Dude, i almost chit a long dart flipper piece of diahrrea out my cornhole when i read your post. you forgot to mention the fact that 50 perecent of the time whe you call your cable operator, the line is either busy or nobody answers you, but when your bill is due, they call you on the spot. how about you dont the the next months cable guide till the last 3 days of the month. kinda hard to watch the big bang theory when you cant plan it, but one thing is for sure, there is always arroz con pollo or carne con arroz available. lets see who gets the belly first, the chair flyer in probably the loudest airplane i have flown, or the bedside donut pro video gamer. let the race begin, but yes CREAMPIE, notice how the questions get diverted right back to the beggining. i feel like i am listening to a brian mcnight song over and over again. it starts with 'one'
The selection process I had was Compass Tests/ Psychological assessment on computer, think there was about 250 questions. Then a company interview, very straight forward and very friendly. "Tell us about yourself", "Why Copa", I answered "Why not"! No Tech questions they just want get to know abit more about you and they say alot about the company. Then medical, bloodtests urine etc to check (I think) drugs etc , after that the Lie Detector. TBH I cudnt stop laughing during that, the tester wasnt impressed after the 3rd run! nothing to hide so I wasnt bothered.
The Sim was the following day, all friendly guys, good briefing then off for a blast. RTO first, then Engine Fire on departure from Bogota, after qrh etc reinstated, self position for s/e ils, land. Takeoff then some Vor tracking, Ils to minimas then land.
Found out I was successful 2 weeks after. Looking forward to the move soon.
I have 92 hrs this month with 9 days off. The only reason I have 9 days off this month is because there are a lot of Panamanian holidays in November that are government mandated to have off. Thus Copa gives you Comp days for those. Otherwise it is 7 days off a month.
There is no bidding system. You can "request" two flights a month but that goes by seniority. Scheduling hands you a schedule around the 26th of the month.
PBS is supposed to be coming but an email came out a few weeks ago that said it will take at least 9 months.
ATP written is the exact same as in the states. Get the Gleim or sheppard air or just go in with the answers and you'll be fine.
Hi I got an email from somebody at Copa to send in my stuff. Before I go could somebody who works or worked there explain how it is possible to stretch 80 or 90 hours a month into 23 days when more then half of the destinations are more then five hours away. I'm flying corporate since my airline imploded and am thinking lately to go back flying the big ones. Any info is appreciated.
They manage to do it. If you expect to commute home to the US then it's not for you. For example, I have a flight tomorrow night (Wednesday) 5 hr flight. I then leave Friday Morning back to Panama. 10 hrs block over 3 days.
That is the norm. Plus a lot of day trips. Out and back to San Jose in a 737 seems a little like overkill to me but no one ask. I prob have the easiest flight home of any gringo I know here and its still a bitch to get enough time to make it worth it.
Jumpseat request is 48 hrs in advance. No going up to the gate and jumping on.
Thx Expat. That makes sense. I'll send the paperwork in. Will see if they call me for the interview. I don't have all that much PIC time on the B737 most of it is in B727 but I have been running into the recency requirement of all those guys in Asia and I guess Copa doesn't care about that stuff which is kind of nice. Looking forward to flying a Boeing again. Corporate is an acquired taste. Anyway thanks for the info.