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Old 21st Oct 2012, 08:39
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Ummm....maybe 2 pages too long? Unless you triple-spaced it with size 20 font or really had a lot to talk about yourself.
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Old 8th Nov 2012, 18:48
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Almost a month now with not a single word from CReW. Seems others have had many calls/emails to discuss their application. I even sent an email asking if I should update the profile every couple of weeks/months. Did not receive a reply to that either.

Would be nice to know one way or another. Seemed like Parc were more organized and enthusiastic about getting applicants in to the selection process (told me they had dates available in November) but I picked CReW because of the US health insurance issue. Maybe that was a mistake?

I'll continue to be patient, for now. Anyone have good/bad comments on CReW?
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 05:27
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I wouldn't be too patient; call them and ask them what's going on. If their answer is not to your satisfaction then apply through Parc. Contract agencies are there to serve you, as well as their client (AJX), so make them work as they'll be earning plenty from your placement.

It may very well be that they're missing some info from you, or that they're processing you in a particular order. Nevertheless, they should let you know this if you call them, rather than just keeping you in the dark, which is just plain rude.

You're not beholden to anyone yet, so if you're not getting the service you want, go elsewhere.

Crew definitely have the best health insurance, for the whole family, and well worth it if you're a Yank. They are introducing loss of licence insurance but you have to pay for that separately. Parc has good, free, loss of licence insurance but the health cover, while good, is only for the pilot and includes a 200 excess. Insuring the family is quite expensive through Parc. If you're single, then Parc would probably work out better but beware of what the future holds for single blokes

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Old 9th Nov 2012, 12:58
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Thanks Fratemate. My status still says "pending evaluation" and that hasn't changed since I submitted it, so I guess I will give them a call.
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 22:18
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Goldthop,

If you're living in the U.S., you definitely need to go with CREW as their Health Insurance covers the U.S.

PARC has BUPA for Health Insurance, and although it works really great almost everywhere else in the world, it does NOT cover U.S. Residents. Although the deductible is around $300/year, the coverage is really good and covers alternative treatments like Chiropractic, etc. A major drawback is Preventative Dental - There is none. You only have dental coverage for emergencies. Finally, as you are the only person covered by PARC, you have to pay for additional family members, but the cost for providing additional coverage for family members is not that much higher than other U.S. Carriers.

On another side note, depending on your residency status (and since this thread is for Air Japan - You don't have any in Japan) should you go with any other contractor other than a U.S. based contractor like CREW, you will be liable for 15% taxes on Social Security, as opposed to 7.5%.

If I were you, I'd stick with CREW if you live in the USA based on the information above. The guy's at HACS/CREW are a good people. PARC is a good option if you don't live in the U.S., but at the end of the day (just like every contractor out there), they're all snakes in the grass.

Aloha

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Old 10th Nov 2012, 01:22
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I am a US resident with wife and kids. Good information. Thanks Blink.
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Old 10th Nov 2012, 03:11
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Heard thru speaking with someone on contract that for the Captain positions they have been accepting quite a few Qantas guys who are endorsed.

Looks like the Captain side of things remain slow for NTR.



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Old 10th Nov 2012, 16:47
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Waiting

Took a while for CReW to line me up too, I applied in Sep and am doing the assessment this week in Seattle. When they do contact you, it can come pretty fast so be prepared! Not sure when the next assessments are, but am being told if I am hired it will probably be for a March time frame class at this point.
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Old 11th Nov 2012, 08:37
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WJAPilot,

It is true that AJX are taking quite a few Qantas guys, who are basically on leave without pay from QF. A good number of them do have the 767 on their licence but, obviously, not JCAB ATPLs.

However, the QF guys are, so far, exclusively FOs and not capts and this is going to be the general thrust of recruiting for the foreseeable future for all candidates, not just Qantas. I confirmed this in the office very recently, so it's not just rumour. I was told that if a 'very good' capt candidate applied they would consider him as a DEC and by 'very good' they mean JCAB licence and 767 type rating but they are specifically targeting FOs because we have enough capts.
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Old 11th Nov 2012, 09:53
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fratemate

surely you can never have toooo many captains - a captain can be a F/O but an F/O cannot be......etc.
Do you guys (Capt) fly as F/O's: never...sometimes....50%....not anywhere near enough to soak up the experience and knowledge....or something extra??

WOW - QF guys coming to ANA.

Let the "cultural" games begin - potentially HIGHLY entertaining!!

Cheers all.
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Old 11th Nov 2012, 23:59
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Do you guys (Capt) fly as F/O's: never...sometimes....50%....not anywhere near enough to soak up the experience and knowledge....or something extra??
Yes, capts do fly as FOs. Before the joining of AJV & AJX there was a lot of capt/capt flying on the freighter but a lot less so on the pax side of things. Nowadays I reckon about 40ish% of my flying is in the right seat but I think that will reduce a bit as there are more FOs coming through the training pipeline.

Judging by what I've seen so far, I don't think an influx of QF guys will cause any 'cultural' snags whatsoever. Everybody that's passed the course very quickly learnt to do things the way the Japanese want it done, no matter how ridiculous some of it is and realise they're not interested in the way other airlines operate and are not going to change anything based on what the interlopers suggest. Of course we occasionally moan about it, especially when we know there's better ways of doing things but it's not rocket science to realise it's their trainset. While chatting there are sometimes remarks that begins with "In United/USAir/BA/Ansett/Maersk/JAL" etc but they are innocuous conversational statements and, so far, I've never heard "AJX should do it this way because that's the way we did it in XXXX". I'm absolutely positive the QF guys will have some ideas of how AJX could do things differently but I'm also sure they'll do as the rest of us do; fly the aircraft the way AJX want it flown and leave the "In Qantas" stuff for conversations, where we can all learn from the experience of others.

As for the 'entertaining', that's going well so far and long may it continue

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Old 21st Nov 2012, 07:53
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Hello everybody. I'm thinking about applying to ANA. I've tryed to read all the posts ,and I want to thank you for all the information. I have the feeling that commuting wold be not easy but nowadays there are not many opportunities for those who don't want to leave their country.

I would like to ask if anyone knows how to get the profiles for the sim check? Do they give them to you well in advance? And what about if you get sick? Does the company respect a long incapacitation period ( lets say 2-3 months).

Thank you.
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Old 21st Nov 2012, 12:46
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I would like to ask if anyone knows how to get the profiles for the sim check? Do they give them to you well in advance?
You will get an interview package in advance that has the profile for the interview.

ANA, Air Japan, JP Express Pilot Interview Profiles

That link has good information about interview experiences.

And what about if you get sick? Does the company respect a long incapacitation period ( lets say 2-3 months).
I have to say that in terms of personnal time due to family emergency, illness, they have been very good at giving pilots the time they need.
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Old 1st Dec 2012, 20:44
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One of the guys in training now sent a hello email a few days ago, he mentioned that there were classes starting in Jan, Mar & May. They are all F/O's in his class with a mix of US regional guys and a couple of guys from the EU.
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Old 16th Dec 2012, 01:23
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Hi there.

I would like to know if JPX are recruiting NTR captains. I am currently flying B737-800 with more 15000hrs in Boeing 737-200 and B737-800.
B737-800 PIC 6000hrs
B737-200 PIC 1800hrs
B737-200 FO 5100hrs

My other little problem is my english. I have a good tecnical english but is not fluent. My ICAO is 4.

Tks
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Old 16th Dec 2012, 03:20
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That is not a little problem
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Old 16th Dec 2012, 22:43
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Pizzato,

However, the QF guys are, so far, exclusively FOs and not capts and this is going to be the general thrust of recruiting for the foreseeable future for all candidates, not just Qantas. I confirmed this in the office very recently, so it's not just rumour. I was told that if a 'very good' capt candidate applied they would consider him as a DEC and by 'very good' they mean JCAB licence and 767 type rating but they are specifically targeting FOs because we have enough capts.
As The Dominican says, your level of English will prove a problem. I don't know of anybody who is less than a 6 and I reckon a 4 would be too many fun and games for you and your Japanese instructors
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Old 17th Jan 2013, 14:52
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AJX 767

Hi all,

Thank you for the great info on the previous pages. I'm a South African with 4500hrs TT, B732/3/4/5/8 rated with about 3700hrs on the Boeings. Also hold a FAA ATPL. Do AJX hire Saffers? Rumour down here is that they don't, though I have a few mates on the 747 cargo fleet, although I know thats a seperate entity.

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Old 17th Jan 2013, 15:22
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Hum? We have South Africans working here, so I will raise the BS flag on that one
There is always some sort of rumor about this particular gig, if it isn't that they don't hire from a particular company or that they don't hire of a particular nationality or that they won't hire people with experience on a particular A/C, and like 90% of the rumors you hear, it is all a steamy pile of bovine excrement
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Old 17th Jan 2013, 20:49
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Hi Little Mo

There are 2 pilots from South Africa who are working at AJX, both do not commute from RSA .

There was a third who was employed around 2004/5 (?) He tried to commute from RSA and it turned out to be very difficult, he did not stay long.

That may have influenced a reluctance to employ people from RSA who will commute from there.

As always, best is to contact the contract company directly, they will have the best gen.

Good luck
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