View Full Version : What is going on at Flybe?
30th Jan 2012, 17:47
Anecdotal evidence suggests that Flybe are losing people hand over fist. They are also promoting from within onto the Embraer- which in theory means there should be jobs available on the Q400.
Anyone know why their recruitment website says that they're not recruiting at the moment? Rumours as to when they might open it up again?
30th Jan 2012, 17:53
I believe they have a constant stream of part spounsored students from PTC, FTE and OAA
30th Jan 2012, 18:17
Your anecdotal evidence is way wide of the mark I'm afraid.
30th Jan 2012, 18:22
Why would they use other schools when they have their own MPL scheme at Exeter?
Used to take Flying Instructors / experienced GA pilots as well as a Cabair scheme some time back but self styled MPL is just too profitable to go back....:(
30th Jan 2012, 20:16
but they are taking people from other schools. I have an email from them from 2-3 weeks ago specifically telling me they are hiring through PTC right now, because I asked them.
31st Jan 2012, 10:47
Steady trickle of departures, steady trickle of arrivals, steady trickle of new commands, steady trickle of type conversions from Dash to EJET. Nothing dramatic.
31st Jan 2012, 12:51
Flybe don't run any MPL courses at EXT. They use 2 well-known FTOs to run the MPL courses which they part-sponsor. This sponsorship is repaid interest free over 5 years, so hardly a profitable enterprise. :rolleyes:
As for the mass exodus, the seniority list suggests otherwise. As has been stated, it is a steady trickle of people, measured in single figures each month, and this creates only a small number of external opportunities currently filled by Flybe cadets on sponsored & mentored courses at 4 FTOs.
The number of internal jet opportunities has come about largely by the introduction of the E175 and the retirement of a number of older Q400 airframes on top of the 'normal' movement.
This sponsorship is repaid interest free over 5 years, so hardly a profitable enterprise
That assumes Flybe pays the FTO that money (~£20k) in the first place....
31st Jan 2012, 15:36
There's no MPL cadets in the system at the moment to be in a position to start online for a good while to come. The hold pool is being topped up and there will be courses run in the spring to cover the summer program.
1st Feb 2012, 12:51
Next 6 MPL cadets due to commence line training in approx 4 months time, but next course after that may be 12 months away.
1st Feb 2012, 14:33
This 'topping up' of the hold pool. Is it external candidates or these MPL cadets coffin?
1st Feb 2012, 16:32
External, but not from the online application route. I really am very tied as to what I can disclose, sorry.
1st Feb 2012, 16:57
Me tnnks that info could well be fishy.
1st Feb 2012, 17:06
Believe what you wish, I am not here to justify myself.
1st Feb 2012, 17:07
Coffin is right, there's nothing fishy about it at all.
1st Feb 2012, 18:49
Flybe are recruiting new pilots for the Q400 aircraft fleet.
However there are lots of guys who have been working in there ops, cabin crew departments etc for a couple of years now who are after promotion within the company. i.e pilots without a flying job. these people are now starting to be offered there first flying job.
2nd Feb 2012, 12:16
How many are we talking? Why bother with the online application then? Any ideas as to numbers required?
Good luck to those gentlemen.
Nice to hear someone other than the usual integrated crowd getting a job... :ok:
2nd Feb 2012, 19:02
It may well be one of the "integrated crowd" getting a job a few years down the line.
I for one am one of those who has recently got a cabin crew position at an airline I'd love to eventually fly for. I was clear at my CC interview that I would eventually like to work in the flight deck and they seemed keen to have someone that is likely to hang around and be loyal to the company.
Not everyone straight out of FTO's goes straight for the first and (at the moment) only option.
2nd Feb 2012, 19:07
Not everyone, no, but most people do.
2nd Feb 2012, 19:29
External candidates should not be put off from seeking a position at Flybe. Internal CPL holders were recently interviewed, and it was hardly a lengthy list as suggested by another poster.
2nd Feb 2012, 19:33
I heard they interviewed for 12 days! Thats a lot of internal folk. Word has it they have to all go to the phillipines to see what kind of metal they are made from. If they survive, they get a fast track command? :oh:
True, it could be "integrated crowd" later down the line being interviewed... But an ex integrated student who has not taken whatever rubbish 'opportunity' was sent his way and has decided to work his or her way in via Cabin Crew or whatever has some respect from me.
I might question his or her sanity for paying twice as much for an integrated course; but they're not damaging the industry by following this path.
They've just paid a bit too much for their training and lined the pockets of OAA/CTC/FTE, in my opinion. But that's their choice and we pick which style of training that we prefer or whatever our circumstances dictate.
It's refreshing to hear that Flybe still entertain internal candidates, in this manner. :D
By all accounts the internal candidates were all asked questions well beyond the constraints of ATPL ground school. Subsequently only 1 out of 8 passed.:sad: