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Old 10-23-2012, 05:50 PM   #1  
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Just a quick question.. UPS has some openings for seasonal and full time drivers in my area. I'm considering throwing in an app. Money is nearly twice what I make flying an airplane. Wondered when it comes time for pilot hiring if they would give pref to hiring someone from within???? Just curious if thats a good route to the cockpit of a UPS airplane?
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It is disappointing that driving trucks and even flipping burgers would pay more than being a regional FO.

I would consider how to keep flying currency if UPS decides to make that an application requirement.
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Just a quick question.. UPS has some openings for seasonal and full time drivers in my area. I'm considering throwing in an app. Money is nearly twice what I make flying an airplane. Wondered when it comes time for pilot hiring if they would give pref to hiring someone from within???? Just curious if thats a good route to the cockpit of a UPS airplane?
In the past UPS has looked favorably on this type of prior employment with them. Appears that they see it as an interest in the company beyond airplanes and a willingness to work in the core business.
It would be essential that you come away from the seasonal work with an excellent referral from you supervisor, UPS keeps an incredible amount of records.
To the best of my knowledge no one who has been successful as a pilot has come out of driving a truck or sorting packages .

Wish you the best , keep in mind we have pilots on the street and no forecast of hiring .
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I sorted boxes for UPS during the holidays while I was a flight instructor. It is only a help once you get into the interview. Your flying will get you the interview though, not throwing the boxes. Like 757 said, make sure you do well and the manager checks the box that he would rehire you.
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I sorted boxes for UPS during the holidays while I was a flight instructor. It is only a help once you get into the interview. Your flying will get you the interview though, not throwing the boxes. Like 757 said, make sure you do well and the manager checks the box that he would rehire you.
I as well, worked for UPS for 4 years and they seemed happy in the interview that I worked in a different side of the operation. Maybe by 2015 we will hire again!
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It is disappointing that driving trucks and even flipping burgers would pay more than being a regional FO.
Not too many people who take jobs flipping burgers solely because they can't dream of doing anything else either. I haven't heard of shiny fries or shiny truck syndrome.
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I think slinging UPS boxes would be an excellent tact. UPS eats up the "working class" mentality and doesn't want prima dona pilots. As stated above, won't help get the interview though. I'd do it if you can regain currency after peak. If the TNT Express buy happens, and UPS divests itself of TNT Airways, UPS hiring isn't unfathomable. Last time hiring, UPS required international experience - so that would get you the interview. But I also know of a couple regional guys that slipped through the cracks (right place at the right time) and got hired. So I guess if you can get your other flying job back, what do you have to lose?

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To the best of my knowledge no one who has been successful as a pilot has come out of driving a truck or sorting packages .
Perhaps not at UPS, but at FedEx there have been a number of pilots who started out with the company as handlers or truck drivers, and who have had very successful careers here. By the way, what exactly is the definition of a "successful pilot" at UPS? As far as I'm concerned, it's a guy who goes through his career without any real issues, such as damaging an aircraft, or standing alone in the chief pilot's conference room at the far end of the long table, while trying to explain why he's there in the first place.

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Perhaps not at UPS, but at FedEx there have been a number of pilots who started out with the company as handlers or truck drivers, and who have had very successful careers here. By the way, what exactly is the definition of a "successful pilot" at UPS? As far as I'm concerned, it's a guy who goes through his career without any real issues, such as damaging an aircraft, or standing alone in the chief pilot's conference room at the far end of the long table, while trying to explain why he's there in the first place.

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Or not caving to big daddy Fred and fly wide bodied for 88k a yr for 2 yrs
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Or not caving to big daddy Fred and fly wide bodied for 88k a yr for 2 yrs
Anybody know what the yearly BLG during 4A2B was?
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