are pilot cars and pilot housing. Look at where the bases are (not easy to get a car to since no roads to them) When in anchorage for training and getting supplies I have been renting a car as rates in winter / not tourist season has been $10-20 per day so cheaper than taxis/Uber even if only for an afternoon.


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A couple other things to consider when looking at Hageland or Grant from my perspective. Obviously Iím more familiar with Grant...

Work schedule, the flying, housing and transportation in the bush are going to be very similar between the two. Both companies have had accidents and incidents in the last few years, look carefully at that, and look carefully at yourself. Flying in Alaska requires good airmanship and a willingness to say no to flights and to stand up for yourself.

Grant:
-No CASS, but paid tickets from home to work and back (keep the miles, youíll be MVP sitting first class in no time). This is a HUGE benefit in my opinion.
-Daily rate includes $94 tax free per diem (awesome for reducing tax burden).
-Airvans are all glass cockpit.
-Caravans are being upgraded to G600txi, GTN750/650 and GFC600 apís. Navajoís will be next Iíve heard.
-Health insurance employee contribution is expensive, HSA is offered, but not much better. (Not sure what Hageland offers).
-Great pilot and employee morale right now, company is doing well.
-No training contracts
-No SIC program, applicants need VFR 135 mins.
-No good way to get ATP, although if you met all the requirements the company would let you do your ATP checkride in their own plane with the FAA.
-Great guys in management

RAVN:
-CASS and better jumpseating options.
-Big company with options for moving up to the 1900ís or Dash-8ís, which is a great way to get your ATP and on to Alaska Airlines.
-Brand new caravans coming online
-SIC program for low time pilots.

Iím sure there are some more plusís at RAVN, Iím just not as familiar.

Bethel has actually improved over the years... there are some pretty good restaurants, a nice movie theater, and a very nice recreation center with a full size pool...
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there are some pretty good restaurants, a nice movie theater, and a very nice recreation center with a full size pool...
Wow... Bethel has been trying to get that pool since the 1930s...
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