NC Software is having a Black Friday Sale Event thru December 4th on Logbook Pro, APDL - Airline Pilot Logbook, Cirrus Elite Binders, and more. Use coupon code BF2020 at checkout to redeem 15% off your purchase. Click here to shop now.
NC Software is proud to announce the release of APDL - Airline Pilot Logbook version 10.0. Click here to view APDL on the Apple App store and install now.
I attended the invitation and referral only Open House yesterday in SLC. There were two sessions one at 10am and one at 2pm for all positions open at Skywest Airlines. Over 400 people showed up, close to 150 Pilots alone! They made a comment that they were only expecting half, if that. We checked in and gave our letters of recommendation from our Skywest employee referrals. (They won't even let you in the door without one.) Then they gave about a 20 min presentation about Skywest and what their plans for growth are in the next year. They talked about hiring at least 200 pilots, which made everyone in the room take a sigh of relief. After the slideshow presentation they split us up into 2 groups and took us into the lunchroom (lack of space due to so many people) and we had a q&a session with some of the Chief Pilots and training guys. Questions were brought up about the Jets For Jobs US Air thing, which they eluded to being dead in the water, and open bases (PSP,FAT,SLC), and about the 80 guys waiting in the pool for a class date (hopefully by April or May). They then offered all of those who were interested the chance to take the written test. The guy was VERY firm about how if you failed the test that you would not have the opportunity to reapply for 6 month but realistically it could be a couple of years before you got another chance. If you didn't want to take it they gave to you the option of returning to LAX the following week to take it there at that session. They then took us in shifts for the written. I had come to this prepared and had studied hard so I decided to take it. It consisted of the 10 question mechanical aptitude test and the 50 question FAR test. The mechanical stuff make NO SENSE WHATSOEVER so if you can get a gouge (I had heard there was one out there somewhere), I highly suggest it. The FAR/AIM stuff is very straightforward. Study the Gliem book on all the regs, weather, aerodynamics, and IFR stuff and you will be fine. There was nothing with a graph or a chart so you will not need a calculator. There were questions of flag carriers and that kind of stuff so look carefully over that. They said that they would let us know in the next couple of weeks weather or not we were invited back for the HR/Tech/Sim check part of the interview. When you turned in your test you were asked for a resume then back outside for more meet/greet/questions. They were also offering hanger tours. They said that as long as you passed the test you would be called back for the second part. I saw some people in there though who I would be awfully surprised if they were called back.....a couple of guys were wearing jeans! I left feeling pretty good about the whole thing and then I talked to a guy in the gate area waiting for my flight who had attended the second session. He only had 10 people in his group and Camille Ence (hiring lady) was much more candid with them. She said that over half the people failed the test from the morning session and that they had over 5000 resumes on file from qualified pilots. The competition will be stiff and it looks like they will have no problem finding what they need. I know this wasn't an "interview", but I wanted to post this experience to let others know there is movement at SKW again. There is an open house in LAX next week and then one in Portland the following week. I guess they are invite only and the dates/times are posted on the official website. Good luck!
It appears to be rather dormant. After 2 months of negotiations, the proposal was not satisfactory to 78% of the SkyWest pilots who voted. I believe the changes that would be necessary to make it palatable to the SkyWest pilots would make it unpalatable to USAirways mainline folks.
Recent news reports have indicated there is not a single carrier, among the 6-7 considering the proposal, that will actually implement the deal.
The "deal" better known as Jets for Jobs or J4J was that the USAir MEC would relax their scope provisions IF the carrier flying the additional jets would offer 1/2 the captain seats and 1/2 the FO seats on the additional jets would be filled with USAir mainline pilots who had been furloughed. The mainline folks would come in with newhire seniority but would be paid according to USAir DOH. Captain seats vacated by USAir mainline guys would be offered to USAir pilots filling the carrier's FO seats first.
As far as SkyWest went, the positives were continued growth (or reduced growth abatement), increased exposure to a new market, and spreading our risk among three instead of two code shares.
The negative was corruption of our seniority system (by placing USAir folks in the left seat as newhires and by giving the FO's preference to the vacated left seats) and the attendant risk of effects set by such a precedence if Delta and United wanted similar deals.
Yikes! To a guy who's about to enter the bottom of the seniority list, that sounds nightmarish (Rt seat for 10 years!). I sure appreciate the 78% who voted against such a proposal. From a CRM perspective also, it could create some attitudes on the flight deck that would not at all be healthy.
Just a quick correction to MYFPilot's gouge. I was at the SLC event and as I understood it, we would find out in a couple of weeks whether or not we passed the tests, but would not necessarily be invited to interview at that time. They said it could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to get all the folks who passed the tests in to interview.
Went to the Fair today (My daughter wanted to go until I told her it was a JOB fair.) Totally great. I always knew SkyWest was a quality operation, this only confirms it and I haven't even seen the inside yet. Initial pilot presentation says 2-3 year upgrade, and a lot of expansion plans. Sounds good. The writtens were not difficult if you study and come prepared. Wall to Wall "Men's Wearhouse" except for a few which seemed to be at the disdain of mostly the attendees, if not the SkyWest staff. We were told much the same, also that we would be notified either way as far as pass or fail. I'm not sure if they bump up your interview date based on test scores, but if they do, judging by the talent that was present, aim for perfection......