Hello gentlemen. Great forum and thanks for sharing. This question mostly pertains to the Majors. I’m a USMC MV-22 Pilot. I have 1200hrs MV-22, 150hrs C-12, 100hrs T-34, handful of Helo time, and 80ish hours general aviation time. I decided to stay Active Duty for another 3 years due to opportunities that couldn’t be passed and to try to reach the 2,000TT before moving on and getting hired by one of the Majors. Flight leadership/instructor background; 3 combat deployments, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Air Mission Commander, Standardization and Instrument Instructor/Evaluator.
Right now V-22 time is considered “Powered-Lift” instead of FW, although I cannot find an FAA examiner that can sign off on a powered-lift ATP since there still isn’t a civilian version. A bunch of us are flying on the side as CFI/II’s to build the 250 FW PIC required for the ME FW ATP in order to take the practical (written complete) since our PIC/SIC in the V-22 currently is not allowed to be counted towards FW ME. Allegedly, the FAA plans on counting Osprey and Harrier time towards FW in the next few years.
Until that happens, are any of you familiar with your organizations’ acceptance or rulings towards counting V-22 time towards multi-engine turbine time? If so, are they counting our full time or only a portion of flight time for when we are in “airplane” mode?
It’s a bit of a conundrum because we fly a “fixed-wing” multi-engine, crew served, digital cockpit aircraft at 240-280kts, but with the option to land via a hover or conventionally to a runway up to 100kts just like most FW aircraft. We also go through the same flight school pipeline as C-130 and P-3 pilots, with the addition of a few months in helo school.
Thank you very much. I look forward to your responses and can answer any MV-22 questions for my fellow aviators in the forum.