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Who here amongst is a pilot for a major carrier?  
User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7657 times:

Who here amongst so many is lucky enough to be a pilot for a major carrier? How long have you worked for your carrier and of course what do you fly?

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User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7589 times:

My major carrier is the United States Navy, on the 18's. Although, I would prefer a good Delta or American flight attendant any day! Cheers!


Crye me a river
User currently offlineNightFlyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 95 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7531 times:

I fly for FedEx and I'm currently a first officer on the MD11/MD10. I've been with the company for two and a half years.

Living the dream!
NightFlyer


User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7525 times:

Have you started transitional training to the new Super Hornets?

User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7503 times:

Yes, actually. I'm getting geared over for a rear in the 18E, which will be a blast. In fact, it will be a nice transition since the interior package with the new 18E's is more complex than ever before, so if ole' Goose in the back can handle the radar tracking, it will be a lovely flight for all!

Cheers!



Crye me a river
User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7487 times:

NightFlyer, I tip my hat to you! It has always been my dream to switch to FedEx for as long as I can remember. Especially during the good old days of stocking those lovely 18-wheelers and the Caravan Feeders through college! Of course, by the time I'm out of my service commitment with the Navy, you guys will be operating the new A380's so I will definitely keep trying for it. But, as far as your position goes, well...if you're ever in Pensacola, I'll buy you a round any day.

Cheers!



Crye me a river
User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7476 times:

So Navy you don't want to be the GIB huh Smile

User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7455 times:

Haha, I'll take my spot in the air in whichever seat Uncle Sam sees it fit to place me in. Although, a stick in my hands when swirling around the flight deck sure is inviting!

Cheers!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



Crye me a river
User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7431 times:

Usnseallt82, you have my dream job! One day I want to piloting an F-18 (or any aircraft for that matter) for the Navy.

I was wondering if I might be able to e-mail you a few questions, if so, I would appriciate it very much, if not, no worries!

Contact me at etflies@hotmail.com if it is ok.

Thanks again and clear skies,
futureualpilot



Life is better when you surf.
User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7420 times:

That makes two of us...if you want something bad enough, rock on, cause nothing can stop a future Hornet driver  Smile

And yes, GIB's, NFO's, RIO's, WSO's, whatever you want to call them...definately not logbook time for the airlines to look at!  Big grin Keep it in the front seat, Mav  Smile

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7399 times:

Deltaguy, I know about the GIBs and whatnot not being able to log that time towards the airlines, so yes I want the front seat, but unfortunatley I dont think Id have too much control over that. I really just want to know what I can do to better my chances of becoming a front-seater.

Best of luck to you, and dont give up!

Clear skies,  Smile
futureualpilot


relating to the topic posted:

My uncle is a Captain with American Airlines, on the B757/767, and has been there around 18yrs.

[Edited 2004-01-11 07:08:37]


Life is better when you surf.
User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7344 times:

Thanks for the advice Delta! As far as I'm concerned, I won't be halting my front seat drivin' attempts anytime soon!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Although, those are naturally the most sought after, as I'm sure you very well know. Hopefully staring at the sun won't hurt my eyes in the near future!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Of course, if FedEx doesn't sign me on when I leave the fleet then your carrier is my next choice...especially with their unwritten preference to ex-military flyboys!

Sure, please email me anytime with any questions you may have.
usnseallt82@yahoo.com

Cheers!

Sean Merritt



Crye me a river
User currently offlineSWAbubba From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7224 times:

Usnsealt82,

I'm a little confused... what exactly is it that you're doing in the Navy now?

As for the original question, I fly 737-3/5/7's for WN and have been there one year.


User currently offlineSlamclick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7175 times:

NightFlyer

I've always wondered. Do FedEx pilots complain when they have to go to the simulator during daytime? "How do they expect a guy to be sharp at that hour?"

I turned down FedEx in 1974. I saw that they already had half a dozen Falcons and I knew they were not going to get any bigger. And who wants to live in Memphis?

What a chump!

After I retire this year I may answer the question in this thread. I've had a great career! Got to do everything but make money.




Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7271 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7068 times:

Hey These are a few questions for SWAbubba and NightFlyer. How old are you now? At what age did you start flying?
If you did not go the Military to get hours how did you get all the Turbine hours you need to fly for SWA and Fed Ex?
I really dont like fighters so i dont want to go the Military even thourgh i could be lucky and get a refueler ETC...
I am only 14 plan to start lessons at 16 and get PPL at 17 early 18. I want to go civil way to make hours some how. Thats why i asked the question. To have a chance with a regional i need atleast 300 Turbine and 1300 in total time. Another question do all those hours you need have to be pilot in command. How many hours did you have when you started with the Airline. Thanks You! I know it is alot to answer.



"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6995 times:

SWAbubba, I'm currently under NFO designation for the Navy with PIC time in the 18's. So, as any good 'Goose' would do, I'm seeking re-designation with NA status. Although, I wouldn't mind having some long-haul experience in the Navy's E-6 fleet, out of Tinker AFB. I'd love to get the MEM-CDG route one day with FedEx, but I'm not picky!

Cheers!



Crye me a river
User currently offlineSWAbubba From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6888 times:

Flymia,

I'm 34 years old and started flying at 23 with the Navy. Don't worry too much about job qualifications yet, everything will change by the time you get the hours to look for an airline job. Just start working on that PPL and building hours, everything else will happen in its own good time.

My new hire class at SWA was exactly half military and half civilian. The civilian pilots came from regional airlines, corporate aviation, and other major airlines. There is no one best way to get to a major airline job, many different types of flying will get you the experience you need.

Good luck, it's a great job and is worth all the hard work it takes to get here!  Smile

USNsealt82,

You mean stick time in the -18s, right? PIC implies you've completed a NATOPS checkride as a pilot in the aircraft.

Anyway, good luck with the redesignation. I know quite a few pilots who used to be NFO's. The Navy shut down the NFO-to-pilot transition while I was in, I always thought it was a dumb thing to do as we had lots of great NFO's who would make fantastic pilots if given the chance.

I flew E-6's, it's a great aircraft but a pretty boring mission. I had a good time and wouldn't trade it for anything.

Fly safe!


User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7271 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6785 times:

Thank You SWAbubba. Your right i should just go one step at a time. Or on license at a time. Once I get that ATP i will start worrying about hours. maybe go to one of those good flying programs and work with a corperate airline for a few years. I dont know well see where i am. Hope to see you in the sky. Hey you never know maybe even your FO. !LOL!


"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6768 times:

SWAbubba, yeah, I've already completed my NATOPS, but that was during the time when they thought they NEEDED pilots. Sure enough, times have changed. Lucky enough, the Navy has actually reinstated the re-designation boards for the NFO-to-pilot section and meets these days about 4-6 times per year. So, if I play my cards right, who knows!

But it sure is nice to hear of an E-6 pilot! I've been wanting to fly that for quite a while. The speed gets old after a while, yes yes I know this will be contested, but practice in some heavies sure does sound good. I would do just about anything to get a spot in the Mercury, but what are the odds of that? Actually, if you know this, about how many guys request the E-6 during API? I'm hoping that the luck is still towards those Tom Cruise's who want the speed of a fighter and not the integrity of the heavies.

I do thank you for your comments and hope to hear more from you again soon.

Cheers!



Crye me a river
User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6698 times:

FutureUALpilot,

Shoot me an IM on AOL, (its in my info), or creilly@ju.edu..

Dad was a Hornet pilot for quite awhile, now is in his 5th year with Delta as a 737 F/O.

Like what was said, there's really no way to know exactly what's gonna get you into the majors..requirements and needs have changed so much in the past years, and will be different when we go up for it..alls I can do is keep the fingers crossed  Smile

USNSeal,

You're in a great position right now, 'FO or pilot...the experience alone is worth dividends, and I have met many a backseater who was headed to the front seat. It's doable. As for the E-6, it's a good platform (we have a few here at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, being reworked by Boeing)..but keep at the Hornet if the window's open! Where are you at in the training command?

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1880 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6612 times:

Im 15 and I Can't wait to fly... and I will fly! However... I always find my self becoming more and more skeptical to as wether or not the job is still going to have the presteige and pay that it does today. Also, something else to worry about is if there are even going to be those positions, as you have to start worrying when you see people being checked in at airports by machines!!! Any of you pilots have any thoughts on that for me???


User currently offlineBarney Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 994 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6553 times:

To all those aspiring......it can be done. Got my private @ 19 while throwing bags for Skywest. By 23 I was sitting in the right seat of a Metro for Skywest, Capt by 25. Hired at Southwest @ 27 and made Capt. by 30. Been at WN 12 years now and feel VERY LUCKY. I was talking to my FO on the last trip and we came to a conclusion; the road to an aviation career can be a real challenge, mostly luck and A LOT of perseverance. Want it badly enough, make a few good (lucky) choices and it can happen.

Did I mention luck?




...from the Banana Republic....
User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1338 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6362 times:

SWABubba. I was a TACAMO guy for a tour. VQ3. Old Tacamo. I'm sure we knew many of the same people. Keilty, Strance, Lochousen, Kline, and a host of others.

User currently offlineSWAbubba From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6212 times:

Usnsealt82,

E-6's are actually pretty tough to get because there are only two squadrons. They only need roughly 24 new guys a year, so it's really luck of the draw whether there's even an E-6 in the drop the week you select.

Good luck!

MD88-

Yeah, Vern was in charge while I was there and Irish showed up to be vice about the time I left. Of course all those folks had lots more stripes than I did, so I didn't get to know them very well.

Seems like most guys who got out went to UAL or WN, we've got at least 20ish ex-TACAMO guys here.


User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1338 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6130 times:

I was the Flight Officer under Irish when he became the OpsO. And Vern was the CO then. Most of the guys I knew were gone by the time you got there or their names have evaporated from my mind. Peggy Kline used to be the ACO on my crew. Dave Kiehl was a contemporary who wasn't universally respected. You may have run into Mel Parham or Jim Scanlan before they got out. Both Great guys. How about Luke Caron? He was my 3P/2P for awhile. Tom Maser? Al Herr? Greg Hlubek? Al's at SWA.

When I got hired it was AA or DAL for most of us. That was back when you had to be a splittail or minority even to get an interview. A Tacamo buddy of mine said on his app to UAL that he was an American indian. He got an interview immediately. When he got back to VT-31 he had gained a new "indian" callsign. He became "2 dogs F***ing" from the joke with the same punchline.

Tacamo was a great deal back in the day. I imagine it went downhill after the move and with the Looking Glass addition.


25 Aaron747 : Boy you guys sure know how to make a young guy's day. All of these words of positive reinforcement and encouragement are doing wonders for my outlook
26 MD88Captain : Aaron. The BEST deal going is AF Reserve or ANG units. Don't just write off a military path. Investigate it thoroughly. If I were in your place at you
27 Post contains images ScottishLaddie : My aim in life is to become a pilot for BA. I can't thimk of anything better than being a pilot. My mums cousin, who I have never met, is a pilot/FO (
28 DC3CV3407AC727 : I am a pilot for a major 727 operator, ChampionAir ,I've come up the interesting way,DC3s,Convair 340s then the 727. Go for your dreams kid,this is st
29 SWAbubba : MD88- Mel, Luke, and Scammer were at -4 when I was there. I saw Mel and Scammer at Norb Tornes COC when he took over VQ-7 (NTSU). Mel's at UPS, Scamme
30 MD88Captain : SWA "Scammer" That just cracks me up. I had forgotten that we called him that, but I'm glad it followed him. I thought that I heard Luke went TAR. Wel
31 Md11lover : Skipper not around??
32 Rthrbeflying86 : Skipper was on vacation for a while, now he's back, but I think he mostly hangs out in tech/ops. Anyway...I was thinking someone ought to start a thre
33 HAL : Until last summer, I was a 767 F/O for Hawaiian. I was furloughed in June, and am waiting for a recall. In the mean time I'm flying Piper Navajo's out
34 Vatveng : I'm glad to see all this encouragement. I've always suspected that pilots were a supportive bunch, the chopper pilot at the TV station I work for is p
35 AA717driver : Twelve years at TWA. Two years at AA. Getting furloughed March 2. I wouldn't trade my time at TWA. Hoping to get my 737 type and get a chance at SWA o
36 Soulman : Well, looks like I'm in for one hell of a ride! Yesterday I was issued my Student Pilot Licence and after 7.7 hours in the air - my instructor thinks
37 Ifly2eat : Well I am not sure ATA is a "major" carrier but I am a Captain on B-737-800's for them. I flew as FO on the B-727 and the L-1011. Before that I was a
38 Javomd88 : Hi, I FLY FOR AEROMEXICO, I have been working for them for 10 years, first I flew on the commuter called Aerolitoral and entered as a F.O. then became
39 Skymileman : I am not, but my Dad is a DC-9 captain for ABX Air Inc. (Formerly Airborne Express) the nation's third largest freight carrier. Until august last year
40 GKirk : I think Rick767 is a senior F/O for easyJet now on the 737-700. Cx flyboy flies 777s? for Cathay Pacific AJ flies 767s for Qantas I think AAR90? is an
41 Post contains images Pe@rson : You forgot me, Gkirk: I 'drive' two things: 1) Cessna 152s; and 2) People up the wall. Becoming a professional pilot was my second career choice after
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