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Old 27th Feb 2019, 20:07
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Join Date: Nov 2007
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Originally Posted by 763 jock View Post
I've got an invite. Has anyone got an idea how long it takes to get a LHS A320? Assuming one passes all the requisite LPC/OPC, suitability criteria etc and has sufficient hours already.

Thanks.
At the moment, in LGW, it is between 12 and 18 months for LHS. Longer (lot longer) for LHR.
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Old 28th Feb 2019, 13:57
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Hey guys, was looking for some thoughts from guys who have applied and been unsuccessful but kept going and eventually got in. Tempted to apply again this year but not entirely sure what I would do differently. For reference Iím a 30 year old current short haul FO with long haul experience also and have around 3500h tt.

Basically I got to stage 1 first time and last year got through to stage 2. I didnít feel the group ex went that well, but we worked together okay and the rest of the group thought it went fine. When it came to the interview Iíd go as far as to say I left the room thinking it was the best interview Iíd ever had, had answers to all their questions etc and was confident, one thing I didnít really do was push the whole ĎBA is my dreamí etc etc. That said, everyone seemed to leave their interviews feeling it went well. But I really felt Iíd done enough to get to the sim.

Anyway, a week or so later got a PFO and somewhat decided after that, that maybe BA just wasnít the airline for me but now almost 12 months has passed I am tempted once again to have another go.

I suppose what I want to know is, what would the guys who have failed then subsequently passed say the main reason was? Is it luck of the draw as to who is interviewing you? I really struggle to see what it exactly is they are looking for, which is why I am a bit cautious about applying again.

Thoughts appreciated.
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Old 28th Feb 2019, 19:02
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Join Date: Jan 2008
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What do we have here?

An approach was flown into a known difficult airfield.

The approach became unstable.

A go around was flown and a diversion was made to another airfield.

A successful landing was carried out, as I understand it, at the diversion airfield.

I think that was what I was paid to do for 30+ years.

Thank goodness I retired before I had to justify my decisions to social media.

Well done to the crew.

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Old 28th Feb 2019, 19:55
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My post seems to be in the wrong thread, probably my finger trouble, I am old!!

Can someone move it to the BA 492 thread please.

Thank you.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 11:07
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Join Date: May 2003
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Apologies if this has been answered before ; what are the requirements at BA for command upgrade ? Obviously seniority based but what about min hours, experience on type etc etc ?

Thanks.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 11:55
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3000hrs of +25 tonne Jet time, plus 1 year at BA is the one I remember. There are others
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 12:22
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Out of interest, presuming bids are once a year, do you need the prerequisites to bid? In the example above could you bid for a LGW Command at 10 months in and say 2800 hrs on jets on the assumption youíll be eligible some time in the next year?
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 13:25
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Join Date: Feb 2019
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Over on the wannabes forum they are saying the charge is now £18 grand for a type rating 😖

Madness if itís correct. OíLeary is only about Ä5,000 these days 🙈

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Old 1st Mar 2019, 17:33
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In fairness, there is no mention of a bond... the non bond ryanair option is 30k for the type rating and whilst there both not greatish companys for the lower down people i'd probably pick BA.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 18:25
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Originally Posted by DonTrumpet2020 View Post
Over on the wannabes forum they are saying the charge is now £18 grand for a type rating ��

Madness if it’s correct.....

The wannabes have read the advert correctly.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 18:58
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Probably because a lot of people are now leaving early on, which never happened in the past. Iím reliably informed of 20 or so heading elsewhere (to the same place in fact - no, not telling on here) in the next couple of months.

Makes you wonder why...?
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 20:00
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Originally Posted by Tay Cough View Post
Probably because a lot of people are now leaving early on, which never happened in the past. I’m reliably informed of 20 or so heading elsewhere (to the same place in fact - no, not telling on here) in the next couple of months.

Makes you wonder why...?
coloursheme of where too
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 20:02
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Colour scheme is a combination of White, Blue and Dark Blue.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 20:07
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Originally Posted by Jumbo2 View Post
Colour scheme is a combination of White, Blue and Dark Blue.

also Red and White
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 21:02
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I just posted this in the interviews section but thought I'd re-post seeing as it's made me so irrate

New junior pilot recruitment campaign announced for LGW - 18k fee for the type rating...... Has there been any internal chat/anger about this?

I'm surprised there's anyone left in the recruitment team, I would have thought most would have walked by now to avoid having their own reputation tarnished by this madness. To emphasise, this is an airline who just this week announced a 2.6 billion pound profit. Investing in 100 new pilots type ratings would cost (much) less than 0.1% of those profits, but it would appear that any sense of social responsibility has now been long forgotten.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 21:16
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Originally Posted by Tay Cough View Post
Probably because a lot of people are now leaving early on, which never happened in the past. I’m reliably informed of 20 or so heading elsewhere (to the same place in fact - no, not telling on here) in the next couple of months.

Makes you wonder why...?
Having flown with a few of them, they are going to their national carrier who are recruiting DEPs for the first time in living memory. Given many of them live there and have no certainty as non uk nationals or residents that BA can employ them post Brexit I think they are making a good call. They will all be missed though.

I think its reading far too much into it to blame that on BA.

Is it prohibited to say KLM?
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 22:50
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Originally Posted by Hotel Mode View Post
I think its reading far too much into it to blame that on BA.
Completely agree, same with the mainly ex-BMI colleagues going to Jet2.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 23:26
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Originally Posted by Hotel Mode View Post
Having flown with a few of them, they are going to their national carrier who are recruiting DEPs for the first time in living memory. Given many of them live there and have no certainty as non uk nationals or residents that BA can employ them post Brexit I think they are making a good call. They will all be missed though.

I think its reading far too much into it to blame that on BA.

Is it prohibited to say KLM?
Not really. Thought I'd leave it to someone else.

There are quite a few of their countrymen who are staying though. Just saying....
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 01:45
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Originally Posted by Tay Cough View Post
Not really. Thought I'd leave it to someone else.

There are quite a few of their countrymen who are staying though. Just saying....
Most of them because of age and seniority in BA. Everyone younger than 35 with less than 5 years in the airline probably gives it a try. Yes, there are a few exceptions but they are a minority.

KLM offers a far better package.
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 03:21
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£18k upfront or an £18k 3yr reducing bond?

The latter is fair enough if ppl are leaving but the former is a new sad low.
My company will unfortunately follow suit I imagine once they realise they can also squeeze some more cash out of new joiners.
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