Good morning everyone,
I am hoping that Hannah would chime in for this question since she is flying for a 135 company.
I was given a CJO with Skywest last year. However, like most pilots my class date was cancelled due to the virus. I have been fortunate to still be flight instructing this past year and have exceeded the 1500 hour min.
I few weeks a chief pilot and a captain from a small corporate company took me out to dinner and enjoyed my company (it’s good to know I still have some charm left in me). They gave me a job offer for a FO position in a CJ3. The chief was very transparent about the year contract saying it is difficult and hard work— Mostly because it is 3 months on the road (which I don’t mind actually because they pay for my living and food per diem and I can save a lot of money). They also will be paying for my type rating. Since the position does not open up until May, I don’t have to accept their job offer until then. The chief pilot cares more about finding the right person then filling the position right away.
The average flight time during the year for their FOs is in between 800-1000 hours.
The predicament will come in May trying to determine what the regionals are doing. If I don’t have a good picture of what Skywest is doing, would it be beneficial to take the job or continue flight instructing waiting for Skywest? It seems like it will open a lot of doors for corporate gigs in the future. I feel like it is a foolish question because a job is a job. I also hope my question doesn’t come off as “pretentious” or “privilege” because I do feel blessed that I have been able to fly this entire year and that I have a potential job opportunity, but I wanted to get your guys opinions in regards to flying a 135 gig and possibly missing out on a year at Skywest if they hire after I sign a contract. I also value the opinion and experience of the leaders on this forum. Thanks.