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Old 11th Feb 2020, 05:11
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Originally Posted by Kipp6
So Iím interested in AJX (FO), and wanted to get perspectives on it. I would live there, but I do not plan on staying in Japan forever (I would eventually like to come back to US).

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Officially you are not allowed to live there. Please note the word "officially" this is probabbly tax-technical. But you can of course have holidays in Japan. Just keep that in mind...
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Old 11th Feb 2020, 05:18
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If you are interested in returning to the US to work, I would suggest giving AJX a skip, get into a decent major asap, get that valuable seniority number and enjoy your life. AJX may be an adventure for you but the delay in the seniority number in the US could cost you plenty.
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Old 15th Feb 2020, 04:03
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Is there a sign on bonus for those of us that held a JACAB ATPL (Lapsed) but are rated on a 767 on a different licence?
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Old 15th Feb 2020, 08:40
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Are you guys still flying into China?
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Old 15th Feb 2020, 18:02
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Originally Posted by king_fifi
Hi all,
Just sharing my interview experience.
Whatever written from the beginning of this post till the latest, it was extremely helpful for my preparation fo rthe interview process.
So, please read it from first page till the very last.
Dominican, Fratemate and a few more noble chaps here had been providing great information for us all.
Really appreciate it alot.

Right, as for my interview, return air ticket to Tokyo was paid by the agent (Crew in my case) but hotel accomodation was self-paid.

You will go through a paper test consist of 20 questions mainly on ATPL subjects.
You will then proceed for the interview.

The whole interview process was pleasant, 3 Japanese senior Captains plus anohter Japanese lady from HR.
Standard interview questions with some techinical questions from each of the senior Captains.
As for those technical questions posed to me, I did managed to answer most of it but not all.
Those that I was not sure, I will just be frank to them and say "not sure" or " I don't know the answer" instead of bs my way through.

Right after the interview, and before the sim check, you will be given a "briefing" by one of the senior captain.
Basically he is just confirming that the sim profile that you have been given by the agent is up to date.
He will go through the entire profile with you.
During this stage, I was asked if I would prefer to have the "Speedtape" version of PFD or the older version of it, which I call it the "F/S tape" (as in fast/slow).
I did not know until this point that I have the luxury to choose my version of speedtape.
I chose the newer digital speedtape for my PFD (regretted it somehow, as I've been bunk flying using the F/S tape all these while)

Sim profile was exactly as per the package given by the agent.
Most difficult for me was the visual approach, followed by the S/E profile and easiest was the VOR profile.
Well, that is only for my case.

For the sim check, 1 captain will be sitting on the other seat to assist, another running the sim and the third one will watch you like a hawk from the middle.
They will watch and take notes on every little thing you do/missed.
They even noticed that I was not looking at my speedtape just prior to rotation.

Some tips general tips for the sim check:
You're suppose to glance the speedtape when the PM says "V-R" before you actually move the control column.
Your thumb should be away from the trim switch if you're not trimming.
You can fly with both hands as long as the A/T is ON and working. That's told to me by one of the checker when I was placing one of my hand on the thrust lever "guarding it". Not required according to him.
Say "Left/Right clear" as applicable, everytime before initiating a turn.

Now, as for the Visual profile, yes, cadence mentioned by Fratemate works very well and gives you plenty of time to adjust your profile during base turn.
One thing i learnt during my visual approach. My speed was spot on when you look at the speedtape on PFD. However, my thrust correction to achive the speed was varying by +/- 5% or so (the thrust lever is a little sensitive as well for a first timer on a 767 sim).
According to the checker, I must stay within +/-2% only, so my 5% was way too much for them.
I had a positive landing, not hard at all but definitely not a greaser for sure. And the checker behind was saying "VIP onboard!"
Not sure if they're just trying ease the tense in the sim or they really don't like my landing.

I had my interview and sim check during the day and the result came in the same evening.
Unfortunately I did not make it. No reasons given. Strongly believe I flunked the sim session.
According to my agent, the only thing that counts is the sim check, the interview/paper exam was irrelevant.
Not sure to what extend though as even the agent does not know the reason for my failure.

By the way, all these happened more than a year ago but I guess nothing much has changed.

I had recently resubmit my application again to my agent.

Shocking to know AJX does not accept second try for DEC applicants (this was not told to me last year by my agent).
This has been confirmed by my agent as they made a call to AJX (well that's what they told me).
That is their current "policy" now it seems. Not sure why.
Rather disappointed to know this actually.

I'm having high hope still. Will try again next year. Hopefully they will review their "policy".

To those who are applying, especially DEC, best of luck, and give it your best shot.

Gambatte Kudasai!

Fifi
dear sir thank you for your feedback hope you get more lucky on your next try . Would you please shear your experience on the questions asked on the written exam as well as the tech questions they asked you during your interview that would be highly appreciated
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Old 15th Feb 2020, 21:15
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MBA, I like your optimism but NO!
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Old 15th Feb 2020, 21:54
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Originally Posted by MBA747
Is there a sign on bonus for those of us that held a JACAB ATPL (Lapsed) but are rated on a 767 on a different licence?
Seriously? With pretty much 70% of the guys in the sandbox looking for options, over 400 expat pilots being let go in China, TC shutting down on the EU and Flybe on the way to shutting down, Air Italy just shut down operations... Air Japan is not having problems right now with applications.
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Old 15th Feb 2020, 23:16
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I take your point. However having jumped through the JCAB hoops which I would not describe as straight forward and in fact in some cases ridiculous and seeing the failure rate. I would have thought that they would have provided some incentive to join Air Japan having proved that one could successfully negotiate the obstacle course and I would assume a shorter training period.
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Old 16th Feb 2020, 00:42
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MBA, you are assuming they actually see the jumping through the hoops as a rewardable achievement. You and I see the cost this exercise has on individuals and their families, the company is oblivious or chooses to ignore it. I often think they see it is a privilege to work for them. Cynical, yes, jaded, yes.
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Old 16th Feb 2020, 06:25
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MBA I think your thoughts are well intentioned and reasonable however reveal no understanding of the Japanese aviation (social?) psychology.
Surprising if you've been here and experienced the wonders before.

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Old 16th Feb 2020, 14:25
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Originally Posted by MBA747
Dominican
I take your point. However having jumped through the JCAB hoops which I would not describe as straight forward and in fact in some cases ridiculous and seeing the failure rate. I would have thought that they would have provided some incentive to join Air Japan having proved that one could successfully negotiate the obstacle course and I would assume a shorter training period.
100% In agreemnet with gtseraf! Sorry to have to say this since what you have said is supposed to make sense right? But I've learned that our logic is not their logic, they simply couldn't care less if you have a JCAB license or not, they will run you through the Whak A Mole table regardless of your experience before you join, and then selectively run you through it again independently of how many years you've been here.
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Old 16th Feb 2020, 23:46
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hi nuggets.

everything you need is provided by CREw. I am not sure how good the other recruitment firms are.

i didnít buy any prep ware except for having a flight sim on my pc and the aforementioned ATPL prep question app which was only a few $

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QUOTE=Chacken_Nuggets;10617215]Hey Cptn Kris,

I am a little confused about the sim prep. Did you buy study guides or a sim prep xourse on the 67 before you did the sim eval? Or was the 12 hrs (6 ground + 6 sim) provided by CREW with the interview/eval.

I see you had done your due diligence with the paper trainer Were the study guide and manuals provided ahead of time or only just prior to the eval? Or purchased through the sim prep.

CN[/QUOTE]
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Old 2nd Mar 2020, 11:31
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Does anyone know if interviews are still taking place or have they been deferred due to the Corona Virus?
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Old 2nd Mar 2020, 11:41
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Originally Posted by Who stole my meds
Does anyone know if interviews are still taking place or have they been deferred due to the Corona Virus?
They are asking pilots to take Leave and Short working months. But on the other hand I'm sure that interviews are in full swing and that they are still saying that you will upgrade on the 76 in 3 to 4 years although the upgrade courses on the 76 are coming to an end!

Welcome to AJX, it's all about the office politics!
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Old 3rd Mar 2020, 03:23
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Originally Posted by The Dominican
They are asking pilots to take Leave and Short working months. But on the other hand I'm sure that interviews are in full swing and that they are still saying that you will upgrade on the 76 in 3 to 4 years although the upgrade courses on the 76 are coming to an end!

Welcome to AJX, it's all about the office politics!
Thanks Dominican.
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Old 8th Mar 2020, 07:21
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Originally Posted by The Dominican
They are asking pilots to take Leave and Short working months. But on the other hand I'm sure that interviews are in full swing and that they are still saying that you will upgrade on the 76 in 3 to 4 years although the upgrade courses on the 76 are coming to an end!

Welcome to AJX, it's all about the office politics!
Hi Dominican,

what do you mean when you say that upgrade courses on the 76 are coming to an end? You mean upgrades would be done on the 787? Or that upgrades in general are not going to happen soon?
If first officers are transitioned to the 78 at some point, that would mean upgrade well above the 4 year average right?

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Old 8th Mar 2020, 08:22
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First officers are currently in and going to the 787. So yes, at some point they are going to start upgrades on the 787. No one knows what is going to happen in the future here. The 767 is on its way out so upgrades will stop on it. My guess, (and that's all it is) is that they will stop within the next year. After that they will start the 787 upgrades.
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Old 8th Mar 2020, 10:10
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they will be doing upgrades on both 767 and 787 this coming fiscal year (april 2020 to March 2021), not confirmed how many on which fleet, apparently total 16 upgrades.

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Old 10th Mar 2020, 03:29
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Hello guys. I have just received an email that my profile has been approved for DEC assessment, through Parc. I am not sure when this will happen given the whole corona virus thing, but they are selecting candidates for assessment.
Has anyone interviewed in the last few months an can share their experience?
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 10:58
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Hi guys, also doing DEC assessment shortly, thanks for all the info.

Just a short question, if admitted are there a lot of people send away during training like in China, or are you accepted and helped pass the training? Just trying to assess the risk of ending up empty handed and jobless after 6-8 months.

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