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Old 08-11-2014, 07:16 AM
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I agree that the test is difficult. I had 20 years of international ops. and I used CRM to get through the test. Its a lot of aviation minutia and trivia put together by some Embry Riddle interns.
And for anyone waiting for a phone interview,I read all I could find on Atlas and I made a list of notes and questions to have ready for the phone call. I never left the house without these notes.

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Old 08-11-2014, 08:01 PM
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Took it and passed...the questions posted earlier in this thread are still being asked (i.e. Centerline light colors, etc.) so know those answers. Here's my attempt to pay it forward and expand the gouge!
Additional questions that I don't remember seeing on the other list...

1. What is washout? (Something about wing roots stalling first I think?)
2. What is a severe squall? (Def: wind speed for certain duration--20kts/1 min?)
3. Weather symbols--mod icing, turb
4. 2-3 questions on SLOP (answers: it's pilot's discretion, and 0,1,2 miles right (not left). Answers included "1 or 2 mi right", "0,1,2mi rt" and "1 or 2 mi left"
5. 1 descent planning question...I.e. Figure out the VVI given a distance to descend and speed)
6. What is min CAT II or III RVR
7. Cloud types (lenticular=turbs)
8. Temp dev calculation
9. Ops specs can change mins...they ask this by telling you that your ops specs specify higher mins, then refer you to an approach plate and asking what the mins mean to you? Answer I chose was something something like "info only" (but I may be wrong!)
10. Question about broken equip b4 flight--refer to what? CDL or MEL
11. Holding speed question
12. Rain on windscreen illusion--higher than actual
13. Can't remember the question, but something about restricted vis due to ice fog (vs. whiteout)
14. Outboard ailerons used for? High speed, low speed, or both were answers
15. Something about Cloud thickness likely to produce heavy precip

I'll post more if I think of any...had to blast through the test pretty quick, so couldn't remember many details.

Def would help to have a few buds helping out with Google and the FAA weather circular and weather handbook. Lots and lots of weather questions. Also, I took the ATP written not too long ago, and seemed like lots of questions verbatim from the bank (Sheppard version). If you know anyone with the ATP question bank, that's a great thing to review. Hopefully this post will help some others remember a few that they saw as well and the gouge will stay current and maybe even get more complete so NOBODY fails if they're willing to dig through 900 pages of this thread! Good luck!

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Old 08-12-2014, 11:26 AM
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Hey everyone long time listener first time caller....

I interviewed this past week. The experience is almost identical to previous posts on this thread. Everyone there is very laid back and was extremely good at putting us all at ease. I was with 11 other guys that far exceeded me in flight time, experience and good stories so it was an honor to just be in the room with them. It seemed everyone had an internal rec in the group so those are clearly getting put on the top of the application stack.

My tech was 30 mins; of which the first 20 were spent talking about regional life, background, etc... And was very conversational. There were still lots of questions fit in, including lots of runway signs & lighting, what happens to V1 on a short runway (reduced), GPS approach chart questions (wheres the FAF, brief the approach as if you were at your current job). Also there was lots of focus on Prog Charts.....I would know those pretty much cold if you interview here. They're tailoring the tech portion to your previous experience. I by no means was perfect on any of the above but was told I did well and off I went.

The Panel Interview:

Questions included: Why atlas? Talk about yourself, how will you and your family adjust to schedules?, give me a brief you would give before departure keeping in mind CRM (that one caught me off guard), whats one thing you learned from the presentation we showed you this morning?, what do you like to do in your time off?, resume questions about particulars, any training failures / violations etc.. Everyone was great and gave lots of positive reinforcement when I was talking.

We had several pilots in the building for training stop by the room and candidly say they really liked it here despite the current issues between the union and company. There was talk of classes including today (8/12) for the 74 and the 18th (767) as well as a couple in Sept. Denise mentioned that after the Monday class that it would be a few months before another 74 class.

Thank you to everyone who's posted anything here whether it be good or bad, it helped tremendously in my preparation for this day. I was lucky enough to just get an email and was placed in the hiring pool. Hopefully I'll see you guys in training soon.


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Old 08-12-2014, 02:09 PM
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Congrats! Welcome to the party and thanks for the great interview summary.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by bruin725
Hey everyone long time listener first time caller....

I interviewed this past week. The experience is almost identical to previous posts on this thread. Everyone there is very laid back and was extremely good at putting us all at ease. I was with 11 other guys that far exceeded me in flight time, experience and good stories so it was an honor to just be in the room with them. It seemed everyone had an internal rec in the group so those are clearly getting put on the top of the application stack.

My tech was 30 mins; of which the first 20 were spent talking about regional life, background, etc... And was very conversational. There were still lots of questions fit in, including lots of runway signs & lighting, what happens to V1 on a short runway (reduced), GPS approach chart questions (wheres the FAF, brief the approach as if you were at your current job). Also there was lots of focus on Prog Charts.....I would know those pretty much cold if you interview here. They're tailoring the tech portion to your previous experience. I by no means was perfect on any of the above but was told I did well and off I went.

The Panel Interview:

Questions included: Why atlas? Talk about yourself, how will you and your family adjust to schedules?, give me a brief you would give before departure keeping in mind CRM (that one caught me off guard), whats one thing you learned from the presentation we showed you this morning?, what do you like to do in your time off?, resume questions about particulars, any training failures / violations etc.. Everyone was great and gave lots of positive reinforcement when I was talking.

We had several pilots in the building for training stop by the room and candidly say they really liked it here despite the current issues between the union and company. There was talk of classes including today (8/12) for the 74 and the 18th (767) as well as a couple in Sept. Denise mentioned that after the Monday class that it would be a few months before another 74 class.

Thank you to everyone who's posted anything here whether it be good or bad, it helped tremendously in my preparation for this day. I was lucky enough to just get an email and was placed in the hiring pool. Hopefully I'll see you guys in training soon.


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7 years at regional
1 inernal rec.
Congrats! I agree that this is a good place to work, regardless of our current issues. Most of us know it could be much, much worse.

I would also expect most people hired for the foreseeable future to go to the 767, so it's good to see HR is thinking that too. It's a good fleet... Good crews, decent flying. Pay could be better, but we won't rehash that now.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:44 AM
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I am a US guy a few months from the end of my contract in the middle east. Will Atlas take someone who was living abroad working at a foreign airline?
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Shibuya
I am a US guy a few months from the end of my contract in the middle east. Will Atlas take someone who was living abroad working at a foreign airline?
I know one guy hired in the last month who has been working abroad for the last two years - so I guess the answer is yes
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Shibuya
I am a US guy a few months from the end of my contract in the middle east. Will Atlas take someone who was living abroad working at a foreign airline?
I just flew with a guy today who lives in Dubai. Others I've flown with live in Tel Aviv, Sydney, Costa Rica, Paris.... If you like it there you might be able to stay.
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Old 08-13-2014, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Shibuya
I am a US guy a few months from the end of my contract in the middle east. Will Atlas take someone who was living abroad working at a foreign airline?
Yes! Speaking for myself there is a good chance of that, depending on the outcome of your efforts.

It seemed to be something they may like, considering the flying you may have been doing. International, flexible, heavy, minimal support, etc.
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Old 08-13-2014, 12:33 PM
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Thanks for the speedy replies! I am forming an exit strategy, one of my worries is mainly regarding the paperwork the next place will want. I doubt my airline here is going to provide much more than a stamped logbook and a letter that I worked here for 3 years.

Atlas always looked like a great time to me, and after the international flying here it would be hard to go back to the grind of what I was doing before.

So guys are living overseas? I tried to read most of this thread and did not notice that before, is it an off the record kind of thing?? Maybe the beach hut in Thailand or Okinawa isn't so far fetched after all
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