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belliott 07-23-2007 03:35 PM

Berry Aviation anyone?
 
Anybody work for Berry Aviation? Just wanted to ask the typical questions... get the info out there for everyone to consider.
Thanks!

fr8av8r_66 07-23-2007 04:00 PM


Originally Posted by belliott (Post 200816)
Anybody work for Berry Aviation? Just wanted to ask the typical questions... get the info out there for everyone to consider.
Thanks!

Last I heard they were "pay to play"... as in they wanted you to cough up the cash to cover your training costs, then they would reimburse you the money over a one year period. It wasn't exactly cheap either... I seem to remember somewhere around $8K and $10K. I'll sign a training contract if you'd like. Heck... I'd probably planned on staying more than a year anyway (as long as you didn't try and kill me). But it'll be a cold day in Teterboro before I'm going to give you a one year loan (interest free, mind you) on $10K to pay you for my training so I can have the privelege of working for you. :confused:

Mini-rant complete. :rolleyes:

blastboy 07-23-2007 04:28 PM

Doesn't Berry Aviation fly old Falcon 20's, freight? I recall seeing Berry Aviation or something at CAE a long while back.

Macjet 07-23-2007 04:37 PM

They fly Metro's. Not sure about the Falcons.

highnpressurizd 07-24-2007 08:05 AM

Berry Info
 
Hi All,

Here's a rundown on Berry:

Primary business is DoD contracts flying Metro II's and III's. There is also a growing charter business using Do328 props. The pay scale was recently bumped system-wide. Berry is not a great company to work for, but it is not the worst either. When I was hired it was not a pay for training place. About a year ago or so is when this happened. I cant blame them for doing it, guys come in to get multi-turbine time (I was hired with about 70 hours multi) and then bail in a few months for a regional. That being said, I hate pay for training and would never do it. The CP feels the same way and has refused to be involved in hiring F.O.'s (no PFT for street Capt.) I was hired with 1700 tt and upgraded in four months, but that was a right place right time deal. A new guy who just got hired was a caravan driver and was promised an upgrade in his chosen domicile after 6 weeks of time in the right seat to gain familiarity with the a/c. They called after 2 weeks, and asked him to change domiciles where he would upgrade (and old trick they use when short on F.O.'s back in TX). He wisely turned it down, but then was told that he was offered an upgrade, which he turned down, so the six week deal was off.

If you were to go to FI.com and run a search on threads, you would see a post or two where I defended Berry almost to the death. My belief is that your attitude is what makes an expereince a positive or a negative one. And to tell the truth, my two years there were pretty good, but again, that was my attitude. Many people, if they cared to write on these forums, could b***h for hours about Berry. Soon after I left they did do a couple of questionable things you might want to know about.

I told the CP about my interview and was given the time off. Then, the day before the interview I was called and given a $20,000/year raise. Now I would be taking a pay cut when I left. It was a desperate attempt to keep the pilots from leaving. I was told to keep it hush because they were not giving F.O.'s a raise. That changed when they too started leaving but they only got about 6 grand a year. I gave two weeks notice. At the end of my second week I was called and asked to work one more week (they were VERY short handed). I was going to study for my new job, but I decided to fly as a favor. When I asked for my pay for 8 unused vacation days, they pointed out the small print that said I must give 4 weeks notice to get vacation pay. I knew that, but had hoped that they would help me out since I helped them out. I should have known better. A few weeks later I returned to say hi to some friends still working there. We have a pilot who has been with the company for almost 10 years and who has over 10,000 in the metro. He is an IOE captain. His DoD run requires that he fly 8 days a month, and then he does slack work for the company on the side. He is a single father living in an expensive part of the country and when he was hired, he explained that he could only do slack work every other week because the weeks that he has his kids, he has to take them to and from school and such. ie..no overnights. He was told no problem because his job was to fly 8 days a month for the DoD and beyond that they were grateful for any extra flying he could do. Well, fast forward 10 years and we all get this pay bumb....except him. When he asked why, he was told that Berry wanted to see some more commitment out of him. They couldn't count on him for extra flying for two weeks a month because of his kids, so how could they really consider him full time and give him the raise? Please understand that this man flys 50-70 hours a month in his 8 days. Anything more is above many pilots normal flying and they're now, after 10 years of flying calling him part time and refusing to give him a raise because he has kids and is a single father? That right there pretty much ended my defense of Berry Aviation.

Now, I hate when people come here and complain endlessly. So here are some positive things. If you time it right, you can get a quick upgrade, but I would not PFT counting on it. Most of the other pilots are VERY cool guys. In my time there guys went DIRECTLY to: various 91 jet operators making VERY good money, SWA, Capital Cargo, UPS CitaionShares, Evergreen and Continental. Not all of them had internal recs either. The flying can be interesting and you fly mostly to military airfields. In fact, in two years I flew over 400 PAR's and only about 10 ILS's for that reason. You get to fly with and around the Military guys, and though you are by no means a military pilot, getting a closer look at their operation and seeing some things that you would not normally get to see as a civilian is pretty cool. On some runs you become friends with a lot of Navy pilots and find out that most of them are really cool guys and pretty talented individuals, it helps get rid of some of the Mil vs. Civ mindset you may or may not have. Also, most runs are only a few days a week. The one in San Diego is M-F with weekends and Federal Holidays off. And most importantly, it can possibly further your career in a manner that flying for regional could not (quick upgrade). I got my 1000 tpic and got out. Make no mistake, they are there to use you, not make you rich and treat you well. So do the same to them. Your responsibility is to your passengers, your crew and yourself, not to Berry. If you keep that in mind, maintain a positive attitude, and be and individual that people enjoy flying with, you will have a good time and be on your way to where you want to be.

I'm sorry for the length and scattered content of this post. I hope it helps. If you would like more information or constructive advice on considering employment with Berry, please pm me or fire away on this thread. I still have many friends there and can possibly give you a heads up on things like quick upgrades, pay and such. Best of luck in your job hunt.

Best Regards,

HnP

rickair7777 07-24-2007 01:26 PM

Haha, I used to ride the berry-express metro to San Clemente Island for navy operations...

Talking to those guys they really appreciated a M-F job in San Diego, but doing the NASNI-SCI-NASNI run numerous times aeachday obviously got monotonous :rolleyes: Presumably some of their other operations have more variety.

belliott 07-24-2007 05:32 PM

I just wanted to find out more about the company... they advertised for FO's on climbto350.com and wanted 1200TT... I thought that was a little high but if they have trouble retaining people I don't know. I just want to find a non CFIing gig where I could spend 2-4 years and gain some experience that I could not otherwise glean from my current job.

highnpressurizd 07-24-2007 07:30 PM

The 1200 hours in my opinion is not really "high." Compared to what the regionals are hiring at I guess they are. They went through a time when they were hiring guys with about 700-900 hours. There was a world of difference between those guys and guys that came in with 1200 plus. A few hundred hours more experience can make all the difference, especially flying the metro. Also, there is a lot of attrition in operations like Berry, they need guys that can upgrade. They do a lot of passenger ops and thus you must have 1500 hours to be PIC. Additionally last time I was in the know, you needed 2000tt for insurance. Waivers can be had but only if time in type is over about 300 or so. And one other factor is the Department of Defense has higher standards for their contractors that must be met. When I was a new Captain I had to fly with the same FO for a few months b/c he was the only one that, combined with me, met the crew requirements of the DoD. My advice, if your looking to spend 3 or 4 years with someone, Berry may not be that place. Especially if you have to PFT. Look at them again when you can walk in as a street captain. Much better proposition then.

wildcat1 07-25-2007 02:18 PM

Ameriflight is also desperate for pilots and if you have the 135 minimums, they'll hire you on the spot. We need pilots at ever base in nearly every aircraft.

belliott 07-25-2007 04:59 PM

Thanks for the information guys.... unfortunately I am not at 135 mins right now... otherwise AMF would have had my app. materials a long time ago.

Hopefully I can find something I like quick.... because my current contract is about to time out... no more wx mod until next summer...

Thanks again folks.... I really appreciate you taking time out of your day to share this information.

MusDg 09-22-2007 02:40 PM

Berry Aviation flies in to CHS for the DoD contract run one or twice a month. As stated previously they fly the Metro II and III. The pilots never have anything bad to say about the company and always seem in great spirits. I've got two names and a number if you're interested. They are from the main office in TX. Might not get you much now but it pays when your resume hits the desk to have heard the name before.

UNCPHILLIPS 09-28-2011 05:40 AM

Anyone familiar with Berry and San Diego? I haven't checked the other sites for threads on this so forgive me but I'm curious about their operation out of North Island.

KennyPowers 09-28-2011 07:24 AM

Fellow Metro driver I know works there, and has for years. He seems content with life, but it also sounds like a lot has changed since he was hired, and a lot of those changes may apply to new hires (PFT, being one example).

chritz1179 02-14-2013 12:28 PM

Anyone have any updated info on Berry in Texas?

gold 02-16-2013 01:22 PM

Berry does a lot of on-demand cargo flying with metros out of San Marcos, TX along with DoD flying in San Diego. I lot of flights to Mexico to pick up car parts.

I was told they pay their metro captains 60K and co-pilots 30K. I'm not sure how accurate this is however...

chritz1179 02-16-2013 03:45 PM

Cool thanks if anyone knows someone there drop me a line I left a message mike Snyder but haven't heard back. Maybe an email to send a resume to?

SkyMall 02-18-2013 07:12 AM

Years ago I passed through San Marcos (before I was in commercial aviation) and I stopped in the FBO there. Clean, nice, and everyone was very friendly.

elabayarde 02-25-2013 09:16 PM

so what are the mins to get hired?

chritz1179 02-27-2013 03:21 AM

I don't know

Systemized 04-25-2013 11:08 AM


Originally Posted by elabayarde (Post 1360388)
so what are the mins to get hired?

I found an add on the internet for Berry. I heard they are doing a 14on/14off schedule.

Metro PIC Mins:
3000TT
2000PIC
1200 ME
500 PIC ME
ATP

Metro SIC Mins:
1200TT
50 ME

WMUPilot 05-01-2013 07:39 AM

Ran into a couple of berry crews a few weeks ago on the road. They were flying metros and just got an EMB120 with another on the way. The FO to the emb was a little exhausted said they only had two capt and an fo on the emb so it made for not much time off. Standard 135 freight gig, live on the pager, fly fly fly, get to the hotel and live on the pager. Sounds like a decent way to build time if you're around that part of TX.

Z06Abuser 05-31-2013 10:23 AM


Originally Posted by Systemized (Post 1398126)
I found an add on the internet for Berry. I heard they are doing a 14on/14off schedule.

Metro PIC Mins:
3000TT
2000PIC
1200 ME
500 PIC ME
ATP

Metro SIC Mins:
1200TT
50 ME

14 on 14 off LMAO!!!! yeah right.... more like 27 on 4 off..

determined2fly 06-01-2013 05:42 AM


Originally Posted by Z06Abuser (Post 1419154)
14 on 14 off LMAO!!!! yeah right.... more like 27 on 4 off..

Really? :confused:

chritz1179 06-20-2013 01:48 PM

5 on 2 off now

gold 02-09-2014 11:22 AM

I heard these guys are doing government contract flying in Africa now with their Dash 8s.

pilot23 04-17-2014 07:47 PM

I wonder what the guys flying in Africa have to say about schedules and quality of life, etc?

Junglejett 04-18-2014 05:41 AM

Ask them about their pay too.




Originally Posted by pilot23 (Post 1625249)
I wonder what the guys flying in Africa have to say about schedules and quality of life, etc?


stbloc 08-18-2014 10:21 PM

Any updates on them hiring ect?

dmk1984 10-07-2015 04:46 PM

Berry Aviation Info
 
I'm currently a captain in the EMB120 at Berry aviation and figured I'd shed some light on this thread, since it's pretty inadequate. Currently, the company has 2 bases - HYI (San Marcos, TX) and CGF (Cleveland, OH) with rumors about an ELP base, though I'm not sure about that. We do on-demand cargo - which means we fly car parts 99% of the time. This means we fly nationwide, Canada and Mexico. We do a lot of night flying, which can be rough for some people. The whole company is large, with most of the business revolving around DoD stuff overseas. That stuff is nearly always ex-military and they usually don't hire street guys for it. The cargo op is a separate branch of the company.

The pay is very good for the industry. FO's start out at $32k base salary, $.10/mile, $200 day off pay and $15/hr wait time pay. Captains start at $45k, $.20/mile and $300 day off pay and $30/hr wait time. Yearly raises are $2,000 base and $.02/mile. Per diem is crappy, $24/day, but you make plenty of money so it doesn't hurt too bad.

For perspective, I flew 587 hours in the last year. The Brasilia does 290 kts true, so that's roughly 170,000 NM in a year. We get paid in statute miles, so 195,500 SM at (year 3 captain's pay) $.24/mile that's 46,920 on top of my (year 3) base, $49,000, that's $95k a year, not including day-off pay, per diem or wait time pay. For a year-one captain that would be $84k and for a new FO that same amount of miles would equal roughly $51k/year. Hence a lot of our guys eschewing the regionals to get time and experience and also get paid a living wage.

As for the company... it's an aviation company. Anyone can find a reason to complain, I have worked for a few and it's overall a very good one. They treat us well, the planes get good maintenance, etc. We stay in good hotels - Hamptons and Holiday Inn Express, etc. I have had my issues with the chief pilot, but overall the morale among pilots is very good. Upgrades are based on performance, with time at the company taken into consideration. Captains fill out forms about the FO's to determine who is best to upgrade. If needed, the company will hire street captains. Schedule is the number one complaint, but that really just depends on the person. We are ON - meaning "on call" - Monday though Friday with weekends off. If you are on the road on a Friday they will either re-position the plane or airline you home. Every 3rd weekend you are on call as well, in which case they can opt to leave you on the road. Sometimes they'll still send you home, weekends in this industry are pretty dead. A lot of the time, if it's slow, you'll be home all week, or a good portion of it. You can't really DO anything because you're on a short call out - 30 minutes - but you are home. I have a family, so that works ok for me. I get to see them more than I would at any other job. In looking at my per-diem for last year I was home over half the year. After the first year you get vacation as well. All in all, it's a good company and a good job. Living in Central Texas, right between Austin and San Antonio and flying a great, large, turbo-prop for VERY respectable pay, with weekends off. Thankfully, the Metros are gone too!!

PDTpilotXX 10-09-2015 07:08 AM


Originally Posted by dmk1984 (Post 1987484)
I'm currently a captain in the EMB120 at Berry aviation and figured I'd shed some light on this thread, since it's pretty inadequate. Currently, the company has 2 bases - HYI (San Marcos, TX) and CGF (Cleveland, OH) with rumors about an ELP base, though I'm not sure about that. We do on-demand cargo - which means we fly car parts 99% of the time. This means we fly nationwide, Canada and Mexico. We do a lot of night flying, which can be rough for some people. The whole company is large, with most of the business revolving around DoD stuff overseas. That stuff is nearly always ex-military and they usually don't hire street guys for it. The cargo op is a separate branch of the company.

The pay is very good for the industry. FO's start out at $32k base salary, $.10/mile, $200 day off pay and $15/hr wait time pay. Captains start at $45k, $.20/mile and $300 day off pay and $30/hr wait time. Yearly raises are $2,000 base and $.02/mile. Per diem is crappy, $24/day, but you make plenty of money so it doesn't hurt too bad.

For perspective, I flew 587 hours in the last year. The Brasilia does 290 kts true, so that's roughly 170,000 NM in a year. We get paid in statute miles, so 195,500 SM at (year 3 captain's pay) $.24/mile that's 46,920 on top of my (year 3) base, $49,000, that's $95k a year, not including day-off pay, per diem or wait time pay. For a year-one captain that would be $84k and for a new FO that same amount of miles would equal roughly $51k/year. Hence a lot of our guys eschewing the regionals to get time and experience and also get paid a living wage.

As for the company... it's an aviation company. Anyone can find a reason to complain, I have worked for a few and it's overall a very good one. They treat us well, the planes get good maintenance, etc. We stay in good hotels - Hamptons and Holiday Inn Express, etc. I have had my issues with the chief pilot, but overall the morale among pilots is very good. Upgrades are based on performance, with time at the company taken into consideration. Captains fill out forms about the FO's to determine who is best to upgrade. If needed, the company will hire street captains. Schedule is the number one complaint, but that really just depends on the person. We are ON - meaning "on call" - Monday though Friday with weekends off. If you are on the road on a Friday they will either re-position the plane or airline you home. Every 3rd weekend you are on call as well, in which case they can opt to leave you on the road. Sometimes they'll still send you home, weekends in this industry are pretty dead. A lot of the time, if it's slow, you'll be home all week, or a good portion of it. You can't really DO anything because you're on a short call out - 30 minutes - but you are home. I have a family, so that works ok for me. I get to see them more than I would at any other job. In looking at my per-diem for last year I was home over half the year. After the first year you get vacation as well. All in all, it's a good company and a good job. Living in Central Texas, right between Austin and San Antonio and flying a great, large, turbo-prop for VERY respectable pay, with weekends off. Thankfully, the Metros are gone too!!

That is very very respectable for a TP on demand operation. Beats a lot of Falcon gigs too.

WesternSkies 10-09-2015 07:22 AM

"Captains fill out forms about the FO's to determine who is best to upgrade."

I too like a steamed towel with my foot rubs.

dmk1984 10-09-2015 08:12 AM


Originally Posted by WesternSkies (Post 1988602)
"Captains fill out forms about the FO's to determine who is best to upgrade."

I too like a steamed towel with my foot rubs.

Of course the irony is, captains don't want to upgrade the FOs they like... So be unnecessarily rough when you massage my feet so I'll wanna get rid of you

RH1228 10-09-2015 09:10 AM

All kidding a side the upgrade deal is pretty straight forward. 4 conditions must be obtained. 1. Seniority 2. Experience 3. Performance 4. An open spot. Any one condition is a deal breaker. They will upgrade out of order if performance or experience aren't there but they work down the list then go to the street. We are flying a large, complex, fast, transport category turboprop on demand, at night, all weather, into dark holes in Mexico and random airports any and everywhere else you never knew existed on a whim with long flight / duty days. They demand solid performers in the left seat and will not compromise (rightfully so). If you do a good job in the right seat and the other conditions are met you will upgrade and as of today its < 1 year. YMMV

cruiseclimb 10-10-2015 07:30 AM


Originally Posted by PDTpilotXX (Post 1988594)
That is very very respectable for a TP on demand operation. Beats a lot of Falcon gigs too.

If you can get a Falcon gig.. take it.. (I just saw one in FL).. That can lead you into a whole new market of flying. I flew a Falcon 900 for a while, and we were paying well into six figures, and staying in some nice hotels :)

dmk1984 10-10-2015 07:56 AM


Originally Posted by cruiseclimb (Post 1989295)
If you can get a Falcon gig.. take it.. (I just saw one in FL).. That can lead you into a whole new market of flying. I flew a Falcon 900 for a while, and we were paying well into six figures, and staying in some nice hotels :)

There seems to be confusion about what type of Falcon gig he was referring to... Pretty sure he meant on-demand cargo Falcon 20's... From the 60's. Not brand new 900's

PDTpilotXX 10-10-2015 09:27 AM


Originally Posted by dmk1984 (Post 1989309)
There seems to be confusion about what type of Falcon gig he was referring to... Pretty sure he meant on-demand cargo Falcon 20's... From the 60's. Not brand new 900's

That is correct.

Flying a 900 would be a pretty sweet gig in most places, a ragged out -20... Not so much.

mojo6911 10-11-2015 07:40 AM

24 hour on call sucks, and is illegal, but Berry is probably the best ad hoc freight company.

fly4doe 12-01-2015 09:22 AM

FAA On Duty vs Rest Time interpretation
 
Apparently the FAA has said this before and now they've said it again. It appears that it is a question is enforcement. 135 operators point their fingers at their POI's. (See article via link)

A case could be made, regardless of interpretation, that the POI sets a precedent by not enforcing, but.... So put that beer back in 'fridge...you're on duty.

FAA: On Call = On Duty | BCA content from Aviation Week

Flightsoffusion 09-15-2016 02:40 PM

Any recent info on Berry? I'm looking at (hopefully) an FO position in SAN.

Thank you..

David Puddy 09-16-2016 12:04 PM


Originally Posted by Flightsoffusion (Post 2203759)
Any recent info on Berry? I'm looking at (hopefully) an FO position in SAN.

Thank you..

What aircraft type out of SAN?


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