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Old 9th Sep 2018, 21:10
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Originally Posted by 737 Jockey View Post
Heard recently that BA SH is really struggling due to Pilot shortage. Is that true? Iím not sure what exactly was meant by struggling? Are they cancelling any flights?
Nothing is being cancelled, but we've been working our nuts off. It has been a very busy year and there are a lot of new guys/girls starting on the 320 at the moment.
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Old 10th Sep 2018, 10:47
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"Nothing is being cancelled, but we've been working our nuts off. It has been a very busy year and there are a lot of new guys/girls starting on the 320 at the moment. "
And it will be worse next year ..... and the year after ... and the year after that.....
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Old 10th Sep 2018, 12:36
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Might not be news to you Barcli but it’s happening in every industry in every company so get over it. Got a mate who’s got a good job in the Home Office, he was telling me their official mantra is “do more with less”. We’re actually reasonably insulated in the aviation industry comparison with the demands of the real world..

(listen to me being the positive voice of reason for once )
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Old 10th Sep 2018, 12:37
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I was in for my 6 monthly reset at the weekend and the 767 sim was absolutely flat out with recruitment. Apparently it's been that way for the last 6 months or so.
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Old 10th Sep 2018, 12:42
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Originally Posted by RexBanner View Post
Might not be news to you Barcli but it’s happening in every industry in every company so get over it. Got a mate who’s got a good job in the Home Office, he was telling me their official mantra is “do more with less”. We’re actually reasonably insulated in the aviation industry comparison with the demands of the real world..

(listen to me being the positive voice of reason for once )
We are slightly insulated at BA that's for sure. But the penny smart pound stupid culture is still rife throughout the business.

And "Do More With Less".....I've just thrown up a bit. The people that usually come up with such slogans are often living the high life with gold plated final salary pensions to look forward to.
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Old 18th Sep 2018, 09:43
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Sim slots available. Anybody booked to go in October please get in touch!

Edit : can't pm you back as your inbox is full!

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Old 21st Sep 2018, 11:52
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Has anyone gone into Stage 1 exams with a passport that was valid for less than 12 months? If so, did they accept it?
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Old 21st Sep 2018, 13:39
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Originally Posted by Silent Treatment View Post
Has anyone gone into Stage 1 exams with a passport that was valid for less than 12 months? If so, did they accept it?
Yes, I did. They never mentioned it as I think itís just for ID. I also took my Drivers Licence just in case. My other passport was with the Visa people so I took a copy of that one along too but didnít need it. Good luck!
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Old 22nd Sep 2018, 00:46
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I did my sim on the 13th of September, got the email that I was in the holdpool on the 17th, and got the call today the 21st, for a January start date on the 320 at LHR. Im not 320 rated at the moment btw. So things can move very quickly!
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Old 22nd Sep 2018, 11:15
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Hi Folks,

Can someone share some feedback or recommend the best online prep company for the assessment day at BA headquarters with MGIB, TTB and computer-based capacity test?

Thanks in advance

9"
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Old 22nd Sep 2018, 11:44
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I used skytest, its very similar but there are some differences.
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Old 22nd Sep 2018, 13:05
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Originally Posted by Mansnothot View Post
I did my sim on the 13th of September, got the email that I was in the holdpool on the 17th, and got the call today the 21st, for a January start date on the 320 at LHR. Im not 320 rated at the moment btw. So things can move very quickly!
What is your experience?
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Old 22nd Sep 2018, 21:19
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Originally Posted by captain.weird View Post
What is your experience?
Just over 2000 hours total. Of which about 1200 on a turboprop and 400 on a jet.
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 05:18
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They clearly getting desperate . Interesting times .
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 08:27
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Originally Posted by highfive View Post
They clearly getting desperate . Interesting times .
I wouldn't say desperate. I think it's as simple as the hold pool being pretty empty and courses need filling in January with most people on 3 months notice. It's certainly a good time to get in so congrats to those about to join and best of luck to those in the process. Not sure what the DEP assessment plan is once the 767 sim is removed.
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 08:59
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Not sure “desparate” is the adjective I would use but BA need a lot of new bums on seats for the foreseeable future, certainly on the A320 out of both LHR and LGW.

As for the hours flown, well perhaps the pool of high hour type rated applicants prepared to accept the lifestyle change that goes hand in hand with working out of LHR on BA shorthaul T&Cs has reduced.

Anyhow congratulations to Mansnothot, who will be joining just in time to be one of the first very very junior victims of the new rostering system ....I wish him/her the best of luck.

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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 09:15
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I know many widebody pilots with thousands of hours who couldnít get through the BA sim so well done, with the numbers we need you wonít be very junior very long!
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 10:08
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There's an update just out from LC painting a picture of continuing DEP recruitment for 2019 with potentially large numbers required. It was also reported that the number for 2018 joining BA was just under 280 heads. A guess would be a similar number for this coming year.

As ever with BA all this could evaporate overnight if industry circumstances change but this is todays plan.

Good luck if you are applying
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 11:22
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post
Not sure ďdesparateĒ is the adjective I would use but BA need a lot of new bums on seats for the foreseeable future, certainly on the A320 out of both LHR and LGW.

As for the hours flown, well perhaps the pool of high hour type rated applicants prepared to accept the lifestyle change that goes hand in hand with working out of LHR on BA shorthaul T&Cs has reduced.

Anyhow congratulations to Mansnothot, who will be joining just in time to be one of the first very very junior victims of the new rostering system ....I wish him/her the best of luck.
A Junior Pilot on the A380 shown me their Oct roster. Short on that fleet as well perhaps, by the workload. 4 LR trips and 2 Sims. 20 days work. And only 11 airframes, one away on Heavy maintenance in Manila.
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 12:15
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I did my sim last week and the very nice TRE told me that BA need at least another 200 for next year on top of this year's intake. Good times indeed.
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