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CloudSailor 02-16-2008 07:56 AM

Fastest way to the regionals???
Hello to all,

I am sure this has been discussed before, but...

What is the fastest way to the regionals for a guy working on his PPL?

I went through the Mesa program many years ago (as did my brother), and it was a great deal at the time... things have changed though, and with hiring happening at some regionals with less than 400TT, going through a 2 year program, specially if one already has a 4-year degree, is a waste of money/time.

I know Mesa has the PACE program which could pay off nicely.

Any other alternatives that you guys know of?

Any good Part 141 schools in Arizona or New Mexico someone has experience with?

My main goal is helping out a friend who would like to get on with a Part 121 carrier, no matter which one.... and he would like to do it without having to instruct (no offense to all those great instructors out there)... meaning we would like to know the fastest way from PPL to a Part 121.

Any help is truly appreciated.

rickair7777 02-16-2008 08:05 AM

The fastest way is probably a medium-sized flight school which has the staff, equipement, and flexibility to load up your schedule and get it done. You are basically looking at two flights (or sims) per day, 5-6 days/week.

A small school may not have the resources to consistently support that pace, and the large academies always schedule according to their best interests at the moment...a student who has already signed up is just a cog in their machine.

With a comm AMEL, you could then get a job at mesa. That's probably the fastest way.

But life at a bottom feeder like mesa is a whole 'nother topic of conversation...if your friend thinks one regional is just like another, he is mistaken.

ACEAV8R 02-16-2008 08:09 AM

uh oh, here we go again.

atpwannabe 02-16-2008 08:14 AM


My advice is that it all depends on what your situation is. Their may be some obstacles that you may have to overcome that most do not or you may be older than most like myself. Whatever you your research. It has taken me two years to research all avenues that are available and what's going to be the best route for me and my family.

You may want to go to the "Pilot Lounge" part of this forum and click on "Flight Schools". I started a thread on the pros & cons of PFT. I got varied responses. Some say yea...most say nay! In addition, there are other threads that discusses this particular topic in detail.

In the end, the decision is yours and yours alone.

All the best. Blue skies.


seattlepilot 02-16-2008 10:43 AM

now that we are at it.. can we get the fastest way to a Computer Science PhD? their first year salary is better than 1st year in regionals...

waflyboy 02-16-2008 10:45 AM


Originally Posted by seattlepilot (Post 321551)
now that we are at it.. can we get the fastest way to a Computer Science PhD? their first year salary is better than 1st year in regionals...

Yeah but do they have a union?

Slice 02-16-2008 11:02 AM

How come nobody ever asks the best way? Only the fastest...:rolleyes:

ebuhoner 02-16-2008 11:02 AM

go to gulfstream academy and become an AIRLINE PILOT!!! ;) in no time!...... oops forgot to say u gotta pay them 30 grand :D

tom14cat14 02-16-2008 12:27 PM

How can you be concerned with the fastest way of becomeing an airline pilot when you/they are working on their ppl? Your feet are barely wet and now you want to fly 50 or so people around. I think that this is a crazy way to think.

Clue32 02-16-2008 12:38 PM

What ever happened to the days where you would have to instruct for a couple of years and save up enough money to buy 50 hours of multi time so that you could land a job flying checks from Jacksonville to Brimingham single pilot IFR and scare yourself enough times with no one on board so that another one or two years later you were confident and skilled enough to fly 19 passengers around in a 1900 for four years while you waited for your first part 121 upgrade to captain?

That's what we thought about doing in college ten years ago... or join the military and fly.

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