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Old 9th Oct 2011, 03:04
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The only reason you would prefer a cadet in your right hand seat is because you know he wouldn't ask question about your decisions, because the inexperienced cadet wouldn't know any better, because he hasn't learnt anything for himself. You can't under estimate the value of gaining experience in GA. Gaining the knowledge to think outside the box when it's needed....
 
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Skywest Seniority. Ha Ha!! I was one of the pilots drop kicked out of Skywest years ago by a popular vote of those currently at the top of that list. Never met a more 'self serving' group of individuals in my life. The Ansett brown noses still rule at this illustrious organisation!
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XRF100,

Feedback we've had is those employed directly onto the ATR from outside Skywest didn't want the Virgin Australia pilots. Even though Skywest were advertising for positions (C & T, Capts etc) every few weeks. The current Skywest agreement does allow for DEC and this has happened on the ATR on the East Coast.

Virgin Australia sent an EOI at the same time Skywest was advertising, asking for interest from pilots for C & T and Training positions. The plan was for these pilots to be employed under Skywest EBA for 2 years and take LWOP from Virgin Australia. Virgin received around 30 EOI from both Capts and FO's with many of these pilots holding previous Check and Training experience. In the end none were offered positions.

Many of those pilots employed onto the ATR had missed out on Virgin previously and may see this has a back door into Virgin. Skywest not taking any pilots from Virgin has not gone down to well with some of the pilot group.

Plus when a Virgin Australia 737 is following ATR and told by they are number 2 to the ATR and the 737 pilot asks "is that one of ours" and before the controller can reply the ATR pilot replies "no it's one of ours" it really does create an "US" and "THEM" culture.
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Come fly, as was already pointed out you didn't read my comment, perhaps literacy is not something taught in GA?

There may be those strugglers out there that can't fly and maybe some naturally talented pilots who don't need experience, but the majority of cadets are sh#t. Just ask any real Captain.
So who is that your are attacking now?, the strugglers or the cadets?

I take it that as a REAL Captain you have flown with varying generations of Cadets, as both a first officer and a captain? I truly doubt it so i suggest you stick to what you know rather than making uneducated, bullsh&t statements.
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Old 9th Oct 2011, 05:55
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So the cadet bashers crawl out from under their rocks. Again. Most of the time I try to keep my PPRuNe comments as professional as possible, but in this instance: Many of you make it quite clear that you are ignorant, misinformed (insert derogatory remark here).

As has already been said (or implied), there are no more good or bad cadets than there are good or bad GA pilots, or good & bad military pilots. For all the screening & various filters employed in the selection process, it has to be acknowledged that the occasional misfit will always slip through. I know, because in a former life I used to train QF cadets myself.

Nevertheless many of them impressed the hell out of me. For the most part they were mature, hard-working individuals with a great attitude, & very conscious of the "opportunity" they had been given. Whilst lacking in total flying experience, they still demonstrated all the necessary problem-solving & decision-making skills that left me in no doubt that many of them would go on to make excellent crew members & future pilots in command.

Whilst the specifics of the cadetship are still to be finalised, I would guess that Virgin's attitude towards the programme will be very much in line with the recent recommendations from the senate inquiry into pilot training & aviation safety. I don't think you will be seeing any graduates going straight into the front seat of a jet, E-Jet or otherwise. More than likely (as already mentioned elsewhere on this thread), they will be placed into the right-hand seat of an ATR - or the jump seat of a 777.

Rest assured, however, that whilst Virgin WILL continue to recruit from GA, regionals & the military, future pilot requirements dictate that a cadet programme will be part of the mix. Deal with it.
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Old 9th Oct 2011, 06:16
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The Bunglerat,
Nice to see some balance here. The truly scary cadetships are the ones where willingness to pay is more important than ability, minimum training is the benchmark, and they go on to fly airbuses on autopilot straight off course. I would rather a good cadet than the bottom applicant from GA next to me. However I would expect a reasonable body of experience in hand flying somewhere before they get to the auto pilot heavy world of jet RPT.

Several years ago, a younger me, mouthed off about Qantas cadets to an ex mil friend in Q. He set me straight on the quality of the majority of cadets he had flown with, having high praise for one in particular. On the other hand AF447 shows what happens to pilots who have minimal hand flying before they transition to the airbus.
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Old 9th Oct 2011, 07:50
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Flyingfox,

My understanding is that the event that you refered to occurred back in 1994, I have just had a look at the current seniority list and of the 120+ pilots on the books at the moment there are only six, I repeat, six current pilots who were employed prior to late 1995. I in no way condone their actions and indeed I feel your pain however I feel that it is unjust to taint the whole Skywest pilot group with the actions of a few.Those few involved no longer hold any positions of responsibility within the company.

GAFA,
Im sorry to hear that you guys feel that way. To the best of my knowledge the current T&Cs on the ATR are either Perth based Skywest guys seconded to the ATR operation to help with transition of Skywest SOPs etc.. or experienced ATR guys and all the required postions were filled ie no requirement for Virgin guys, no malice intended.
As for the "no its one of ours" comment that is a shame and I hope it does not reflect the attitude of the skywest group over there as we all have enough problems with the "divide and conquer" tactics of aviation management in general without contributing to it from within.

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If all the C & T positions were filled from pilots from the west and experienced ATR pilots, then why did Skywest advertise 4 weeks ago in the Australian for these positions. Those who applied for the EOI include Ejet captains with at least one being a training Capt on it. The Ejet and the ATR 72-600 have a very similar cockpit and although Skywest may have got experienced ATR pilots I bet none of them have operated a fully integrated/advanced flight deck like the -600 and Ejet.

What about the talk CASA could make the -600 a different endorsement to the -500? If that happens then having experienced ATR pilots doesn't mean much.

Also when we hear Skywest ATR pilots saying "if they (Virgin) come over here for a command, then we want a command at Virgin" doesn't help.
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Can anyone explain to me why an E-Jet captain would want to go over to a turbo-prop!?
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Thank you for backing up my comments about cadet vs GA guys,

Standard, The Bunglerat and BombsGone.

It is very true.

Just wondering Come Fly, at 26yo are you are REAL Captain?
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Old 9th Oct 2011, 11:03
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Krusty,

Lifestyle, some of those who applied have been commuting for 2-3 years. The dollars that Skywest are paying for training captains is equal to what these captains earn when commuting costs are considered. If they were given check positions they would be ahead.
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Old 9th Oct 2011, 12:38
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The ignorance from some of the posters on this forum never ceases to amaze me.

In my company there is a vast mix of former GA, military and cadet pilots... with a few exceptions noted, you ask any captain and they will tell you that the cadets are, on average, at the VERY least equal in ability to most from GA. I've been told by some check captains that the sim and check results speak for themselves.

Reality is that you're either naturally good at this and/or you're trainable, or you're not, regardless of what stream you come in via. We shouldn't be pigeon holing individuals ability based on what background they have. As has been mentioned elsewhere in this thread, I have it on very, very good authority that most of the QF cadets are excellent operators.

I do however take issue with cadet programs that are used to put downward pressure on employment conditions... ie employing under different contracts. Now THAT is a problem.
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Old 9th Oct 2011, 13:13
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That's been my experience re: cadets OFS. The pro's and Cons are almost limitless, but I for one have had very few negative results, up and above what I find in most newcomers, as we all once were.

But the money making exploitive schemes? Blood boiling stuff.

Thanks for the clarification GAFA. I guess these guys will have to continue commuting for the forseable future. Hopefully the base of their choice will eventually come up!
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Old 9th Oct 2011, 22:21
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A little bit of gold from a JQ cadet...............


In my experience, experience is counts for nothing!!
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Old 9th Oct 2011, 22:30
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Gaffa,

I do not understand, if these E jet pilots want to work for Sky west what is preventing them?
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we will just wait for a sky full of captains who were cadets and watch the accidents rise....maybe QF will lose that illusive hull....
 
Old 9th Oct 2011, 22:40
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maybe QF will lose that illusive hull....
I doubt it, by the time a Q Cadet finds himself in the left seat of a Jet he would have been in the air around 10-15 years, just ask Keg.
The issue would be if they are short cut into the left seat with just the minimums, but the same would apply with any pilot. If you see a 1501hr Capt. then you should be worried.
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From memory, at least every cadet I trained had a grasp of correct spelling, grammar & general use of the English language, so on that point alone they're already more qualified than you, Come Fly.
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If all the C & T positions were filled from pilots from the west and experienced ATR pilots, then why did Skywest advertise 4 weeks ago in the Australian for these positions.
Dont know, decisions made by those above my pay grade - maybe they needed ATR guys to fill seats with minimal training ASAP

Those who applied for the EOI include Ejet captains with at least one being a training Capt on it. The Ejet and the ATR 72-600 have a very similar cockpit and although Skywest may have got experienced ATR pilots I bet none of them have operated a fully integrated/advanced flight deck like the -600 and Ejet.
You maybe right I guess they will worry about that once AOC has been obtained and the 600s are in country - first things first.

What about the talk CASA could make the -600 a different endorsement to the -500? If that happens then having experienced ATR pilots doesn't mean much.
As Above.

Also when we hear Skywest ATR pilots saying "if they (Virgin) come over here for a command, then we want a command at Virgin" doesn't help.
Next time you see a Skywest pilot, invite them out for a beer, have a chat there is always two sides to every story, it maybe have been a throw away line taken out of context, a misquote that you have heard third hand or simply just a misunderstanding. As I said yesterday "we all have enough problems with the "divide and conquer" tactics of aviation management in general without contributing to it from within."

Hope you have had a good day.
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Old 10th Oct 2011, 02:23
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Come fly

The fact is that the skies of Europe are full of Captains who came from Cadets.

You my friend are wrong in so many ways.
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