There is a huge difference in paying for your training (for your ratings) at an academy like skymates or ATP, and buying your job (PFJ) like Gulfstream (GIA) does. GIA degrades the industry and the profession of being a pilot. You have to pay them to fly their 1900 thay they use to make money. They effectivly only have 1 person on payroll for that flight and 20 seats to sell, 1 that is guaranteed revenue. They should be paying you because you are required for them to make money. plus when you leave Gulfstream you only have 400 hours or so and are not qualified to be employed by any other regional, even fellow 1900 operators like Colgan and CommutAir, say nothing about a jet regional or a freight job. Your ATP rating to be a captain requires 500 hrs PIC of which you would have 100 or so, therefore if you got hired by a regional somehow you can't upgrade until you fly PIC for another 400 hours which you have to pay for because GIA doesnt give you a CFI. And to add to this, because your resume says Gulfstream, most pilots percieve this almost as bad as SCABing, and your name will be tarnished in their eyes. Remember fellow pilots interview and hhire pilots, and they have many people that are competing for your position. Even good ole WN
uses the shady practice of Buying your 737 type rating in order to be employed by them. One reason that I will never fly for them
does not give you any 121 time, but it does have a guaranted interviw with a DCI carrier, which can be as brief as thanks for coming out we are not hireing, see ya.
My inteded track is to CFI until I have 1200 hours and can be hired by a 135 freight company that flies twin turboprops such as ameriflight or Air Cargo Carriers, get 1000 hours in those and use my source to interview at Continental.
It is just a false belief that you need 1000 hrs jet PIC to be hired at a major carrier. In the last class at Alaska 6 out of the 15 had no jet time. Both WN
have hired prop guys. Plus before the RJ
nobody going to the majors had jet time.
Plus GIA is run by a bunch of SCABS, who are the last people on earth that I would give any money to.
There are too many self indulgent weiners in this town with too much bloody money" Randal Raines- Gone in 60 Seconds