And before we go down the "aircraft management Vs stick and rudder" debate and how a cadet can make a perfectly suiatble jet FO, Just remember these guys are still doing NDB/circling approaches at non controlled black hole aerodromes on a regular basis, where as i hate to say it (ducks for cover) stick and rudder and a few years in the bush are big points.
Certainly hope not k3nny. Lets hope vb can attract and retain experienced people the way they have over the last few years (by offering better working conditions than their counterparts bar QF of course). Yes I know about VA/PB and the displaced during the GFC but all in all they simply offer a better deal. Its not just whats written in the eba, their staff seem to enjoy extra perks all over the place. Their pilot turn over is a fraction of what it used to be.
The only real cadetship in this country is that offered by QANTAS.
The rest of these schemes are merely a plot to attract and retain (bond/imprison) when conditions of employment are significantly inferior to other employers. Its also a way of diluting the number of militants come eba time. They are also a method of generating interest/publicity and of course another form of revenue. Don't confuse the one QF offers with any other.
These days you don't even need 500 multi command to get an interview with a major. So a few years in GA might nearly be a better proposition that paying who knows what and being tied for who knows how long to company X. I must say for some a cadetship like Jetstars could be a better proposition than the GA route (eg. family man wanting career change).
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If this is true then one of two things are going to happen. Skywest standards are going to be lowered significantly or these cadets are going to have to get a hellava alot of coaching, as I cannot see a 250 hour pilot getting through Skywest Check and Training, cadet or no cadet.
Its interesting that they are trying to sell this as a chance to support local business and to give Perth based pilots a chance to enter an airline, yet they have outsourced the whole process to a Melbourne based company. Are there no flying schools in Perth that could provide them with the required training?
Does anyone have any info on Altara. It doesn't appear that they have any facilities, aircraft or resources of their own.
Thank you for your email. In response to your query, there are no plans to introduce a cadetship programme in Skywest Airlines in the future.
Some time ago Altara and Ansett Aviation Training Centre in Melbourne were in preliminary discussions regarding the possible introduction of a cadet programme and in the very early stages representatives from Skywest had a minimal input however we withdrew from the proceedings.
In the meantime we wish you all the best in your future endeavours toward a career in aviation.