Johhny tightlips.....Thanks for the reply but do you work for RYR? If not,what do you base your answers on please?
Yes I do with a few years now. Those answers are based on past and current experience. I have never been based in my 1st choice or any of my requested bases but I have seen many people that joined long after me jumping the queue and getting them.
The basing policy has been screwed more this year! Especially if you want a UK base or a base that sees reductions in the winter. They now offer summer only positions in these bases. It just means they have less of a requirement to permanently base you there.
The basing with annual leave are the 2 worst things in FR. Someone asked a senior member of the flight ops department why they don't implement a fair basing policy. I.e. A simple php script that tracks all requests and displays the most senior. The reply was simple "...that costs money!"
It took me 2.5years to get my first choice base, that was with a lot of hassling the girl who overseen the process! command is round the corner and I'm in a base that sees summer only positions so my chances of getting back to my 1st choice in the foreseeable future is slim. I'm not trying to dampen anyone's enthusiasm here but merely write how it is. Eyes wide open!
Would it be posible to be given a UK base and accept a Summer Job/contract only? Or is it more complicated than that.If the former would be possible,would that 'literally'mean no work whatsoever during Winter from RYR?
Jimmy, lets say for example you would be based in Budapest, you apply for a summer only position in Liverpool and get it, you would then return to BUD the following winter. Come next again summer you would need to apply again for the summer position if it's available.
CK you never know, we need awareness at all levels. If it falls on deaf ears then we tried! If that doesn't work then I guess it's a see you DXB in 4 years, after the pennies dropped!
Best of luck to the other 7 who went for assessment at Stansted today.
Hindsight is an amazing thing, on the way home I already knew a few parts of the interview / sim assessment which I wasn't 100% happy with, but the worst part is I knew the answers, but between stress and pressure (self inflicted) I didnt get that across at the time it counted!!
Just hoping everything else went good enough, now the wait begins.
For any people going for assessment, the team are fantastic, really friendly and laid back, with a great sense of humour. I found the 737-800 sim VERY demanding, it felt like a very brief flight and took a lot of getting used to, very sweaty hands by the end and I havent had to concentrate so hard on flying in a long time, but very enjoyable too.
Fingers crossed, all candidates today seemed like a great bunch and all the very best
Hi mate, best of luck to you and all the others, I thought everyone came across excellently and I hope we all meet again soon.
I agree that the assessment was tough and I was kicking myself for some of the answers I gave at the interview, but they will no doubt take stress into account, it just shows how important the opportunity is to you!
I also think my sim check could have gone better, though you only get one shot at it and everyone will make mistakes under the circumstances.
To everyone with the assessment upcoming, it really is about as relaxed as it could possibly be. The selection team really do put you at ease, so just prepare as best you can and be yourself on the day.
You got to have a valid MEIR when you start at the TR. I have just passed my assessment, and starting on TR 23rd April. And my MEIR expires 31st April. So I asked Brookfield, and that was the answer i got
Location: Forgot where I am but know where I'm going
I have been confirmed for an assessment day at STN for later this month and have a few questions:
I've been given a lot of feedback from previous candidates but the answers seem very repetitive. Would it be best to play it safe and go with these answers or try and impress by giving some more original examples but risk getting caught out with further questions?
"What angles of sweep do our aircraft have?" and "Why not 27 degrees?" Anybody know the answer to the 27 degrees?
The standard calls for the sim don't seem to mention the following calls:
Any reason for this and would it be better to add them in if that's what i'm used to?
swept at 27 degrees cos thats what Mr Boeing and his team of engineers have decide is the most efficient sweep angle - you could discuss the benefits of a swept wing, don't go too deep into something when you don't have too, no point in trying to gain points, answer it correctly and you'll get just as many points, don't set yourself up for a fall.
regards the sim, not sure the standard calls for the sim assessments, but they are definitely there for normal line flying. I cant see any harm in saying positive rate when PF asks for gear up, shows that you are checking. However with the 80 knots if its not standard callout for the assessment then i would suggest don't say it. 80 knots marks the transition between RTO for anything and RTO for major malfunctions, but is also a check that the other pilot is still functioning and not incapacitated. If you call 80 knots...no reply, 100 knots no reply....your gonna have to start thinking about taking control and rejecting take off....bad stuff in a sim if all that has happened is a communication breakdown! again, don't set yourself up for a fall, do what is briefed in the assessment pack, no more no less. If you must insist on calling 80knots, make sure the guy/gal you're with knows what is going on - brief them before so you don"t both balls it up right at the start!
I'd just keep my answers related directly to the question being asked, but that's just me. I don't like digging myself into any holes...plenty of experience in that! But if you're confident in the subject being talked about and you have the knowledge to expand further then sure, go for it.
Are the 80kt and positive climb calls not in the briefing pack then? I can't remember. I'd just stick to what's in the brief, you don't want to start making calls your sim partner isn't aware of. Unless you discuss it before hand. On my assessment day I don't think I had the capacity anyway to be thinking of extra calls.
Still, all worked out fine in the end and I just followed what was in the briefing, and gave short, concise answers.