NO SWA Summer School

SWAnging

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Just heard from JM...Flight Ops Dept has announced NO SUMMER CLASSES and there are no projections for the fall to date. People Dept "encourages us to stay in contact with them and as they recieve additional info they are more than happy to pass that along". Keep on treading.
 

SentryIP

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Still Treading Water

For one of the many STOP LOSS guys, that's not good news nor bad news...I guess. Fly safe!

:cool:
 

YeOldeProp

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Wow...words that no one really wanted to hear coming from the SWA direction. Any definition of "summer"? And I guess the next obvious question would be if they're going to continue taking in apps, racking and stacking those apps, and then giving a few meager souls a chance to interview? Looking at the growth (including sim upgrades), and the "retirements" and other factors, it makes sense to get folks lined up for the "after-summer" training. (Trying not to use the word "fall" out of respect for our poolie compadres...too much like jumping off a cliff, out a window, etc.). Looks like burning fossil fuel for our government continues to be an adequate career choice and summer job.
Any thoughts folks?
 

pegasus

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Boy, do I feel let-down.

Separated from the Navy due to the expectations of a Spring class and now the prospects of a job are looking very distant.

That'll teach me to be so niaive.

Not what I wanted to read tonight.
 

RJones

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crushed

Not what I wanted to read tonight. I've turned down two offers with the hopes of being in an April or May class, I'm re-thinking my options now.
 

StarrBuck

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OUCH!

Geez, certianly news none of us wanted to hear.. After the load factor reports this week, I was certian that more classes would be announced.. very depressing..

S.B.

Don't get me wrong, still more than happy to be swimming!
 

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I believe it would be wise to wait until the first quarter stats are released before putting to much weight behind recent statements that are flying around. The bottom line is and always will be based on the almighty dollar. Give it a week or so following the release. The dust will settle and future hiring should be better known.
 

V1Cutt

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still interviewing?

Dont mean to change the subject, but I thought I had heard interviews had been put on hold after March. Are they still interviewing this month?
 

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Relax!

Guys,
As a fellow poolie (today makes 5 months treading water), do not loss faith. Remember, JM has said herself in the past that she is the last to know before us. I am sure that is stretching it a bit, but when the 1st Qtr numbers come out, then we will see. I am laying odds that we will see at least 1 class a month through the summer, barring unforseen events.
SWA is just being cautious not to overexpand and to ensure that they do not get in a position to have to furlough.
Additionally, don't forget that they have been putting lots of guys through a narrow pipe. So they may be trying to catch up the airplanes with the pilots. Also, they are hiring lots of sim instructors, you don't do that if you are not gonna be training more guys.
Plus they have had some problems with a sim.
So, relax and lets see the new numbers.
Go vacumm the house for the wife, I just did :D

Respectfully,
t1apilot
 

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I agree with T1, hang in there, month by month if possible and who knows what SWA bean counters are deciding. Hopefully the economy will turn over for real here soon and all the nonsense in the middle east will subside and we'll get a call soon.

One question though, does SWA do any kind of re-examination of currency or recency before classs starts? I am willing to wait this out. I am furoughed and have no desire to find a flying job with any other outfit. But the FS200 on my computer is not the same as a real plane or sim...

I figure I can get a real job, drill with the reserves (non flying unfortunatley) and keep studying. Input anybody? 5 months and going strong! Semper Swim!

Out here-
 

T45Flyer

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Dont Panic!!!!! LUV is worth the wait!

Hey all,
I just saw this thread and heard this news today from the inside. I am in the 28th Mar class and I cannot tell you how great SWA is, it is most DEFINITELY worth the wait! DO NOT PANIC!

The word from the inside, (and I am definitely an outsider on the inside), is that there is the end of april class and then no classes till august. Who knows where they go from there. But remember, actions speak louder than words and SWA is very aggressively preparing themselves for the future! Planes are coming out of the desert and the ground folks are suppose to hire like 1500 people in the next few months to reduce airport waits and for growth. This info is from the very hard working people department!

OK, so, I know its easy for me to say be cool because I am in Dallas, but there was a time when I was waiting in line unemployed also. Everyone that meets the new hire class genuinely welcomes us and lets us know there glad were here. The spouses loved the indoc and you really feel like you part of a great thing here. Be patient, and just remember how many times in the past SWA has throttled back, just to open em wide up again!

I wish ya all good luck and see ya here soon!
-T45Flyer
 

ivauir

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No Optimism Here

I know you guys are just trying to keep a stiff upper lip et al, but this blows. There is no way to call this good news and even when it gets better, it won't be great until load factors are.
I figure the word they give JM is worst case - but worst case is still a possiblity. Our only hope is that they are going month to month and that load factors continue to climb. Personally, I am out of cash and patience - 8 K in the hole, no job nor prospect of having one anytime soon - tonight I will get drunk, tomorrow I will clean the toliets and try to find a job.
Don't get me wrong, I still feel the LUV - after 911 I didn't expect my DB to even meet. I just made the mistake of getting my hopes up. Man, I wish I'd have gotten my type before the interview!

For those still interested in numbers - it is my opinion that we still have 100+ folks from '01 in the pool (47 on out list alone!) That is five classes worth so I don't think we'll be into any 02 poolies until the fall unless things really take off.

Poolies keep the faith!
Chaz, if they want currency, I am in deep doodoo
LOK you'd better keep a seat warm for me.
 

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The dice just got cold.

Meanwhile the stickman hollers, "Seven out, line away!"

I am at a loss for words. Time to walk away from the table and head to the bar... for a while anyway. So long fellas.

RightBettor
 

OakRBust

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Hey Everybody...

I too am a poolie that talked to JM on Friday. I got typed Nov 17th and had an Aug 7th Interview date. JM told me all the same bad news. I aksed if she could give me some kind of idea how many people are in the conga line before me and she said I'd be in the 4th to 5th class depending on the stops.

Just thought it might help everybody kinda get an idea how long it might take to grab a towel.


It'll be well worth the wait!!!:D
 

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OakRBust,

Couldn't find your name on the pool list. It'd help us all to estimate the size of the pool if you get your name on the pool list. Just click the SWA pool list at the top and e-mail your stats.

Good Luck,
shootr
 

OakRBust

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I did sign up to be on the poolie list maybe a week ago or so. I just don't think that it has been updated yet.

I have three friends in the March 28th class that were all typed around Oct 20 or so. I can hardly believe that there are enough people between Oct 20 and Nov 17th to fill 5 classes. Yikes!!

Anyways... I am trying to look on the bright side of things... At least my wife won't kill herself with the lawnmower this summer. :D


Hang in there everybody!
 

w8n4swa

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New swa pool list coming,

The pool list should be updated soon. I sent it to Mark Friday night...I believe he'll post it as soon as he gets the problems worked out with the board from Friday.

OAKorBust has been added along with a dozen others. Also, the remaining January and February class poolies have been removed to make the list shorter. I'll leave the March and April class poolies on the list for the time being.

We're getting a good number of people to sign up on this list, but we're stilling missing quite a few. So, if you know anyone who isn't entered, please ask them to get signed up.

All we need is:

1. A Member Name
2. Interview Date
3. Type Date
4. Class availability Date (both civilian & military)

If under stop/loss and you're not sure when you'd be available, just say stop/loss.

If you're like me, last week's news hit hard. I was hoping to be in class by June or July. Good thing is we're still on the list, and we'll get there sooner or later. This company is well worth the waiting, and I'll wait here for as long as it takes. I'm still crossing my fingers the news will change and the classes will get started back up. When is the 1st qtr's report suppose to come out?
 

InHot

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1st Qtr

Hey Dan,

According to the SWA website 1st qtr results will be out 18 Apr.

With regard to the news of no classes for a while - Mikey's Depressed!:(
 

w8n4swa

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I am too, man...but hang on, just a little while longer!
 
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