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Old 22nd Nov 2015, 14:40   #21 (permalink)
 
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JetBlue has closed the hiring window for the year, but none of these guys are asking turbojet. Southwest requires Turbine and no more Type.

Here's JetBlue:
"Minimum Experience and Qualifications

1500 hours total time in airplanes (including turbine Helicopter, excluding Simulator, Flight Engineer)
500 hours in fixed wing airplanes
Recency of flight experience will be considered
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certification
Current FAA Class 1 Medical Certificate
Ability to obtain a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Radio License
Valid Passport with the ability to travel in and out of the United States
Three reference letters from Pilots who can personally attest to the candidate's flying skills (must bring originals to interview)
High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) Diploma
Ability to be based in any one of the following BlueCities: JFK, BOS, MCO, FLL, LGB
Regular attendance and punctuality
Organizational fit for the JetBlue culture, that is, exhibit the JetBlue values of Safety, Caring, Integrity, Fun and Passion
Well groomed and able to maintain a professional appearance
Pass a ten (10) year background check, pre-employment drug test and criminal history records check (CHRC)
Legally eligible to work in the country in which the position is located
When working or traveling on JetBlue flights, and if time permits, all capable Crewmembers are asked to assist with light cleaning of the aircraft
Preferred Experience and Qualifications
Greater than 1,000 hours turbine PIC
Greater than 1,000 hours in more sophisticated aircraft utilizing Electronic Flight Instrument Systems (EFIS), Flight Management Systems (FMS)
Recency of experience (Greater than 200 hours within the last 12 months)
Bachelor's Degree
Competitive qualifications are significantly higher than the minimums"
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Old 19th Dec 2015, 09:59   #22 (permalink)
 
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Endeavor is taking a step in the right direction. I don't know if they have membership ratification. This from another forum:

The Endeavor MEC ratified our TA tonight which starts to pave the way for the company to expand it's fleet and hire at least 600 new pilots next year. The quick and dirty of the new LOA:

• Starting FO pay now at $30 an hour
• Completion of Training bonus of $3,000. Company reserves the right to up the bonus to $10,000 if necessary at their discretion
• Increase in retention bonus for all pilots currently on property to $23,000 a year through 2018
• New hire pilots after Jan. 1 will receive $20,000 a year their first year and $23,000 every year after until 2018
• All open time is now paid at %150
• All credit hours over 85 hours are now paid at %150
• You can now coordinate with Crew Scheduling and commute in on your first day of reserve during your call out time. IE Reserve starts at 1200 with a 2 hour call out.

If you call before and after your commuting flight, you do not need to be at your domicile until 1400 that day

There are some other QOL improvements as well...
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Old 19th Dec 2015, 15:08   #23 (permalink)
 
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wow are you really expected to clean the aircraft ??
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Old 19th Dec 2015, 23:32   #24 (permalink)
 
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"When working or traveling on JetBlue flights, and if time permits, all capable Crewmembers are asked to assist with light cleaning of the aircraft."

I'd predict a sparsity of "time" and "capable crewmembers".
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Yeah don't go to the regionals, you're going to hate life. I spent the last 4 years doing so.

Try some of the cargo companies, Southern (you'd probably get the 737) or others. I have 3000TT and I'm on an MD-11 and will go to the 747-400 in February.

Better options than the regionals.
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Yeah don't go to the regionals, you're going to hate life. I spent the last 4 years doing so.

Try some of the cargo companies, Southern (you'd probably get the 737) or others. I have 3000TT and I'm on an MD-11 and will go to the 747-400 in February.

Better options than the regionals.
Not all regionals are equal. Plenty of happy guys at my regional.
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Old 10th Jan 2016, 22:15   #27 (permalink)
 
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jsfboat,

The freight carriers are certainly an option (UPS and FedEx are career destinations, not steppingstones) ). I'd guess you're at WGA and wish your company the best.

Here's some Southern Air info as an example of your point. If a person is OK with "...20 consecutive days...", I guess this might be a viable choice especially if it's a career stopover and it would give bigger airplane experience. I say "go for it !!"


"Crewmembers will be required to work 20 consecutive days a month"

https://southernair-public.sharepoin...4ac636917e5ca6
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Old 11th Jan 2016, 16:11   #28 (permalink)
 
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Yeah I'm at WGA but I'm jumping ship to another ACMI company, we have 20 day trips, but I'm going home on day 16, in a week. It's not too bad, they keep us busy enough that the time goes by quick. The best thing is all the days off are in a row, I can actually get things done and recoup from the trip before having to head out again.

We had several guys that came through (my sim partner being one of them) with only turboprop experience and all except 1 made it. It's doable... I think SA is the same way. Just study and be prepared for a BIG transition.
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Old 2nd Apr 2016, 00:25   #29 (permalink)
 
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US Regionals are in a bidding war for new hires at the moment. $40/h and $10-20+K Retention Bonuses. The good ones are actually pretty decent places to work. APC is something between helpful and vitriolic, depending on the company in question. PM me and i'll try to help..
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Old 5th Aug 2016, 18:53   #30 (permalink)


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I have seen a couple mentions in regards to Horizon (QX).
Be mindful if this is the carrier you choose, they did just purchase 30 brand new RJ175's and from what I have gathered...if you go to QX between now and the next couple years...you will be guaranteed a seat lock in the Q400. Everyone I have talked to says wait about 2 years if your wanting to get into the 175.
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Old 5th Jan 2017, 14:09   #31 (permalink)
 
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Yesterday I found this on another board:

Pilots | OMS ? Foreign Healthcare Recruitment

Looks like someone is giving out Green Cards.
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Old 5th Jan 2017, 14:17   #32 (permalink)
 
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Seems this company, OMS, is making a rather bold claim. I guess we won't get to hear about specific airlines where they're placing the expats in the US ? Their email traffic is about take an uptick, though. ;-))

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Old 5th Jan 2017, 19:49   #33 (permalink)
 
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The problem with being happy at Horizon or Skywest is you may like it and stay. A kid from my town ended up married with four kids and a mortgage in Seattle and forgot to leave. Still talks about joining Alaska but does nothing about it. Sometimes the worst regional is the best in the long run. Get in, get some time and get out.
That's one guy out of thousands. Most captains at Skywest have their application in at various companies and we are losing 30+ captains a month. Plus dozens of FOs. Even Mesa has their group of lifers. And there isn't anything wrong with being happy at your current job.
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Old 15th Jun 2017, 20:32   #34 (permalink)
 
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Seems this company, OMS, is making a rather bold claim. I guess we won't get to hear about specific airlines where they're placing the expats in the US ? Their email traffic is about take an uptick, though. ;-))
"The worm has turned".

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Old 15th Jun 2017, 21:54   #35 (permalink)
 
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"The worm has turned".
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That...is an interesting turn of events. It's the first time I've seen a US regional openly solicit Aussie pilots.
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Old 15th Jun 2017, 22:21   #36 (permalink)
 
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JPJP,

That...is an interesting turn of events. It's the first time I've seen a US regional openly solicit Aussie pilots.
Agreed.

The only reason I even know about it - a buddy sent it to me as friendly teasing. I'd rather chew my arm off, than work for little Johnny O. However; if it's a choice between sweating in a C210 somewhere near Darwin, or having a F.A. bring you a cold Coke, I know which choice I'd make.

I think this development is merely the beginning. Led logically by the company that has traditionally been an industry leader in 'pilot retention issues'.
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Old 15th Jun 2017, 22:52   #37 (permalink)
 
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JPJP,

Understand.

What I can't tell for sure from the E-3 Visa info on the link is whether Mesa is taking Aussies with no FAA license. I'll guess they're requiring an FAA license. If so, this'll cut down on the number of willing participants.

At least Mesa is trying. I hope they're successful attracting people.
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Old 16th Jun 2017, 01:26   #38 (permalink)


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Looking at the website, they'll take you without an ATP, but need the hour requirements. It states FAA written, which I assume you would have to organise over there before/after the CTP component of the ATP.

Another guess is if you have aus ATPL subjects done you'd only need to do conversion exams?
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Old 16th Jun 2017, 03:38   #39 (permalink)
 
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Looking at the link JPJP posted it says "Licenses FAA CPL ATP" which as bafanguy says will limit the number of applicants.

If you don't have a FAA ATP Mesa will send you to a CTP class which must be completed before attempting the ATP written.

In the FAA world there are no conversion exams unless you hold a Canadian license. Everyone else goes through the same process Americans go through - the CTP, the written exam, a training program and a checkride.
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Old 16th Jun 2017, 10:45   #40 (permalink)
 
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Looking at the link JPJP posted it says "Licenses FAA CPL ATP" which as bafanguy says will limit the number of applicants.

I'm surprised Mesa isn't casting a wider net if they're going after visa holders. How much more training would be required if they took Aussies right off the boat with no FAA tickets but the requisite amount/type of flight times ?
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