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Old 12-29-2012, 12:18 PM
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Im on the 7th class gor the 767. If given the option, which base is better. Jfk or cvg??? Whats the flying like in both places. I am sidding with cvg since it looks like a simpler commute to me.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:20 PM
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LAX will also most likely be an option by the time you finish initial. Congrats.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Polarfr8dog View Post
You missed one . . . "the not so user friendly of an airplane when it comes to using the galley or sleeping in the left bunk when someone flushes dash-8" Guess F.O.'s will now be sleeping on that side as seniority rules.
The flush sounds like we're getting a decompression. Scared the bejesus out of me first time I heard it at cruise.

Ray Charles could have done the galley config better.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:42 PM
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JFK most likely wont be an option. CVG guys are waiting for JFK.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Guasabara View Post
Im on the 7th class gor the 767. If given the option, which base is better. Jfk or cvg??? Whats the flying like in both places. I am sidding with cvg since it looks like a simpler commute to me.

Forget about "the commute". The company buys you tickets where they need you. The CVG folks are doing mainly DHL hub stuff. Almost everything begins or ends in CVG, so think about imputed income on the flights and hotel rooms at the beginning and end of a trip. I doubt JFK will be an option, it is very senior and the CVG guys are trying to get out.

There is a chance you will be forced to LAX. We will see what the lines look like in March when we start the flying. What we hearing is NRT flying, so you will deadhead on a company freighter out of LAX to NRT and then fly for 14 days or so and then deadhead back on a company freighter to LAX to complete your 17 days you owe the company.

Put down what you want and hope for more hiring so you can get your first choice when it opens up.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Guasabara View Post
Im on the 7th class gor the 767. If given the option, which base is better. Jfk or cvg??? Whats the flying like in both places. I am sidding with cvg since it looks like a simpler commute to me.
Schedule-wise, I'm not convinced your assigned base really matters. I see guys from both 767 bases (JFK and CVG) all over the place on every type of 767 operation. Maybe the LAX base will be different, but I see base cross-pollinating all over the schedule. Scheduling assembles the puzzle the way they choose. YMMV.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:33 PM
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Hello All

I received quite the unexpected phone call two days ago for the phone interview and followed through with that phase the next day (yesterday morning). I must say that the phone interview was quite nice, relaxing, and very cordial. Lasted for 35 minutes according to my counter on the phone. Does that kind of time seem to line up with others?

I know there has been some conversation about wondering if an application is on file, whether it's better to fill out the PAQ on a PC or Mac. Nothing of that was ever mentioned during the interview and the HR Department said that had everything they needed up to this point. For anyone wondering, I did fill my PAQ out on an IPAD from overseas. It was requested (or perhaps recommended) that the NHPS file that comes after the phone interview be completed on a PC to avoid interruption between a PDF file and a Mac.

Since my schedule overseas is set for January, it was already discussed that I could not attend an interview in MIA in January. With that being said, I was told that I could take the technical test at my leisure anytime next week. I like to get a feel for whether taking the test earlier is preferred or waiting to spend some extra time preparing? With the interview favoring a points system, is it preferable to take the test quickly? Or should I follow the exact "direction" of "my leisure" this next week? Thoughts please!

Also, has anyone taken the online test using an IPAD? I did approach this subject with HR and they thought there was no issue in doing so. I'd like to hear if anyone else has in the past...

Lastly, interviews, after the January session are yet to be determined. Has anyone possibly heard of something in the future so that I can ammend or request my schedule accordingly overseas? Any help is certainly appreciated!

Breakdown of the phone interview:

35 minutes
Basic questions that have been stated before:

What do you know about Atlas?
What do you know about ACMI?
What does CRM mean to you?
Can you tell me about a time you used CRM in a difficult situation?
Do you know about our gateway basing and ticket purchasing?
Tell me about your schedule overseas?
How do you cope with being gone for long periods of time?
What is the average flight duration that you fly?
What is the longest flight you operate?
Do you have any training failures?

As mentioned a very cordial conversation!

If anyone could help me with my questions above in regards to the online test timeframe and media, I'd really appreciate it! All the best to each of you that will be interviewing in January and your future endeavors!

Happy New Year!
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:01 PM
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I'm not sure about taking the test on the IPad. However, all of our online training is done through the same website (flash required). I use the Photon app on my ipad to do online training and it works well. Good luck on the test!
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:43 AM
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Originally Posted by hvydvr View Post
The flush sounds like we're getting a decompression. Scared the bejesus out of me first time I heard it at cruise.

Ray Charles could have done the galley config better.
Ok, some perspective here...we are the only ones (US carrier at least!!) flying the newest, baddest, and the biggest, 747 out there, and we are complaining about a not-so-user-friendly airplane!!

Not a bad thing to complain about, don't you think?
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:31 AM
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Originally Posted by 777PacotsFlyer View Post
...Also, has anyone taken the online test using an IPAD?...
I have pointed this out before on this thread, and at one point got a mini lecture from some of the members of the Apple Cult.

A simple fact of life is that if you want to work for Atlas you need to use a Windows machine. The Atlas IT department is stretched, and they put zero effort into validating their systems with anything other than Windows and IE. Zero is also the amount of support they provide for non Windows/IE users and zero is the amount of sympathy people get when they run into problems (and they do run into problems).

For example, several months ago some of the guys got a nasty surprise when their monthly bid award did not look anything like what they had bid. It turned out that the line numbers had not been correctly displayed on iPads. And the company response was as described above.

And for the record, I carry an iPad. I also carry a cheap Windows laptop for company work.
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