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Old 02-21-2008, 05:37 AM   #21
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Pilotbum,
Thanks for the info, your a great source!...Any idea on ratio of typed and non-typed new hires?

Are they still hiring street captains?
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:49 AM   #22
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Can he recommend you? Who do you know?
My buddy is SD. Do you know him? He said that they would let him start recomending people a couple of months after he had been there? I guess they gotta make sure he is a good pilot to recomend others.
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I know SD....He is a great guy...Great pilot too...Please tell him to put a recomendation in for PF.

Sorry couldn't resist!!!!!!!
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SD Is a good guy... I had a feeling that is who you're talking about. It's not that XOJET has to evaluate a new hire before they can recommend people but rather he will be able to give his friends a better idea about the job after he's done it a while. They don't like attrition; they want all the cards on the table when someone goes to work there so as to avoid surprises. He cannot accurately describe a rotation if he's only completed one.

Street captains in the X fleet have slowed as the size of the X pilot group has grown. The idea is to try to promote from within. There will still be a few hired this year, but not as many. That being said upgrades still happen fairly quick. 17 X's on the property with 30 more to be delivered. Do the math.

I think type rated pilots that get hired are surprisingly low. More interview than get hired. Type ratings will help your visibility but won't help you get the job.
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I understand completely were your coming from pilotbum. SD and I go way back. I was his best man at his wedding. He is a Great guy. I got him his last job and he got me the one before that. Hopefully its his turn again!! HAHA.

Your right, he has only done one rotation so far, and loved every minute of it. I'm still waiting to hear something bad about the company? I don't think I would change my mind anyway. Thanks for all the info and keep it coming please! There's lots of us waiting for that chance.
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UM, any XOJeters need a best man ????
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UM, any XOJeters need a best man ????
Now thats funny. Let me know if it works, I could do it again.
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I'm still waiting to hear something bad about the company? I don't think I would change my mind anyway. Thanks for all the info and keep it coming please! There's lots of us waiting for that chance.
Here's what I hear are the worst things about working at XOJET:
  • Rotations can get long.
  • Rotations are demanding.
  • It's 135, on-demand charter.
  • Rolling rest.
  • You will spend a lot of time on an airliner going to and from work. Tickets are generally purchased from 24-12 hours in advance; so you're destined to be sitting in a middle seat between two stinky fatso's.
  • Because it is a growing company they are still figuring out the best ways to do some things. This means there is constant change; while it is usually for the better some people don't always take it that well. You've got to keep an open mind and remain objective while maintaining a clear view of the "big picture".
  • Pay scales are competitive, but not the highest of comparable business models. However, upgrades are quick and the company is only two years old. Given the company's success there is a lot of potential.
I am sure there are more, but that's what the XOJET pilots tell me.
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If thats all there complaining about I'm not to worried! My last trip at my company-
Paged at 2300 on Friday night after being on call all week. I go off call at 1200 on Sat keep in mind. One hour to be off the ground, we leave Dallas, ADS-ABQ-MCC of all places- BFF-YIP drop off freight, 91 home LIT-ADS. We got home around 1600 on Saturday after 13.5 hours of flying. I forgot to say that we MEL'ed the Yaw Damp and were hand flying the whole time. This is just another day in paradise at my job. I think I'm ready for the switch. I'm used to the 135 on demand world.
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Pilotbum,

Sounds typical of 135, however, if you can see the potential, the long haul could be well worth it!

How do they treat their pilots on the road regarding expenses and quality of Hotel accommodations?
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