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British Airways DEP Selection - THE lowdown Part 1

Old 5th Nov 2011, 13:42
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Whichever way you do the maths then the previously estimated recruitment requirements that BA had remain unchanged.
In my opinion those looking for evidence of this need look no further than this thread, which has seen reports of both 737 and 767 courses being offered yesterday, the very day the potential sale was announced, with one poster having it suggested to him that Airbus courses could happen in Feb.

I don't see the reason for the pessimism personally. A long wait in the holding pool is normal, as is seeing people fished out ahead of you since BA must match people to types as cost effectively as possible. It ain't pleasant but it's understandable and necessary.

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Old 5th Nov 2011, 14:10
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I was one of the first out of the pool earlier this year and as far as I can tell cranebank has been working full tilt since then. There is only a finite amount of training resource, and as well as the DEP recruitment there is 3 or so years of pent up pressure within BA for fleet moves, command courses etc which has suddenly been released.

As I was in the 2008 hold pool that was disbanded I know what its like to wait and watch and agonise over every news story and every hint of movement / change etc - but I don't think there is anything other than a resource driven critical path in the training department at the moment. Chill people your time will come.

To those of you who just got the 767 call - welcome to the best fleet - I look forward to seeing you online and also to the iminent rise of my lowly seniority position! feel free to drop me a line for any info as I have just recently done the course myself.
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Old 5th Nov 2011, 14:12
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Interview Slots

Hi All,

Can someone tell me when day 1 interview slots were last made available on BA's recruitment website?

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Old 6th Nov 2011, 17:38
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To those of you who just got the 767 call - welcome to the best fleet
Surely you mean 'welcome to the historic fleet'? Enjoy the Moscow trips!

Only joking
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Old 6th Nov 2011, 17:48
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makes me wonder if its maybe time to give up

Why give up now? If you've been in the pool, and it's costing you nothing etc, why bail? I understand vacancies on 737, 767 and A320 continue with more to be offered imminently. Waits on fleets are varying as mentioned above, but no stoppage or freeze as others have rushed to assume above

You mentioned EK..looks like you are in a fortunate position with two majors looking for you! Which is your preference? Not many buddies in the ME, most hung around the UK/Europe.
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Old 6th Nov 2011, 18:09
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Sawadee that is promising news! I take it that is news from inside? May I ask if you heard it from the recruitment team or elsewhere?

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Old 7th Nov 2011, 13:37
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Was more meant in the sense of take that offer that is actually there than stay in a holdpool for an indefinite amount of time as bills need paid, career needs to progress and trouble and strife needs to kept happy.

I'm lucky to have the option but I've been in this position before (not specifically these airlines) and without any notice they were gone and I was back at square one. Just my reasons for being anxious and wanting to know things are moving.

Fingers crossed!
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Old 7th Nov 2011, 16:04
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I've been in this position before ... and without any notice they were gone and I was back at square one. Just my reasons for being anxious and wanting to know things are moving.
Hear hear Kempus! Having been in this situation before myself, I am feeling a little frustrated with no news whatsoever, but then again I have been in the pool "only" 3 months so far. Here's hoping for 2012...

Mikehotel152: if you search my post history, I asked for sim pointers last summer. I found the replies quite useful for my own sim.
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Old 8th Nov 2011, 10:29
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B737 400 SIM

Hi Folks,

Does anybody out there know which Flight Instruments are installed in the BA B737-400 SIM in Cranebank.

Is there an EADI/EHSI? What about a speed tape on the EADI?

Got a sim check coming up and any info would help.

Thanks alot.
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Old 8th Nov 2011, 13:10
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BA sim checks done on the B747-400, unless you are being check for another airline??
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Old 8th Nov 2011, 13:54
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Just had the good news from BA. I am through to the next stage which for me is an interview. This will be in early 2012. The email states that ALL remaining screening has now been complete for this round of DEP recruitment.

Good luck all.
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Old 8th Nov 2011, 17:11
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Both BA's 734 sims have EADI and EHSI fitted. Our EADI's show the speed tape, Rad alt (when 2500ft AGL), VOR/ILS deviation scale, Mach no (only when >.40), Ground speed, FMA's, bank indicator and scale and the rising runway (<200ft AGL).

The only thing really worth noting is that both the sims as with all our a/c have the steam driven (pointers) engine instruments on the centre instrument panel.

Hope this helps. Good luck with your sim.

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Old 8th Nov 2011, 17:13
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Hi bluepilot,

Sim check is for a large ME carrier that is currently doing assessments in UK. I guess the only Sim's available are the B737-400... I'm used to flying the 800 so it's going to be strange with all the round dials!


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Old 8th Nov 2011, 17:20
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Thank you so much... just the info I needed.

I'm flying 800 and would have found it very difficult to use the old stlye round ASI at this stage! It's hard to re-teach an auld dog old tricks!
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Old 8th Nov 2011, 17:26
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Is it worth to invest in cockpitweb software??

Are the BA tests on day 1 still similar as in post nr 1 on this forum??

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Old 8th Nov 2011, 18:26
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Hi all,

I received a general update from BA today that may be of general interest to those waiting for various stages of the process.

This is a quick update for you, as a DEP Hold Pool member, on the current training and vacancy situation at BA.

We are continuing to offer DEP vacancies for 2012, and have now completed the offer process for all courses in January and the first vacancies for February.

The Hold Pool is currently well stocked with a mix of candidates and experience, and waiting times are really very variable, principally depending on the type rating you hold : with the exception of colleagues joining us from the Armed Forces, all candidates are presently being streamed to the type they currently operate. In some cases, waiting times are relatively short, in others they're likely to be a while. Rest assured we will be in touch just as soon as we have a vacancy to offer you.
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Old 9th Nov 2011, 00:12
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Great news all round, very much looking forward to 2012, finges crossed its a great year for all in all stages of the process :-) see some of you in day one next year!
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Old 9th Nov 2011, 12:17
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Anyone out there in this sim with me. Would be good to hear from you.

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Old 9th Nov 2011, 12:24
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Hi guys and girls,

I have a sim date for 06:00 on 16th Nov, if anyone else has this session, please PM me to swap details.

Look forward to hearing from you.
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Old 9th Nov 2011, 17:23
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Received the good news email yesterday also, so better get prepping for 2012.

Good luck to everyone!
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