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Is that the norm for UPS or is it the norm for your aircraft type?
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No, it certainly isn't the norm here at UPS...unless, of course, you're a very senior f/o like Don on our "country club"
I flew well over 500 hours the first year on the Scarebus and average 400-500/yr since. I flew that much a year on the B75/76. The number of hours you fly all depend on your fleet type, seniority # in seat and whether or not you bid reserve or a regular line.
I am GOING to be a freight dawg in a few weeks, since I am getting picked aboard a 135 UPS contractor with only about 930 hours or so, I will be put on a reliably VFR run until I get to 1200 later this summer.
Are there any web links or sites particuarly suited towards cargo pilot experiences?
The company is Redding Aero. I think www.reddingjet.com is the link, a UPS contractor/feeder. I was lucky enough to begin without 'all' the mins, so I will be VFR only from RDD to Montague, CA, twice a day, and back for a few months.
I actually will keep CFI-ing a little bit. I like most of my students and want to continue instrument instruction.
I got to admit, I am a little nervous about the nature of all the flying. I am happy that I will have the summer to get comfy in the C-402C and by this fall, I suppose I will be bored enough I will be praying for some IFR work.