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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 15:47
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Lepo thanks for this report with is very helpful.
With aircraft are you flying?

I am considering to apply. I am an experienced F/O on Airbus 320. Do you think that their salaries are good for family, to live there comfortable? Couple+2 kids?(1 and 4 years)
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 17:01
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Originally Posted by trancada View Post
Lepo thanks for this report with is very helpful.
With aircraft are you flying?

I am considering to apply. I am an experienced F/O on Airbus 320. Do you think that their salaries are good for family, to live there comfortable? Couple+2 kids?(1 and 4 years)
I'm flying the 737NG.

Where is exactly the "live there"?
This a commuting contract, they don't provide any kind of visa or help in any way to live in Japan. Theoretically you're not supposed to live there. If you have the right to live in Japan you'll have to figure relocation and taxes on your own.

I'd say the money is enough to have a decent comfortable life almost everywhere in the world, but this is very personal, depends on each person's lifestyle and necessities. If you want information specifically about the cost of life in Tokyo you'd better look at specialized websites, like Numbeo, or talk to people who are actually living in Japan.
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 21:09
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fantastic feedback Lepo, sorry you were not successful, sounds like you put lots of effort into it. All the best of luck with your future.

The last 9 months or so, the classes have been less than half full.
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 03:49
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Out of curiosity gtseraf what is the size of a full class? 4,6,8 or 10 people?
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 03:51
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usually 8 per course
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 04:04
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January course has 2 and March course is scheduled for 3, so not even coming close to meeting the numbers they need.
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 07:45
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That's a great write-up, Lepo and I know it will help any potential AJXer. I'm sorry you didn't get through but you're correct that it is normally the sim check where people fall down. The checker was correct in what he said. Once you get slow, especially on one engine, it requires a lot of power to get back (from the 'backside' as they like to call it) and that can often then destabilise the approach. It seems a bit harsh to fail you for that when it's your first attempt at flying the thing but I don't think we'll ever understand the decisions of some of the selectors.

One thing I would like to clarify is your advice regarding 'check'checked':

3 - This is also not on the guidance they send you, but they want you to say "checked" for every callout the PM says. So it's not only on the 80kt callout, but also on the V1/Rotate/V2, FMA announcements, approaching minimums, minimus, 1 dot to final approach course (on the vor approach), glide slope alive and etc. You have to say "checked" for whatever the PM says. They like that. So remember to put that on your chair/mental flight too.
They certainly like the word but definitely not used on V1/Rotate/V2. FMA announcements are the FMA announcements; so both pilots will say "Alt Cap", for instance, not "check/ed". "Approaching minimums"-"Check/ed". "Minimums" - "Landing/Go-Around". One dot is fine but "Glideslope alive" etc are a repeat of "Glideslope alive".

I, personally, can't believe they can be picky about details like that when you don't yet work for the company and they're not your SOPs. It does show that you've put the time in and they love a bit of studying but they really do have a firm grasp of the inconsequential. I don't know why I'm even surprised, you would have thought I'd have learnt by now 😲

I think the rest of your report was great and I'm SO glad you managed to pick up on the absolutely ESSENTIAL call of "left side in cloud"
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 08:41
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Originally Posted by atldrvr View Post
January course has 2 and March course is scheduled for 3, so not even coming close to meeting the numbers they need.
This can only be good for terms and conditions!
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 07:50
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Lepo thank you for this very informative post. Sorry it didn't go well for you.

Guys already at AJX, sorry to keep asking the same questions but things do change quickly in our line of work so I'm just asking for an update here.
(Before I apply and burn my candle too quickly) Any recent history of a DEC hired with only Airbus experience (9000+ hrs) and no JCAB licence? Any rumors of this maybe?

Sorry and thanks
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 08:43
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Hi bringback

Sorry, haven't heard THAT rumour, as far as I know, still only JCAB licences being taken for DEC. The best way to find out is to give one of the contract companies, Crew or Longreach would be my recommendation for now. Get the info straight from the horse's mouth!!

haha, good for terms and conditions, don't see much changing in a rush!
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Old 8th Feb 2018, 23:42
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Originally Posted by bringbackthe80s View Post
Lepo thank you for this very informative post. Sorry it didn't go well for you.

Guys already at AJX, sorry to keep asking the same questions but things do change quickly in our line of work so I'm just asking for an update here.
(Before I apply and burn my candle too quickly) Any recent history of a DEC hired with only Airbus experience (9000+ hrs) and no JCAB licence? Any rumors of this maybe?

Sorry and thanks
Sorry to say, but JCAB License is a must at AJX for DEC.
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Old 10th Feb 2018, 20:55
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Hi Lepo,

I am sorry you did not manage to pass, you seem to have invested a lot of time and study on it. Many thanks for the very detailed account, will be a favourite post in the future, no doubt.

I understand that had you pass, the medical would be the next step?

Another question, did you make your assessment on the sim, seated on the LHS or RHS?

All the best in your next endeavours!

BF
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Old 11th Feb 2018, 18:41
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Originally Posted by Broomstick Flier View Post
Hi Lepo,

I am sorry you did not manage to pass, you seem to have invested a lot of time and study on it. Many thanks for the very detailed account, will be a favourite post in the future, no doubt.

I understand that had you pass, the medical would be the next step?

Another question, did you make your assessment on the sim, seated on the LHS or RHS?

All the best in your next endeavours!

BF
Yes, they send you the result of the screening later in the evening and if you're successful the next step is the medical exam.

When applying for FO position you can choose to sit on the LHS or RHS. Your visual approach will be with left turns if seated on the left or right turns if seated on the right.
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 13:35
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Hi guys,

Spent 2 days reading through most of the pages here and have a few questions. Are layovers always minimum rest (or 24 hours whichever shorter) or are there any longer layover periods depending on destination?

I understand that you do not have to pay Japanese tax as you are not employed by a Japanese company. I'm assuming that you would be considered employed by the contract agency? Pls correct me if I'm wrong.
Coming from a country where we are not taxed on foreign sourced income, does that mean I don't pay tax? or do I have to pay tax for the country the agency is registered?

Thanks in advance for any info! Cheers
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Old 14th Feb 2018, 00:56
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Originally Posted by eddiet View Post
Hi guys,

Spent 2 days reading through most of the pages here and have a few questions. Are layovers always minimum rest (or 24 hours whichever shorter) or are there any longer layover periods depending on destination?

I understand that you do not have to pay Japanese tax as you are not employed by a Japanese company. I'm assuming that you would be considered employed by the contract agency? Pls correct me if I'm wrong.
Coming from a country where we are not taxed on foreign sourced income, does that mean I don't pay tax? or do I have to pay tax for the country the agency is registered?

Thanks in advance for any info! Cheers
Layovers are generally of the shorter duration. Usually the max is 24 hours. Right now we only have 1 that I can think of that is longer. There is a seasonal reduction in flights to Chengdu so on occasion you will have 2 full days there. I have never had it though.

As far as tax, no one on here can answer that question. You will need to talk to someone in your country who does taxes to find out. We are employed by the agency as that is where our paycheck comes from. It is your responsibility to make sure taxes are paid to your country if necessary. For US pilots Crew withholds federal taxes.
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Old 19th Feb 2018, 11:19
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Fact or fiction that a few recently have left for UPS?
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Old 19th Feb 2018, 15:42
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Originally Posted by yellowcontrails View Post
Fact or fiction that a few recently have left for UPS?
Fact, not sure how many though.
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Old 19th Feb 2018, 17:41
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4, I think, with a 5th desperate to go but doesn't seem to have fared so well in the selection process as the others.
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Old 19th Feb 2018, 18:52
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one got sacked for getting into a fight with his sim partner whilst in training.

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Old 20th Feb 2018, 02:19
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Are you saying that an ex-AJX pilot got into a fight with his sim partner whilst in UPS training or are saying an AJX trainee got into a fight whilst in AJX training?
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