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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 19:12
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Originally Posted by zondaracer View Post

Interesting, but Iím not surprised. With the new pay rates at SkyWest, they hired 122 pilots in October.
Problem is they aren't pilots who are getting back into aviation. They are just jumping from other regionals.

Even with the new pay rates you need to fly max hours to gross 45k a year.
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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 19:14
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Originally Posted by pilotchute View Post
Problem is they aren't pilots who are getting back into aviation. They are just jumping from other regionals.

Even with the new pay rates you need to fly max hours to gross 45k a year.
I grossed that my first year when pay was $30 an hour.

Regardless of where the pilots are coming from, my point was that with the new pay scales, it makes sense that SkyWest now has plenty of candidates and does not need to necessarily pull from the E3 visa pool.
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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 19:38
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Originally Posted by pilotchute View Post
Problem is they aren't pilots who are getting back into aviation. They are just jumping from other regionals.
Interesting. I knew pilots were doing some of that, e.g., ASA to EDV, but I have no way to quantify it.

Then at some point, some regional will end up short ? What will they do then ? Will the E3 pool still look like a solution ?
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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 22:22
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At one regional I know of 80% of classes are made up of people who already have 121 time.

Just chasing the bonus.

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Old 8th Dec 2018, 12:58
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Another "pathway" to a regional is formalized between Pan Am Academy and Express jet. Licenses-CFI-regional format:

Pan Am International Flight Academy and ExpressJet Sign Pilot Pathway Agreement

I would expect XJT is having a tough time recruiting since their upgrade time is so long compared to other regionals but I don't have access to inside info anymore.

Well, I see this is old info that I posted previously(senior moment) but I'd still like to know how XJT is doing with recruitment and if this pathway is having any effect.

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Old 12th Dec 2018, 11:47
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Here's a 9 minute podcast where the head of pilot development at American Airlines talks about their Cadet Academy. Early on he used the term "restricted ATP" but went on to mention having 1500 hours so perhaps he misspoke. However, Spartan is on the FAA list of colleges authorized for the R-ATP (didn't know that):

https://www.faa.gov/pilots/training/...ority_List.pdf

It's the now typical tickets-to-CFI-to-regional format. But you get a "guaranteed interview" at an AA wholly-owned regional. He says they have 6000+ apps to the program:

https://cdn.avweb.com/media/podcast/...cast_Final.mp3
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Old 12th Dec 2018, 14:33
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You can still get a restricted ATP at 1500 hours without attending a university program. Your ATP will be restricted if you are under 23 years old or if you have more than 200 hours cross country but less than 500 hours cross country.
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Old 12th Dec 2018, 14:39
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Originally Posted by zondaracer View Post
You can still get a restricted ATP at 1500 hours without attending a university program. Your ATP will be restricted if you are under 23 years old or if you have more than 200 hours cross country but less than 500 hours cross country.
Z,

Thanks. I was aware of the age thing but not the XC requirement. I guess I made the unconscious assumption that people aiming for this program would be older. Probably not a valid assumption.

So much to know...so little time.
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