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Updated SWA New Hire info.

CF34-3B1

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New hires be prepared to write a few checks the first week of training as well. Expenses that I was not aware of:

Uniform $225
Leather Jacket (optional) $385
Flashlight ???
Cockpit companion (optional) $45
Party for next class $40
Donation to present to Colleen $37 (usually to Ronald McDonald House)
molded ear piece for headset (optional) $85

I bought a leather Jacket so I had just over $800 in expenses the first few weeks. Of course it can be well under $400 if you choose not to purchase the optional equipment.
Good luck and welcome aboard.


Just as a foot note on the leather jacket:

If you have a Perrone from your previous job, it can most likely be converted to SWA spec. If I remember the conversion price from Perrone was $75 or so, and they send your old embroidered liner back as a keepsake.
 

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As for party for the next class...try more like $100. You need to throw a good party, not the min to save money. People before you spend a good dime to show you a great party not just for the new class but for everyone there. The party sets the tone for the rest of training.
 

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All true regarding the $$$. If you pay up front for the leather you do not pay any sales tax on it and save 8%. Uniform pieces you can payroll deduct and no savings paying for it up front.
Just be aware that there are some expenses first couple of weeks.
Once again, welcome aboard and have fun during training.
 

328dude

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I was 2g every two weeks untill they took the advance out on the third paycheck.
 

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Questions:
Is there a fitness room inside of the hotel? Is it safe to go outside for a run?
Thanks
 

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How bout you guys helping out the old SWA/FO from all the injustice on flightinfo.com? Where are my SWAPA brothers when I need them?

Peace out....
 

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How bout you guys helping out the old SWA/FO from all the injustice on flightinfo.com? Where are my SWAPA brothers when I need them?

Peace out....
I can't be your brother (you know why ;) ) but I am on your side. You got the best sense of humor here on FI.
Peace out....brother
 

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I was 2g every two weeks untill they took the advance out on the third paycheck.

2 geez? That's four grand a month. Seriously? I got around 1700 a month at jb (after the taxes and exorbitantly priced healthcare, or as I like to call it, my "401k substitute").
 

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an update for anyone who is curious. i was in the jan db. got the type this past sunday and was told to expect about 3-4 for a class date. today i got an email for an april class don't know which one for sure but the email said april. I cant stop smilling!
 

k3mbbc

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Congrats Bravodude!

I received my e-mail as well for April training as well. Can't wait!
 

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if you are going to be a commuter at SWA then MDW has to be a commuter's dream. The crashpad situation there is ideal. Just keep that bit of info in your back pocket. It's not that the other bases are not commuter friendly...it's that MDW is extremely commuter friendly.

If studying is not your thing then just make sure you know your flows. chapters 2, and 3 of the FOM, and callouts. (immediate action items too). Know these and you will be more than ok.
 
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328dude

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if you are going to be a commuter at SWA then MDW has to be a commuter's dream. The crashpad situation there is ideal. Just keep that bit of info in your back pocket. It's not that the other bases are not commuter friendly...it's that MDW is extremely commuter friendly.quote]

Yes, I would agree that MDW is the commuters dream, but is also the biggest commuter base by far and is hard to get to sometimes. Flights fill up fast going to MDW.
 

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This is an excellent thread! Thanks to everyone. I have my interview (2nd one) next week and can't wait to find out. It's even better that other posters haven't bashed anyone.
 

Long Time Gone

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I got the call last month and am finishing up my type in two weeks. Thanks for putting that together 329, it answered all the questions I had about training.

Congrads.....Heard from your wife about the good news.

Just remember....It's all about the "quality of the water".

You'll be missed.
 

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I've just got to lob one in here. I have seen multiple posts about the company emailing folks. Come on. I know they're busy but this is the biggest day of that mans career. Pick up the phone and tell the dude with a voice! Not an email. I thought we were the people airline.

Gup
 

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