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Old 19th May 2015, 12:22
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If this is the case has anyone who failed at the sim been contacted just to resit the sim?
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Old 19th May 2015, 12:25
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Those that failed day 1...are you airbus rated?

Also, when did you fail, trying to figure out timeframes..could be nice to give it another shot sooner then 12 months..
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Old 19th May 2015, 12:34
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For info:

Training capacity is at overload even with outsourcing.

Internal transfers going on as there are problems with the summer schedule that could impact long haul (where the money is! ) which are being addressed now shunting the problem to SH!

Company are desperately trying to cover gaps in the SH programme which caused chaos last year and are looming again this year.

IMHO if you're airbus rated (thus only needing a basic course not the full conversion) and only failed on a minor point or two they might come knocking at your email 'door'.

It's going to be an interesting summer (again)
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Old 19th May 2015, 13:03
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For those of you who got a 'recall' email for another shot at it, how far back was from assessment?

Had my sim at the beginning of the year and, according to the very nice feedback phone call chap, there wasn't much in it
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Old 19th May 2015, 13:18
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Commercial pressure not affecting standards then?
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Old 19th May 2015, 13:26
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Dare I say it but I think the "it's their train set" argument is giving way little by little . I had a strong hunch this was going to happen as the recruitment model is unsustainable and must be costing millions to maintain every year if you think about the logistics of organising visits and repeat visits. Too much of a good thing? Out of my extended circle of friends and acquaintances I don't know of a single person who got through. People want to work for BA but they think twice whenever they have to take 3 separate days off work each separated by anywhere between 1 to 5 weeks. They think twice when they have to pay up to a grand each time just to fly to London for the selection.
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Old 19th May 2015, 13:28
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Sorry Juan Tugoh but are you implying the hundreds of guys/gals that don't get through the hoop jumping are incompetent flight crew, or at least of a less standard then those in BA?
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Old 19th May 2015, 13:57
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I don't think anyone is implying a lowering of 'standards' but the goal posts for acceptable parameters may well be moving due to commercial pressures!

Tagged for management!!!!
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Old 19th May 2015, 14:12
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Sorry Juan Tugoh but are you implying the hundreds of guys/gals that don't get through the hoop jumping are incompetent flight crew, or at least of a less standard then those in BA?
No, that is not what I said, nor did I imply it. If you wish to feel touchy about it that is your affair.

What I was implying and or saying is that if BA reject someone - for whatever reason, and then change their mind in order to fill spaces because the schedule is falling falling apart as they have insufficient pilots, then commercial pressure is affecting standards.

I make no comment upon the validity or the worth of those standards. We all know some very capable pilots that have not passed BA's selection process.

Pilots within BA have been telling management they have not had enough pilots for several years. Management blamed all the crewing woes on Bidline, which was then destroyed with BALPAs willing assistance. Now management can no longer blame BLRs and it is still bloody obvious that there are not enough pilots; the desperation is becoming increasingly obvious.
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Old 19th May 2015, 14:59
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Not sure I'm being touchy mate, that's how I took it, and I'm sure that's what you meant anyway- otherwise what is the point of your post, other then to state the obvious? It's called supply and demand, it has an effect on 'standards' as you put it all the time - at least in a lot of other airlines. Perhaps that's what you meant, that BA's recruitment process is always of the same standard and doesn't change, however it was different last year to 2010, so not sure that's true either. It's not like BA are changing their minds on their initial assessment of the person, as far as I have read, people are having to be retested....just sooner then the original 12 months. Hardly worth someone in BA already commenting about the standards are changing, based on what you've said I assume you are in fact happy that the standards are perhaps increasing? That maybe finally, they're using some common sense?

On the flip side to, 'We all know some very capable pilots that have not passed BA's selection process,' I guess we also know some useless ones pass?!
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Old 19th May 2015, 16:15
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VJW - I explained what I meant, I really do not care whether you accept it or not. The comment was a reflection on management ineptitude. Dress up your sensitivity anyway you like, you are still being somewhat touchy.
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Old 19th May 2015, 18:31
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Lucky for me, I too care not that you think I'm being touchy.

You explained what you meant, because it needed an explanation. It might well have been about your managements ineptitude, but it still has an undertone of insinuating that any of us fortunate enough to get in having not waited the 12 months, was somehow doing so having not met the recruitment standard (What I was implying and or saying is that if BA reject someone - for whatever reason, and then change their mind in order to fill spaces because the schedule is falling falling apart as they have insufficient pilots, then commercial pressure is affecting standards). They aren't presumably changing their minds, and offering jobs to people that failed. It appears they are retesting people on elements they failed, so unless as Wirbelsturm suggested, they widen the goalposts a little (which no one here will actually know), the recruiting and testing standards to which you refer remain unchanged, the wait period is all that'll change. Is that such a big deal for someone already in BA, who's admitted you're short of crew?
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Old 19th May 2015, 20:24
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Alright ladies, thank you...


Now BA SH is 100% blind line (am I right in saying that?) what do rosters look life for the latest joiners? Can anybody give an indication of how many forced overnights a typical low seniority FO can expect in a month?


Thanks
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Old 19th May 2015, 20:35
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It is most certainly not 100% blindline!!
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Old 19th May 2015, 22:41
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Juan Tugoh & Wirbelsturm,

Perhaps you were both recruited as the result of "commercial pressure"
Can you deny it & prove otherwise? Glass houses & stones etc.......
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Old 20th May 2015, 05:26
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Now BA SH is 100% blind line
Not so, but OTOH the level of roster control one used to have with a Tripline has been very much reduced
now that there's the possibility of extra trips being added to lines by the company after provisional roster publication.

Same now applies for Long Haul.
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Old 20th May 2015, 07:34
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Perhaps you were both recruited as the result of "commercial pressure"
Can you deny it & prove otherwise? Glass houses & stones etc.......
Absolutely!!! The only reason any company would invest in expensive manpower (personpower????) is due to commercial pressure leading to a stretching of the available assets. That's business!!!! We were all recruited under commercial pressure to keep aircraft flying and revenue generated.

What is interesting in this case, and thus my comment about moving goalposts, is that the HR department have always been obstinately stubborn about allowing a change to the set down procedures for those who don't pass either the day 1 or day 2 procedures. IIRC the recruitment department has often looked into changing the swimming time in the pool, the time frame between applications, retesting day 1 etc. etc. etc. and it has been resisted as 'it's the BA way'.

What is happening now is that due to the death of Bidline, the move to 34 pay points, the time to command, the BARP pension scheme and the workload on SH there are fewer candidates applying for the role and the 'pig headedness' that used to exist in the system doesn't have a place anymore. Perhaps this is a stark wake up call to senior managers and the board who have always believed that BA is the 'Golden Goose' of the UK airline world that it is no longer seen that way and other companies are just as enticing. If the recruiters are going to fulfill their mandate to the training department they need greater flexibility and thus, I believe, the ability to recall those that fell at a purely test driven hurdle, that may well possibly have just been a bad day, is a good thing. The commercial pressure is generating company side change, finally!

No need for the glazier as no stones were thrown.
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Old 20th May 2015, 08:12
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Wirbs..

Nail firmly hit on head, most especially the penultimate paragraph.....

Given the factors you mention (all of which I agree with) it will be interesting to see what effect any feedback today's DEPs give to their mates is going to have on future recruitment.
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Old 20th May 2015, 08:23
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Just for balance,

For those applying or looking at applying it is a great job with lots of great people and, in my opinion, a relaxed, professional end enjoyable atmosphere to fly in.

It is very busy on SH, so I've been told. LH is a different beast but, if the doom mongers be believed, LH is the next to feel the EASA axe so that might or might not change, we'll see when November comes around!

The first few years on blind lines are undoubtedly tough however the opportunities are there if you can slog it out.

It's a good company but with it's warts, pretty much like any other company. Is it the 'best' employer? Well that depends upon your requirements and your lifestyle choices but it is a good employer.
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Old 20th May 2015, 09:45
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Wirbelsturm well said.

I have to wonder though, lots of guys already in BA always imply that while a good employer things can of course be better, i.e. you work hard on SH it seems etc etc. While I'm sure that is of course true, I sometimes would just love for you guys to go work for a Loco for a month and come back and tell me how hard it really is in BA
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