Q&A Session 002

Published on March 15, 2013 by in Q&A

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For our second Q&A session, Aidan was joined by Era Alaska’s 2nd shift (Clint, Kara, Ben, and Steve) and Johndale of Ryan Air. The conversation took place a few weeks ago in the plush Era Alaska pilot house on the other side of the ramp from Ryan Air.

The different views provided by the diverse group certainly made the answers more interesting.

Johndale and the Era Nome Crew

The wide-ranging conversation covered:

  • Aidan’s planes to shoot a CASA walkthrough video
  • Working for Northern Air Cargo and Everts Air Fuel
  • The Air Tractor
  • Fire fighting
  • The Era Alaska hiring outlook and the Caravan co-pilot program
  • The hiring outlook for the big airlines
  • Low-time right seat jobs in Alaska, and getting PIC time
  • Flying for Ken Borek in Antarctica
  • The different kinds of aviation training programs and the associated costs
  • Opinions on the best kind of program if you want to fly in Alaska
  • The benefits of starting out in gliders
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (thanks Jenna!)
  • The benefits of taking the (non-pilot) enlisted military route
  • Can you support a family with an oddball flying job?
  • The best time to start looking for a flying job in Alaska
  • The Skytruck
  • Getting a work permit to fly in Alaska (or elsewhere in the U.S.) if you’re from another country
  • Getting a work permit to fly in another country if you’re an American


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4 Responses to “Q&A Session 002”

  1. Zach says:

    I landed a seasonal slot over the summer in SE AK and was wondering how much AK time Era likes to see before they will put a new pilot directly into the 207. Would around 1500-1600 total time with over 1000 PIC and something like 400 SE AK time be competitive enough to by-pass the 208 FO program?


  2. Ward Hurlburt says:

    Is it possible to start in the right seat of a 1900, and if so is it commutable (from within the State).

  3. Matt says:

    Nome must be a sweet base, there’s pizza! Unheard of in the villages I’ve been in.

    What are your thoughts on aerobatic training, as far as how it would help for flying in Alaska? I’ve come across a few people who say it would help a lot.

    Thanks for the Q&A sessions guys.

  4. jordan says:

    HAHA! I know one of Ben’s old instructors Pat Amundson!

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