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Old 11th Apr 2013, 11:59
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I wonder what will happen when Skywest becomes part of the group (like qantas/Jetstar)?
Don't know if it means much, but as of today Skywest now belongs to Virgin (Virgin Australia Completes the Acquisition of Skywest | Virgin Australia).

Will that change anything?

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Old 12th Apr 2013, 05:22
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Not really as it is still a seperate company and the EBA still stands. EBA expires at the end of this year though.
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Old 12th Apr 2013, 06:41
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Under the Skywest EBA, only skywest pilots can fly skywest aircraft so your point only works on the virgin side of the fence Kelpie!
No that's to do with the tail. These guys can work for skywest as pilots just as anyone else can.

The kicker with that is they cannot outsource skywest flights to another AOC.

I would hazard a guess that when the EBA comes up for renewal there won't be a scope clause in there.......
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Old 12th Apr 2013, 08:32
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I dont see any reference to tail colour in that document neville!

Just because it has red paint on it now rather than blue doesnt change 1 iota of their certified agreement!

You are correct in saying 'anyone else' can work for skywest if they are employed under the skywest EBA. Exactly what i was saying before......
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Old 12th Apr 2013, 08:40
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It will be great for morale if the cadet ATR seat warmers are being paid significantly more (I.e. jetpay) than the other ATR direct entry FOs. I seriously doubt any cadets will be paid 'Virgin' 737 or ejet rates - they'll be paid as per the current Skywest EBA or the future Virgin Australia Regional Airlines EBA.
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Old 12th Apr 2013, 21:17
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A bit of digging has produced some possible answers:

Existing cadets to be re-employed by the existing Skywest business with whatever they rename/rebrand the business to.

Future cadet courses will be run by the existing Skywest business with whatever they rename/rebrand the business to.

Future Virgin Australia cadets will only be so in brand name only, really they will be cadets of the existing Skywest business.

Future 'Virgin Australia Cadets' will not be employed by the mainline domestic 737/ejet business.

The setup between the existing mainline business and the existing Skywest business will be similar to the arrangement between Qantas Group and Eastern and Sunstate except that where the qantas subsidiaries are branded as Qantaslink, Skywest will be branded either as simply 'Virgin Australia' to portray depth to the brand or something like 'Virgin Australia Regional', similar enough to the main brand.

It is important to note that whilst for marketing purposes the branding suggests one big organisation the legal arrangements provide a very distinct separation between the business affairs, importantly 2 pilot groups with a completely different remuneration structure. A gameplan straight out of the Qantas / oldmeadow play book.

Watch what happens at Qlink over the next 12-18 months and you will have a crystal ball with what will happen at Skywest over the next 3-5 years.

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Old 13th Apr 2013, 04:35
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Kelpie, I really hope you're wrong. Unfortunately, I can see it playing out just like you predicted

Future 'Virgin Australia Cadets' will not be employed by the mainline domestic 737/ejet business.
The FAQ page on the Virgin website sort of covers this (unless this is referring to Skywest's jets):

Am I bonded for a period of time?

Following an offer of a permanent role post training you will work for Virgin Australia in partnership with SkyWest and will be bonded for three years. Should you be successful in gaining a role on the Jet operation with Virgin Australia after this time you will be bonded for an additional three years.

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Old 14th Apr 2013, 22:34
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Jet X

You seem to be more in the know than I. Perhaps you could find out what type of Seniority number the cadets have now whilst Cadets at Flight Training Adelaide. They do have one!!

The individuals are, I am reliably informed employees of Virgin Australia (Job Title: Cadet Pilot) and have been for some months now (prior to the Skywest Acquisition), they have staff travel privileges, other staff benefits and have a seniority number. Other than the pilot employee group, What other employee groups have seniority??

On what basis has the seniority number been issued? Have they been employed as a member of the pilot group?

The seniority system flows on from, and is a key inclusion of the EBA so it logically follows that it is possible that their appointment may have been made under the current EBA but at a pay scale that was not contemplated by the EBA when it was drafted and agreed upon. Neither has an amendment been signed off since to my information.

Without an official change to the EBA( and importantly cadets are not a feature if the new EBA that has been voted up) it certainly appears by definition that these appointments may have been made in breach of the current EBA.

I would think that the AFAP know more than they are letting on as there is no way VA could introduce these roles into the company in the most public of ways as they have without the AFAP being aware of the arrangements and having already asked the appropriate questions.

On an earlier post it was stated that the Skywest EBA expires at the end of the year. If this is the case then if Cadets are to be paid at a reduced salary compared to FO as has been alluded to earlier on this thread then accommodation of the cadet roles will need to feature in the negotiations. As per my arguments in relation to the Jetstar Cadetship - if the company feels them confident to trust them in the right hand seat of an RPT ATR72 there should be no pay differential between the graduated cadet and a direct entry FO.

This approach will remove the financial advantage of employing Cadets, as it has done at Jetstar.

Soon enough cadetships will return to their original format where these are awarded to a chosen few to supplement experienced crews rather than being an accountancy revenue stream and way of reducing crewing costs.

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Old 14th Apr 2013, 22:47
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Soon enough cadetships will return to their original format where these are
awarded to a chosen few to supplement experienced crews rather than being a
accountancy revenue stream and way of reducing crewing costs.
I hope ypu are correct on that one.
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Old 15th Apr 2013, 00:04
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Kelpie virtually led the charge against the abomination that was the Jetstar Cadet Scam.

Hopefully VA sees the need for Cadets in a different light.

Hopefully!
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Old 15th Apr 2013, 04:14
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If you are certain they have a seniority number now, I would hazard a guess
that it would be for Skywest. Are you sure they are not confusing their "payroll or staff number" with a seniority number ?
I've 'phoned a friend' - they're not on the Skywest, oops sorry, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines' seniority list - nor should they be.
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Old 6th Jun 2013, 03:49
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anyone heard any updates on this? are they going to have another intake?
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Old 6th Jun 2013, 03:57
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Possibly...as they are advertising for crews on the ATR's at the moment. Could be a long wait for the domestic or VAI fleets though
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Old 6th Jun 2013, 03:59
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Given the amount of FO sitting around waiting to start line training, some I know have been waiting 8+ months why would there be a need for more cadets if Skywest can't even train current crews? Would this mean any cadet would jump ahead of a direct entry FO?
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Old 15th Jun 2013, 18:02
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query

can foreign nationals apply for cadet pilot programme?and approx cost
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Old 15th Jun 2013, 22:38
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Anyone can apply dragolf... And you will be told yes or no!
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Old 16th Jun 2013, 21:27
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Another early morning on the East Coast!

Heard an interesting rumour yesterday, totally unsubstantiated as yet but this is a rumour network!!

It seems that following the acquisition of Skywest, Virgin Australia may have reviewed their recruitment needs in relation to the timing and/or continuation of the Cadet program.

One can only speculate given that this is, at this stage, only a rumour but I would think it would include:

The mining boom seems to have peaked and is now contracting following decisions by major industry players not to proceed with certain projects in Australia. FIFO market may not expand as originally predicted.

Identification that there are sufficient, experienced pilots in the Skywest holding file to satisfy on-going recruitment needs based on availability of Training Captains (or lack of).

Concerns within the 'Skywest AOC' and those legally responsible for it over the abilities of Cadet graduates compared to the tried and tested 'GA experienced' route

Implications and additional requirements to be incorporated into the Operations Manual of having extremely low time pilots flying into regional airports and the additional risk associated with it.

Concerns that Virgin Australia will suffer embarrassment and be forced to pick up the tab for Cadet's training costs should the current use of VETFEE Help funding for the program be exposed as illegal.

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Old 29th Jun 2013, 13:49
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2013

Hey guys, any news on this years program as far as will it happen in the near future? Something tells me possibly not for some time.
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Old 30th Jun 2013, 02:02
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Hey guys, any news on this years program as far as will it happen in the near future? Something tells me possibly not for some time.
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The recruitment for direct entry pilots have seemed to come to a complete stop. Probably not looking good for a cadetship this year.
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Old 30th Jun 2013, 15:00
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Thanks for that but yes unfortunately it is looking that way but you never know
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