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Old 24th Dec 2023, 16:25
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A match made in heaven between draft dodgers and baltic companies
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Old 5th Jan 2024, 20:16
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Hello, is anyone here starting the training in September?
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Old 24th Jan 2024, 18:55
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Its 23%.

Currently working here, feel free to message me if you want some details!
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Old 31st Jan 2024, 19:14
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Hello Friends,

Can you please share some information what to expect on the online assessment for the Academy?
I saw a few people passed and would appreciate any extra details.
Thank you!
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Old 1st Feb 2024, 21:02
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Originally Posted by kguar
Hello Friends,

Can you please share some information what to expect on the online assessment for the Academy?
I saw a few people passed and would appreciate any extra details.
Thank you!
If you don't live far from Riga, there is an open day at the air Baltic academy tomorrow (1-2pm). You might get information about the academy assessment
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Old 7th Feb 2024, 19:16
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Yeah salaries haven't followed inflation and are on the low side. Especially for captains who get sent to Zurich ACMI all the time, away from families and for no salary incentive. That's the main driver of the low moral in the company. That and the management always pushing back, saying that if we're not happy we can leave, instead of trying to find some solutions. But colleagues are nice, most people are chill and fun to fly with, at least you have that.

But the salaries are enough to pay rent and utilities. That depends entirely on where you live and your lifestyle.
I pay 580 for a one bedroom apartment in Agenskalns, in a modern residence, and pay around 70 of utilities in summer and 150 in winter, living alone. The lowest FO salary in BTI (2800 net) can afford that. Even if you add the cost of groceries, fuel and some night outs, there should be some money left.
If you want to live in the city center, in a fancy apartment, party every day and already have debts from before, then yes the salary may be tight. But you're still not a homeless.
And what's wrong with taking the bus?
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Old 14th Feb 2024, 18:07
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Originally Posted by Inverted.Panda
Yeah salaries haven't followed inflation and are on the low side. Especially for captains who get sent to Zurich ACMI all the time, away from families and for no salary incentive. That's the main driver of the low moral in the company. That and the management always pushing back, saying that if we're not happy we can leave, instead of trying to find some solutions. But colleagues are nice, most people are chill and fun to fly with, at least you have that.

But the salaries are enough to pay rent and utilities. That depends entirely on where you live and your lifestyle.
I pay 580 for a one bedroom apartment in Agenskalns, in a modern residence, and pay around 70 of utilities in summer and 150 in winter, living alone. The lowest FO salary in BTI (2800 net) can afford that. Even if you add the cost of groceries, fuel and some night outs, there should be some money left.
If you want to live in the city center, in a fancy apartment, party every day and already have debts from before, then yes the salary may be tight. But you're still not a homeless.
And what's wrong with taking the bus?
150 of utilities only if you are wrapped with a blanket. I would say that in my previous airline we had less d!@heads. Still most of the pilots are fun to work with. The problem is the large number of inadequate pilots. Last year we had 2 near CFIT incidents and a runway excursion. Flying with them can cost your career at least. I would say the root problem is that a lot of pilots joined without meeting the initial requirements. And this mentality expands to upgrades too
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Old 24th Feb 2024, 07:36
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Originally Posted by Jabulani
@ Pilot 123, you nailed it, working conditions are worst and its only a matter of time when a tired pilot will cause an accident, I left for the same reasons as you did but as long as they find people to accept the conditions they will not change anything.

My favorite answer of this finance guy was " do not complain and be happy to have a job at all"
Originally Posted by Inverted.Panda
That and the management always pushing back, saying that if we're not happy we can leave, instead of trying to find some solutions But you're still not a homeless.
And what's wrong with taking the bus?
I left them long ago and I see that nothing changes. Only that they can find worse and worse quality of pilots. Just before I leave I met a recently hired ''senior F/O with more 2750 hours'' that supposed to have fast command. Only that the hours were on a Beechcraft 1900 which doesn't fit their entry requirements for CS25, FMS aircrafts
On the other hand, A220 pilots with years in the company are still first officers. No wonder why all these incidents and why some pilots prefer to pay the bond to leave before the 3 years
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Old 25th Feb 2024, 06:30
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Originally Posted by ctacik
I left them long ago and I see that nothing changes. Only that they can find worse and worse quality of pilots. Just before I leave I met a recently hired ''senior F/O with more 2750 hours'' that supposed to have fast command. Only that the hours were on a Beechcraft 1900 which doesn't fit their entry requirements for CS25, FMS aircrafts
On the other hand, A220 pilots with years in the company are still first officers. No wonder why all these incidents and why some pilots prefer to pay the bond to leave before the 3 years
3000 hours and still first officer in a small prop would raise an eyebrow in any hr department
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Old 25th Feb 2024, 07:16
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Originally Posted by ave
3000 hours and still first officer in a small prop would raise an eyebrow in any hr department
Well, Latvia is a former Soviet Union country and companies follow the respective mentality
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Old 6th Mar 2024, 06:15
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Originally Posted by ctacik
Well, Latvia is a former Soviet Union country and companies follow the respective mentality
Like firing pilots during the pandemic and not hiring them back afterwards?
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Old 7th Apr 2024, 14:35
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Q

Hi guys,
I see advertisement for SFO, quick upgrade. How long do they actually take for command training to start if they hire you.

Thank you
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Old 22nd Apr 2024, 08:41
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Originally Posted by lekker92
I donít know why this poster claims that there is a commuting roster, there isnít such a thing
It is already snowing in Riga, we will the the grass here on April again
Itís late April and itís still snowing
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Old 1st May 2024, 22:02
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Originally Posted by Manish013
Hi guys,
I see advertisement for SFO, quick upgrade. How long do they actually take for command training to start if they hire you.

Thank you
I don't think any soon, as there is a lack in first officers too. Fresh graduates from Air Baltic Academy are leaving the company too lately
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Old 16th May 2024, 13:09
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Originally Posted by patituri
I don't think any soon, as there is a lack in first officers too. Fresh graduates from Air Baltic Academy are leaving the company too lately
Do you know where are academy graduates going, to other airlines? Or leaving pilot profession in general?
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Old 17th May 2024, 07:45
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Originally Posted by SpaceTorque
Do you know where are academy graduates going, to other airlines? Or leaving pilot profession in general?
I don't think is easy to leave without establishing another job due to bond you have to pay. One academy graduate I still keep contact left, working for a year in BT after graduation, now flies for a German speaking company, it was his mother language. Another pilot I keep contact too, left the company to return to Scandinavia without getting another aviation job. But I think he wasn't a graduate and resigned after the bond
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Old 18th May 2024, 08:27
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Originally Posted by Manish013
Hi guys,
I see advertisement for SFO, quick upgrade. How long do they actually take for command training to start if they hire you.

Thank you
There are cases of pilots stuck in the Line Training for around 100 BH, to be released as first officers. Make your calculations
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