After flying at Mokulele Airlines full time over the summer, I was offered the unique opportunity to continue my flying on a part-time basis, even as I finish my last year as a student at the University of North Dakota. Being part-time at the airline isn’t all that unusual, and there are a few pilots with other jobs that maintain currency, seniority, and benefits on a part-time basis. The one thing you lose when you go part-time is health insurance, which you must then cover yourself. We’re extremely fortunate as a Part 135 Airline to have a wide range of jumpseat agreements with large airlines all over the United States. This allows Mokulele pilots to fly for free, per seat-available basis, when commuting. If a CASS agreement is authorized, we can sometimes sit in the cockpit jumpseat of other airlines when there aren’t seats in the back. The key to successful jumpseating is having a Plan B and C… You have to get to work one way or another! The term “jumpseating” doesn’t always mean sitting in the cockpit. You are still technically a listed jumpseater even when there’s a seat available in the back. This means you must follow all the same regulations as flight crew members, like those pertaining to drinking and medications. From North Dakota, I can take a variety of routes to get to Hawaii, but the most efficient is to utilize Fedex overnight flights. My schedule normally looks something like this: Class all day (Thursday) Drive from Grand Forks to Fargo, ND at 6pm Depart Fargo at 9pm Arrive in Memphis, TN at 11:30pm Depart Memphis at 4:30am (Friday) Arrive in Honolulu, Hawaii at 7:30am (Friday) Depart Honolulu at 9am Arrive in Kona (Big Island) at 10am Once I get to Kona on Friday morning, I spend the rest of the day catching up with friends relaxing (usually at the beach!), and getting plenty of sleep before I work the following Saturday morning. I would be lying if I told you the commute wasn’t hard. It’s 40 hours of roundtrip travel for a weekend of work, but it allows me to maintain currency and a relationship with the company. In turn, during longer breaks from school like Thanksgiving or Christmas I can work for a much longer period of time and continue building valuable flight experience. Next semester is my last here at the University of North Dakota, so I’m focusing on enjoying all of it! Next semester is my last here at the University of North Dakota, so I’m focusing on enjoying all of it! Share this:ShareTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint 4 Responses Pat November 3, 2017 And you only get paid for the time worked? How does that work? Reply Swayne Martin November 5, 2017 It’s just an hourly total of my flight time per month and I’m paid by the hour. Reply Hugh November 4, 2017 Swayne, It’s been a while since I’ve checked in . I must say you’ve come a long way. All the best, it’s been inspiring to watch you grow as a pilot and young man. Hugh, Pelzer, SC & the farm in Rogersville, TN Reply George M. Allman November 4, 2017 In case no one has told you, it’s only been in recent times that most people had any kind of health insurance. Most of us did not have insurance until we were older and had good jobs, and the jobs paid for the benefits. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.