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ATR Captain or 737-400 F/O???

Old 22nd Aug 2018, 01:33
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I would say generally go Jet, BUT......

If the ATR airline is expanding (or just has high through put) you might be able to get into training fairly rapidly. A TRI is excellent for job security and good portability to other companies and types in due course.
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Old 22nd Aug 2018, 04:16
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Anybody notice the 4 year 9 month thread bump....be interesting to see what happen to the original poster Mr Aircowboy....
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Old 22nd Aug 2018, 07:04
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It would be interesting to hear from aircowboy again... but having a look at his/her posts, I'd say aircowboy chose to move to 737, then considered going e-jet but stayed on the 737 and is now at Norwegian. Only an educated guess. 😉
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Old 24th Aug 2018, 06:38
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Originally Posted by Capt Pit Bull View Post
I would say generally go Jet, BUT......

If the ATR airline is expanding (or just has high through put) you might be able to get into training fairly rapidly. A TRI is excellent for job security and good portability to other companies and types in due course.
Think I'm going to go with the tray table on the 320. While the ATR continues to lure me, I'm going to have to let go of her like a failed long distance relationship that never was. Its just not working out !
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Old 24th Aug 2018, 17:33
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Originally Posted by skip_distance View Post
What did you choose and why?
First ATR, as it was the only offer on the table. Moved to A320 as soon as I could, which meant 6 years and 2500 hours later.
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Is the Airbus really a laptop with wings?
No.
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Is the ATR really that taxing to fly?
No.
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Jets>T/P's in the real world.
Yes, jetjobs pay more and TP hours are most of the time considered worthless in the jet-operating airlines. If I could, I'd sell some of 5K TP hrs I have.
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Will this fancy with wanting to handle a plane as opposed to monitoring be short lived?
If you go flying Airbus with mindset "It's monitoring, not flying", your career will be short lived and if you are very unlucky, you might be short-lived too.
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Old 25th Aug 2018, 07:03
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Thank you, not dying is actually hard.
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 06:14
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I've been an ATR skip before, now 320 FO - my personal advice, get some jet time under your belt ASAP. For reasons unknown, employers don't seem to respect PIC time on a heavy turboprop despite it being way more challenging than flying a jet in many ways. Once you got 500 hrs jet on a 73 or 320, a lot more opportunities open up for you.
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 07:07
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Thank you oddball, point taken!
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