I haven't been on this forum long but I'm gaining knowledge all the time
At the moment, I have 7.7 hours PPL on a Cessna C150 and I plan to become an Airline Pilot - flying pax or freight. Just deciding which route do go down at the moment. Either Modular or Integrated, a very hard decision.
Anyway, I've often wondered what flying freight to pax is like and was wondering, as I don't know, do pilot's with an fATPL, have the option to fly freight or do you have to fly pax first??
I am interested in freight flying and personally, the B757 is one of my favourite aircraft.
- You can apply for a pilot job with DHL yes if you have your fATPL
- For FedEx and all other USA carriers you will need a greencard at least, so a permanent resident ID for in the USA
- You can also apply for a job with Air Contractors and fly ATR's, get an upgrade for the A300 and get a job after that with DHL, it is a partner too of AC
- The first job after your fATPL is the most hard thing..
The national carrier in my country hires nationals with 200 hours as second officers, they train them within the airline and do their type rating there then get promoted to first officers. the problem is the national carrier in my country is not hiring because its going through some crisis. so this means when I get my fATPL with 200 hours on my CV will other airlines hire me?
You have to live in US for so many years legally (10? I think?) to satisfy the Federal US Postal Service requirement to work at FedEx. Plus next year you will have to hold an ATP before any US carrier can hire you, regional or otherwise. Furthermore, no one can be "grandfathered" in, so anyone without an ATP currently working for a US carrier must obtain one or they lose their job. Footnote; Due to the findings of the Colgan crash, the FAA is putting a lot of pressure on US carriers to thoroughly research applicants training records for a history of failures. Please realize that a failed checkride can make or break your career. You will never get a call from FedEx if you have a failure. Keep it clean!