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Old 07-14-2011, 06:01 PM   #1  
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How hard is it to get a Part 135 gig? Are operators hiring at the bare IFR mins or much more higher time.
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Last time I checked companies like Ameriflight are hiring with 1200TT mins. It's single pilot ops so come with your game tight, instrument and multi-engine proficient.

http://www.airlinepilotcentral.com/a...eriflight.html

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Depends on the 135 job. Basically the cargo haulers are cool with 135.243 mins. People haulers are wanting closer to 2000 total.
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I think you have a pretty good chance with 135 minimums at Amflight. Not sure about other 135 outfits.
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Go with Ameriflight, good experience and ok hours. They will hire at mins and you will get into a turbine aircraft pretty quick. They have had classes consistantly and will continue to hire consistantly, in my opinion.
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So, are Part 135 pilots generally happier than Part 121 pilots. I would really love to fly for Ameriflight. Single pilot night ops is really an unique experience.
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Again, it all depends. Some 135 ops have terrible schedules...I turned down an interview with key lime air, because they have you do duty rest at the out station. For a married guy with a kid, this is WAY worse than spending a days on the road. It also depends on you as a person and what you look for in a job. Good thing about a lot of 135 cargo jobs is you are all on your own at your base. Its up to you to keep your plane in repair. You can wear what you want (mostly). YOu just gotta take it case by case and see how it stacks up. For me, ameriflight and similar jobs isnt a good idea, i am not mobile enough to be able to pull up and move to Commifornia. So going to oakland to fly a navajo isnt in my game plan at all. For me, the ability to commute (regionals) is a big factor.
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Again, it all depends. Some 135 ops have terrible schedules...I turned down an interview with key lime air, because they have you do duty rest at the out station. For a married guy with a kid, this is WAY worse than spending a days on the road. It also depends on you as a person and what you look for in a job. Good thing about a lot of 135 cargo jobs is you are all on your own at your base. Its up to you to keep your plane in repair. You can wear what you want (mostly). YOu just gotta take it case by case and see how it stacks up. For me, ameriflight and similar jobs isnt a good idea, i am not mobile enough to be able to pull up and move to Commifornia. So going to oakland to fly a navajo isnt in my game plan at all. For me, the ability to commute (regionals) is a big factor.
@Walkeraviator; Even Though I live in California & Oakland is 40 mins drive from where I live, I would not consider Ameriflight, How do U expect to live in California with $2,200 per month...... What will one eat & what one feeds their kids.........

I agree with U walker, I'd rather work for a regional like eagle & live in a cheap place & commute. For $2000 or $2200 a month, I'd rather fly a ATR or EMJ or CRJ......

Also, If some one was joining Mountain Air Cargo with 400 or 500 TT, that still would make some sense, why would someone join Ameriflight with 1200 TT & 50 Multi, when with the same times & for the same pay, one can join a 121 regional....

One thing I always wonder, if regionals are lowering the minimums & having tough find the people, how will Ameriflights find their guys next year......
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FWIW, I went to Amflight after being furloughed from Shuttle America and went from making about 22000 a year to 28000 a year. Because I was willing to move, I was transitioned into the Metro within the first year and was then making over 40000. This isn't typical, but definitely possible if you're willing to move. I don't know that many S5 FO's can touch 40k given that the scale tops at 37/hr (not including per diem, of course), and the last upgrade was Jan 07. I got Turbine PIC much quicker and made much more money then I would at a regional as an FO. Whether 121 Jet time is more valuable is definitely debatable, but I was much happier flying freight than regionals. Also, as a single guy, I never struggled with money while being based in Oakland.
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FWIW, I went to Amflight after being furloughed from Shuttle America and went from making about 22000 a year to 28000 a year. Because I was willing to move, I was transitioned into the Metro within the first year and was then making over 40000. This isn't typical, but definitely possible if you're willing to move. I don't know that many S5 FO's can touch 40k given that the scale tops at 37/hr (not including per diem, of course), and the last upgrade was Jan 07. I got Turbine PIC much quicker and made much more money then I would at a regional as an FO. Whether 121 Jet time is more valuable is definitely debatable, but I was much happier flying freight than regionals. Also, as a single guy, I never struggled with money while being based in Oakland.
Intersting point & definately well maid......
Now I can see one reason why someone would join Ameriflight......
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