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EJA scheldules and lifestyle

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I would like some input from the frac. pilots as to the scheldules and lifestyle. I am in a pool right now at two regionals and will be interviewing soon at eja. How are the scheldules at eja ? I have heard alot of positive things about the fracs but would like some input.
 

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I can't speak for EJA, but I can say that overall the fracs are much better than the regionals. Set schedules, no junior manning(on your days off), good equipment, better pay than regionals, and variety in the flying.

If you get the chance, choose a frac over a regional.
 

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EJA (Netjets)

Netjets has 3 pilot schedules. Newhires are placed on the 17 day
schedule. You work 17 days a month, the company can extend you
one extra day per month. You typically work 4-6 days on, 3-5 days
off, on the 17 day. You can also "sdo", request specific days off on this
schedule.

The top 50% of pilots (senority wise) in each fleet can usually bid and
hold the 7&7 schedule. You work 7 days on, 7 off, for a 3 month bid
quarter. This is the most coveted schedule. You cannot request
specific days off on the 7&7.

The 21 day, or Flex, schedule is also available at the pilot's option.
You work 21 days, are available to fly every day of the month except
4 days of your choice. You are paid extra to work this schedule if
you select it. This is the least popular schedule.

We have a lot of former regional drivers here at Netjets, including
myself. There is NO comparison to pay, quality of life, and company
treatment of regional vs. first tier (major) fractional pilots. Fractionals
win hands down. It's not even a contest.
 

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Sweptwingz-

This is a "looking ahead" question for me. What are the hiring projections for EJA this year, and what are the current average times? I'll be flying a LOT in a Lear 35a and 55 this year, and I wonder how a large amonut of jet SIC and part 91 PIC in these aircraft would be viwed by the EJA recruiters. When would I become competitive? By this time next year, I should have 2500 total, an ATP, and over 1,000 jet.
 

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Right now....

Timebuilder, right now I've been told that the average new hire
times range from 3000 to 7000 TT. They have hired quite a few
pilots under the 3000 hour mark, but almost all have had turbine
time of some sort.

I suggest that your plan is sound, get as much jet time as possible
and start the application process as soon as you meet the Netjets
2500 TT mins. Currently, applications are not being sent out due to
training and interviewing backlogs.
The main thing you can do now is to cultivate an internal Netpilots pilot
sponsor for your packet once it's sent in. The company places a lot
of weight on L.O.R.s due to the high volume of applications.

Last I heard projected hiring for the remainder of 2002 is 250 pilots.

Probably 300-500 pilots in 2003 if current aircraft deliveries stay solid.

Good luck to you.
 

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Than you.

Any tips on spotting EJA planes at the FBO's? I'm regularly at Signature and Avitat, and I'm looking for any common features in the tail numbers.

Do you know anyone who regularly goes into ABE, HPN, or MMU?

Thanks.
 

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TB ... can I have that Lear slot when you leave? :D

Minh Thong

"Willing to move for a Lear job ..."
 

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Well, Snakum, I won't be leaving for quite a while yet.

I have a lot to learn, since I've only scratched the surface so far. I want to work on flying the plane by the numbers: pitch plus power equals performance, and N1 speeds for various airspeeds in different configurations. Planning ahead at .81 mach.

This will take a while...
 

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That's easy!

Timebuilder said:
Than you.

Any tips on spotting EJA planes at the FBO's? I'm regularly at Signature and Avitat, and I'm looking for any common features in the tail numbers.

Do you know anyone who regularly goes into ABE, HPN, or MMU?

Thanks.

Almost all EJA (now Netjets) aircraft N numbers end in "QS".

Example: Citation Ultra N337QS, or Citation VII N793QS

If you can catch a Netjets pilot on standby, take him/her to lunch,
that usually works wonders!

Good Luck
 

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Thanks.

Any particular reason that those two letters were chosen?
 

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Quarter Salary
 

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They're ALL right.

It started as quarter share but when shares got as small as 1/16th, it changed to quality service. HOWEVER, quarter salary is much more accurate! (For now, anyway.)
 
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