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Lewisflyer83
04-15-2007, 07:50 AM
I have an interview with Air Wisconsin on Tuesday, and am a little worried because I do not have updated information on what to expect. I know the study the normal ATP stuff, but I would like to know some more information, if anyone knows. I checked on the gouges, and they are from back in october, so I believe the gouge is a little out of date. I would appreciate any information. Thanks!


BoilerUP
04-15-2007, 09:46 AM
More than likely, is the exact same process.

Do the sim prep, be friendly, be yourself, and you will be fine. Good luck!

fosters
04-15-2007, 04:05 PM
My gouge in '05 was the same stuff they used in '03...

No ATP stuff or test needed AFAIK, just situational questions, maybe a question or two on an airplane you flew. Do the sim prep, not only to practice but if they like you when you do it you'll get good comments for the interview (yes it's part of the interview...). Look through your logbook to come up with stories.

It'll be competitive, they ain't hiring many.


Lewisflyer83
04-15-2007, 04:13 PM
Well that sucks, cause I will not be able to make the sim prep because I got short notice and have to work tommorrow! DAMN IT! Any idea what the sim ride is about? What approach?

bizzum
04-15-2007, 04:25 PM
Didn't they tell you about the sim profile? You can download it at Pearl Aviation's website, www.pearlaviation.com. It really isn't that bad, the prep basically is there so you can leave saying "oh that wasn't bad." They hire personality, so as long as you show them you have one, you will be fine. No written, maybe 2-3 questions on your current ME, and some basic HR questions. They are good at hiring quality people, so don't sweat it!

Lewisflyer83
04-15-2007, 04:48 PM
Didn't they tell you about the sim profile? You can download it at Pearl Aviation's website, www.pearlaviation.com (http://www.pearlaviation.com). It really isn't that bad, the prep basically is there so you can leave saying "oh that wasn't bad." They hire personality, so as long as you show them you have one, you will be fine. No written, maybe 2-3 questions on your current ME, and some basic HR questions. They are good at hiring quality people, so don't sweat it!

Oh thats cool ...thanks for the information, I appreciate it!

par8head
04-15-2007, 05:41 PM
I got a buddy that has been at Air Wisconsin for almost a year and he is still on Reserve...just thought you would like to know

bizzum
04-15-2007, 05:49 PM
I got a buddy that has been at Air Wisconsin for almost a year and he is still on Reserve...just thought you would like to know

We did not hire for almost 6 months. We got overstaffed, and there is why the long reserve. I myself have been here 14 months and still on reserve. However, our reserve is not bad compared to most other places. 12 days off, 75 hr guaranteed, and get released at noon on your last day. Things are going to pick up here, as we are losing people fast, and most of them are CA's. If you want to work for a good company, that treats its employees pretty good, as well as work under an industry leading contract (which in a few months could be even better) then AWAC is for you. If you want to go somewhere that has supposed "quick upgrades" and work for less, and have either no contract or one that the company does not follow, go there.

PeanutButter
04-15-2007, 07:05 PM
as for the interview, just study the profile on pearlaviation website, and you'll be fine (i didn't have the chance to do the simprep either, but i studied the profiles and did just fine). they are strong on CRM, so they will be studying your personality. most of the questions are HR, with maybe few on your ME. yes, right now you'll be seating reserve long time, but AWAC is a great company with a solid future and a very good contract. i'll rather be here than in most of the regionals out there. if you leave in the northeast it could be the right choice for you. and thigs will pick up here as well, with the major and everyboy else hiring. good luck with your interview!

groovinaviator
04-15-2007, 07:30 PM
...great company with a solid future...

What are you smokin'? What is this solid future you speak of... getting sold after our Airways contract runs dry, or maybe just liquidation? I hope for the best, but seriously...

Lewisflyer83
04-15-2007, 08:44 PM
as for the interview, just study the profile on pearlaviation website, and you'll be fine (i didn't have the chance to do the simprep either, but i studied the profiles and did just fine). they are strong on CRM, so they will be studying your personality. most of the questions are HR, with maybe few on your ME. yes, right now you'll be seating reserve long time, but AWAC is a great company with a solid future and a very good contract. i'll rather be here than in most of the regionals out there. if you leave in the northeast it could be the right choice for you. and thigs will pick up here as well, with the major and everyboy else hiring. good luck with your interview!

Thanks for the advice everyone - I think right now reserve is not a problem for me, I just want to be hired and see where i go from that point on. Is the company itself doing well under the UsAirways flag? Just wondering. Do any of you know what the most junior base is right now? (Where would I end up?)

Lewisflyer83
04-15-2007, 08:45 PM
getting sold after our Airways contract runs dry, or maybe just liquidation? I hope for the best, but seriously...
When is the contract up?

captchris
04-16-2007, 04:57 AM
When is the contract up?

There is like 8 years left on it man... plenty of time to get in, get out, and get on with life. Besides AWAC will find something else to do. If you're set on AWAC...come here, its a pretty good place to work!

Lewisflyer83
04-16-2007, 06:07 AM
If you're set on AWAC...come here, its a pretty good place to work!

I think I pretty much have my hopes set for AWAC. We shall see what happens! Driving up there tonight!

groovinaviator
04-16-2007, 07:01 AM
...If you're set on AWAC...come here, its a pretty good place to work!


It is a pretty good place to work, just don't make the mistake of having unrealistic expectations like I did... We would love to have ya though. Good Luck with the interview.

PeanutButter
04-16-2007, 09:27 AM
What are you smokin'? What is this solid future you speak of... getting sold after our Airways contract runs dry, or maybe just liquidation? I hope for the best, but seriously...

8 yrs left on the USAir contract is not solid enough for you??? Besides, I am sure something else will come up. Sorry to hear AWAC is not up to your standards, but if it is quick upgrade time you're looking for, then I'll suggest you start looking somewhere else. I suggest colgan....

AV8ER
04-16-2007, 09:53 AM
It is a pretty good place to work, just don't make the mistake of having unrealistic expectations like I did... We would love to have ya though. Good Luck with the interview.

Groovin, you off reserve yet?

groovinaviator
04-16-2007, 10:19 AM
Groovin, you off reserve yet?

I was awarded a line from the last vacancy, but it does not take effect until July... so still another few months of reserve. However there are still guys senior to me in both PHL and DCA that were not awarded lines.

saab2000
04-16-2007, 12:12 PM
AWAC is what it is. The best part of this company is the people who work here. We have lots of good pilots and more importantly, really fun, knowledgeable pilots.

The pilot group is the strength of this company. So from that perspective you will have a good time here. Things operationally are tough at the moment, but we lean on each other and even though I had a really, really, really cruddy day yesterday, I ended the last flight laughing all the way to the hotel. After a 15+ hour duty day.

BoilerUP
04-17-2007, 03:30 AM
just don't make the mistake of having unrealistic expectations like I did...

People need to read this quote a few times, then post it on their refrigerator.

And on their bathroom mirror.

And on their car dashboard.

In my interview I was told upgrades were 22 months...and I fully expected my upgrade to be at least double that. Current returns are not indicative of future results...

Korean1DR
04-17-2007, 05:16 AM
People need to read this quote a few times, then post it on their refrigerator.

And on their bathroom mirror.

And on their car dashboard.

In my interview I was told upgrades were 22 months...and I fully expected my upgrade to be at least double that. Current returns are not indicative of future results...

HAHA, that's funny! I was told rsv would last at max 4 months... it's been close to 3 times that! Boiler and Groovin are right, be absolutely sure you want to be at AWAC... If so, you should have no problems at all;)

AV8ER
04-17-2007, 06:02 AM
People need to read this quote a few times, then post it on their refrigerator.

And on their bathroom mirror.

And on their car dashboard.

In my interview I was told upgrades were 22 months...and I fully expected my upgrade to be at least double that. Current returns are not indicative of future results...

Boiler, you're a wise man...

flyerfly
04-17-2007, 07:47 AM
Hey everyone. I had an interview with AIRWIS today but my company (Waterski) wouldn't allow me the day off. Imagine that. I like this company already. Sarah has allowed me to reschedule for next month so I will bid my schedule around that. AIRWIS is the place for me. Hope to be there with you all!

AV8ER
04-17-2007, 07:52 AM
Hey everyone. I had an interview with AIRWIS today but my company (Waterski) wouldn't allow me the day off. Imagine that. I like this company already. Sarah has allowed me to reschedule for next month so I will bid my schedule around that. AIRWIS is the place for me. Hope to be there with you all!

Just curious...how long have you been at TSA?

Korean1DR
04-17-2007, 07:53 AM
Hey everyone. I had an interview with AIRWIS today but my company (Waterski) wouldn't allow me the day off. Imagine that. I like this company already. Sarah has allowed me to reschedule for next month so I will bid my schedule around that. AIRWIS is the place for me. Hope to be there with you all!

Geez that blows... well sorry to hear it, but good luck next month:)

flyerfly
04-18-2007, 12:13 PM
I've been at TSA 7 months. Started at number 51 in Oct and I'm now 25.

Me Fly Airplane
04-18-2007, 06:49 PM
I got a buddy that has been at Air Wisconsin for almost a year and he is still on Reserve...just thought you would like to know

Yeah, while even on reserve he makes a heck of a lot more than most other regionals! Why sell yourself short?

Sure Mesa and Repubshuttleaqua is having $2500 sign-on bonuses but they also don't say that the bonus is spread out over 10 or so years. And if you leave early, they take all the money back.

Upgrades are pushing 3 to just over 3 years right now. Quite a few FO's have also skipped upgrade just to enjoy seniority.

Korean1DR- how's the commute?

bizzum
04-19-2007, 05:46 AM
Yeah, while even on reserve he makes a heck of a lot more than most other regionals! Why sell yourself short?



$2,653.50 and 12 days off a month on rsv at AWAC on yr 2 pay (assuming you don't go over guarantee)......not great, but not to bad either.

fosters
04-19-2007, 06:04 AM
Yeah, while even on reserve he makes a heck of a lot more than most other regionals! Why sell yourself short?

Sure Mesa and Repubshuttleaqua is having $2500 sign-on bonuses but they also don't say that the bonus is spread out over 10 or so years. And if you leave early, they take all the money back.

Upgrades are pushing 3 to just over 3 years right now. Quite a few FO's have also skipped upgrade just to enjoy seniority.

Korean1DR- how's the commute?


Let's see - reserve FO @ AWAC or senior FO or junior CA at....ExpressJet, SkyWest, Pinnacle, Republic, etc. etc. etc. Who will make more?

Granted, AWAC is a GREAT company to work for. Absolutely amazing.

AWAC's 3 year upgrades won't continue. By the time the new CA class upgrades, it would have been 8 months for exactly 8 CA upgrades. Nothing to write home about...

Don't mislead people by telling them upgrade is "3 years". It may be right now, but that was because of some huge attrition rates with the switch in flying.

saab2000
04-19-2007, 07:25 AM
I will be here 3 years in a few days. Getting close. But no cigar kids. Upgrades are when they are. Last year they were 2.5 years. Now it is anyone's guess. We have upgraded about a 15 pilots in the past 6 months. I do think that will change, but right now it is very slow.

Korean1DR
04-19-2007, 12:12 PM
Yeah, while even on reserve he makes a heck of a lot more than most other regionals! Why sell yourself short?

Sure Mesa and Repubshuttleaqua is having $2500 sign-on bonuses but they also don't say that the bonus is spread out over 10 or so years. And if you leave early, they take all the money back.

Upgrades are pushing 3 to just over 3 years right now. Quite a few FO's have also skipped upgrade just to enjoy seniority.

Korean1DR- how's the commute?

Not good not good... I have a 3-legger commute... But it's my own doing, so I ask/expect NO sympathy...

CRJflyer32
04-19-2007, 04:46 PM
And so you shall get none. You commute to a hard place. My hat made it's way to Philly, but thanks anyway.

bizzum
04-19-2007, 05:21 PM
Not good not good... I have a 3-legger commute... But it's my own doing, so I ask/expect NO sympathy...

I'm guessing GFK-ORF? If so OUCH! I thought MSP-PHL was bad!

Korean1DR
04-19-2007, 05:40 PM
And so you shall get none. You commute to a hard place. My hat made it's way to Philly, but thanks anyway.

Yea, I spent sometime today in the crewroom lookin for that hat of yours... You owe me 15 minutes of life:D

Korean1DR
04-19-2007, 05:41 PM
I'm guessing GFK-ORF? If so OUCH! I thought MSP-PHL was bad!

Yea that's the route... Hopefully not too much longer, because it's freakin killing me!

bizzum
04-19-2007, 06:16 PM
Yea that's the route... Hopefully not too much longer, because it's freakin killing me!

Movin to NAAAfAAk?

Korean1DR
04-19-2007, 06:51 PM
Movin to NAAAfAAk?

Naw, I'm too afraid of wakin up one morning and seeing that ORF is closing... Maybe DEN or CLT... Maybe even DCA, who really knows...

captchris
04-20-2007, 07:44 AM
Naw, I'm too afraid of wakin up one morning and seeing that ORF is closing... Maybe DEN or CLT... Maybe even DCA, who really knows...

That would be awesome, then I could get a company paid move to somewhere nicer than.... Virginia :)

saab2000
04-20-2007, 10:46 AM
Don't move to DCA. I have tried it. WAY too expensive. Switzerland was less expensive. No joke.

Unless you have money or a two-income household, moving to the DCA area is extremely expensive. Houses that are affordable in the Midwest are $500,000 and up in the DC area. Apartments are not less than $1000 for decent, non-warzone apartments.

I am on a waiting list for a good DCA crashpad and I think that is the way to go. As soon as my lease in DCA is up I will be moving again.

Korean1DR
04-21-2007, 05:44 AM
Don't move to DCA. I have tried it. WAY too expensive. Switzerland was less expensive. No joke.

Unless you have money or a two-income household, moving to the DCA area is extremely expensive. Houses that are affordable in the Midwest are $500,000 and up in the DC area. Apartments are not less than $1000 for decent, non-warzone apartments.

I am on a waiting list for a good DCA crashpad and I think that is the way to go. As soon as my lease in DCA is up I will be moving again.

Yea, I've heard things along this line... But DCA is definitely an easier commute than what I've got goin on now... But with all this talk of quick upgrades litterally everywhere else but here, the gears in the head are turning... Figure out what you're gonna do Saab?

BoilerUP
04-21-2007, 06:25 AM
But with all this talk of quick upgrades litterally everywhere else but here, the gears in the head are turning...

Current returns are not indicative of future results.

saab2000
04-21-2007, 08:15 AM
... Figure out what you're gonna do Saab?

I am not sure. But there is no pressure on me either. Things move more slowly in Europe than here. It would be a slam dunk if it were just against AWAC. But I am hoping for a real career here in the US with one of two or three companies in the future.

I have spent way too long on the right seat in general (6+ years now) and am too close to the upgrade for me to return to Europe for another long stint as F/O.

After the collapse of Swissair in 2001 and the re-incarnation of the company as SWISS Int. a lot of guys were furloughed. I was over there last week and talked to a guy who has 18 years of seniority and just now is getting close to the upgrade on the 320. He is right seat on the A340 at the moment.

I am 'swimming in the pool' over there if I want it. But I am taking it easy for the moment.

But don't mistake my sticking with AWAC for the moment with being content at AWAC. Nothing could be further from the truth. :D

To get back to the point, the DCA commute is not bad. But it is very expensive to live here. I'll be moving out and just crashpadding it in the future. Unless you can afford it, it's no fun. Too bad, because otherwise it could be a nice area. Lot's of 'talent' if you know what I mean!!! :D

CRJflyer32
04-21-2007, 09:04 AM
There is quite a bit of "talent" in DCA. The problem is that sometimes, that much talent can get you in trouble. This I know my friend, this I know...

Korean1DR
04-22-2007, 07:55 AM
Current returns are not indicative of future results.

Yes Boiler I know... This has been brought to my attention for quite some time now...:rolleyes: More or less, this would be less of "a quick upgrade" kind of thing and more of "an increase in QOL" kind of thing...

Korean1DR
04-22-2007, 07:56 AM
There is quite a bit of "talent" in DCA. The problem is that sometimes, that much talent can get you in trouble. This I know my friend, this I know...

Yea, I heard that kinda rif-raf goes on up there...:D

BoilerUP
04-22-2007, 07:57 AM
this would be less of "a quick upgrade" kind of thing and more of "an increase in QOL" kind of thing...

Doing a three-legger from Grand Forks to Norfolk, I'd definitely understand a lateral move improving QOL, even if it was for a cut in compensation.

Did you hear the story of the 7xxx CA at Wiskey that left to be a FO at Skywest just so he wouldn't have to commute from Denver?

Korean1DR
04-22-2007, 04:43 PM
Doing a three-legger from Grand Forks to Norfolk, I'd definitely understand a lateral move improving QOL, even if it was for a cut in compensation.

Did you hear the story of the 7xxx CA at Wiskey that left to be a FO at Skywest just so he wouldn't have to commute from Denver?

Dude... no way... Seriously? I didn't hear that at all, but that's amazing!:eek:

fosters
04-22-2007, 04:53 PM
Dude... no way... Seriously? I didn't hear that at all, but that's amazing!:eek:

There was also a pretty senior FO that left for SkyWest when their MKE base was annouced going junior.

SkyWest seems to have taken a pretty good foothold in the midwest and west coasts. Probably only a matter of time until they hit the east coast as well...

Korean1DR
04-22-2007, 05:13 PM
There was also a pretty senior FO that left for SkyWest when their MKE base was annouced going junior.

SkyWest seems to have taken a pretty good foothold in the midwest and west coasts. Probably only a matter of time until they hit the east coast as well...

They're already in ATL I believe...