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Re: So what does the Stars and Stripes mean?

Postby Paphitis » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:47 pm

Thank you Kikapu. Very insightful and an accurate rundown.

I am very much agree with you. The West Coast would probably suit me because it’s closer to my Australian lifestyle so I wanted to put San Francisco as my first preference and LA as my second. My wife is not in favor of that as she is in fear of the San Andreas. She reckons that thing is going to go off, maybe sooner than later.

My friend from Texas who is in Australia in a 457 so he wants to go back. We are really good mates and he wants to put down Dallas as his first choice. He told me what this is like and Dallas sounds wonderful but it’s an inland city. He is from Corpus. He also told me Denver is so pretty but frigid cold as it’s 5000 ft high.

He gave me the run down about the USA in great detail. He reckons that America has a better sense of community and reckons Australians are cold compared to them. I was certainly intrigued with his comments but I guess it depends where you live.

My wife wants Jersey/New York as the first preference and Chicago as her second choice and Washington after that. She has family in NY. Her God Sister is there. They are so close they are like real sisters. She also has an Uncle and Aintie and they are nice people too and close to us. So I can see her point about NY so I might need to do what she wants because I think you are right. I will be away for 3 to 4 days a week. So she needs to feel secure and happy. So I think it really is up to her when it comes down to it. She even has her suburbs picked out - Manhattan, Astoria(little Greece), Queens or Whitestone...but there are rules on how far I can be from both LaGuardia or Newark??

The job is mainly a domestic job flying medium capacity which is what I want. I don’t want to fly the Heavy long haul. That’s an awful job. I know lots who do it and their eyes are popping out of their heads. So domestic flying ILS to ILS in the States with their Air Traffickers is cruises and safe. There is only some minor international to Vancouver, Montreal and sometimes up to Anchorage and Honolulu being the longest sectors.

My friend from Texas reckons this job is a no brainer.

It takes 90 days to be Checked to Line and the Aussies that go through are doing really well. The Americans are really impressed with their Aussie pilots and find them to be great guys and all of them get through but they did say they have a 20% washout rate but the Aussies are high end pilots.
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Re: So what does the Stars and Stripes mean?

Postby Kikapu » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:34 pm

Paphitis wrote:Thank you Kikapu. Very insightful and an accurate rundown.

I am very much agree with you. The West Coast would probably suit me because it’s closer to my Australian lifestyle so I wanted to put San Francisco as my first preference and LA as my second. My wife is not in favor of that as she is in fear of the San Andreas. She reckons that thing is going to go off, maybe sooner than later.

My friend from Texas who is in Australia in a 457 so he wants to go back. We are really good mates and he wants to put down Dallas as his first choice. He told me what this is like and Dallas sounds wonderful but it’s an inland city. He is from Corpus. He also told me Denver is so pretty but frigid cold as it’s 5000 ft high.

He gave me the run down about the USA in great detail. He reckons that America has a better sense of community and reckons Australians are cold compared to them. I was certainly intrigued with his comments but I guess it depends where you live.

My wife wants Jersey/New York as the first preference and Chicago as her second choice and Washington after that. She has family in NY. Her God Sister is there. They are so close they are like real sisters. She also has an Uncle and Aintie and they are nice people too and close to us. So I can see her point about NY so I might need to do what she wants because I think you are right. I will be away for 3 to 4 days a week. So she needs to feel secure and happy. So I think it really is up to her when it comes down to it. She even has her suburbs picked out - Manhattan, Astoria(little Greece), Queens or Whitestone...but there are rules on how far I can be from both LaGuardia or Newark??

The job is mainly a domestic job flying medium capacity which is what I want. I don’t want to fly the Heavy long haul. That’s an awful job. I know lots who do it and their eyes are popping out of their heads. So domestic flying ILS to ILS in the States with their Air Traffickers is cruises and safe. There is only some minor international to Vancouver, Montreal and sometimes up to Anchorage and Honolulu being the longest sectors.

My friend from Texas reckons this job is a no brainer.

It takes 90 days to be Checked to Line and the Aussies that go through are doing really well. The Americans are really impressed with their Aussie pilots and find them to be great guys and all of them get through but they did say they have a 20% washout rate but the Aussies are high end pilots.


You are welcome, Paphitis.

I know all to well about re-locating to another country, so I understand some of the issues. The advantage is of course, that your family speaks English and most probably, better than most Americans, which is a major plus when moving to the states.

Aside from transferring flights at JFK, I have not been to New York or New Jersey for a long time, so I really can't give you any pointers of the area. Last time I was in NY was in 1982 when I hitched-hiked back to San Francisco via Seattle. That was an interesting experience to say the least. But that is another topic for another time. :D

I spent my very first week in the states in Chicago back in 1979 and I really had a good time, especially in Irish bars/pubs. I had only returned back to Chicago for a very quick visit once since then.

Well, Texas is a huge state. I took me almost two days to drive across the damn place when doing a cross country drive. Very hot and humid in the summer and it is flat. I have a very good friend who is a Captain with American Airlines who does line training in Dallas, but he lives in California. Funny enough, we met on a flight from JFK to SFO after I had transferred from Zurich flight and he was flying "dead head" after working a flight from Brussels. We were seated next to each other and built up a good friendship since then. His wife is also a pilot. One good thing about Texas though and the Southern states in general, they have pretty girls with their southern drawl accents. They can sure can melt your heart to wanna take them home with you when serving you at a diner she would say, "Hi y'all, how y'all doing today". You can just be by yourself, it doesn't matter, it's still, y'all.:D

Most pilots in the USA who live in one state and they fly out from their hub at another state, or even across the country, they share an apartment with other crew members to be used as a "crash pad" whenever they are away from home. Until they get assigned to a hub close to their home, they need to do this to put their time in to build up their seniority. Seniority is very important in most jobs in the USA, which has a down side to it. The low end seniority guy gets the shit runs, but after one has built a lot of seniority, they become "slave" to their jobs with good salary and benefits, because the moment they leave that company to another, they will need to start re building their seniority all over again from bottom up. In Switzerland for example, salary and benefits are given based on age and experience, so basically, when changing jobs in a like for like basis, one gets to have the same benefits and salary as before, if not more as each person has an individual contract with the employer and it is not a Union based collective bargaining system. In the USA, it is almost all Union based collective bargaining in medium to large companies.

As for your kids, they will forget all about the game of cricket and rugby and get into American Football, Basketball, Baseball, hotdogs and Apple Pies.

As for earthquakes in California, most are less than 5 on the Richter scale, which equates to about as much movement/action in bed with a woman. Anything higher is quiet rare. I was in 7.1 Richter scale shaker in 1989 in SF. That one could equate to a "gang bang", as a lot of movement and action took place. Anything less than 4 on RS, you will hardly notice it after few experiences. :D

Again, best of luck to y'all! :wink:
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