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Mega Merged: REX Recruitment/Cadetship and Working for REX

Old 10th Jul 2019, 08:15
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if you get recruited by Turkish Airlines that means you have been chosen to be the best 500 in 140000 applicants (That number is only for 2018).
There is one big difference between being a first officer at Turkish Airlines and REX. Take your choice . At Turkish Airlines CRM is non-existent according to a colleague who was a new F/O on the A320. You can expect to be slapped across the face by the military trained captains, have flight plans thrown at you and hit over the head with the QRH. This colleague stuck it out for two years and then got out from under and went to another Middle Eastern carrier where hand flying was forbidden apart from the takeoff run and up to 500 feet then at 300 feet on final permitted to disengage the autopilot and fly by hand for the next 45 seconds only to touchdown . He was grateful for that because at least he wasn't continually humiliated like at Turkish Airlines. They call it "culture"..

If you were chosen because you were considered to be "one of the best" in 140,000 applicants" does that means the rest were camel drivers? Seriously though, best of luck with REX. No doubt there are good people there and you don't need armour plating on your head
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Old 21st Jul 2019, 04:08
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Seeking some helpful advice. I am 42 years old. Had a passion to fly forever, but it was cost prohibative. Had a a turning point this year and now want to pursue airline flying career. I plan to go through the REX program. I have some questions:

1) How likely is it that I can get my base of choice (this is a must to enable my partner to support us financially since my income will be terribly low (I am going from $200k + PA to what I understand will be $70k PA as an FO?
2) Is it likely that I will go into the SAAB and REX and not another REX business?
3) If I decided to apply to QantasLink Direct Entry FO as soon as I accumulate the hours (700 total and 250 as FO) in order to increase renumeration (assuming) this will take two years or so at REX - what would my chances be like?
4) Am I at risk of discrimination with other airlines (say if the QF LINK does not work out) and I consider other global opportunities (subject to my hours meeting requirements) because of my age? I would be mid 40's by then - still with nearly 20 years of possibly flying (I can't see that as a negative to carriers).

Appreciate that if I bail out of REX under 7 years I will need to pay all the $105k + interenst in one hit (i'd be able to do that). I just could not see a quality of life on $70k with my responsiblities etc., for min 7 years. And I could not accept the cadetship if I was to be shipped to a regional town or other city - it would need to be my current home town.
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Old 21st Jul 2019, 12:06
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Originally Posted by The_next_chapter View Post
Seeking some helpful advice. I am 42 years old. Had a passion to fly forever, but it was cost prohibative. Had a a turning point this year and now want to pursue airline flying career. I plan to go through the REX program. I have some questions:

1) How likely is it that I can get my base of choice (this is a must to enable my partner to support us financially since my income will be terribly low (I am going from $200k + PA to what I understand will be $70k PA as an FO?
2) Is it likely that I will go into the SAAB and REX and not another REX business?
3) If I decided to apply to QantasLink Direct Entry FO as soon as I accumulate the hours (700 total and 250 as FO) in order to increase renumeration (assuming) this will take two years or so at REX - what would my chances be like?
4) Am I at risk of discrimination with other airlines (say if the QF LINK does not work out) and I consider other global opportunities (subject to my hours meeting requirements) because of my age? I would be mid 40's by then - still with nearly 20 years of possibly flying (I can't see that as a negative to carriers).

Appreciate that if I bail out of REX under 7 years I will need to pay all the $105k + interenst in one hit (i'd be able to do that). I just could not see a quality of life on $70k with my responsiblities etc., for min 7 years. And I could not accept the cadetship if I was to be shipped to a regional town or other city - it would need to be my current home town.
I think you should do some more research.....

1. Depends on the base you want. In short, yes, definitely.

2. You will go to Rex.

3. You’d be downright stupid to go to QLink after finishing a REX cadetship. If you think that’ll increase pay, you’re kidding yourself. Rex yearly allowances are a lot better than QLink and the wage difference is negligible (Saab FO vs Q400. Q300 is nil). Not only that, you’d be down $100k MINIMUM, so really you’re paying off your $100k from savings with the slight extra base salary from QLink? Makes no sense to me what-so-ever. That’s only if you’re awarded a Q400 position too. If you’re not, then you need to bid over to the Q400 and your time on type for command starts over essentially (see below) setting you back further.

4. I’d say you’d probably be asked questions. Will it negatively impact you? Who knows...

If you join Rex, you’d be a captain within 3 - 3.5 years at current cadet progression rates. By the time you get the time you need for QLink to take you seriously (and your ATPLs), you’re better off staying at Rex to get a command and be on a $100k+ job. At the same time, you’ll essentially be stepping back to QLink on year 1 $65k base plus allowances. Then you need 1000 hours on a Dash 8 to upgrade there, which will take a minimum of 2 years. So essentially you’re taking a backwards step on your career by 2 years at the age of 44 or 45. At that age, I wouldn’t be doing that. You need command time. It’s the same column at either airline.
The Qantas name (QantasLink in particular) is not all it’s cracked up to be and rushing to get to another airline isn’t what you should be doing.

Also, your salary at Rex does not stay at $70k for 7 years. It goes up yearly like at any other airline
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Old 21st Jul 2019, 18:05
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I agree with most of what transition_alt said 👍

Iíd add or stress the following points:

Not sure what industry youíre in now but Iíd imagine a similar rule applies. When you are just getting started itís normally best to stick it out at the first job until you have something useful to take to the next employer. By that I mean 700 ish hours is not that useful in the grand scheme of things. However an ATPL is! The only way to get that is by passing an upgrade to Captain at Rex or Qlink. Iíve seen a former Rex f/o do exactly what you are suggesting, he paid out over $70K to go fly a Dash 8 for the same money. Went back to the bottom of the seniority pile and then left after 18 months anyway! The irony of it all was if heíd stuck it out at Rex he would have made it to the left seat by then....

Be very wary of any idea or way you think you can take a short cut or somehow Ďgameí the system. Although you have said paying out a bond is not a $$$ issue for you, I canít see any upside until youíve got a command and are then leaving for a jet f/o position. Sideways to another turboprop is a waste of your time and money.

As for Rex, Sydney and Melbourne are definitely possible if not straight away, youíll probably only have to wait six months to get back there from somewhere else. Adelaide Iím not as sure about and Brisbane is only a small base so will be hard to get into. Also for your future planning Sydney is also where a lot of commands come up, Melbourne and Adelaide less, you can almost forget about a Brisbane command at Rex.

Basically if it is your plan to make the jump to aviation, there is no way to avoid at least 3-4 years of lower pay. Sorry but thatís the truth. Until you have a couple of years and 1500 or so hours under your belt the opportunities are limited.

But there is an upside. Opportunities like the Rex cadet scheme never existed when I started. It was Ďgo northí or flight instructing (on far less than $70K) in the capital cities, both of which donít really sound viable in your situation. So if you manage to get accepted, work your but off and count yourself lucky you had the opportunity at all!
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Old 7th Aug 2019, 17:15
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Join Date: Aug 2019
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Does anyone know how long it takes to hear back from REX if I submit an application?
Apparently REX025 was meant to start in mid 2019 so I am assuming it has already started. Anyone have any idea if there are any intakes from now until December?


Cheers!
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Old 8th Aug 2019, 08:30
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So you're narrowing yourself down to someone in the 40s applying for a cadetship, and before even applying you're talking about getting hours and bailing.
Great move!! Just the sort of recruit every company wants.
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 08:43
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Originally Posted by flyhigherflybetter View Post
Does anyone know how long it takes to hear back from REX if I submit an application?
Apparently REX025 was meant to start in mid 2019 so I am assuming it has already started. Anyone have any idea if there are any intakes from now until December?


Cheers!
They seem to be fairly slow in responding. I got a confirmation of my application about a month after I applied, then heard nothing. I followed up after two months with some updated information about my flying experience and got an invitation to sit the WOMBAT a couple of weeks later.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 00:45
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Has anyone got a response from REX025, I put in an application on the 9th (Friday) and haven't received any confirmation or anything that they've received my application.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 00:46
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Rex 025 has definitely already started. Saw them post on facebook a while back. You'll be waiting for Rex 026 I think
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 01:11
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Originally Posted by Hsveight View Post
Rex 025 has definitely already started. Saw them post on facebook a while back. You'll be waiting for Rex 026 I think
On their website, it says they are recruiting for Rex 025 now lol.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 01:13
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Yeah I know, but I'd say it just hasn't been updated
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Old 28th Aug 2019, 02:30
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Anyone heard anything from REX? Been almost 3 weeks without an acknowledgement they even have my application.
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Old 28th Aug 2019, 12:20
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Join Date: Aug 2019
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Originally Posted by Inspired View Post
Anyone heard anything from REX? Been almost 3 weeks without an acknowledgement they even have my application.
Inspired,
I wouldn't worry too much if I were you, I submitted an application around the same time as you and still yet to hear back.
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Old 28th Aug 2019, 12:44
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Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Australia
Age: 23
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Originally Posted by Inspired View Post
Anyone heard anything from REX? Been almost 3 weeks without an acknowledgement they even have my application.

Instead of trying to skip your way to the top, why don't you do it the good old fashioned way, get your licence and go fly GA in the top end for awhile? Guarantee you will experience things you cant experience at REX
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Old 29th Aug 2019, 07:04
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Join Date: May 2019
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Originally Posted by The_next_chapter View Post
Seeking some helpful advice. I am 42 years old. Had a passion to fly forever, but it was cost prohibative. Had a a turning point this year and now want to pursue airline flying career. I plan to go through the REX program. I have some questions:

1) How likely is it that I can get my base of choice (this is a must to enable my partner to support us financially since my income will be terribly low (I am going from $200k + PA to what I understand will be $70k PA as an FO?
2) Is it likely that I will go into the SAAB and REX and not another REX business?
3) If I decided to apply to QantasLink Direct Entry FO as soon as I accumulate the hours (700 total and 250 as FO) in order to increase renumeration (assuming) this will take two years or so at REX - what would my chances be like?
4) Am I at risk of discrimination with other airlines (say if the QF LINK does not work out) and I consider other global opportunities (subject to my hours meeting requirements) because of my age? I would be mid 40's by then - still with nearly 20 years of possibly flying (I can't see that as a negative to carriers).

Appreciate that if I bail out of REX under 7 years I will need to pay all the $105k + interenst in one hit (i'd be able to do that). I just could not see a quality of life on $70k with my responsiblities etc., for min 7 years. And I could not accept the cadetship if I was to be shipped to a regional town or other city - it would need to be my current home town.
Just don't do it, believe me the novelty will wear off really quickly. Stick with your $200K+ and get a PPL. Good luck with whatever you do.
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Old 12th Sep 2019, 10:45
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Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Perth
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Just wondering what sort of high school results I will need (particularly in maths and physics) to be competitive in gaining entry into the cadetship. cheers
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