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Old 21st Feb 2018, 19:46
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May and june sim checks getting called now, is it confirmed?
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Old 21st Feb 2018, 20:26
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The last few weeks appear to have been a mixed bag. I know of 777/787/747 rated guys doing their sim checks between May and September 2016, now starting in May. Other non rated who did sim checks in April also starting in May.
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Old 21st Feb 2018, 21:06
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The guys/gals I know going from Flybe all got offered A320.
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Old 22nd Feb 2018, 15:25
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Originally Posted by Mizar View Post
May and june sim checks getting called now, is it confirmed?
The guys I know were May and June for sim checks. Whilst not type rated, they’re both current on a Boeing aircraft, which from the update email seems to be the case for LH positions at the moment.

Not sure where they are with “pure” non rated such as Dash /EJet etc.
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 07:58
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Hot off the press for those getting the calls..

...BA makes a whopping £1.7 billion profits for the year, BA staff bonus is 1.4% of basic pay..Director of Flight Ops going, going, gone, ..nobody is owning up to why but there are v v strong rumours that of all synthetic training about to be outsourced ( anyone planning on joining and applying to be a trainer take note).......new rostering system (JSS) delayed 'cos only Bidline can cope with this summer's required level of work..increased restrictions on the ability of flying staff on duty having their teenage dependents accompany them as passengers when Mum or Dad is on a working trip..etc etc etc

Welcome aboard folks, you are joining at an in interesting time ..but do please bring your sense of humour and a thick skin, you'll need both....

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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 09:32
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Hey Wiggy you forgot to mention the new uniform!

Apparently we get to design it ourselves....
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 10:31
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Where did you read that? Can't see anything about a new uniform
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 10:35
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I know this has been done before, but with the continuing negative changes I am genuinely wondering if there is any point in continuing through the current selection process with BA, or whether to just stick with ezy where I am pretty happy. The trajectory BA seems to be on is a little worrying especially when moving there is playing the long game. Thoughts?
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 11:57
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post
Hot off the press for those getting the calls..

...BA makes a whopping £1.7 billion profits for the year, BA staff bonus is 1.4% of basic pay..Director of Flight Ops going, going, gone, ..nobody is owning up to why but there are v v strong rumours that of all synthetic training about to be outsourced ( anyone planning on joining and applying to be a trainer take note).......new rostering system (JSS) delayed 'cos only Bidline can cope with this summer's required level of work..increased restrictions on the ability of flying staff on duty having their teenage dependents accompany them as passengers when Mum or Dad is on a working trip..etc etc etc

Welcome aboard folks, you are joining at an in interesting time ..but do please bring your sense of humour and a thick skin, you'll need both....
Is that what the bonus is 1.4%? I would rather have last years £300 and an extra ticket. Just starting my 5th reserve month in 18, somehow I feel so much better about it knowing I have £800 coming my way, not!!!!!
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 12:08
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Originally Posted by Threethirty View Post
Where did you read that? Can't see anything about a new uniform
Not sure you'll find reference to that in today's intrablah announcement but there's been talk of a new uniform for a while..I haven't heard BMRR's verson of this is going to be done. The version I heard was it was going to be "make it yourself", with BA sending the design out to individuals via e-mail and then the individual building their fetching ensemble at home.

I know many of those not yet cognisant in the current BA way will perhaps find it hard to understand why many inmates probably think either of the above is actually a possibility.

They will achieve great understanding and become wise beyond their years the first time they do battle with mission critical stuff like the company iPad and software. They might just perhaps find..maybe...it doesn't work as advertised (I know with BA being gold standard and all that they'll find even that hard to believe), ask for advice from a manager or an "executive" and get told "but you just follow the instructions" or " there's an ESS form for that online".....or the all time favourite "it's self help, self teach, you shouldn't need my assistance, all you need to know is on My Learning Academy...".

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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 13:21
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It’s hidden in the email blurb, 2019, centenary year, new uniform. Designed by crew.

Personally I’m going to donate my “bonus” to the uniform design fund. I wonder if the A380 folks will ask for a gold pair of trousers?
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 14:36
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Naah, more likely some on that fleet are lobbying for a uniform hat with built in GoPro.....

(Sorry, not helpful for the prospective DEPs so I’ll knock it off now) .
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 17:56
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I know this has been done before, but with the continuing negative changes I am genuinely wondering if there is any point in continuing through the current selection process with BA, or whether to just stick with ezy where I am pretty happy. The trajectory BA seems to be on is a little worrying especially when moving there is playing the long game. Thoughts?
Nope!.......long long list of pilots above in a seniority based company and not even LOCO pay.
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 18:25
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Hi guys,

Any idea what aptitude tests BA are currently using for day 1? I know a couple of years ago there were two tests:

- The Flight director test, with numbers counting down and coloured shapes etc.
- The test with a NAV display, TCAS, electrical display and fuel pumps etc.

But a mate of mine who got in around a year ago didn't have to do the flight director test. Is this still the case?

Thanks a lot
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 18:51
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Originally Posted by bex88 View Post
Nope!.......long long list of pilots above in a seniority based company and not even LOCO pay.
Just out of interest, were you one of the few who took an early command?
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 19:01
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Originally Posted by oleostrutbasher View Post
I know this has been done before, but with the continuing negative changes I am genuinely wondering if there is any point in continuing through the current selection process with BA, or whether to just stick with ezy where I am pretty happy. The trajectory BA seems to be on is a little worrying especially when moving there is playing the long game. Thoughts?
The answer is different for everyone because everyone‘s situation is different. If you’re applying, hopefully you will have read much of this thread and will be well aware of the pros & cons.

There are some strong voices on here, both for and against the company. Ignore them all, and make the decision based on your situation alone, not theirs.

And remember, the key to happiness is not just the dollars in the bank at the end of the month!

Good luck with your application.
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 20:30
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Generally agree, however, BA has changed soooo much in the 10+ yrs that I’ve been there, unfortunately not for the better good of the employee. If you feel it has more to offer than Easy, than join but do so with open eyes, take heed of all the advice on here and make a decision that suits your circumstances.
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 21:29
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The bottom line is:

Is long haul your sole destiny and are you happy to be RHS for a very long time.

The rest is much of a muchness. BA is not the same compared to 5/10/20 years ago. Goodness knows what it will look like in the near future.
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 22:20
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post
Naah, more likely some on that fleet are lobbying for a uniform hat with built in GoPro.
With an altimeter in it so it only works above FL200
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Old 24th Feb 2018, 01:01
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why on earth as an experienced pilot you would want to join the bottom of a very long list with race to the bottom TandC I do not know. BA used to be the aspiration for many, it is now just another airline competing in the marketplace for what is becoming a scarce commodity, if you are young with many years ahead of you maybe, to others there are far better deals out there.
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