AMA with Jared Dichter

November, 18, 2020

Today we will be having an AMA “Ask Me Anything with CRJ Pilot, Jared Dichter. Here’s a message from Jared:

A short Bio about me; I’m Jared Dichter a 28 year old Captain and Line Check Airman with PSA Airlines. February will mark 6 years with them. 2 as an FO and 4 as a CA. I live in Madison with my Wife. My dad, who was terrified of flying got me my first flight lesson from SMO when I was 13 and I’ve never looked back. It’s been a childhood dream to get to where I am today and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Here’s two pictures I’d like to share.

This one is of me operating the CRJ as a conducting IOE as Line Check Airman. This photo was captured by a friend of mine in Louisville, KY (SDF) after arriving from CLT.

This was taken at Pinal Airpark in AZ (MZJ) after taking the first jet I ever flew (N244PS) on her last journey to retirement.

On our worst days my job never really feels like work. Want to know, ask me anything.

You can ask a question right now, Jared will be around to answer them throughout the day. Leave your best questions in the comments below!

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Tommy
13 days ago

what route did you take to first get into aviation, ( College Airforce etc. ) and how was it

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Jared M Dichter
13 days ago
Reply to  Tommy

I took the college route. I went to a 4 year university and graduated with 2 bachelors degrees in Aviation Management and Flight Operations. It was cold….. School was in Iowa. That said the people and relationships I formed will last forever, and I met my wife there so I say it turned out pretty good!

Jack (Balloonchaser)
14 days ago

Good Morning Jared!

If you had to give advice to someone working on their PPL/CPL and trying to make it to the airlines, what would it be?

What was your biggest roadblock (if any) in trying to achieve your aviation goals? What did you do to get over that roadblock?

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Jared M Dichter
14 days ago

The best advice I can give you is to stay focused. Take advantage of all the good weather you can. If you really want to get to the airlines, fly as much as you can. Of course, this is a pre covid environment. I certainly hope airlines are hiring again soon! And when they do, you want to be on the front end of that. Seniority is everything. Also, diversify yourself and your knowledge base. As opposite as it sounds take time away from flying, spend time with family and away from work and flight training (easier said than done). Flying is a huge part of my life, but I try to take time away from it and spend time with my wife exploring a new city, or playing board games, I enjoy playing softball and going to sporting events.

My biggest roadblock were some health issues. Those kind of went away on their own, but it took me out of my training for a while and like anything when you take time away you run into regression issues. I overcame those by staying in the books and as corny as it sounds, chair flying. It helped me imagine a flying environment and focus on procedures and maneuvers.

Danny
14 days ago

Hey, Jared! Thanks for taking the time to participate in this AMA! I’ve got a few questions.

  1. Did you apply to other regional airlines, or was PSA your main choice? What made you choose to join PSA instead of the other regional airlines, like Republic or Skywest?
  2. Since PSA has a CRJ-only fleet, have you ever felt “tired” so to speak of the CRJ and wished they had more options to fly in their fleet? From what I understand, a separate type rating is required to fly non-CRJs, but did you ever wish to just have that option?
  3. PSA has a pretty decent presence at DCA, which is my home airport. Have you ever flown in, and if so, what are your genuine thoughts about it from a pilot’s point of view? What do you like and not like about it?

Thanks so much for your time!

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Jared M Dichter
14 days ago
Reply to  Danny

Hi Danny! Great questions!

I did apply to other regionals, in fact I worked ground handling in college for one. I was ready to go fly for them and they actually didn’t have any other applicants and I ended up heading to PSA. I had a friend here who spoke very highly of them. They have some great work rules and some not so great but all in all I looked at them and others and believed that they worked best for me and what I wanted in my life.

I have never been tired of the CRJ, maybe the maintained issues but everyday is always different and new. Something I love about not sitting behind a desk, because this job provides so much variety on a daily basis.

PSA actually has a crew domicile in DCA, as a matter of fact it is my domicile. Pre Covid, DCA was a machine. I love flying in an out of here, probably my favorite airport that we operate at. In my career I have operated over 600 flights to 60+ destinations in and out of DCA. It is so exhilarating flying the river visual to 19 or lining up and waiting on runway 1 with after a guy just crossed the threshold and another guy on a 4 mile final and being told to be ready for the immediate. The controllers here are the best in the country if not the world. They handle everything with such poise and control. The one thing I wish they had here was a ground metering for push. If everyone is trying to push at the same time the ground frequency can get rather cluttered. But aside from that I love EVERYTHING about flying into and out of DCA.

Danny
13 days ago

Thanks so much for your answers! I really enjoyed reading through them.

I’m glad to hear DCA is a big favorite of yours; it always amazes me how efficient Potomac Radar and DCA’s controllers are. During the busy hours it’s nonstop action. It’s so awesome to get to hear about it from a pilot’s perspective. Thanks again for your time, and I hope to perhaps catch you flying in/out of DCA soon! Take care!

RafaelPadilla
14 days ago

Hey, Jared!! i want to know if there´s a maximum crosswind on a wet runway?

and if you have other aircraft that you want to fly, which ones?

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Jared M Dichter
14 days ago
Reply to  RafaelPadilla

Our max crosswind component is 27kts. On a wet runway it is also 27kts. It decreases based on runway conditions and braking action reports. If braking action is less than good it decreases to 15kts, and further is breaking actions are continued to diminish.

Ethan R
14 days ago

What would you say is the most profound experience you have had in the times of the pandemic?

As an up and coming flight student, I know I have a lot to learn. What were the most important things you learned while preparing for your PPL exam?

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Jared M Dichter
14 days ago
Reply to  Ethan R

This is a very difficult question for me. As a union negotiating chairman COVID has been very difficult on me. I have had to work with management trying to avoid furloughs and keep pilots employed. As a pilot it absolutely sucks flying empty airplanes. So it has been a huge challenge all together, but over the past few months things have been trending back to normal and I hope that trend continues.

I can’t say that one thing is more important to know than the other when working on a PPL rating. I think the most important thing I learned while working on it is to not over think. Take your time, and think through your decisions and stay focused. Handle one thing at a time, and above all else, ENJOY IT! Take a second to appreciate what is happening around you.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Hello! I have a question. Do you want to stay with the CRJ or go to bigger planes?

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Jared M Dichter
14 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I love the CRJ. It is such a capable airplane. However, I would absolutely love to fly for a mainline carrier here in the states flying a larger airplane, and eventually operate transoceanic flights.

Ecoops123
14 days ago

What steps did you take to go up to PSA Airlines in the CRJ?

Did you work for any smaller airlines and aircraft? What were they, and how long?

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Jared M Dichter
14 days ago
Reply to  Ecoops123

I got hired at PSA in Feb 2015, as a First Officer. I went to a Part 141 university so I only needed 1000 hours to get hired at an airline. Prior to PSA I was a flight instructor in Texas building time. I mainly taught Instrument Rating students. I loved flying around the DFW airspace working with approach controllers shooting approaches at a lot of smaller airports around the airspace.

Toon Vee
14 days ago

Assuming you have tried the CRJ’s in Infinite Flight. Are they *that* hard to land in real and do they need that much trim?

Thanks!

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Jared M Dichter
14 days ago
Reply to  Toon Vee

The CRJ is a finicky airplane. Our gear is pretty stiff. That said yes you do need quite a bit of trim to land. Typicall my trim setting on landing is slightly higher that what it was on take-off, although a good rule of thumb is to aim for the same setting you used for take-off.

Toon Vee
14 days ago

Thank you! Interesting to know

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Jared M Dichter
14 days ago
Reply to  Kyle Boas

Growing up I always wanted to fly the 737. Although after flying the CRJ I have a soft spot for Bombardier products, so I definitely think the A220/C-Series has take the top spot of aircraft I would like to fly. I also have to say that I haven’t flown anything but the Jet since 2015 so I would do anything to get into a light prop right now!

Alexandre
14 days ago

Hello! I’ve got a few questions for you.

I saw you were also an IFATC Supervisor. Does your job asks you to have a lot of time to practice, did you find time for IFATC?

What’s your favorite route to fly on?

What way would you think about for a young student hesitating to become pilot/ATC currently, with COVID pandemic?

Thanks a lot!

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Jared M Dichter
14 days ago
Reply to  Alexandre

I have been a part of IFATC since the beginning. I unfortunately do not have as much time as I used to. It is very hard to find time for IFATC now although I try the best I can when I do have free time. Since IFATC’s inception I have upgraded, gotten into lots of union work, and as of two weeks ago gotten married. Free time is hard to come by these days.

My favorite route to fly is any flight PSA operates into Madison, WI so I can fly over my house (when landing runway 18).

This COVID pandemic has certainly shaken our world. Aviation has taken a real big gut punch during the last 10 months. If you love aviation and this is your dream. I would say go for it still. Aviation will bounce back, and don’t let a pandemic get in your way. Follow you dreams and reach for the skies!

Alexandre
14 days ago

ahaha should be nice to fly over the house. thanks very much!

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Jared M Dichter
14 days ago
Reply to  Alexandre

I have to say, my other favorite route is one that I haven’t flown. Going somewhere new is always exciting.