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User currently offlineBWIA330 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 922 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3297 times:


I am in Canada and will have my commercial and ATPL completed at the end of this year along with my multi time and a diploma. Roughly I will have completed about 250 to 275 hours of flight training. Can I get a job in the Caribbean flying for a small commuter operations with this amount of hours?


[Edited 2009-01-15 18:30:38]

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User currently offlineShhpanked From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

My knee-jerk response is no, looking abroad for work doesn't necessarily mean the minimums will be any lower than here in N. America. I briefly looked abroad for work and was a little surprised to find out that the minimums were very similar to American and Canadian based operations. With that said I stumbled across a few companies in India that had, from my perspective, awfully low total time minimums and in some cases didn't seem to care what my total time actually was. What they were firm on though was time on type, turbine time, offshore and long-lining experience. Anyways, I was left with this impression: if you had the necessary time in the equipment they flew then they'd hire you or at least express interest.

Caribbean, couldn't really say but I suppose it depends on exactly what you mean by small commuter operation. Anyways, if your only reason to look abroad for work is for lower minimums then I'd say what you're trying to do might not be the wisest decision. My advise would be get your CFI, teach and get paid to build time. Once you're falling between 1,000 to 1,500 hour mark TT then start throwing your resume out to companies you actually want to work for. If nothing else instructing will make you a better pilot.

But if flying in the Caribbean is something you truly want to do then going down there with 1,000 hours a year or two from now versus 300?

People fly airplanes and pilots fly helicopters.
User currently offlineThePinnacleKid From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 748 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3154 times:

One other little thing... when looking at carriers that are hiring and posted minimums. They are simply that, posted minimums. That does not mean they are competitive times. Unfortunately, in this industry competitive times vary wildly depending on economic conditions within the industry. A few years back, when huge regional pilot shortage, hiring was down to nearly wet commercial ticket levels depending on airline. Now, with thousands on furlough, the competitive landscape is a lot higher time.

"Sonny, did we land? or were we shot down?"
User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3172 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3116 times:

Not to mention the fact that companies that have lower standards usually pay less.

User currently offlineShhpanked From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3073 times:

Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 3):
Not to mention the fact that companies that have lower standards usually pay less.

True. But when you're sitting on 300 hours you can't expect to be paid anything more than a livable wage and in a lot of cases less than a livable wage. I kept a part-time job for a few months when I was instructing but at the time I didn't really have any other options.

People fly airplanes and pilots fly helicopters.
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