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Virgin America Pilot Bases

spinproof

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Any info on how senior is JFK going as a pilot base?

I wouldn't worry about that as much as how long you'll be riding the right side!!!! A LONG TIME!!!!
 

Captzaahlie

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Are they even hiring?
 

Captzaahlie

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Yes we are. Hey Spin whats with the negativity? You work here don't you?

cool....

submitted my stuff late last night.

these unemployment checks suck!
 

dudeone1

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So does anyone know the answer to the original question about seniority at JFK?

Spin, why do you think that dudes will be sitting in the right seat for a long time?
 

Ralph Cramden

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JFK is a very small (10 crews) and very senior base. While there is some idle chatter about expanding it or some other east coast based flying, it will be a while before any decision is made.

The chances of getting JFK as a new hire are slim to none.
 

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JFK is a very small (10 crews) and very senior base. While there is some idle chatter about expanding it or some other east coast based flying, it will be a while before any decision is made.

The chances of getting JFK as a new hire are slim to none.

I wouldn't say that at all. There are some very jr FO's in JFK. The lowest one is 10 numbers from the bottom of the list. Not to mention 6 of the current 10 FO's are scheduled for upgrade between now and June. So I think that someone hired in the next couple months actually has a great shot at getting JFK right away.
 

Ralph Cramden

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I wouldn't say that at all. There are some very jr FO's in JFK. The lowest one is 10 numbers from the bottom of the list. Not to mention 6 of the current 10 FO's are scheduled for upgrade between now and June. So I think that someone hired in the next couple months actually has a great shot at getting JFK right away.

Yeah, you're right. I forgot the upgrade factor opening up some slots. I still don't see it expanding any more than the size it is now.

It seems to be very senior for the top slots, then very junior for the bottom slots. Guess being #10 of 10 in your seat is not too appealing.
 

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Yes we are. Hey Spin whats with the negativity? You work here don't you?
Nope.Never have. I have seen the ugly side of what people can do when they have it out for you! People drunk with power and misguided actions. Makes one long for the days of what a union can protect you from.....I can't believe I said that! Oh well!
 
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joevollers

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Junior FO at JFK is approx 260 out of 280 total... but that pilot got promoted to teach sim in MIA... now the junior FO is 229 out of approx 280 total

Junior Capt Lineholder is 85
Junior Capt Reserve is 88
 
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I have had my app in for about two years and update it all the time. How the h$ll do you get a call? internal rec's?
 

joevollers

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I have had my app in for about two years and update it all the time. How the h$ll do you get a call? internal rec's?
Not a requirement but most interviewees seem to have recommendations.
 

spinproof

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Spin, why do you think that dudes will be sitting in the right seat for a long time?

VA has 24 registered(that I could verify) airframes. The plan(before recent problems with investors portfolios losing half their value) was to have 30 planes and 10 city pairs.

If you came on board today would six more airframes give you room to upgrade within a year..two years..ever?

Theoretically they would actually have to double in size for you to get close...or the "at will employment clause " would have to be exercised often!!!!!
 
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QOL_is_great:)

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Only being inquisitive

Hey guys, I am not bashing nor trying to start any heat rounds, but I am curious.

Whay type of pilot is applying to VA in today's environment? What type is being hired, is it someone furloughed or regional types looking to fly something bigger?


Thanks and best of luck to ya!!
 

mvedepo

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Hey guys, I am not bashing nor trying to start any heat rounds, but I am curious.

Whay type of pilot is applying to VA in today's environment? What type is being hired, is it someone furloughed or regional types looking to fly something bigger?


Thanks and best of luck to ya!!

It depends. We have hired guys from regionals, legacy, furloughed, military, and defunct airlines. The main trait they look for is for people that want to be here. Not ones that only want to come here because they have no other options. The culture is good here and they want to keep it that way.
 

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I interviewed last month. 21 in the hiring group only 3 hired. All had VA Captain or Check Airman letters of Rec. mostly bus guys, but a few heavy guys. Good luck to everyone trying. the only thing i can say is just be your self!
Sword.
 
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