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Old 21st Feb 2007, 09:01
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About the skeds:

I have to say sorry man because I used to have an AJV schedule on my computer, but I must have erased it.. I got it from PARC, and I am sure you can do the same through your crew company.

For what it is worth, I am told they have set up a scheduling "Committee" and PARC has someone on it.. I have one buddy already there, and he says the schedules or fine, and the company is very flexible.. (AJV)

As I do not start until May, I can only speak based on what I have heard, and not first hand.. I don't know anything about the AirJapan contract..

Hope it helps..

777BC
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Old 22nd Feb 2007, 13:36
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Thanks for the info guys. I was wondering about how much a crashpad would run in Tokyo if I'm commuting from the US. I would be taking the contract for a better paycheck, but I'm not sure if I would net more after having to drop some of that money on a crashpad.

Say of 20/21 in NRT, how many nights would you be on your own dime? 4-5? I was wondering more on the JP Express side.
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Old 22nd Feb 2007, 14:03
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Red,

Sent you a PM..

Any info you guys have on commuting, living etc.. is helpful!

Cheers,

BC
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Old 25th Feb 2007, 04:51
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The word from management and union is 2 ABX 767 flying for ANA this summer and one more in the Fall. I dont know if there are going to be dedicated crews for Japan or it's going to be bid every month. It does't sound like we will have a domicile in Japan. Are there any other ABX pilots on this forum beside robiemartin and I?
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Old 25th Feb 2007, 23:22
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Thanks for the info guys. I'd like to keep this thread going. Any guys actually flying the ANA/AJ contacts now? Info on QOL?
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Old 12th Mar 2007, 09:26
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May 21st??

Hey all.. This thread seems to be crapping out which is a shame...

Are there any other people starting class on May 21st?? If so, please drop a line on here..!

Cheers,

777BC
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Old 12th Mar 2007, 09:30
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Also, any of you boys that started in March have feeback on how things are going?? How is the "New" hotel? Any company news (AJV or AJX)?

Thanks!!
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Old 19th Mar 2007, 14:30
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I'd like to know more too. I rushed through the assesment and got through OK but now everyone's gone silent. Standing by to expedite but would like to know more about schedules and commuting too.
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Old 21st Mar 2007, 01:15
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I started class last week (12 March) and I would be happy to answer some questions. I am here through PARC on the AJX contract. I am not sure if we are in a new hotel or not, but it is the New Takanawa Prince hotel. About a 5 minute walk to the Shinagawa Station.

Things are actually pretty good here. We did the Air Law class last week and while it was not exciting (it is air law) it was not that bad either. Or JCAB exam is monday so hopefully all will go well...

I dont know anything about the AJV schedules, but with AJX, you fly to three cities... NRT - CAN (departs about 8am, then returns back to NRT same day), NRT - HNL (departs sometime in the afternoon and arriven in HNL about 0930 the next day, then comes back 0900 the following day to NRT), and NRT-HKG (leave about 1830 arrive about 2330, off the whole next day in HKG then back to NRT about 0830 the next day).

It appears that you are always back in NRT about 1400 - 1500 on your last day.. Typically 4 to 5 overnight trips per month, averaging about 70 hours of time a month (they said AJV averages about 40 hours a month)

Commuting is either paid ticket or you can use ZED tickets. It seems that most guys are commuting to Australia, with a few to Europe, US and Thailand.

Not sure about crashpad's yet. I hear that there are some but I am planning on staying at the holiday inn, narita for the time being. It averages about 50$ a night, and is only about 10 minutes from the airport. If you have a crash pad in the city, its a long way to work every day. (and pretty expensive)

Only been here a week but so far I am enjoying it a lot. Any other questions, fire away...
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Old 21st Mar 2007, 13:22
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Thanks for posting.. I was hoping someone who was in that class would get on here.. That's great.. I do have a few questions if you dont mind.. PM me if you prefer..

That is the same hotel as before, but I heard it was going into some sort of construction / updating, and that we would move.. Glad we are still there, as there seems to be a lot around..

Have you been given a training schedule yet?? How "intense" is the 8 months?? Stuff all the time, or lots of time off...?

Are you enjoying your classmates? Is it a Capt. or FO class? Both AJX and AJV?

I think your idea about staying neat NRT is probably the best one. I just flew with a guy that used to overnight there with ANZ and he said there are some great places to go out.. (Barge Inn, Flyers etc..) Lots of crews and good prices on food and beer..

I will be starting AJV Captain class May 21st, so any and all info is very much appreciated!! Thanks again for taking the time.. Others on here will appreciate it too!!

BC
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Old 22nd Mar 2007, 00:42
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The hotel is undergoing some renovation. Its only on floors 12-14 right not. Not too much of a problem but you can hear them when they start with the jackhammer about 10 am each day. There are some rooms that have internet, but you have to ask for them. Its 1000 yen per day, but if you join their prince club, i am told that it is free. I also went out and bought a wireless router, so more people can share the connection....

The only "off" days are on weekends...However, there are lots of "blank days" throught your training period. We did the class on Air Law last week, and this whole week has been blank days...ie off. Its not near as intense and I first suspected, but I am studying on my own...Our law exam is monday...

Its a mixed class of AJX / AJV. There are 8 AJX and 4 AJV in the class. I am not sure of the AJV makeup but AJX is 7 Captains, 1 FO (me). We also have 2 guys that are already typed, and they run on an accelerated schedule..

At some point we are told that some current guys flying the line will come to meet us and talk to us about commuting and living arrangements. Hopefully we will get a clearer picture then.
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Old 22nd Mar 2007, 22:44
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Welcome to Japan !

I have just logged on for the first time in about 2 years . Yeah , this website is still blooming with useful information .
I am currently at AJV . I will try to help you with your questions .
About training , it is very slow indeed .
When your sim starts , you can expect one 4hr session every 2 days...
So lots of time to study and relax . You will sometimes get a few unscheduled days off , because of holidays in Japan . Soon coming is what they call " Golden Week " . It goes from april 28th to may 6th . Our class was given off for that entire period and most of the guys enjoyed a trip back home on company's expenses ... You might be lucky again this year !
All of us are based in Narita , wheter you are AJX or AJV . I have been staying in hotels so far and it's working great . We have special deals at the Narita Excel and the Garden Hotel for about $50 , and they allow us to check out as late as 19:00 at no extra charge . Some guys share an appartment in Narita , and they are quite happy with it too.
About AJV schedule , yes it is quite relax for now . There are only 3 flights a week on the Japan - Anchorage - Chicago run , so we take 10 days to do it , with an extended stop in either place for 4 days . The rest is China turns and starting this summer 5 weekly Seoul . So a typical month includes a North American turn and 3 or 4 flights to China , the rest being STBY days or days off. We will be getting 5 more freighters starting december 2007 . So it may be quiet now , but that won't last forever .

Cheers and good luck on your training
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Old 23rd Mar 2007, 02:04
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I did forget one thing about the hotel.... AJX guys are in the New Takanawa, but the AJV guys are located somewhere else. I am not sure what the name of it is, but its about 3 or 4 stops away on the subway.
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Old 25th Mar 2007, 16:35
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Thanks Guys!! Great info.. I look forward to meeting y'all when I get there in May!!

Please continue to post things you feel we "New Joiners" should know...

777BC
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Old 12th Apr 2007, 23:41
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AJX Interview

Hi Folks.
I have an interview coming up this month.
Is there any questions in the interview that were surprising or unusual

Thanks,

WCB
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Old 13th Apr 2007, 01:11
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Its all about the sim. There are very few technical questions in the interview. Most of the questions are to find out if you know what you are getting into with the commute and to make sure you will fit in well with the culture. Fly the sim exactly the way the tell you to and then just keep your fingers crossed for the medical.... Thats the worst part of it all and there is nothing you can do to prepare for it.
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Old 14th Apr 2007, 22:49
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Thanks for the heads up. Haven't been behind the controls in awhile. I'll be boning up for that.
Cheers,
WCB
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Old 15th Apr 2007, 02:52
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If you haven't flown in a while, my recommendation would be to do a Sim prep on the 76. The sim ride is the interview, they understand that you are not flying the 76 and they will help you with automation and so on.
But you have to steer the aluminum tube as your resume indicates you should. You dig?
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Old 19th Apr 2007, 03:08
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Thumbs down

Heard that only 75% passed the last simcourse.
Looong course, no guarantees . . . .
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Old 19th Apr 2007, 06:06
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Failure rate is more like 10%, probably less, averaged over the past 6 years. Some issues recently with a change in instructors but they were resolved and the crew involved are still around.

Show me anything in life with a guarantee, apart from DEATH!!!!!
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