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Freight opportunity for low-ish hour

Discussion in 'Freight Pilots/"OOTSK"' started by flyinghedgehog, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. flyinghedgehog

    flyinghedgehog Well-Known Member

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    Here we go again!

    I am applying for Ameriflight and is about to do video interview. In case that does not pan out would like to see what other companies out there that you would recommend.

    I am at about 1400 hours, all 135 minimum met except for being 50 hours short on night time.


    I have checked all Fedex feeders and since they do single pilot in Caravans there is no getting on with them till I meet the 100 hour night time minimum.

    Looking for companies that are ethical, decent equipment (reads good mx. Will not complain about paint job, lack of GPS ,etc) , comply with regulations (or at least doing their best to comply, the world is not black and white)

    Thanks a lot for your input.
     
  2. Yakob

    Yakob Well-Known Member

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    You could try Freight Runner's Express. https://freightrunners.applicantpro.com/jobs/439121.html They hire First Officers for their EMB-120 so you would be eligible. I know a few people who have flown for them, although it was a few years ago, and they don't sound too sketchy.

    Air Cargo Carriers would probably be an option as well, apparently they will be having an FO class this spring. https://www.aircar.com/careers.aspx . It seems like there has been some discussion of them on here before, but not in the last few years, and I don't know all that much about them.
     
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  3. flyinghedgehog

    flyinghedgehog Well-Known Member

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    Lol I tried those. Crickets so far
     
  4. srn121

    srn121 Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like you might have already made your decision, but I had a friend flying with Alpine and he was paid very well. He said the Wyoming bases were pretty laid back, but Denver he was very overworked. I was considering their Sioux Falls base a long time ago, because for some reason I really liked it there. http://alpine-air.com/ They're also hiring for SLC which is a more fun town than you'd think. He had around the same time you did started off in the 99 and was put in a 1900 within 3 or 4 months, but he had some FO time in that with his previous job.

    I'd be patient before you run into something with the wrong company for you. You might also want to look into Mountain Air Cargo, Empire Airlines, Baron Aviation, Corporate Air and Wiggins (which is owned by Ameriflight now and also has twin turboprops) and see if you can't apply for the base you want. You're not going to get much vacation time flying freight so you might as well choose a base and route you want. I considered Wiggins awhile back because they had a route in which at the time would've been excellent for my personal life and family life. Also the Fedex feeder pilots do a lot less work as they don't load or unload and have been historically treated much better than their UPS flying equivalents (I know things are improving elsewhere) Not to mention you're flying very well equipped and maintained Fedex owned Caravans.

    I have heard horror stories in the past regarding Ameriflight and while at FSI getting trained I ran into at least one if not a few guys who were leaving Ameriflight for Empire. I also had a co-worker who was promised a certain base when he got hired on a few years back and then they tried sending him to Nebraska. He said to hell with that and started flying survey for a laid back company where he made much more.

    That said there are a lot of other companies too. I've heard good things about Rampart http://rampartaviation.com/jobs/ and there's Dynamic Aviation too which is looking for SICs for international mapping and ISR work.

    There is also Berry Aviation which has paid pretty well. http://berryaviation.atsondemand.com/ There's someone on this forum that often looks for pilots for the on demand stuff. I saw him asking a few months back.

    There's also http://www.flyglo.com/careers/ They're 135 so you don't need ATP mins and you'd be living in New Orleans. I know nothing of pay, scheduling or QoL though unfortunately.
     
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  5. flyinghedgehog

    flyinghedgehog Well-Known Member

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    Srn121,

    It is not like I have decided. Thing is I would consider reasonable employee and found the freight side of things to be a lot more responsive. So far crickets from survey....I am concerned that if I am too picky my currency will create more issues.

    I have checked a couple of fedex feeders, most of them require 100 night and said 50 hours (that I have right now) is not enough for them to put me in class. I will try Alpine but their multi time requirement is like 300, which I don't have. Put that with 50 hours night short it may be challenging, unless they are willing to put me in the right seat for a couple hours...
     
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    IFR 135 minimums require 100 hours of night or at least they used to so most freight companies might give a similar answer, but try away as some are offering bonuses like Wiggins. I'm a bit surprised Ameriflight would be willing to help you build so much time, but thats really cool of them.
     
  7. Cappucino

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    Hedgehog,

    I was like you, short of night time. The owner of my flight school where I worked let me have a Cessna 150 just for the price of gas and oil. I gladly did, and built up my 100 hours of night. Would your boss and your flight school let you do something like that?
     
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    RobG Well-Known Member

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    Get a few more hours in a Cessna and go to regional of choice??? People must have very particular personal reasons to devote years of their career to this section of the industry after reaching ATP mins considering the current airline hiring environment. No substitute for seniority, just sayin'.
     

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