Just a few questions for you all and I apologize in advance for the length of my posts:
When you start a FO position at a regional, can you apply to a major/legacy position once you have accumulated the major’s minimum requirements? By this I mean if I want to apply to Delta, for instance, and was currently a regional First Officer with just 1,000 turbine time, could I send in my application immediately? Or would I have to wait for specified time at a regional prior to sending in an application?
I was wondering what everyones thoughts were on this so-called ‘pilot shortage’. Indeed, the supply and demand curves seem to indicate a clear lack of pilots in the near future, but I have read that the vast majority of these pilot positions will be in the Asia-Pacific region. Assuming that the shortage is in the United States as well, do you think that in the next ten years movement from regionals to majors will be expedited?
Lastly, I was wondering what matters more to recruiters when they decide which pilots to hire: educational background or who that pilot know’s at the airline. I have heard many people say that who you know can make a HUGE difference, but this is not particularly helpful for me because I know only a handful of pilots–most of whom have been my flight instructors. Sidenote, I am taking my checkride for my PPL soon (fingers crossed). On the education side: I am currently a junior at a top 30 University in the United States (top 5 public university). I worry that despite having a solid education, my lack of internal airline connections will make my academic work irrelevant.
Sorry again for the long posts, but I hope you guys can help! Thanks