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Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:37 am

What's a good type rating to have for corporate/charter flying?
 
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:03 pm

I'd say a Citation type. According to FlightGlobal, "Cessna continues to dominate the fleet in deliveries and in-service numbers. The worldwide Citation inventory grew by 360 aircraft to 5,240, representing more than 17% of the worldwide turbine inventory and over a third of the global corporate jet fleet."

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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:44 pm

Be very cautious going out and buying your own type rating before you have a job or know what kind of airplane you will be flying. In the case of where I work, it's seen as a mark against you if you come in with a type but no time in the airplane. I've heard it is like that elsewhere too.

To me, it's not worth risking the money like when a lot of guys went and got a 737 type just to get the interview at SWA and ended up not getting the job a few years back. I know 4 very qualified guys that dropped about $8k each and all they have right now is a piece of paper that says they are typed on a 737. I'm glad SWA changed their ways recently.
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:11 pm

Right now, a type with no time in type is pretty much useless. NOBODY is flying and quite a few departments have shut down or downsized.

The Citation (CE-500) type has always been a good one to have, cheap, and covers many airframes, but the day rate and salary on this jet is pretty low. $400-$500/day. Another versitle type is the LR-JET, it covers everything from the Lear 23 to the 55 (except the 40/45) but the Lears are getting dated, the newest 35 is 20 years old now, and the 31 is dated as well, but there are still a lot of charter operators out there that have them, and the type is fairly cheap (under $20k)

A Global Express/G550 contract pilot will command $1000-1500/day for their services, but the type costs $50,000, and again, nobody will touch you with no time in type.

Whatever you do, resist the urge to undercut rate to gain time. You will find yourself blackballed so fast it'll give you whiplash. Hell, I'd also recommend resisting the urge to buy a type without a job lined up; these things are considered a cost of doing business, and its a never ending battle it seems with cheap operators that want to push their business expenses onto their employees.
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:50 pm



Quoting Illini_152 (Reply 3):
Another versitle type is the LR-JET, it covers everything from the Lear 23 to the 55 (except the 40/45) but the Lears are getting dated, the newest 35 is 20 years old now, and the 31 is dated as well, but there are still a lot of charter operators out there that have them, and the type is fairly cheap (under $20k)

I could give you a couple air ambulance companies that operate Learjets that would actually hire you if you bought a type and had no time in it. I wouldn't do that to you though. The problem is they have crappy planes and the Lear is a plane that you can't just jump into, it will kill you pretty quick because it's just not a forgiving airplane. When we type Lear guys in-house, it's not an easy ride because it's to our specs, not the FAA's.
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:41 am

LR-JET type doesn't cover the 60 either.

I wouldn't spend my own money on any type rating. It's just not worth it.
 
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:55 am

Unless you've been offered a job with Southwest, don't waste the money on a type rating with no time in type.
 
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:11 am



Quoting DashTrash (Reply 5):
I wouldn't spend my own money on any type rating. It's just not worth it.

Unless, of course, your goal is to collect them, like this guy:

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FAA Registry
Name Inquiry Results

ROBERT BLAINE BRIGGS

Medical Class : First Medical Date: 07/2003
MUST WEAR CORRECTIVE LENSES.
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Certificates
1 of 6
DOI : 05/20/2003
Certificate: AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT

Rating(s):

AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE SEA
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE SEA
ROTORCRAFT HELICOPTER AND GYROPLANE
COMMERCIAL PRIVILEGES
GLIDER
LIGHTER-THAN-AIR FREE BALLOON
LIGHTER-THAN-AIR AIRSHIP


Type Ratings

A/A-109
A/A-310
A/A-320
A/AS-350
A/AS-355
A/ATR-42
A/ATR-72
A/B-377
A/B-727
A/B-737
A/B-747
A/B-757
A/B-767
A/BA-3100
A/BE-300
A/BE-400
A/BE-1900
A/BE-2000
A/BH-47
A/BH-204
A/BH-205
A/BH-206
A/BO-105
A/BU-2000
A/BV-44
A/BY-2
A/BY-305
A/CA-212
A/CE-500
A/CE-525
A/CE-525S
A/CE-560XL
A/CE-650
A/CL-600
A/CV-240
A/CV-340
A/CV-440
A/CV-P4Y
A/CV-PBY5
A/CW-46
A/DA-10
A/DA-20
A/DA-50
A/DC-3
A/DC-3S
A/DC-3TP
A/DC-4
A/DC-6
A/DC-7
A/DC-8
A/DC-9
A/DC-10
A/DC-B26
A/DO-228
A/EMB-110
A/EMB-120
A/EMB-145
A/EN-28
A/FA-1100
A/FA-119C
A/FA-82
A/G-100
A/G-111
A/G-1159
A/G-IV
A/HH-12
A/HS-125
A/HU-269
A/HU-369
A/IA-1125
A/IA-JET
A/L-18
A/L-382
A/L-P2V
A/LR-45
A/LR-60
A/LR-JET
A/M-202
A/M-404
A/MD-11
A/MD-500N
A/MS-760
A/MU-300
A/N-265
A/N-B25
A/R-22
A/R-44
A/SA-227
A/SA-341
A/SD-3
A/SK-58
A/SK-61

Limits

BH-47 BH-204 BV-44 BY-2 BY-305 EN-28 HH-12 HU-269 R-22 SK-58 CV-PBY-5 (VFR ONLY).
BE-1900 SECOND IN COMMAND REQUIRED.
SA-227 SECOND IN COMMAND REQUIRED.

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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:15 am



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 7):
Quoting DashTrash (Reply 5):
I wouldn't spend my own money on any type rating. It's just not worth it.

Unless, of course, your goal is to collect them, like this guy:

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FAA Registry
Name Inquiry Results

ROBERT BLAINE BRIGGS

Medical Class : First Medical Date: 07/2003
MUST WEAR CORRECTIVE LENSES.
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Certificates
1 of 6
DOI : 05/20/2003
Certificate: AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT

Rating(s):

AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE SEA
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE SEA
ROTORCRAFT HELICOPTER AND GYROPLANE
COMMERCIAL PRIVILEGES
GLIDER
LIGHTER-THAN-AIR FREE BALLOON
LIGHTER-THAN-AIR AIRSHIP


Type Ratings

A/A-109
A/A-310
A/A-320
A/AS-350
A/AS-355
A/ATR-42
A/ATR-72
A/B-377
A/B-727
A/B-737
A/B-747
A/B-757
A/B-767
A/BA-3100
A/BE-300
A/BE-400
A/BE-1900
A/BE-2000
A/BH-47
A/BH-204
A/BH-205
A/BH-206
A/BO-105
A/BU-2000
A/BV-44
A/BY-2
A/BY-305
A/CA-212
A/CE-500
A/CE-525
A/CE-525S
A/CE-560XL
A/CE-650
A/CL-600
A/CV-240
A/CV-340
A/CV-440
A/CV-P4Y
A/CV-PBY5
A/CW-46
A/DA-10
A/DA-20
A/DA-50
A/DC-3
A/DC-3S
A/DC-3TP
A/DC-4
A/DC-6
A/DC-7
A/DC-8
A/DC-9
A/DC-10
A/DC-B26
A/DO-228
A/EMB-110
A/EMB-120
A/EMB-145
A/EN-28
A/FA-1100
A/FA-119C
A/FA-82
A/G-100
A/G-111
A/G-1159
A/G-IV
A/HH-12
A/HS-125
A/HU-269
A/HU-369
A/IA-1125
A/IA-JET
A/L-18
A/L-382
A/L-P2V
A/LR-45
A/LR-60
A/LR-JET
A/M-202
A/M-404
A/MD-11
A/MD-500N
A/MS-760
A/MU-300
A/N-265
A/N-B25
A/R-22
A/R-44
A/SA-227
A/SA-341
A/SD-3
A/SK-58
A/SK-61

Limits

BH-47 BH-204 BV-44 BY-2 BY-305 EN-28 HH-12 HU-269 R-22 SK-58 CV-PBY-5 (VFR ONLY).
BE-1900 SECOND IN COMMAND REQUIRED.
SA-227 SECOND IN COMMAND REQUIRED.

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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:50 am

That's crazy....

Funny thing. The two types I have, he doesn't.

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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:48 pm



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 7):
Type Ratings

I'm not sure I understand that document. This clearly does not mean "type ratings" as pilots would understand them. For example, since when a type rating required for

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 7):
BH-47



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 7):
HH-12

I've been PIC on both of them and they are not listed on my license. And how about

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 7):
HU-269

Which is a two-place belt-driven helicopter that wouldn't pull the skin off a pudding. Or

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 7):
R-22

that hardly even qualifies as a flying machine - except for single-handedly bumping crash statistics to an all-time high.

Then there is

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 7):
A/DC-3
A/DC-3S
A/DC-3TP

Correct me if I'm wrong but that is but one type rating.

As for the practical side of this guy's resume, would you hire him? If you figure he got his commercial on his 18th birthday and flew 'til his 60th, that is 504 months as a pilot. If he kept himself under 1000 hours a year which some of those types seem to imply (airline ops) then he flew the average plane on that list for just over five months. That would imply that he didn't log over 400 hours or so in any of them and might never have actually commanded any one of them. So again, would you hire a guy who was only going to stay five months? Or worse, was going to bid a new type every five months?
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:15 pm



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 10):
I'm not sure I understand that document. This clearly does not mean "type ratings" as pilots would understand them.



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 10):
Correct me if I'm wrong but that is but one type rating.

I'm not sure, but they're all listed as type ratings (on his certificate) by the FAA. I checked faa.gov just now, and here's what it looks like:



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 10):
As for the practical side of this guy's resume, would you hire him?

Well, I highly doubt many (if any) of his ratings were earned with any kind of practicality in mind. If I had to guess, I'd say this guy has simply made a hobby out of acquiring type ratings. He probably enjoys the process of learning an aircraft's systems and flight characteristics, as well as putting his knowledge to the test and passing checkrides.

If, on the other hand, his motives were to become more marketable and get a better job or earn more money, I would question his reasoning, too. But so long as his ongoing quest for types is simply an enjoyable (albeit expensive) hobby, I applaud him. Heck, if I was that wealthy, I'd probably go get a few, myself, just for the experience of doing so.

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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:18 pm



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 10):
As for the practical side of this guy's resume, would you hire him?

Nope. There is no way he is proficient in anything I would need him to do. He seems to be too busy collecting types. Again there is no way he has enough time in type, just doing the bare minimums isn't enough, believe me, I've seen it.
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:17 pm



Quoting DashTrash (Reply 5):
LR-JET type doesn't cover the 60 either.



Quoting Illini_152 (Reply 3):
Another versitle type is the LR-JET, it covers everything from the Lear 23 to the 55 (except the 40/45)

Well aware of that, thanks.

For a while the 45 type was good to have too, I know of one contractor that got $2k/day to bring a new 45 to the Middle East. Of course, one of the reasons is there was close to an 18 month waiting list. The 60 used to be a good one too, but with 40% of the fleet for sale, not so much anymore. Then again, there's not much contract flying to be had, period right now.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 10):

As for the practical side of this guy's resume, would you hire him? If you figure he got his commercial on his 18th birthday and flew 'til his 60th, that is 504 months as a pilot. If he kept himself under 1000 hours a year which some of those types seem to imply (airline ops) then he flew the average plane on that list for just over five months. That would imply that he didn't log over 400 hours or so in any of them and might never have actually commanded any one of them. So again, would you hire a guy who was only going to stay five months? Or worse, was going to bid a new type every five months?

Lets not forget to take 2-6 weeks out for the actual type ratings. That LR-60 type is a 21 day initial, the G-IV is a full month long. I wonder how many of those planes he has any time at all in.
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:50 am

So you can actually fly a plane without type rating?
What is an advantage of having a type rating?
 
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:18 pm



Quoting Cobra27 (Reply 14):
So you can actually fly a plane without type rating?

Under US rules (simplified) you can fly any airplane up to 12500 lbs maximum certificated takeoff gross weight without a specific "type" rating required. Above that it must say B737 or G1159 right on your license. Smaller airplanes are a "type" but no specific rating is needed to fly them, just some sort of checkout.

The terms are like this; we speak of aircraft "category" "class" and "type"

So category would include, for example "airplane" or "rotorcraft" or "airship"
Class would include, under rotorcraft for example "helicopter" and "autogyro"
Type, under helicopter could include "Bell 206" or "S-76"

We need ratings in category and class but only need rating in type for larger than 12500 lbs. A virtual exception is high-performance warbirds. Even though an L-39, for example, is well below 12500 you need an LOA or letter of authorization to fly it. The amount of training is usually far less than we would receive going to a new type of jet transport. That training may take two months where I could get my L-39 letter in a day. (plus advance study time)

That's why I questioned Captain Laundrylist's "type" ratings. I've flown many of those aircraft without having been "rated" to do so.
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:33 pm



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 15):

Under US rules (simplified) you can fly any airplane up to 12500 lbs maximum certificated takeoff gross weight without a specific "type" rating required. Above that it must say B737 or G1159 right on your license. Smaller airplanes are a "type" but no specific rating is needed to fly them, just some sort of checkout.

You meant to say "fly as PIC" right?  Wink Last I checked there was no requirement for an SIC to have a type rating for domestic US ops...
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:39 pm



Quoting Illini_152 (Reply 16):
Last I checked there was no requirement for an SIC to have a type rating for domestic US ops...

Correct. In order to operate abroad, we and many other companies made all our FO's SIC-type rated. Now that was the easiest type rating I have ever had. All I had to do was sign a piece of paper for our Dir of Ops! I am pretty sure nowadays everyone is "typed" most places. I did go to Europe as an FO once accidentally when I was supposed to have the SIC type and didn't have it yet. We found out the next day when I got back so everyone got the piece of paper after that.
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:53 pm



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 15):
We need ratings in category and class but only need rating in type for larger than 12500 lbs. A virtual exception is high-performance warbirds.

And any turbojet-powered aircraft, regardless of weight, right?

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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:26 am



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 18):
And any turbojet-powered aircraft, regardless of weight, right?

Correct.
 
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:38 am



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 18):
And any turbojet-powered aircraft, regardless of weight, right?



Quoting DashTrash (Reply 19):
Correct.

Exactly right. In an effort to keep it simple I simply oversimplified I guess.

Quoting Illini_152 (Reply 16):
You meant to say "fly as PIC" right?

Yes, that is what I meant. Getting careless here!
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:51 pm

I read somewhere, that one CRJ pilot had around 5000 hours on the type but no type rating, so he pay himself to get one. So he could make ferry flight or something. Is that possible?

Quoting Tb727 (Reply 2):
Be very cautious going out and buying your own type rating before you have a job or know what kind of airplane you will be flying. In the case of where I work, it's seen as a mark against you if you come in with a type but no time in the airplane. I've heard it is like that elsewhere too.

why?
 
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:57 am



Quoting Cobra27 (Reply 21):

why?

Because you don't have time in the airplane. Getting real world experience in a real airplane is way different from the simulator. The way I see it when I see someone that has a type with no time in the plane is that they aren't going to be proficient thus safe enough to jump in and operate for me. Some of the type rating schools, like some flight schools out there, are ticket factories.
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:31 am



Quoting Illini_152 (Reply 3):
A Global Express/G550 contract pilot will command $1000-1500/day for their services,

SIC will still command $700-$1200, depending on type. Contract flying on the side is awesome when you have a "home" company that you work for, paying for your $25,000 recurrents!

Quoting Illini_152 (Reply 3):
Whatever you do, resist the urge to undercut rate to gain time.

Yes, yes, and yes...you will be the butt of ridicule, and the subject of many men's room graphitti if you do such things. Alot of guys make their living purely on contract flying, and pay for their own recurrents- saying you'll go in and fly a G-IV for $200 a day hurts us all, even those of us who only do contract flying from time to time.

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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:53 pm

So there is no advantage of paying for a type rating like for A320 or B738?
 
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:33 pm



Quoting Cobra27 (Reply 24):
So there is no advantage of paying for a type rating like for A320 or B738?

Noooo. The only possible worthwhile time to do that is if you get a job at Southwest Airlines, you have 6 months to go get your 737 type if you get hired. That's just the way they do it. After you get your type you go through their class to do things their way, but you have to pay for your type. It's about $7-8k, but you already have the job at that point and you aren't risking all that money on getting something you may never use. They used to require the type just to get an interview like I said earlier but changed it for the better I think.

That's it for the USA, I don't know about the rest of the world but there is a bit of a pilot surplus right now and there are plenty of qualified guys with prior experience looking for a job.
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:49 pm



Quoting Tb727 (Reply 25):
They used to require the type just to get an interview like I said earlier but changed it for the better I think.

Quite agree that it's a change for the better at SWA.

Quoting Tb727 (Reply 25):
That's it for the USA, I don't know about the rest of the world but there is a bit of a pilot surplus right now and there are plenty of qualified guys with prior experience looking for a job.

I agree on this, too. There may be parts of the world where buying a rating can land you a job, but in the US there are loads of very qualified guys with ratings and time in type that are looking for work. I think buying a rating at this point would be generally unwise, given the investment required and the probability that it won't pay off.

I have been involved doing training on some of these self-funded type ratings, and the other thing you need to understand is that the price quoted for these ratings is generally for the very shortest course the training center can get approved by the FAA. For an experienced guy who studies, they are generally quite feasible; for a low-time guy, especially someone without a lot of jet time, you will likely need additional training (more often than not in my experience) at significant additional cost. I was involved training one gentleman on the B-747-400, whose previous experience was flying Saab 340's. He needed a LOT of additional time, and that probability was explained to him up front. He wasn't a bad guy or a bad pilot, he was just taking an awfully big step to try the minimum-footprint course. He did succeed and when he finally walked out it did say "B-747-4" in the ratings section, BUT he had to take out a second mortgage on his house for about $50,000. His thinking was that having the rating would give him a leg up in the marketplace (this was when Atlas was just getting their -400's), but to get a good 744 gig you really need time in type, or at least some heavy jet time.

I don't claim to have all the answers here; there are times it probably makes sense to buy the rating, but for most people it is an EXTREMELY expensive bit of text on your certificate.
 
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:13 pm



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 11):

Don't you need to have so many hours in a type to stay current...? With a list like that you'd spend all your time on check rides and recurrency flights.
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:41 pm



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 27):

If your goal is to stay current and/or proficient, sure. But I'm betting that isn't his goal.

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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:20 pm



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 27):
Don't you need to have so many hours in a type to stay current...? With a list like that you'd spend all your time on check rides and recurrency flights.

He's a collector. He isn't current on anything but whatever he is flying at work and possibly an owned or rented GA plane. These ratings are for show; he has little if any time in the vast majority of them. If that's his thing, more power to him. I have met several guys like this and they basically do it for fun or for one-upsmanship. If I'm wrong I will apologize to Mr. Briggs as soon as he explains his ticket.

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 28):
If your goal is to stay current and/or proficient, sure. But I'm betting that isn't his goal.

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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:01 am



Quoting PGNCS (Reply 29):
I have met several guys like this and they basically do it for fun or for one-upsmanship.

Alot of guys will do this at the airlines, even before retirement- bid a 737, off of the 777, just to have one more type.

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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:19 pm



Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 30):


Quoting PGNCS (Reply 29):
I have met several guys like this and they basically do it for fun or for one-upsmanship.

Alot of guys will do this at the airlines, even before retirement- bid a 737, off of the 777, just to have one more type.

DeltaGuy

Yes they do. I think they're crazy to go through school for something they will never need, but everybody is different.
 
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RE: Type Rating(corp, Airlines)

Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:17 pm

It's jokingly referred to as "sport bidding"

Not quite as fun now since most airlines are cutting their fleets to only four or five types from the dozen they might have had only a decade ago.
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