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Old 9th May 2014, 05:00
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I am not sure about the previous 727 SIC limitation being a problem, however I am glad you found a solution.

I have an EMB-145 SIC on my license, as well a different jet PIC type and was just offered to do the sim eval with CREW.

I feel very fortunate and hope it goes well. Thank you to everyone in this thread for the contributions.
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Old 9th May 2014, 12:43
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AJX!

Hello!

I was selected to continue with the process and have a sim evaluation in June. I want to thank everyone here for taking their time in responding to questions and inquiries about AJX. GREATLY appreciated! Although, the process has only just begun! I have so much questions but I don't know where to begin!

Please PM me if you are so kind enough to share some of your experiences and the do's and don't.

Thanks again everyone!

Last edited by IsawBiTuka; 9th May 2014 at 13:46.
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Old 10th May 2014, 02:51
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Callouts

I have an upcoming screening with Air Japan and have been reviewing my 27 page Simulator Check Guidance package Revised 2013/ July/ 1st.

Throughout this entire thread (yes, I've read it all) I read the advice, "know your callouts in the sim and you'll be fine." However, sim packet has very few if any real callouts so I'm wondering if someone can shed some light on the subject?

Many thanks
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Old 10th May 2014, 02:56
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Where to buy paper panel...

Does anyone know where I can order a paper poster of a 757/767? I just want to get familiar with the layout and do some chair flying

Thanks guys. PM me please.

Isawbituka
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Old 10th May 2014, 03:15
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Sim Check?

It's a tad more than that, but for some reason, a few tend to down play the simulator's role in your passing the interview. When I was in Japan for my interview, I was told there is a 12% pass rate and the majority of the failures is due to the sim. Since, I get a little tired of getting slammed by the Sky God's, you can PM me, and I'll fill you in on what I did, the amount of effort expended, and how long you can expect to be called to class. I also have a play by play, that worked for me in the sim. Good luck.
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Old 10th May 2014, 03:22
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B767 posters

There is a downloadable B767 digital on smartcockpit.com I downloaded, took it to a print shop on a thumb drive, and they made me 60x80 cm copies. It's in color and fairly good quality. Happy chair flying.
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Old 10th May 2014, 07:12
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I recently went through the gambit...
I passed the interview and the sim but sadly not the medical....
Would have been a good job but I've got a good job.
The medical fail would not have been a fail elsewhere but there's nothing you can do about that part of it........
Good luck to those of you who pass the whole thing!!
Fly safe.
Cheers
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Old 10th May 2014, 09:13
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AJX medical

Jay, it appears you have definitely been given the wrong "prognosis", as it's apparent you have spent many years in Asia, and I would guess you completed an initial JCAB many moons ago and dozens since then. Since so many were terminated 5-6 years ago from Japan, you then probably ended up with another Heavy driver interview and medical, say KAL, and you skated through that. So after all your experience and obviously a few rounds with some of the toughest medicals in the world, they decide, it's not quite enough. Too bad for them. I've been flying in Asia longer that I want to admit and I rarely see someone with your background. Hopefully you didn't quit your day job. Good luck......
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Old 10th May 2014, 15:16
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To SIM prep or not to SIM prep........?

This is a question that has comes up over and over through the years.....! My recommendation hasn't changed, those of you that have read my opinions on the matter will experience déjà vu because I'm about to say what I have always said in the past, but since it's been a while, I'll revisit the point once more..!

How important is the SIM interview?

The sim evaluation IS the interview...! You don't impress them in the SIM, you don't get the job...!

Who benefits from a SIM prep? Would I recommend it?

Let's examine who has made it to the line and if the SIM prep made the difference..!
For what I see from guys (and gals) joining the line, I would say that 80% haven't flown the 767 before and maybe half (give or take) have any Boeing experience..!
For what I have heard in conversations with new folks joining the line is that maybe a third have done any SIM prep...! This is of course unscientific, this is just my impression during the usual "what where you doing before" conversations at cruise with the guys that I have never flown before, that is happening more and more lately since we are getting so many new pilots around here!

You folks need to understand that NONE of us knows what exactly they are looking for, they do NOT share any information as to why people pass nor fails the interview, they don't share the pass rates nor their reasoning behind it...!

Now, over the years we have come to understand the common trades of folks that make it to the line..., what we see that they are looking for is individuals that will be trainable in the way that they do things and individuals that will be able to communicate in an environment where English is not the native language for everyone. Your communications skills and your management skills are more important as far as I see than you knowing where every switch is, if your Boeing knowledge or the 767 cockpit layout would be what they are looking for, then 8 out of 10 pilots that are on the line today wouldn't have been hired..! Fair enough? Communicate with your PM (pilot monitoring) during the sim eval, ask for what you want to accomplish with the automation and he will help you with it, the evaluation team knows that you haven't flown the 767 before, it is your CRM capabilities and your airmanship what they are looking for and not that you know what every switch on the MCP is...! Makes sense?

OK, this is who I believe will benefit from a SIM prep..! If you have very little to no experience flying steam gauges, then I recommend a SIM prep because it could be very difficult to get an appropriate scan going, your scan is what will maintain your SA..! And that you maintain your SA is what they are looking for, not that you don't make a mistake because of your unfamiliarity with the automation, if during the evaluation you make a mistake by selecting something wrong on the MCP (as it happened to me during my evaluation) don't just sit there and let the contraption do what it might! disconnect and maintain the aluminum tube tracking what you want and just command the PM to select what you want the automation to do, then reconnect...! Airmanship, communications skills, management skills...! If you are weak in those areas, a SIM prep won't help. FLY the thing, don't think it is the 767 you are flying, fly it from your seat forward, learn the pitch and power settings that come in your interview package since this will go a long way in helping you to control the SIM that is quite sensitive actually. Make sure that before you start the evaluation, you brief your PM about your lack of understanding of the automation and if you have any basic questions as to how to select this or that, have your PM explain it to you during the brief...! That you know how to use the assets available to you is what they are looking for, NOT that you are unfamiliar with the MCP, because if that was the case, the majority of us wouldn't be flying the line today...! Of course the more preparation the better, if you get some familiarity with the automation of course it will help, but spend more time on pitch and power settings and the SOP's on the interview package.

Good luck!
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Old 10th May 2014, 17:48
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AJX

Thanks for the post Dom, that is great info!!

EDIT: stupid iPad
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Old 10th May 2014, 22:13
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Thanks Dom.
I have to say that the group of people here at this particular forum is the most helpful group of people. It is almost hard to believe, by comparison to other forums, that I honestly get useful advice and opinions from members here.

Thanks a lot to all of you here that are genuinely helping us out newbies to be successful. I really appreciate it!
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Old 12th May 2014, 09:14
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Taxes

Hey Guys,

I am also currently about to make mind Wetter to apple at AJX or not and I would like to thank you for sharing a lot of useful Information!

What I am still looking for after Reading this thread since a couple of days now is current Information about the taxes applicable in Japan.

How much taxes do you have to pay when not living in Japan? Is your total income subject to taxation or do you recieve per diems, allowances etc taxfree?
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Old 12th May 2014, 14:11
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taxes

I'd consider waiting until you have level 3+ english......
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Old 12th May 2014, 14:31
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The only option available for this contract is "commuting" there is NO option to reside in Japan with this contract (no option that will be sponsored by the company that is, they WILL NOT arrange resident status in Japan) since you will not have official residency in Japan, your salary is not subjected to Japanese taxes...., remember that you will not actually work for AJX, you will be employed by the contract agency....! Your salary will be net and you are responsible for applicable taxes on your country of residence...!

One more thing, CREW is a US based company....., if you select them or not as your contract agency I think it is a good measure to speak to a tax attorney to get a clear picture of your tax liabilities under this type of employment..., it could be quite complicated depending on your own country tax laws....!
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Old 12th May 2014, 14:49
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@Jaz
Actually the problem was the auto correction function of my Ipad which I didn't realise before sending my post.
My english LVL6 entry in my licence should be enough for the job, no need to worry about my language skills.

@The Dominician
Thanks for your reply. So I will figure out what kind of agreement regarding taxation my country has with the countries the agencies are residing.

I read on the previous pages the sugesstions either for Crew or Parc, is this advice still valid?
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Old 13th May 2014, 05:08
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I'm noticing a few people on various forums have been invited to the pre-screening in June and that they applied through CREW. I applied through PARC, I sent my application in April 2nd. I got an email saying that I would be invited to the screening but the date is not set because they are awaiting SIM slots to become available.

I was wondering if anyone here applied through PARC recently and if they were invited to the screening or if this is all CREW applicants? Did anyone apply around April 2nd or sooner and have a date set for the screening?
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Old 13th May 2014, 15:52
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kr575m,

If your location is really Sacramento then you'd be better off applying through Crew and forget Parc. Crew is much better set up for Americans, regrading tax and 401K but, more importantly, Crew has vastly superior medical cover. Parc's only saving grace was their loss of licence cover which, until fairly recently, Crew did not have. However, with Crew you can opt in to a LOL scheme which you pay for but is very good cover and far outweighs the money you'd have to pay to cover family etc on the medical NOT provided by Parc. Also, Parc are determined to reduce the LOL insurance, so you'll end up with a pretty lacklustre policy and medical insurance that doesn't even come close to Crew. Add in Parc's reluctance to actually do anything for their pilots once they're on AJX's books and I think there's only one way to go nowadays......shame I'm on Parc's books
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Old 13th May 2014, 15:57
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Zlin,

Your tax has nothing to do with the countries in which the agencies reside, only the country in which you reside. Your salary is paid net of ANY tax, therefore it is up to you to fill out the relevant tax paperwork for your country of residence and pay that tax. Crew will deal with certain aspects of tax for the residents of the US but any non-US residents will have to file their tax returns with their own country and the agencies do NOT get involved in any aspects of taxation.

Yeah, the only agencies worth using are Crew and Parc..........use Crew!
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Old 13th May 2014, 18:01
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Wink

Fratemate, thanks. I'll send something into CREW as well.

So it's basically going to be a wash with LOL insurance. And
CREW has better medical insurance. I'm not married and have no
children, so is the difference in insurance that big of a factor still?

I know things could change in the future as far as a wife and kids. After your
first 5 year contract expires and you get the opportunity to upgrade, can
you switch contract companies?
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Old 13th May 2014, 21:25
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despite not having the reqs concerning jet "transport" hours, I'm gonna try again via Crew. do you have to be u.s. citizen for Crew ?
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