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Old 14th Jun 2013, 20:15
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A friend of mine is going next June 25th, i think this is the last one for FO.

Mike Charlie are you at the ground school? What are you seeing and what's your first impression?

I've heard the will be FO ground school only on October 1.
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Old 14th Jun 2013, 23:56
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There were interviews this week.
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Old 10th Jul 2013, 07:41
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The interview is with a COPA captain and a girl from Human Resources. They don't ask you anything rare, just a few minutes talk; what do you think about COPA, why COPA, Why do you think they must hire you...and things like that. Then you have to show them some of the original documents.

The COMPASS test is on a computer and you have to do 6 diferent test including 30 ATP questions most of them referred to big jets. Some of similar test you can find it on this page Computerized Pilot Tests-Latest Pilot Jobs

The psychological test it's also in the same computer and you have to choose one of the two options of common sentences, and are 225 questions.
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 04:55
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Just received invitation

I received in my email today an invitation to apply for a Captains job at COPA. I have been reviewing all the comments here to decide whether I want to go through the ringer for so little pay. Though I am retired from AA (26 year career, 18000 hrs, 737 type and 4.5 years PIC) I have been looking at moving to Panama and thought this might be an opportunity to do so with a pay check. Isn't the first 92K (or so) free of taxes for Americans working abroad? Though the pay is half what you can make in Chine I have no desire to live in China. I know from research you can live cheaply in Panama, but probably not close to the city where you would have to reside so don't know if it's worth it. Still mulling it over.
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 16:34
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Thumbs up

the problem there is the salary way too low.But if you have your pension.I think is a great idea.

Best of Luck!
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 18:41
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COPA captain

Because I retired when i did I was able to keep some of my retirement before the greedy Robber Barons rode off in their Golden Parachutes. May they all rot in Hell! Never the less Is there any one on this forum who was hired as a captain with COPA who can tell me whether they can survive in PTY where the cost of living is greater then the country side of Panama? Does the company provide transportation to the airport as they indicated in their offer to me? How are the people who work for COPA and what is the availability of schools for a HS junior? What are the chances for movement up to the training department, where I was before. How many days do you wok and vs off? And the most important questions, unlike AA, are Captains treated like Captains or just monetary units?
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Old 30th Jul 2013, 00:13
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BUWHANA, youre never going to see the training department and sim instructors in Copa make the same if not less than line pilots and they work probably 40 or more hours a week versuses 100 hours of flight a month. Captain pay is 69 dollars an hour, and there is no payscale. There is transportation to work, and they pick you up and a van full of people, i believe up to seven people. So its a long ride home sitting in the back of a utility van with bench seats and insane amounts of traffic everyday. stiff ride, and low quality roads. youre better off having a car so you can get home in 15 to 20 minutes if you live in the city versus 1 to two hours of dropping everyone off in places nowhere near the direction of your home. for schools, i am pretty sure your child will not get near as good of an education here than the US, so think about his future. Majors in the US, some, should be hiring, and you will make second year FO more than eternal captain pay here. and you only get 7 non consecutive days off a month with lots of cargo pilots schedules. I am hoping you are over your SJS at your point in your career, so just be careful and think about whats best for your family
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Old 1st Aug 2013, 12:39
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I never understand the people who want to fly until they last day of life, you had your time, your opportunities, just left the spot for the new people, here we call that "the highlander pilot"
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Old 3rd Aug 2013, 14:44
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I'm from brazil... And believe in me.. There's no jobs here!!!! We are in cysis.
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Old 4th Aug 2013, 17:59
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Has anyone found document from FAA requiring this new level of ICAO for Panamanian Airlines?
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Old 5th Aug 2013, 16:55
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Can any Americans here tell me how to go about getting an apostille on my logbook pages?

The Dept. of State will not do it without a state apostille first but, my state will only apostille public documents signed by a state official. Logbooks are personal legal records, I think it's mpossible to get this required apostille for the Panamanian AAC.
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Old 5th Aug 2013, 23:47
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I interviewed last month for DEC, I had explained to them beforehand that in USA we do not have a system for authenticating logbooks. Didn't seem to be a problem, they only glanced at one of my 4 logbooks . Just found out I passed the process, just need to go back to take CAA phsyc. test. All interview went exactly as posted on this forum. Very friendly folks!
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Old 6th Aug 2013, 00:56
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Congrats on passing the interview. I start class next month, maybe I'll see you there. Wait until you get the final offer, then they'll tell you about the apostille requirement for logbooks. For the interview, I just had my Chief Pilot staple a business card to the last page.
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Old 6th Aug 2013, 01:15
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What you could do is make a copy of the last (or more) page(s) of your logbook, place a text somewhere like "I, .........., hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy of the last page of my Pilot Logbook, used to record flight experience in compliance with the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration", and then go to a public notary and sign it. After that you can take that piece of paper to a local office of authentication services and have it apostilled for the country you want to use it. In DC it is like $ 15 per page, the link to the place in DC is:
Notary and Authentication Services | os
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Old 6th Aug 2013, 02:08
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Yikes! Thanks for the heads up guys, I'll look into it. Sounds like a pita!
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Old 7th Aug 2013, 02:24
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Yes, it is a PITA so just to save everyone some trouble I'll post the process here in case someone needs to know.

1. Go to a Notary Public
2. Go to county courthouse to verify the notary public's signature
3. Go to your state's Department of State building to receive a state apostille
4. Go to the U.S. Department of State (Schedule an appt. for same day svc.) and receive a second apostille.

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Old 7th Aug 2013, 03:03
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you may not need to do steps 3 & 4, the whole point of the apostille is to skip those, otherwise it is just a process of legalization of signatures. Both procedures should be fine but if your document says Apostille technically you don't need anything else, at least not by international law, but the company may ask you whatever they want
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Old 7th Aug 2013, 04:13
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Please help with the following

Are they recruiting for FO type rated?
Do they upgrade? If so how long? 10k TT 1k 737ng
Did you all struggle with the online application form?

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Old 7th Aug 2013, 14:26
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I had some trouble in the past using a Mac, if that's your case, give it a try with a pc running on windows.
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Old 12th Aug 2013, 14:14
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Do copa only hire US FAA pilots I have applied a year ago online I have sent e mails and nothing 737 of 1k plus on type
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