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Old 06-11-2006, 06:59 AM   #1  
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Default Regionals in North East?

Hi,
I posted this topic in the 135 Cargo as well because i will be looking to attempt to go either 135 or Regionals late next year or so.

It is not a deal breaker by any means but i would like to at some point be able to get on with a Regional that has bases in the North East, mainly Manchester, Bos, Portland, Providence, CT or anywhere in that area. I will commute of course but i plan on living in New England because it has been my home for most of my life and it would be nice to have a chance to be based there.

On a side note, from your experience for the carriers that are located there is the North East usually a Junior base or a Senior base? Also at your typical regional how many years would it take to get the seniority to request a base in that area.

They were very helpful in the Cargo forum and i am hoping that some of you Regional guys can help out as well.

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Try the following:

Piedmont Airlines - they have bases in LGA, MDT and SYR - they are easy to commute to.

Colgan Air - Look at this link. They have a lot of bases in the NE: http://www.colganair.com/bases.htm

Commutair - they have a base in BOS

Keep in mind, these are not all of the bases for these companies. I am not completely sure which is senior or junior...except for Piedmont. LGA, SYR, and MDT are the easiest domiciles to get right out of AQP. PM me if you are interested in Piedmont. I will help as much as I can - there may be some things that I cannot answer.

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Old 06-11-2006, 08:14 AM   #3  
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Thanks Lax,
It looks fairly promising, or at least as promising as can be in the industry.

I am currently not marketable for any job until i finish my ratings in the spring and build some hours (damn Iraq is slowing me down), probably not until winter 2007 will i be where i need to be, but the more i know now than hopefully the easier it will be for me when it is time to put apps out there and start looking.
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Mesa is starting DHC -8 operations for Delta out of the JFK hub in July. Most pilots will be based at various outstations in the NE and mid-atlantic.
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American Eagle has a BOS base flying the ERJ. As far as FOs go, it is a fairly junior base. Good luck!
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Thanks skirtin-
This is all real promising stuff....from what i hear the east is a love hate relationship, mostly people loving to hate it.
Me personally i spent my first 20 years there and now the last 4 in San Diego and although i do love SoCal it is just not for me...My wife is supportive of what i do regardless but it is set that we will live in most likely southern New Hampshire and build a house and i will have to commute, so if i can get lucky and snag one of those jobs in BOS or MHT or even Leguardia or something it will make it a much more enoyable experience...Hey it could happen..
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Air Wisconsin has a base in PHL. I know at least one pilot that commutes from MHT.
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Repulic Airways (owns Chautauqua, Republic, and Shuttle America) has bases all up and down the east coast. With 14 bases, I'm sure you can find something...pretty high minimums though compared to other places and they won't budge...
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...pretty high minimums though compared to other places and they won't budge...
Yet. Hang on. The mins for getting hired are dropping quickly.
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Default Colgan Bases

Colgan Bases -

http://www.colganair.com/bases.htm

HYA has typically been a year-around Beech base and a summer season base only for the Saab. However, this year the company has made HYA a "permanent" base for the Saab too. Not sure that will hold. BHB for the Beech is very, very, senior for captains (#2 and #3 captains). MHT and HPN seem to be pretty senior for the Saab captains. However, for most bases the FO's come and go and you can relatively quickly bid any base you want and probably get it (say three months or so).

In Texas, IAH is the base. TYR is set to reopen next month, if they can get enough FA's to work there. The company is telling everyone that it's one to two years to hold IAH. That doesn't seem to be the case as those pilots that want IAH, both FO's and CA's, are usually able to bid and get IAH within three months or so. However, the bottom ten lines or so at IAH are typically 40 - 50 hour stand-up lines. You can hold a much higher paying line with more flight hours quicker in the NE...which means a quicker upgrade for the typical pilot (you'll reach the insurance mins faster).

I just saw Laxrox43 posted the link to our base list...sorry to be repetitive.

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