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Old 29th Mar 2016, 06:32
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Patience grasshopper
Originally Posted by AreaRuleAce View Post
Has anyone received anything yet? I've been tapping into all my resources that claim to be in the know, but this time around they know nothing!

Anyone got the inside line on the traineeships and what QLink are planning?

Cheers in advance.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 05:40
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Any news yet?

Just wondering if anyone has heard anything in the last week or so. My sources have said they were winding up to hit courses hard with alternating 300 and 400 courses every 6 weeks, but nobody seems to be sure of when they will start even interviewing people.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 21:55
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Originally Posted by eukeybound View Post
Just wondering if anyone has heard anything in the last week or so. My sources have said they were winding up to hit courses hard with alternating 300 and 400 courses every 6 weeks, but nobody seems to be sure of when they will start even interviewing people.
I know a few direct entry applicants who have done the SHL tests, video interview and now waiting for the face to face interview and sim ride. Perhaps they're going through the pool of direct entry applicants first before they start with traineeships?
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 23:57
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Originally Posted by training wheels View Post
I know a few direct entry applicants who have done the SHL tests, video interview and now waiting for the face to face interview and sim ride. Perhaps they're going through the pool of direct entry applicants first before they start with traineeships?
Ok yes that sounds fair enough Fell into the trap of thinking they would be calling within a few weeks of submitting a resume. Still getting used to the different hiring practices in Aviation
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Old 9th Apr 2016, 12:18
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They don't even have any idea where they're going to train these "trainees" yet. The UNSW course they boasted about months ago hasn't even been approved by CASA yet (or it has been approved only very recently). This traineeship they advertised is very premature and it probably isn't fair on you guys by getting your hopes up for something that isn't even close to being set in stone logistically. Apparently the training department didn't even know about it until a matter of days after it was advertised. In addition to all this, there were an overwhelming amount of applicants, so even if this new traineeship does eventuate there's a long wait ahead of you all yet I think while they sift through the hundreds of resumes. I wouldn't be surprised if most of you qualify for direct entry FO before they catch up to their ambitious plans. They're far less organised than you would think.
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Old 10th Apr 2016, 04:48
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While it is quit a big lure for young players. The easy way out isn't always the best way. Off to the bush, do your time like we all have. I wouldn't hold your breath for any recruitment with bare CPL just yet ..there's still many in the pool with 1000 plus TT
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Old 10th Apr 2016, 11:26
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That is quite disheartening to hear...
I know.. I'm sorry to bear bad news. But don't give up hope. I'm sure the program will eventually come to fruition. And they do need a LOT of pilots. Just keep on flying and updating your application. There will be plenty of movement across the industry over the next few years.
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Old 10th Apr 2016, 11:55
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I know.. I'm sorry to bear bad news.
Just wondering what your source of this information is?

Do you have any idea when they will supposedly have everything in order?
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Old 11th Apr 2016, 01:47
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The training department is running flat out at the moment. The 400 dept is ramping up but the 300 sim has been working flat out training all the JQ NZ crew.

Keeping each ground school to under 10 pilots will hopefully stop the bottlenecks.

Having said that, in the past there has been very little 'fat' in the timetable of the training. All it took was someone to go sick or require an extra sim or line training and the whole show went to shit.

Hopefully this time around things will be a bit better organised.

As it's been said previously, a ground school every 6 weeks for the rest of the year. That's the MINIMUM that QLink will require. Subject to demands, the plan is to place most onto the Q300 in SYD/BNE and possibly ADL. There are also a few courses for the Q400 into BNE and CNS, but I believe that those have already been filled.

Good luck on the app, don't sweat too much if you don't hear anything for a long time or that the wheels of progress turn at a glacial pace.

It'll get you used to life on the inside!
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Old 11th Apr 2016, 02:17
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Going Nowhere is spot on.

Also remember that we "expecting" a shortage. Latest recruitment will bring us back closer to base establishment numbers. There has been no exodus yet, cadets haven't moved and only a couple to the sandpit. There is also talk of another fleet review which may have an impact.

Make sure all your ducks are in a row, and keep updating. Patience grasshoppers. It will happen. Just not as quickly as you'd like or some people believe.
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Old 11th Apr 2016, 02:22
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Originally Posted by Crash8 View Post
Going Nowhere is spot on.

Also remember that we "expecting" a shortage. Latest recruitment will bring us back closer to base establishment numbers. There has been no exodus yet, cadets haven't moved and only a couple to the sandpit. There is also talk of another fleet review which may have an impact.

Make sure all your ducks are in a row, and keep updating. Patience grasshoppers. It will happen. Just not as quickly as you'd like or some people believe.
What impact will the fleet review have?
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Old 11th Apr 2016, 02:34
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Originally Posted by Jc31 View Post
What impact will the fleet review have?
If and when? Who knows.
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Old 11th Apr 2016, 03:18
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Fleet review could have something to do with the number and location of the 200/300 fleet. No doubt linked to the rumoured expansion of JQ NZ Regional.

Recently the BNE-based Q300 fleet went from 4 aircraft to cover 3 lines of flying to 2 aircraft for 2 lines of flying. The recent rationalisation of the QLD flying had an extra Q400 covering the flying. An all Q400 base in BNE would also create crewing efficiencies.

I may be wrong, but I'm sure the Q400 can go into Charleville and Thangool now.

That would see the 'classics' based in SYD & ADL. The WYA route loads will be interesting given the local economy lately.

All the above is an opinion only so take it with a grain of salt.
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Old 11th Apr 2016, 05:37
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IMHO, any fleet review will likely result in more flying given to Cobham, as our management are struggling with around 300 cancelled sectors per month. This is around 3 times any other carrier (with J* recent performance excluded, and they seem to have sorted out their problems in February).

A large percentage of these cancellations are due to lack of crew.

That is quite disheartening to hear...
If you're planning to work for Qlink, get used to feeling disheartened.

DIVOSH!
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Old 11th Apr 2016, 06:11
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From July the Q400 is programmed to take over more of the GLT/ROK/MKY flying from the 717, this was meant to happen from April, but recent crewing problems seem to have delayed things. The spare 717 capacity will then go onto BNE-TSV/ISA/CNS allowing the 737's to be redeployed. Qantas.com.au seems to have all the new scheduled loaded.

Current loads don't really support moving more flying to the 717 unless they want to fly around 1/2-2/3 empty all day. The 717 reliability has been woeful lately, especially on the J-class fleet. I don't think this has anything to do with Cobham though as I believe that they no longer do the bulk of the maintenance.

The bulk of the sectors that have been cancelled ex-BNE have been due to lack of FA's. This has given the Q400 FO's some mild reprieve.
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Old 13th Apr 2016, 01:40
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OK. Looks like things might be moving. A mate of mine has got the online psychometric test invitation. He has a week to get it done.
Are you able to give more info on what kind of previous flying experience your mate has and his age.
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Old 13th Apr 2016, 16:31
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0% of getting Q400 for those joining this year or early next year?
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Old 13th Apr 2016, 19:06
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http://www.pprune.org/australia-new-...on-onhold.html

Already covered in this thread also
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Old 14th Apr 2016, 00:30
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Recently did the psychometric tests.
Heard back pretty quickly from initial submission.
Get some practice in for those tests as you will have 14 days to do them.

Most of it is straightforward. The numerical test is challenging from a time frame perspective . look for practice exams. There are some on the SMH website.

My "word on the street" is as shoddy as anyone else's, but they are ramping up to meet the expected demand when Qantas mainline starts hiring again mid-late this year, and also to fill crew shortages on some of the aforementioned routes.

Unless they get a second training plan outside of FTA, it will take until the end of the year to start getting to non direct entries. 10-15 per group 6 weeks (ish) at a time.

The wheels on the bus go round and round.. Slowly..
However, I suspect the next 18 months will be the biggest hiring boom in 6 years in Aus. Good for everyone who's ready to move at all levels..
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Old 14th Apr 2016, 03:10
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Originally Posted by lee_apromise View Post
0% of getting Q400 for those joining this year or early next year?
Negative.




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