I recently went to a career fair at my college(Vaughn college of aeronautics and technology outside KLGA) and i was wondering about working for a regional airline. I spoke to JetBlue Airways and they mentioned most pilots who work for them start with Comair. The question i have is, why do regional airlines vary in the amount of hours they want? Example Air Winsconstin wants 1000 hours TT and 100 hours ME time, according to Airlinepilotcentral.com. One thing i dont understand is the discrepancies between the sites. Comair according to airlinepilotcentral wants 600 hours TT and 100 ME time. However according to airlineapps.net, it says they want 1200 TT and 200 ME time. Are there any regionals who hire with time like 500-600 hours? I am going to be going to college starting May 21st, and when i graduate, one usually graduates at the Certified Flight Instructor level, with about 300 hours or so. My Goal is JetBlue Airways or Delta to become a pilot for either one. I figure if i get into a regional that gives turboprop experience like piedmont, then i'll go to Delta. If i get into Comair, then I'll go to JetBlue. Another question. Why does American Eagle take 9 years to upgrade to captain? is that why they need pilots to work for them so badly? Working for them doesnt necessarily mean u can become a Airline Pilot for American Airlines someday(especially since they remain in furlough). Its going to take me three years to get this bachelor's degree. I was wondering, would a bachelor's degree in Aircraft operations help? Also since regionals usually only pay about 20-30,000 your first year, do most people keep second jobs, or is that even possible? Example I could be a Certified Flight instructor, and a Regional airline Pilot at Comair or Piedmont or something like that?
I realize i have alot of questions, i just want to know how this will be working. Thanking you all in advance for answering my many inquiries.