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Old 02-15-2007, 05:43 AM   #1  
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Default Any Air Wisconsin FO's, new hires?

Call me nuts but before I jump into anything I always try to investigate every detail possible.

Of all the regionals to work for I think Air Wisky would by the #1 choice. Right now I live in Delaware but could see myself living around the MD, VA, DE area.

How's the qol? What's the time on / time off schedule looking like? How long are people setting on reserve before getting a line number? How long is the upgrade time?

Finally I feel like this question is always asked but what are the minimums looking like? I was planning on going to Ari Ben so I could use my G.I. Bill so I'm trying to forecast how long I would have to be a CFI until I could even be considered for a job.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:37 AM   #2  
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Upgrades and hiring have more or less ground to a halt. We had upgrades down to as low as 2.5 years. But there are guys now (myself....) who are near 3 years with no upgrade in sight. And we have had reserve F/Os on reserve for many months.

If you live in domicile or close (sounds like you do) QOL is not bad. Schedules can be decent if you have some seniority.

If you wish to live in the Northeast it would seem to be a pretty good choice at the moment.

I think we will start to show some improvement soon. Right now we are negotiating a settlement with the company on a major grievance which went the pilots' way. There is no word from Air Wisconsin Global Headquarters in Appleton right now.

We have had bids out on a number of RFPs (Request for Proposal) and have won precisely nothing. So morale is a bit down at the moment. We operate seventy 50-seat CRJs and for the foreseeable future that will not change.

But our contract is better than most other so-called "regional" carriers and is set to get better soon, possibly a lot better if the agreement between the company and the union includes the old contract.

Like I said, if you live in the N.E. US it is not a bad place to be. Our current domiciles are PHL, ORF and DCA with the possibility of a domicile in RDU.

Good luck!
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Old 02-15-2007, 11:23 AM   #3  
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AWAC is a good company. One of the best contracts, pay, and QOL (if you live in base). If you commute to sit on reserve I know it can get a bit frustrating because you don't fly much. Things will eventually pick up in terms of hiring, upgrades, etc. As stated above we just won the arbitration and that is quite a big deal, so many people are just hanging out to see what happens with that. As far as RFP's all we have out there right now to my knowlege is a United RFP for 10 CRJ's, doubtful we'll win that given our .00000 batting avearge over the past year.

I live 1.5 hours from ORF and 1.5 hours from DCA (Richmond, VA) so either base is less than 100 miles from my house. I've been at both and enjoyed both. Overall its a great company.... some people are content with staying here. If you want to chase a fast upgrade, growth, etc. you might want to look elsewhere.

Who knows what will happen with us or anyone else in this crazy industry. But this is a great pilot group, and a good contract. For what its worth I would look at AWAC or ExpressJet. Both great companies!
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