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Old 07-29-2018, 07:54 PM   #501  
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Can anyone shed some light as to what one can expect as a 145-FO new hire. Interested in more info about schedule, quality of life, how is training, what is the training foot print like. Is there any additional routes Via is searching out or additions to the fleet in the near future? What type hotels are you in when on reserve or overnights? Is there a lot of reduced rest overnights or not on average? Are the schedules flexible or changed often, when are the schedules assigned?

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Old 07-30-2018, 04:24 AM   #502  
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Can anyone shed some light as to what one can expect as a 145-FO new hire. Interested in more info about schedule, quality of life, how is training, what is the training foot print like. Is there any additional routes Via is searching out or additions to the fleet in the near future? What type hotels are you in when on reserve or overnights? Is there a lot of reduced rest overnights or not on average? Are the schedules flexible or changed often, when are the schedules assigned?

Appreciate any info, thanks!
It's all over the place as far as training. . . some training is 3 months, others is 8 or 9 months. They took a huge hit in March when they lost a lot of IOE CA's . . . so the entire training ended up the back of the chief pilot. It is SLOWLY getting better. They are really looking for folks to be based at either Austin, or Orlando although they still claim "home basing". Schedules are suppose to be at least 15 or so days out or more, but right now (because they are short on pilots) they come out about a week before.

This is not a "normal" airline, all trips come back to base, unless there is an issue. So if you are based in Austin, you are in Austin every night . . .if you are on reserve, then you sit reserve at your home. If you are home based, you dont get predium while flying out of your home based. AS far as working you hard . . . many pilots right now are flying the max number of days or hours flown a month per 117. This place will either be a great place one day, or they will continue to have a hard time based on the decisions that keep being made by management.
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:30 AM   #503  
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It's all over the place as far as training. . . some training is 3 months, others is 8 or 9 months. They took a huge hit in March when they lost a lot of IOE CA's . . . so the entire training ended up the back of the chief pilot. It is SLOWLY getting better. They are really looking for folks to be based at either Austin, or Orlando although they still claim "home basing". Schedules are suppose to be at least 15 or so days out or more, but right now (because they are short on pilots) they come out about a week before.

This is not a "normal" airline, all trips come back to base, unless there is an issue. So if you are based in Austin, you are in Austin every night . . .if you are on reserve, then you sit reserve at your home. If you are home based, you dont get predium while flying out of your home based. AS far as working you hard . . . many pilots right now are flying the max number of days or hours flown a month per 117. This place will either be a great place one day, or they will continue to have a hard time based on the decisions that keep being made by management.
So are they hiring to replace the lost CA's? I applied with 4000+ Pic in type weeks ago. No reply. If they take away home basing, the quality of applicants is gonna take a hit.

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Old 07-30-2018, 08:40 AM   #504  
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It's all over the place as far as training. . . some training is 3 months, others is 8 or 9 months. They took a huge hit in March when they lost a lot of IOE CA's . . . so the entire training ended up the back of the chief pilot. It is SLOWLY getting better. They are really looking for folks to be based at either Austin, or Orlando although they still claim "home basing". Schedules are suppose to be at least 15 or so days out or more, but right now (because they are short on pilots) they come out about a week before.

This is not a "normal" airline, all trips come back to base, unless there is an issue. So if you are based in Austin, you are in Austin every night . . .if you are on reserve, then you sit reserve at your home. If you are home based, you dont get predium while flying out of your home based. AS far as working you hard . . . many pilots right now are flying the max number of days or hours flown a month per 117. This place will either be a great place one day, or they will continue to have a hard time based on the decisions that keep being made by management.
Sorry to hear that about you guys. Sounds brutal. Just curious why guys would stick around for the misery when theres other 121 charter outfits that have pretty decent QOL pay and schedules? Full disclosure im at Elite. But FO pay there is $60k to start with complete home basing. The schedule is line bidding either A or B and its simply put, alternating weeks of work. If you arent assigned a trip typically four days in advance, and it's your "on" days, you are OFF. roughly week on week off now especially with staffing approaching a 7/7 level. I guess the other difference is your 135 side. Not familiar with that but there was talk about putting a VIP CRJ on a 135 over at elite as well. Hope things work out for you guys.
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:54 AM   #505  
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Is there any future growth plans for the fleet and additional routes/markets, or is the company content with the current route structure and fleet size? is there potential for maybe some midwest routes/markets? What are typical schedules like 6/5, 7/7 etc... how does the scheduling work with 117 rules, is it based on seniority? Are there many guys leaving now? Does the company work with you if you have appointments come up for your kids during the month that you would need a day off etc?

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Itís tough to see the same vision, yet see it fall short time and time again. There have been the same plans for company and fleet growth since before obtaining their 121 cert. They have lost every bit of flying given to them for whatever reason whether it be Caesarís, pass, or eas. The owner has said that there is countless opportunities everywhere, but they kept the pilot bench so tight and bought ****e planes that everyone felt the departure of even just one pilot. Due to the most awful advice, he was told pilots are easily replaceable in this current state of pilot hiring. That could have been correct if the pay was decent and a schedule could be kept.
I believe they are beyond thin on instructors and captains, and less thin on FOís. Itís a revolving door. There is only one pilot there over 2 years.

Save yourself the heartache and unnecessary aging. Seek life elsewhere.
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Itís tough to see the same vision, yet see it fall short time and time again. There have been the same plans for company and fleet growth since before obtaining their 121 cert. They have lost every bit of flying given to them for whatever reason whether it be Caesarís, pass, or eas. The owner has said that there is countless opportunities everywhere, but they kept the pilot bench so tight and bought ****e planes that everyone felt the departure of even just one pilot. Due to the most awful advice, he was told pilots are easily replaceable in this current state of pilot hiring. That could have been correct if the pay was decent and a schedule could be kept.
I believe they are beyond thin on instructors and captains, and less thin on FOís. Itís a revolving door. There is only one pilot there over 2 years.

Save yourself the heartache and unnecessary aging. Seek life elsewhere.
Yep. . .see above! An email just came out titled "Expectations while on flight duty" . . . and it was short and too the point . . . " Each crew member should prepare mentally to be on duty for their maximum allowable FDP. "
yep. . revolving door! I really hope they can turn this place into a really cool place to work . . but history makes me very cautions.
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:25 PM   #508  
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Seems, like short staffing and unstable/changing schedules are a common theme for complaints from what i've gathered in the previous posts of past or current guys.... What has the company, upper management, DO or Chief Pilot done to remedy it? Is the Chief Pilot and DO a company Guy or do they really look out for the pilots? Is it really true that the longest pilot employed there only 2years? Why such a revolving door? How many airlines can you jumpseat on, it says Via is part of cass? Also why home-basing if part of cass? What kind of hotels do the home-based pilots stay in?
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Seems, like short staffing and unstable/changing schedules are a common theme for complaints from what i've gathered in the previous posts of past or current guys.... What has the company, upper management, DO or Chief Pilot done to remedy it? Is the Chief Pilot and DO a company Guy or do they really look out for the pilots? Is it really true that the longest pilot employed there only 2years? Why such a revolving door? How many airlines can you jumpseat on, it says Via is part of cass? Also why home-basing if part of cass? What kind of hotels do the home-based pilots stay in?
The CP is amazing. . . he works his **S off to make things happen. He is/was the only LCA when many of the "senior" pilots left. He works 8 days a week, and when he is not flying the line, training in the sim, doing line checks and IOE's, he's flying the line, and keeping this place together on his "days off" . . . he is the hardest working CP many of us have ever seen. He's a good guy, and we all feel for him for the amount of work the company expects him to take on. The DO is new . . . we had one before, that . . . lets just say, many a' pilot left because of what happened under his watch. . .not sure it was him or not, but it is/was what it was/is.
As far as schedules, just look at other forums... lots of talk about it . .. you are positive spaced for work. . very limited jump seat right now.
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Who was the Director of Ops that is no longer there, why the departure? What airlines can you jump seat on, united, southwest etc? Are you put in crappy hotels when on over nights? How are the guys you fly with, is the morale pretty low?
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