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COPA Airlines interviews

Old 27th Apr 2014, 14:30
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Just finished my interview last thursday, and I got the positive reply last night. The need for FO is huge, most of the candidates had no jet time.

My reply was the fastest I have ever heard of, so the need is really big. Not type rated, and it's not required at all. Good luck.
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Old 28th Apr 2014, 08:18
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Hi Gustavo,

Congratulations ! How long did it take for you to get contacted by copa after you sent your online application?

Thanks
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Old 29th Apr 2014, 07:12
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There are no rules regarding the replies. Got mine in 10 days, one friend of mine got his in 2 months. And we did the screening process the same day.

Ground training is tough. For the ones with no jet exp, you will have to go through the bridge course. ( around 2 weeks ), then starts the ground part, either on Boeing or Embraer.

Wish you the best
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Old 29th Apr 2014, 10:36
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Congratulations to all! Same question, how long did it take between the time you send back your documents and the call?

Thanks guys
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Old 29th Apr 2014, 18:03
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 2nd May 2014, 12:31
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sent my application and after two weeks I received the email asking for info, few days later they contacted my references...

anyone has been or is in my situation? what is next?

thank you!
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Old 2nd May 2014, 12:46
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Contrats !!

May I ask what is jour experience? Do you have any jet time?

Thanks!
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Old 2nd May 2014, 16:25
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Copa T&C

What about actual T&C for FOs, no experience on jet?
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Old 4th May 2014, 00:24
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Hi PPPruNers! My first post)
How is the medical in Panama? Is it really different from the FAA? Here in the US I've got the first class, but I've had an eye surgery. I heard in other countries it may not work. Please advice
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Old 6th May 2014, 15:44
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Eye surgery won't be an issue. I know guys that have had it here. The eye test is the exact same as the US.

The only medical differences are they can ask you to repeat ANY of the original issuance exams (full blood work, pulmonary x rays, etc) Its basically what kind of mood the AAC woman is in when you go the gov't office. She looks at the paper and checks off what you need to have done.

You have to love the chaos to come down here.
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Old 6th May 2014, 17:16
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Thanks for the great news, Expat737!
I'll give it a try in a couple of months when i finish my FAA ATP in states.
The rest of the medical should not be a problem. In the place I'm from the chaos is the routine thing)
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Old 10th May 2014, 10:21
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Question Copa interview preparation

Hi everyone

Most probably I'll have the interview next month and I've got no clue where to start to prepare it...is ACE a good tool?.

Other than this, I've seen they sell the prep. package at latestpilotjobs.com but no so sure how good that is...any help there?.

Thanks in advance

Happy landings
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Old 11th May 2014, 01:07
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Please be aware that what i am about to tell you is my opinion only, even though to some of you it might sound negative, so do not come and argue!

The time of the initial email and the interview invite was about two months....got there with a smooth flight,good hotel good transport and very nice people and they make you feel comfortable and welcome.

Started day 1 with the Compass,interview,blood/lie detector.
Started Day 2 with the psych test and later on the sim

I studied way to much for the whole process which is good....the only thing i think you should study or at least i would say is latestpilotjobs package....its really good and well worth the money. During my test i realized what i practiced on latestpilotjobs was even harder!

Compass was really do-able, all of us had the feeling they did really well.
Interview: The 3 person board made me feel really comfortable,no stress no tricks. Though they did ask some strange questions like; how old are you? While they were all looking at my cv....

Blood and lie were easy though the wait for us at least was very long.

Day 2. In the morning we did the psych test which is just a 200 question multiple choice questionnaire.

Then we arrived at the simulator building, i soon realized it was the typical 'south American aviation' atmosphere which i am used to....meaning all the CA crew almost bowing for pilots and FO's for Captains....i been flying in this region for a while now so i know. Only the Captains had to the ''advanced Compass test'' for example and an English test.

In our group was one very experienced (rated) NG Captain with over 17000hrs Jet(!!) and 7000hrs 737...he was taken to the EMB 190 sim....i was actually looking forward to the sim until after hours of waiting they put me in the seat of a Frasca sim.....unbelievable...though not a big problem we all did not get why we had to do flight school stuff again....all Single Pilot stuff like Holdings,DME ARC's etc etc. Almost all of us had not done such an operation for a long time. Many of us including myself are flying Jets or big Turbo props and are used to a MCC/CRM culture.
Though the sim was really difficult i had a good feeling some of the others did to and some of them did not.

We then all went home and were told that within two weeks we would get the result.After two weeks there was nothing, then after 3 weeks myself and one other guy got the negative email. No explanation just that i did not fit the position. Up to this day not one of us 7 guys made it, all of us with good experience. I have no idea what COPA is looking for or what they did not like about ALL of us. Somebody here said a few posts above that they need people with ratings first, that is none sense, EVERYBODY has to the WHOLE Groundschool/TR over!!! Another reason why i think many experienced rated FO's and CPT's say no to the 8-9 month ground school process,bear in mind they actually told us that we were not supposed to go home in that period even if we had sufficient time off, even though we all lived close to panama with Copa serving daily none stop flights.

For all you guys that are going, please do not worry about the Compass, the latestpilotjob is enough. ACE,FAA ATP etc etc etc did not help a tiny bit. The written portion in the compass test was btw only jet stuff...like what is bleed air used for? Maybe for that portion ACE will do you good. Differential thrust/thrust reversers etc etc.If you can try to get some time in a Frasca sim....and fly like an IR check ride a few times!

If you have any more questions or anything please message me.

Good luck.
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Old 13th May 2014, 21:36
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Really?! Not a single clue? Did you all asked for commuting?

Anyway thanks for your feedback jetmadness! helpful!
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Old 14th May 2014, 20:51
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No accident/incident

Hi,
Just call your FOCA or whatever their name is in your country. Everybody in JAA has this. Costs a little fee.
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Old 17th May 2014, 04:48
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Originally Posted by jetmadness View Post
Please be aware that what i am about to tell you is my opinion only, even though to some of you it might sound negative, so do not come and argue!

The time of the initial email and the interview invite was about two months....got there with a smooth flight,good hotel good transport and very nice people and they make you feel comfortable and welcome.

Started day 1 with the Compass,interview,blood/lie detector.
Started Day 2 with the psych test and later on the sim

I studied way to much for the whole process which is good....the only thing i think you should study or at least i would say is latestpilotjobs package....its really good and well worth the money. During my test i realized what i practiced on latestpilotjobs was even harder!

Compass was really do-able, all of us had the feeling they did really well.
Interview: The 3 person board made me feel really comfortable,no stress no tricks. Though they did ask some strange questions like; how old are you? While they were all looking at my cv....

Blood and lie were easy though the wait for us at least was very long.

Day 2. In the morning we did the psych test which is just a 200 question multiple choice questionnaire.

Then we arrived at the simulator building, i soon realized it was the typical 'south American aviation' atmosphere which i am used to....meaning all the CA crew almost bowing for pilots and FO's for Captains....i been flying in this region for a while now so i know. Only the Captains had to the ''advanced Compass test'' for example and an English test.

In our group was one very experienced (rated) NG Captain with over 17000hrs Jet(!!) and 7000hrs 737...he was taken to the EMB 190 sim....i was actually looking forward to the sim until after hours of waiting they put me in the seat of a Frasca sim.....unbelievable...though not a big problem we all did not get why we had to do flight school stuff again....all Single Pilot stuff like Holdings,DME ARC's etc etc. Almost all of us had not done such an operation for a long time. Many of us including myself are flying Jets or big Turbo props and are used to a MCC/CRM culture.
Though the sim was really difficult i had a good feeling some of the others did to and some of them did not.

We then all went home and were told that within two weeks we would get the result.After two weeks there was nothing, then after 3 weeks myself and one other guy got the negative email. No explanation just that i did not fit the position. Up to this day not one of us 7 guys made it, all of us with good experience. I have no idea what COPA is looking for or what they did not like about ALL of us. Somebody here said a few posts above that they need people with ratings first, that is none sense, EVERYBODY has to the WHOLE Groundschool/TR over!!! Another reason why i think many experienced rated FO's and CPT's say no to the 8-9 month ground school process,bear in mind they actually told us that we were not supposed to go home in that period even if we had sufficient time off, even though we all lived close to panama with Copa serving daily none stop flights.

For all you guys that are going, please do not worry about the Compass, the latestpilotjob is enough. ACE,FAA ATP etc etc etc did not help a tiny bit. The written portion in the compass test was btw only jet stuff...like what is bleed air used for? Maybe for that portion ACE will do you good. Differential thrust/thrust reversers etc etc.If you can try to get some time in a Frasca sim....and fly like an IR check ride a few times!

If you have any more questions or anything please message me.

Good luck.
Same as me and some friends. Rated on AT72 and A320, +2000TT, the compass was easy, interview with few question and no tricks. English/Spanish speaker. Simulator Instructor said I did it well. After 3 months we received the negative. I really don't know what they are looking for. I wan't to leave my country ASAP, but I'll need to wait...
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Old 19th May 2014, 23:16
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Any of the middle eastern carriers will pick you up, especially with a 320 type. Good luck!
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Old 22nd May 2014, 07:26
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Join Date: May 2014
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Hi Guys,
One question. On the list of required documents you have to attach to the application there is "US Visa".
What type of visa they require? Green card, travel visa, student visa...etc...or just the one that allow you to enter Panama?

Thx
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Old 1st Jun 2014, 01:22
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Myy friends.
Good night..

I was invited for an interview... After sent the documents,how many days recruiters will contact me again to another informations and about the travel to panama?

Someone is going this month?
Im so anxious about that,and trying to study everrything to do my best...

Thanks and good luck for everyone
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Old 2nd Jun 2014, 16:01
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I'm going this month as well. After I sent the documents it took 3/4 days before I got the e-mail with the screening dates.
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