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Old 11th Apr 2018, 12:20
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Originally Posted by Bumble_Pilot
I've been told the a May course is on for the ATR but mostly cadets and possibly a couple of direct entry peeps thrown in. The next course is Nov/Dec time but not guaranteed to be going ahead (probably depends on when the Virgin ATR sim gets here). So I wouldn't hold your breath and take another position whilst you can and decide what you want to do when that phone call comes, if ever! (don't forget they cleared their hold file just a few years ago)
Thanks for the info! Any updates on 777 courses? I thought there would be few of those going on throughout the year.
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Old 12th Apr 2018, 04:54
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Originally Posted by Aureus
Thanks for the info! Any updates on 777 courses? I thought there would be few of those going on throughout the year.
Once again I hear the next course for the 777 is for the advance cadets and the next one planned will be for the ab-initio guys finishing Aug/Sep time
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Old 12th Apr 2018, 06:49
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Everyone saying something different. I think people on hold file will not be called this year by the sounds of it.
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Old 14th Apr 2018, 21:48
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Originally Posted by krismiler
Surely under TTMR either ATPL would be acceptable? Virgin wanted local theory exams rather than having people head off to the US and doing a quick FAA ATP.
What is wrong with the FAA ATP? Why is it frowned on, from what I understand itís more relevant than CASA ATPL.
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 01:11
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There is nothing wrong with it. It just depends who makes the rules this week.

One Aussie 320 operator wouldn't accept overseas type ratings one minute then sent people overseas for type the next!
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 04:14
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hmmm interesting, I would like to do the FAA ones opens up more doors and less wait times for left hand seat i would hope....
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 17:30
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All part 142 schools in the USA and EU (EASA) are approved training providers according to CASA. No need for any special agreement.
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 18:31
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Originally Posted by Flydawg
What is wrong with the FAA ATP? Why is it frowned on, from what I understand itís more relevant than CASA ATPL.
The written tests in the USA are a joke with all the prep software/questions and everyone in Aus knows it.

That being said I have both CASA and FAA ATPL/ATP and the FAA has more flight experience and tests requirements than CASA.
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 20:02
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Totally agree havick. Just because CASA make you do a bunch of mostly irrelevant and outdated exams doesn't make its pilots any better. You also point out that outside Australia a CASA licence is pretty useless.

If the FAA ATP is such a poor licence why aren't all the planes flown by FAA ATP holders falling from the sky?
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 20:59
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Originally Posted by pilotchute
Totally agree havick. Just because CASA make you do a bunch of mostly irrelevant and outdated exams doesn't make its pilots any better. You also point out that outside Australia a CASA licence is pretty useless.

If the FAA ATP is such a poor licence why aren't all the planes flown by FAA ATP holders falling from the sky?
Iím not suggesting that one license is superior than another. My 2c is that the CASA written tests take more effort, whereas perhaps up until the recent CASA part61 introduction, the FAA ATP was more difficult to obtain from a aeronautical experience and flight test perspective.

In my experience the FAA license is more widely accepted by the rest of the world than a CASA license.

All moot points as this is a Virgin Australia recruitment thread. Simply backing up what a previous poster pointed out.
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Old 18th Apr 2018, 15:22
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Had anyone heard anything yet???
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Old 22nd Apr 2018, 08:00
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Originally Posted by Sea1993
Thanks KittyBlue that's promising to hear about the NZ ops, I understand there were interviews in Nz late 2017 around Sept I'm just checking whether any of those that were successful have a start date yet?
With the increased trans Tasman services due to commence in October, this will hopefully provide opportunities to those waiting for a start in the land of the long white cloud. It sure would be an awesome job.
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Old 22nd Apr 2018, 23:33
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Apparently some recent movement off the 737 to the competition of late.
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Old 23rd Apr 2018, 01:02
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And 777...
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Old 28th Apr 2018, 06:45
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Has anyone from hold file heard anything yet???
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Old 12th May 2018, 01:39
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For those on the hold file, I’ve heard through the grapevine there has been a couple resignations of late. So ��some positive news is forthcoming in the near future.
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Old 12th May 2018, 02:06
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Originally Posted by anonfly
For those on the hold file, Iíve heard through the grapevine there has been a couple resignations of late. So ��some positive news is forthcoming in the near future.

source??? How do u know???.
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Old 12th May 2018, 04:40
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Rank? Fleet?
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Old 12th May 2018, 04:43
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Heard close to 100 Virgin applicants for QF mainline.
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Old 12th May 2018, 07:02
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there's a steady trickle out. Retirements are likely to increase now that retirees can enjoy (!) staff travel. A few young 'uns are going to Qantas.
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