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Better or worse? That depends on each individual situation. I am new at evergreen (furloughed from a major) and I am looking forward to the flying. Generally 16 days on, often right in a row, the rest of the month off.
Very nice people to work with, and some exciting flying to be done. Although things are good now, you have a better chance of bing furloughed from evergreen than a regional. DC-9 is based in SEA and has alot of flying into Alaska. B-747 based in JFK and flies all over the world.
Check the web site (i do not know it off hand). They are interviewing now and anticipate another 3 classes this year. Class size? I do not know.
This is as accurate as I can be. I am not on line yet so most of it is what We have been told by mgt and friends on the line.
EIA does not require furloghees to resign their number. There is is no training contract. They expect a year out of everyone. Sort of a "gentlemen's agreement."
Most of the hiring right now is into the 747. Almost exclusively furloghed pilots have been invited. Most lines are about 16 days. There are some split lines, (8 & 8) but those are relatively senior. Upgrade runs about 5 years. Everyone there I've come into contact with seems really nice. They have a reputation of being a very professional organization. No politics, excellent management/labor relations, good working conditions. The only negatives are pay, quality of life, (unless you're single) and that they have a history of furloghing.
I worked there for a year in 1999. Pilot group is fun to fly with and planes were in good shape (was on the DC9 when they had the Westcoast mail runs).
I left for a major and am now furloughed and probably could have called them to try and go back, but decided not to. Schedules away from home are tough (16 days...and can be 30 if last 16 days bumps up against next months 1st 16 days). Got a little one at home now so found a nice 9-5 job so I can watch him grow.
EIA is a GREAT job for a single guy/gal though...especially on the 747 as you'll really see the world! Unfortunately you won't get paid quite enough for the work you do, but if you're awaiting callback somewhere else anyway...why not!
ps - and yes, ol' Del Smith likes 100% pilot utilization so if he loses a contract, he'll furlough until he get's another one (which is usually less than a year).
Greetings from Bat21. To give you a heads up on the interview process,it is reletively simple.
When you arrive at the training center you will be greeted by Carrie McFarland, she is very friendly, and will take the edge of your nervousness. They take your photograph, then you are ushered into a room where you fill out an application. Note! bring documents you can relate to as far back as fifiteen years. This will take you a while. Then you are given a simple FAR/INSTRUMENT type of test. There are 20 questions. I personaly studied the AIRLINE PILOT TECHNICAL INTERVIEWS book and the majority of the questions came from that book.
After the test, lunch. Then the interview. I had the Chief Pilot ,and the asst. C/P on the 747,and the C/P on the DC-9. Rather relaxed atmosphere. Don't worry If I can make you can. I start ground school on the 5th of Aug.
Sorry I did not answer your question sooner. I was out of town for ground school. It was slow. Now sim is almost over and I feel bad about keeping you hanging out there.
I do not know how they place people in the aircraft. Some people with more time and expericnce went to the 747; and some with less time and experience than me went to the 747. During my interview, I really talked up the DC-9 and flying in Alaska. I think that is why I was put onto that plane. The fact that I have 500 hours in it does not hurt either.
About pay, the first year for for DC-9 is $2850 / month.
The first year for 747 is $3331 / month.
After that it goes up about $200 per month each year in both fleets. The increase is very gradual. By year 20 as a FO you will be paid $6547 and $8529 per month in the DC-9 and 747 respectively.