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British Airways DEP Selection - THE lowdown Part 1

Old 2nd Nov 2010, 14:19
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A top tip to all those applying.

BA is very seniority driven thus, if you want to join, best to get in as quickly as possible at the start of the recruitment phase. That way you will rise through the seniority positions quicker and, as all recruitment is currently on SH, you will start to get control over your rosters quickly as well.

1 years delay now could (and has for some people) mean a couple of years delay in getting a command.

Food for thought.

Good luck.
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Old 3rd Nov 2010, 09:43
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Wirbelsturm wrote:

As this is a rumour website I might just interject a 'rumour' overheard in the CRC at T5 the other day that BA 'might' be looking for considerably more than the current 80 odd recruits in the next year.

Also heard in the CRC from someone who would be in a position to have more insight than most.

Good luck everyone
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Old 3rd Nov 2010, 09:59
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What the above allude to is an age slant on the seniority list. There are lots of people like myself in the 35-44 bracket that are gonna sit in the top 1500 places for the whole of your time in BA. So factor that in.

The other slant you may wish to consider, is to apply to start from LGW on the 737. Being junior under carmen is not half as demoralising as having NO control over your life. The flip side is you will work harder than LHR...

Myself, started LGW years ago, currently LHR skipper on the Airbus and flying a leisurely 600 hours/year. Some on our fleet get LOTS more than that, but you can chill if you want.
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Old 3rd Nov 2010, 10:40
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Couogh can you elaborate a little?

Cough - understood para 1, para 2 was an enigma, para 3 I think i got! Can you explain a little more please about the ramifications of LGW versus LHR for a potential new recruit? Who is this carmen lady for instance
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Carmen is the 'bidding' system at LGW where you bid for your days off and Carmen fits work around your bid.

LHR uses 'Bidline' where you bid for a set line of work as published by the system. The more senior you are the more chance you have of getting the line you want and thus the days off you want. As the trips are taken by the more senior people if all those in your bid are taken then you will be allocated a blind line where the company will allocate you work.

Carmen is better when you are junior as it will balance your day off requests to ensure you get at least some. Bidline is a little more ruthless with some of the junior pilots being still unable to get a fixed trip line after 4 years!

LGW is mostly day tripping with a few night stops, LHR is more tours. The future of the SH fleet at LGW has been the subject of discussion and closure since its inception so who knows. All that I know is that BA are investing alot into the LH leisure routes out of LGW and might well need the 737 slots for that in the future. Who knows!
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Old 4th Nov 2010, 01:33
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Interview slots available

I have been offered an interview but when I look at the days available there are only 3 days in FEB for selection. If you dont select any of the days do different days get offered or does your application get binned??

Flying on empty
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Old 4th Nov 2010, 09:58
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FOE, do you mean you can't make any of the dates in Feb?

I'd give em a call if I were you then...
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Old 4th Nov 2010, 16:40
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Well I'm delighted I have been offered an assessment! Only February available, so no excuses! 3 months to prepare. Good luck to everyone else.
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Old 4th Nov 2010, 17:38
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FOE,

I looked today, and March slots have just appeared. Worry ye not sir.
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DRM1973

Did you receive the invite today? I applied 2 days after opening and have still not heard either way!!

Wonder whether ba is commutable from NCL ?
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Jordiejet,
got the invite yesterday, I applied the Wednesday before the Friday deadline, so I think its fair to say that they are very busy and you should not worry if you have not heard yet.
On the assessment dates - January dates were available yesterday. I waited till this morning so that I made a suitable choice and there were only Feb dates to take. I guess my advice is when you do get an invite- don't delay.
Best of luck mate.
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Jordiejet

Wonder whether ba is commutable from NCL
From a flying point of view LHR certainly is, lots do it, and there's the rub because if you use Staff travel you'll be competing with many more senior to you. What might be more of an issue initially is getting commuter friendly rosters when you are junior.
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DRM1973 & Wiggy,

Thank you both for your comments!

Fingers crossed!

JJ
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Old 4th Nov 2010, 22:56
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Sim assessment details

Hi guys,

Thnx for those who send my a PM and their kind words.

I would be most grateful if somebody could add a post here with some info regarding the sim assessment? What to expect and how best to prepare etc etc. Any info is more than welcome and will be much appreciated.
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Old 5th Nov 2010, 19:16
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Sim

Hi,

Anybody any feedback on what to expect for the sim?

THNX AND GOOD LUCK!!!

Green army

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Old 6th Nov 2010, 14:01
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Hi folks,

Apologies if I'm being a thickie, but I can't locate the SHL Direct package Green Army and others have mentioned. All that seems to exist on the SHL website are the free practice tests...

Could someone drop me a link?

All the best,

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Hello

I recieved my invite 1 week ago but have not yet recieved the GPI questionnaire, verbal and numerical practice booklets, or the criminal records check form!

How long did candidates have to wait before they recieved all the additional emails?

Kind Regards,
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Old 8th Nov 2010, 21:18
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SHL

Hi guys,

I apologise if I informed people wrongly regarding the SHL package. I myself haven't used their services. I thought the online sample tests weren't of much use.
Other candidates, on the day of the assessment, mentioned that they managed to get the "SHL full test package". I am not fully aware what they meant with this. I suppose: The Management and Graduate test booklet. I hope the people at SHL can help you further.

Hope this is of any help.

GOOD LUCK!!
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Hi guys,

Contact SHL regarding their practise tests.


Thnx!

GREEN ARMY

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Old 9th Nov 2010, 09:07
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Non rated pilots?

Anyone know when they may be taking on non type rated pilots?
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