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Lazyb757
03-07-2010, 12:01 PM
Anyone have experience with and/or feedback for a company doing specific Atlas Air Cargo interview prep?

Other than specific Atlas info, what other interview prep service would you recommend?


airfish
03-07-2010, 12:14 PM
I interviewed there a few years ago. I went into the interview very cold, less than 36 hours from phone call to interview. We did paperwork for a couple of hours, bring your logbooks. Then it was an HR interview with a chief pilot, an hr rep, and a manager. Talk to the person asking the question.

Then there was a sim in a classic 74. This was the truly nice part of the interview. Simple take off and a simple sid. Enter holding, check airman configures the jet for landing, shoot an ILS, and land. Keep the power on until 50 feet, then go to idle and flare a little.

That was how it was in '05. Hope it helps.

Fish

The Walrus
03-07-2010, 12:26 PM
Emerald Coast Interview Consulting (http://www.emeraldcoastinterviewconsulting.com/)

Give these guys a call.


freightretriever
03-07-2010, 12:36 PM
Anyone have experience with and/or feedback for a company doing specific Atlas Air Cargo interview prep?

Other than specific Atlas info, what other interview prep service would you recommend?

I thought they had guys on furlough? Has everyone been recalled?

atpcliff
03-07-2010, 12:41 PM
Everyone has been recalled, according to other posters...hiring soon. Not heard about poolies.

Beagle_Lover
03-07-2010, 02:45 PM
It looks like the window is open for resumes. Judy Tarver at fltops.com and Adam Hughes are good for prep.

TurboDVR42
03-07-2010, 03:26 PM
What are the published mins?

TurboDVR42
03-07-2010, 03:29 PM
Never mind...found it on the website (never seen it before there)

Atlas is currently accepting resumes for B747 First Officers. Please email your resume to [email protected]

First Officer Minimum Requirements
3,500 hours total time in airplanes
1,000 hours turbine Jet PIC
FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certification.
Current FAA Class 1 Medical Certificate
FCC Radio License
Legally authorized to work in the USA
Current Passport
Ability to pass a 10-year security background check and a pre-employment drug test.
Glass cockpit experience preferred

ARE they HARD on the jet time?

Talon1011
03-07-2010, 03:35 PM
Here's a link to some interview info:

Atlas Air Cargo Pilot Interview Profiles (http://www.willflyforfood.com/pilot-interviews/102/Atlas-Air-Cargo.html)

bubi352
03-07-2010, 04:23 PM
Do you guys have a crew base in UK?

Talon1011
03-07-2010, 04:44 PM
I'm not there yet..still awaiting the call...but the Stanstead base is no more. The bases now in effect are current on the Atlas info page of this website.

Twin Wasp
03-07-2010, 06:02 PM
There's some deal in their training program, the way I heard it, you can't get the type in the sim with less than the 1000 PIC turbine. There have been pilots hired with less, mainly upgrading FEs.

Lazyb757
03-07-2010, 08:08 PM
Thanks for all the input.

OleDawg
03-08-2010, 05:03 AM
Any ideas on when calls are going out? Does anybody know what it really takes to get a call...personal rec., international wide body time, etc?

742Dash
03-08-2010, 07:05 AM
There have been significant changes in Atlas's management and training department since they last interviewed. Therefor I would take any airline-specific interview prep with a grain of salt. Or less.

Atlas normally fully types the first officers. Two of the three sims are level C, which in turn drives the turbojet requirements. There have been some non-typed FOs in the past, and there is the one level D sim. Whether this means that they will back off the turbojet requirements remains to be seen.

Understand the company's business model. Understand that it is really just a big charter operation with big airplanes, and that it suffers from all the resulting chaos. Overall, considering the people involved, I would expect a fairly relaxed interview process.

Jetalc
03-08-2010, 01:20 PM
Lori Clark at www.flytheline.com ...hands down.

Whaledriver
03-08-2010, 02:12 PM
The word is, the first new hire classes will be in April, FWIW.

atpcliff
03-08-2010, 03:56 PM
Hi!

Thanx Mr. WD!

cliff
NBO

PCLCREW
03-09-2010, 08:30 AM
Any ideas on when calls are going out? Does anybody know what it really takes to get a call...personal rec., international wide body time, etc?

Right now a personal rec short lists your resume...
I also heard Polar may hire very soon?????

atpcliff
03-09-2010, 09:18 AM
Hi!

Polar and Atlas r integrating. All hiring is via Atlas. Another poster said 1st new hire will go below last Atlas/Polar guy on combined list.

Cliff
NBO
PS-When we taxied in tonight was hoping to see Atlas or EK/Atlas on the ramp. No such luck!

Whaledriver
03-09-2010, 10:07 AM
I also heard Polar may hire very soon?????

Not sure on that one. There was a rumor that Polar was going to grow, but nothing has materialized, yet.

PCLCREW
03-09-2010, 06:17 PM
Hi!

Polar and Atlas r integrating. All hiring is via Atlas. Another poster said 1st new hire will go below last Atlas/Polar guy on combined list.

Cliff
NBO
PS-When we taxied in tonight was hoping to see Atlas or EK/Atlas on the ramp. No such luck!

Hmmm so with that being said.. will they just send all the new hires to -400?
and has anyone been called yet?

BBJay
03-11-2010, 09:45 AM
Has Atlas called anybody yet? Got my resume in recently and hoping for a call. Is there any word on class dates or if new hires will be -200, -400, or is the LCF going to be a different schedule? What about the Sonair crews, different line?

Whaledriver
03-11-2010, 10:29 AM
We have no firm info, but it appears that the new hires will go to the -400. The classic needs will probably be filled with recalls and upgrading FE's.

SonAir flying is just bidding IAH as your base. No info available on the LCF's. This bid is adding 8 captains to the classic, and ten to the -400. Doesn't sound like that will fill the needs of the LCF. Atlas NEVER plans six months ahead.

Word from MIA, new hire classes will be starting mid April.

Disclaimer, all the info above is subject to and will probable change. This is Atlas, after all.

yamahas3
03-11-2010, 10:52 AM
Anyone know if an RJ driver with no connections to Atlas stands a chance?

727C47
03-11-2010, 03:50 PM
its like the lottery ,you cant win if you dont play,send it in !

FliFast
03-11-2010, 08:41 PM
Know if you'd have to give up your seniority number(s).

Polarfr8dog
03-13-2010, 01:42 PM
Know if you'd have to give up your seniority number(s).

At the time I was hired five years ago, no you didn't. Now that things have changed around the airline business who knows.

UnusualAttitude
03-13-2010, 04:19 PM
I can't seem to find out how many days off a month one might expect. I realize that you might fly 18 day trips but followed up by how much time at home?

Also, is HSV really a base? I live in BHM and that would be excellent. I might have to move Atlas up my target list for sure and start begging for some help.

Thanks folks.

UA

Beagle_Lover
03-13-2010, 05:56 PM
31 day month=14 Days off
30 day month=13 Days off

Yes, HSV is a base and most junior at this point. MIA and HSV have short trips, good for those that live there.
A new bid is being run and should be published next week.
Good Luck.

skypiratedc10
03-14-2010, 04:18 AM
Hey Beagle Lover is Kevin Riebsam still working for you guys? If so I might ask a favor and have you pass along my email address if it wouldn't be too much trouble. I have an app in and for now he's the only one I know that might still be working there.

Sean

UnusualAttitude
03-14-2010, 06:05 AM
31 day month=14 Days off
30 day month=13 Days off

Yes, HSV is a base and most junior at this point. MIA and HSV have short trips, good for those that live there.
A new bid is being run and should be published next week.
Good Luck.

Thanks a lot. That is awesome!! I sent my resume in last night!!

EV120
03-15-2010, 01:24 PM
Any ideas on how many retirements are coming in the next few years?

I have many questions about works rules and scheduling, but I'll start with that.

Twin Wasp
03-15-2010, 05:32 PM
I think 2 this year, about 5 the next two years, then about 25 a year for the next 7 or 8 years.

BushwickBill
03-21-2010, 04:26 PM
Wow this is amazing news. I am still short of the total time. However I am close on everything else. I would really like to do this kind of flying at some point in my life. I'm trying to find out what life is like for a pilot who did this type of flying.

Right now I have a pretty good gig not because of pay or schedule but my current job allows me to stay in shape and have some free time where I like to be. Being active and happy are very important to me. Are there pilots who fly for this kind of operation who are fit and enjoy the outdoors?

Where are the bases located? What is the quality of life like? What is a typical schedule like? I saw the ratio of days of. Do you get them all at once? Can you jump seat to far off places with a surfboard?

Since I still have about a year or more to get enough total time and who knows what will happen with the economy. However the retirement numbers look promising!

FrontSeat
03-21-2010, 05:29 PM
who knows what will happen with the economy.


UPS seems to be able to predict that the economy will be in the toilet until 2015. They are so smart.........

Twin Wasp
03-22-2010, 11:16 AM
Current bases are JFK, MIA, HSV, IAH, LAX and ANC. The company owns you for 17 days. Unless you live in base, I think most pilots bid to do it all at once so you could have 10 days off together. All I did was bid stuff in the middle of the month to keep from having one month run into another and be on the road for 40 days. Flexibility is a good thing, the flights and cities you see on your schedule at the begining of the month will not match what you fly. They went into 120 or 130 some countries last year, just try naming 100 countries off the top of your head. Your body will take a beating, just about the time your body clock gets reset to Dubui, you're off to Hong Kong.

I have no idea about the surfboard, not much beach in Bagram.

I'm sure it's been posted before but here's a 200 pilot's take on life at Atlas.

YouTube - Atlas Air Cargo Movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyV9KZLrXLo)

atpcliff
03-23-2010, 01:48 PM
Hi!

If you want a little info, pm me.

cliff
NBO

Climbto450
03-23-2010, 08:10 PM
Has anyone heard of calls going out for interviews yet? Also does anyone know when there first new hire class will start?

anothermember
03-24-2010, 10:16 AM
Hi,
How many credit hours do you guys average a month?
Does Atlas or Polar go to Rio or Sao Paulo on a regular basis?
Thanks,
am

BushwickBill
03-24-2010, 01:38 PM
Current bases are JFK, MIA, HSV, IAH, LAX and ANC. The company owns you for 17 days. Unless you live in base, I think most pilots bid to do it all at once so you could have 10 days off together. All I did was bid stuff in the middle of the month to keep from having one month run into another and be on the road for 40 days. Flexibility is a good thing, the flights and cities you see on your schedule at the begining of the month will not match what you fly. They went into 120 or 130 some countries last year, just try naming 100 countries off the top of your head. Your body will take a beating, just about the time your body clock gets reset to Dubui, you're off to Hong Kong.

I have no idea about the surfboard, not much beach in Bagram.

I'm sure it's been posted before but here's a 200 pilot's take on life at Atlas.

YouTube - Atlas Air Cargo Movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyV9KZLrXLo)


Thank you very much. 17 days on the road is a lot. Do people commute to the bases?

Heh Bagram, I see what you mean. Not much in the way of fun there I imagine. I was wondering if pilots are allowed to jumpseat on Atlas flights? Also if there are Atlas pilots that have hobbies and stuff outside of aviation?

Thanks again.

Twin Wasp
03-25-2010, 10:11 AM
There are lots of South America flights out of MIA. The company buys tickets to the plane at the begining and end of your pattern. If it is to your base they count the ticket cost and any hotel stays as imputed income. You may be traveling to start your line on day 0 and if you get to your base late on the 17th day you may not be able to get home till day 18. And if the end of your pattern is within 48 hours of the begining of your next pattern they'll just keep you in place. It's not a 4 on 3 off life.

You take any group of 600 people, I'm sure you'll find all sorts of hobbies and interests.

PCLCREW
03-27-2010, 04:37 AM
Does anyone know if Atlas has called or had any interviews yet? I was told wes that the Polar CP was out of town (from New York)... was he on a trip? or down for interviews in MIA?

Whaledriver
03-27-2010, 04:52 AM
Polar CP is based in MIA. Only travels to JFK when needed. Atlas CP is up in ANC.

707Driver
03-27-2010, 02:20 PM
What is Atlas' jr base these days. It was STN before they closed that. Any info would be very helpful.

Beagle_Lover
03-27-2010, 04:23 PM
HSV and JFK are listed as the bases with new hires assigned to it.

PCLCREW
03-27-2010, 05:21 PM
Polar CP is based in MIA. Only travels to JFK when needed. Atlas CP is up in ANC.

Oh no kidding I know they were in westchester back in the 05 time frame so when I heard he was out of the office I just assumed it was westchester... thanks for the info.

Any news if they have had interviews yet????

Thanks again.

Beagle_Lover
03-27-2010, 05:31 PM
HDQ is Purchase, NY. Calls have gone out for early APR interviews.

pegasus6234
03-28-2010, 12:39 AM
Any word on the process? My friends who claim to know say they have eliminated the sim and now have a tech interview. What kind of tech interview? Is it -400 specific, generic mental mental math, international ops.....? Hopefully those poolies that are in the first round will post the secrets so we can all prepare.

PCLCREW
03-28-2010, 08:19 AM
HDQ is Purchase, NY. Calls have gone out for early APR interviews.

Thanks for the info... Had 3 internal recs and got no call... guess my resume found it's way to the bottom of the trash can again.

Are they interviewing enough people to fill a bunch of classes or are they taking it one at a time?

nvlavtr
03-28-2010, 10:35 AM
I just emailed my resume to Atlas today. My total flight hours are 3000 with 2000 of them in the military. Does Atlas use a military conversion?

I have a B707 type, 1400 hours turbine PIC and qualified in the E-6B(B-707), F-14 and T-45. Will they consider me? :confused:

Polarfr8dog
03-30-2010, 06:40 AM
I asked the question on the company website about how many newhires. They say their plans are constantly changing but as of today, three classes of eight each starting in April.

Good Luck to those of you applying.

Climbto450
04-20-2010, 06:09 PM
Any word on the next round of hiring? I heard the april classes have all been filled.:)

bikingflyer
09-06-2010, 06:57 AM
Anyone have a recent experience to that they can share with us?

fdx727pilot
09-06-2010, 04:28 PM
Anyone have a recent experience to that they can share with us?

Uhm, how about this thread?

http://www.airlinepilotforums.com/cargo/51254-atlas-air-hiring.html

scumby
09-06-2010, 09:29 PM
A good friend of mine interviewed and said every pilot there have heavy jet time. No commuter pilots. He was 1 of 13 interviewees and he just got a letter after a month that he's in a pool. Only 4 of the 13 got the pool letter.

bikingflyer
09-08-2010, 06:12 AM
Has anybody gotten a call for the interview with in last couple of weeks, (an actual interview, and not the phone interview)??

cargowannabe
09-08-2010, 09:44 AM
Yes a friend of mine is interviewing on the 28th of this month.

cargo

bmxandjets
09-08-2010, 09:44 PM
Has anybody gotten a call for the interview with in last couple of weeks, (an actual interview, and not the phone interview)??

Phone interview and tech test about 10 days ago.. Nothing yet. However, I didn't to that great on the test... 68. So, my hopes of Atlas could be shredded.

cargowannabe
09-09-2010, 03:25 AM
Phone interview and tech test about 10 days ago.. Nothing yet. However, I didn't to that great on the test... 68. So, my hopes of Atlas could be shredded.


68 (its a pass) on the test I would say that is average!!!! Hell I have none 5 people that have not passed. Congrats!

cargo

bikingflyer
09-09-2010, 04:56 AM
Phone interview and tech test about 10 days ago.. Nothing yet. However, I didn't to that great on the test... 68. So, my hopes of Atlas could be shredded.

Likewise, I took the test about same time a go, and still waiting....maybe handful of people waiting around the same time might be a good thing.....who knows....let us know if you hear something.

Moondog
09-09-2010, 12:36 PM
Called me today for EOM interview.

Rhinoflyer
09-09-2010, 01:03 PM
Called me today for EOM interview.

Same here.

bikingflyer
09-09-2010, 01:04 PM
EOM? WHen did you guys do the tech test?

Rhinoflyer
09-09-2010, 01:08 PM
EOM? WHen did you guys do the tech test?

I took the tech test last Saturday.

bikingflyer
09-09-2010, 01:13 PM
Same here, hhhhhmmmmm lets see if the phone rings....Good luck with the interview!!

Rhinoflyer
09-09-2010, 01:15 PM
Same here, hhhhhmmmmm lets see if the phone rings....Good luck with the interview!!

Thanks, hopefully your phone will ring soon.

Moondog
09-09-2010, 01:32 PM
Took the test Thursday or Friday, I think. All the days here are like "Wednesday" anyway!! Good luck, hope the call comes in.

Waldo11
09-09-2010, 02:54 PM
Good luck Rhino and Moon. Be yourself in the interview, try not to step on your crank and you'll be fine. What are they saying about class dates if you guys are successful?

Moondog
09-09-2010, 03:21 PM
Did not mention that but she knows I am in Iraq and did not want to keep me tied up, so to speak. Give me a minute and check your PM Waldo

bikingflyer
09-09-2010, 04:27 PM
Thanks, hopefully your phone will ring soon.

Thanks, I hope so also, you guys who got the call good luck!!

jetlink
03-08-2011, 04:21 PM
Hello there, I got a call from Atlas. I'm trying to find some good info about online test and interview process. Could you share some information about the whole process at Atlas?
Test, interview experience and what to expect?
In addition, how the Gateway airport works? How pilots commute and move around, is there ZED, ID90 agreements for vacation traveling on different airlines? Is there a "reserve" pool or all pilots are "on demand" in FAR135 Cargo?
Thank you,

Whaledriver
03-08-2011, 04:48 PM
Alright. Get a bowl of popcorn, and some beer and settle in on this 127 plus page thread:

http://www.airlinepilotforums.com/hiring-news/51254-atlas-air-hiring.html

dojetdriver
03-08-2011, 06:59 PM
Hello there, I got a call from Atlas. I'm trying to find some good info about online test and interview process. Could you share some information about the whole process at Atlas?
Test, interview experience and what to expect?
In addition, how the Gateway airport works? How pilots commute and move around, is there ZED, ID90 agreements for vacation traveling on different airlines? Is there a "reserve" pool or all pilots are "on demand" in FAR135 Cargo?
Thank you,

You may not have PM privileges yet. But if your username is indicative of where you work, PM me there.

Like the other guy said, get some popcorn, as well as a Starbuck's trente or a 5-hour energy and read the WHOLE thread.

atpcliff
03-09-2011, 02:43 PM
In addition, how the Gateway airport works? How pilots commute and move around, is there ZED, ID90 agreements for vacation traveling on different airlines? Is there a "reserve" pool or all pilots are "on demand" in FAR135 Cargo?
Thank you,

They airline you to/from your Gateway to where they want you. You CAN ask for Alternate Travel....NOT to/from your Gateway, which they may or may not approve. You may also get a Gateway awarded at your hometown if you live far from a Gateway...for example, they added HA as a Gateway. They will try and deadhead you on company aircraft, and a trip to "XXX" (NOT AMS!) may combine company deadheading and airlining.

Atlas is CASS and has good jumpseats with everyone.
Family travel is DAL and Virgin Atlantic only. You probably CAN do ZED fares with intntl airlines-have not tried that yet.

Atlas everyone (mostly) is reserve. We r using a PrefBid system now, changing back to the 1800s-style of scheduling and with published lines when the new contract goes into effect.

"FAR135 Cargo"...I think you mean -135 cargo. No. Atlas is -121. Their scheduled freight (Polar-type stuff), on-demand freight, LCF, and passenger flying is all -121.

cliff
ANC