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 Post subject: Island Express
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:36 pm 
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Hi everyone,

Im wondering if anyone has any info on Island Express out of YXX. Ive done a bit of searching around the site but dosent seem like theyre really talked about.

I currently reside in aldergrove with a PPC and a tiny bit of time on a chieftain.

Just wondering do they fly single pilot IFR in the ho's or 2 crew?

Also what working conditions are like, hours worked, days on/off, training bonds? etc etc

Just curious about the usual stuff, feel free to PM me with any info it would be greatly appreciated.



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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
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This is pure speculation, but I'll bet all of that is on par with other current and previous navajo operators in the area... and nothing would make me happier than to be proven wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
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At least it ain't Ft McMurray Alberta!




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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
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I forgot to add at the end of my original post, if you dont have anything constructive to say please refrain from posting.


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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:00 pm 
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I'm not sure you understand how avcanada works.


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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
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porcsord understands, be more like him. You will however likely be making more as a ho driver than say encore, ggn, or jazz.. so there's that.


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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:30 pm 
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If you absolutely must get some more MPIC, go for it with your eyes extremely wide open and a strong backbone. Try for better.

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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
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How fast can you run?

If I shared their reputation on here, my post would probably get deleted.



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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:57 am 
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times 2.......ask around and you'll find out


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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
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AirMail wrote:
porcsord understands, be more like him. You will however likely be making more as a ho driver than say encore, ggn, or jazz.. so there's that.


Depends where you go, but left seat it's easy to make over $40k/yr flying a 'ho.



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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
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There's also a lot more dead Navajo pilots than Q400 pilots. Mostly due to sketchy operators though. Q400 companies tend not to fly over weight, usually go missed at minimums and actually maintain their planes.


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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:44 am 
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Show me where you can go get a Q400 job right out of school.

Why are we comparing a Q400 and Navajo? Really, now...



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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:32 am 
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Because left seat Navajo pays better than any right seat Q400 job in this country. Both positions require about the same experience. The gap is getting bigger too. Some Navajo companies are actually starting to increase the pay.

If you choose the Navajo, the trick is to not drive yourself crazy with bad management or get killed by sketchy operators.... :wink:



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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:12 am 
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goingnowherefast wrote:
Because left seat Navajo pays better than any right seat Q400 job in this country. Both positions require about the same experience. The gap is getting bigger too. Some Navajo companies are actually starting to increase the pay.

If you choose the Navajo, the trick is to not drive yourself crazy with bad management or get killed by sketchy operators.... :wink:


Good advice goingnowherefast, but, that is a misconception regarding the pay. I did both as you already know, left seat Navajo SPIFR for a fantastic operator that paid well above average and my take home pay was under to around $3000 from what I recall, and that's working 22 days a month average... I now fly a Q400 from the right seat and my take home is well above that working 14-16 days a month, difference is I don't remember what the wing covers/engine tents/ extension cords look like, I don't have to dread de-icing using broom sticks and out of garden hoses in -20, I don't have to come in to wash the airplane or do off tasks when there's no flying or touch anything that does't relate to what I was actually trained to do, which is flying the airplane. Don't get me wrong, those experiences have shaped the person I am and I learnt a lot about aviation through them but at the same time I don't miss it, I like my cushy job where the most I do outside the airplane is a 2-minute walk around. 8)

Anyways sorry for hijacking the thread. To the OP, PM for more info if you like.



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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
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goingnowherefast wrote:
Because left seat Navajo pays better than any right seat Q400 job in this country. Both positions require about the same experience. The gap is getting bigger too. Some Navajo companies are actually starting to increase the pay.

If you choose the Navajo, the trick is to not drive yourself crazy with bad management or get killed by sketchy operators.... :wink:


You can fly left seat Navajo under 1000 hours. Not many Q400 operators hiring sub 1000 hours pilots.... And there are good Navajo operators out there you just have to know where to look.

The experience you gain flying a smaller plane will dictate what kind of pilot you will be for the rest of your career. I'd rather fly with a Captain (and when I am a Captain, an FO) who flew in the north than an instructor who went right seat Metro at 800 hours then Regional at 1100 with no real command time. Sure they are both fully qualified to command the airplane but I would still rather fly with someone who cut their teeth in the north.



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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
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iamnomaverick wrote:
Anyways sorry for hijacking the thread. To the OP, PM for more info if you like.


iamnomaverick knows the real deal with this company (and a lot of this industry for that matter). If you are honestly considering working there, talk to him first. He's a grade A guy and will tell you the truth.



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 Post subject: Re: Island Express
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porcsord wrote:
I'm not sure you understand how avcanada works.


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