Mokulele Airlines runs itself in a very similar fashion to much larger Part 121 Airlines. After training, First Officers or Captains are assigned a training pilot to complete a few days of IOE, or “initial operating experience.” It’s the first time you fly the line as a new pilot at the airline and really begin to learn how day to day operations work. Here’s an overview of my experience…

Our route took us from Waimea, to Maui, to Molokai, to Honolulu, and then back the same direction. Starting IOE as a first time airline pilot can feel a bit like drinking from a firehose at first. People like to say that everything you learn during training is thrown out the window once you get on the line. While that’s not entirely accurate, there’s a hint of truth to it. On time operations, quick turns, and passenger relations become your focus.

At Mokulele, SICs (Second in Command pilots) – that’s me – are usually the ones to file flight plans. We’re required to file IFR plans for each leg, although we’re not required to fly IFR unless certain criteria are met. Flight service has a series of these pre-filed plans ready to go, so when I call to file, it only take a few minutes to rattle off 6 or 8 legs for my daily schedule.

Captains, even in Part 135 airlines, have specific criteria to meet during their IOE. They have hour requirements and landing requirements. If you don’t perform satisfactorily, the airline has the option of bumping you back down to a First Officer.  While IOE is not requires for First Officers, Mokulele pairs new pilots with training captains to make sure they have good, knowledgable ‘teachers’ for their first few legs. I was paired with Rod. You guys have seen me fly with Rod and Haley for years, so it was incredible to finally start working with him. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend to be my IOE Captain.

Now that I’m on the line and flying as a First Officer at Mokulele, things have gotten busy – FAST! I’ve built over 50 hours in just over half a month. And yes, I do get asked how old I am by passengers on nearly every flight….

Stay tuned for more to come soon!
-Swayne

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3 Responses

  1. Jackie Jackson

    Congrats Swayne. That looked awesome. Beautiful scenery too. X

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  2. Sebastian

    Congrats on your 1st day, Swayne! I want to come fly for Mokulele!

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  3. Jose Rojas Jr

    Congratulations Swayne! You have inspired me to go for my Instrument/commercial ratings! Good luck…

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