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Old 09-02-2020, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Meep View Post
Same, thatís by far the most difficult flying Iíve done.
What made the flying so difficult? The equipment? I've heard Ameriflight's birds are old with old avionics.
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Old 09-02-2020, 06:09 PM
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Avionics? Radios? The pipers use smoke signals from the engines. HSIs? Some planes didnít have a heading bug. After decades the planes didnít exactly demonstrate positive flight characteristics. You are single pilot in all the weather of the local area 5 days a week on terrible sleep. This will be the most challenging flying most will ever do who do it.

+1 Your seat is sopping wet and so is your ass for your whole ďdayĒ If it rained.
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Old 09-02-2020, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by As Briefed View Post
Avionics? Radios? The pipers use smoke signals from the engines. HSIs? Some planes didnít have a heading bug. After decades the planes didnít exactly demonstrate positive flight characteristics. You are single pilot in all the weather of the local area 5 days a week on terrible sleep. This will be the most challenging flying most will ever do who do it.

+1 Your seat is sopping wet and so is your ass for your whole ďdayĒ If it rained.
All things change with time...cargo has changed lots in the last 10-20 years....
As is typical in cargo, if you have "shiney jet syndrome" you need not apply...you won't be flying new stuff, and rarely will you have a plane with a "pretty" paint job...but work is steady, and we were and are still doing limited hiring, no furloughs as of yet...we still have pilots flowing up to companies like UPS, Omni, etc....
All of the Piper's are in the boneyard....never flown a be-99, so I can't vouch for the door seals on the crew doors, but haven't heard of anyone complaining about wet seats....
Most of the fleet, guessing 65-75% are gps equipped, all received ADS-b upgrades as required.....
Yes... cargo can be a bit of a lifestyle, and some enjoy the free time, others like the time building routes that often are minimum rest....
Challenging weather into some second rate airports where you might be the one of the biggest planes to land all day? Perhaps.
Weather.... depends...Miami FL, Lansing MI, Burbank/Ontario CA, Salt lake City Utah, Portland OR, or Puerto Rico (lots more, but you get the idea) all have their different challenges.....but isn't that true of any nationwide/global company?! Most newbies are in ONE base for several months, helping them learn, so the weather if you are confident isn't as bad as it sounds.
Seriously, some people, me for one, enjoy the flying, but honestly part of that is the intensity of single pilot IFR with a 6 pack with lots of hand flying.
Honestly not for everyone, but weekends off, and working around sunrise AM half a day off and the the evening PM with a typical night off, with one of the periods at home isn't bad for a full time job....some runs fly 100 hrs a month....some barely 30, just depends on what you bid for assignment.

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Old 09-03-2020, 03:10 PM
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Whats the status of the Miami base for pilots? I saw an A&P job listing for Miami so I was curious
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Old 09-03-2020, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by 970pilot View Post
Whats the status of the Miami base for pilots? I saw an A&P job listing for Miami so I was curious
We are currently staffed in MIA. But that could change as the base hopefully grows. Keep an eye on the job boards. If openings become available...
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Old 09-06-2020, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by fulldeflection View Post
What made the flying so difficult? The equipment? I've heard Ameriflight's birds are old with old avionics.
Ever fly a Metro with deferred nose wheel steering? Not only are they old, but a lot of the parts aren't made any more, so you keep getting refurbs (which often don't work any better than the part they replaced). All part of the adventure, right?
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Old 09-07-2020, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by own nav View Post
Ever fly a Metro with deferred nose wheel steering? Not only are they old, but a lot of the parts aren't made any more, so you keep getting refurbs (which often don't work any better than the part they replaced). All part of the adventure, right?
Even worse, ever fly a Metro with a deferred nosewheel steering and then been stupid enough to try to use it? 🤪😲
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Old 09-07-2020, 11:44 AM
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The metro has 17 memory items. The 767 has one third the memory items. Metro was created by idiots to be flown by geniuses
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Old 09-07-2020, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by HulkaBurger View Post
Even worse, ever fly a Metro with a deferred nosewheel steering and then been stupid enough to try to use it? 🤪😲
We called it "Zoolander" when it was only able to turn one direction. Oh the memories.
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Old 09-08-2020, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by neverposts View Post
The metro has 17 memory items. The 767 has one third the memory items. Metro was created by idiots to be flown by geniuses
Now that is awesome!
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