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Old 12-01-2012, 10:31 AM   #1  
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Default Falcon Air Express is hiring

Falcon Air is Expanding in the Caribbean. They need pilots, but the Venezuelan owner, Mr. Ramiz is cheap and does not believe on taking care of their pilots during training. I know pilots that are presently in ground school who have not being paid their first $750 per Diem check for successfully completing their first phase of training. They were supposed to be paid two weeks ago. The same situation happened with the previous class which received their first check three weeks later, as well as the class prior to them. When the pilots complained that they could not afford to keep training without pay, they got the excuse from Rick Semon, Director of Training, and Tom Olsen, Manager of Flight Standards, that the owner was very concerned because he had to replace an engine. The same excuse and lie was given to the previous classes.
My friend is about to quit the job with three other pilots for the same reason. Falcon usually hires 10 people per class, but they loose pilots during training due to their lack of integrity.

Even though Falcon sent the following information prior to ground school, the pilots do not get paid on time. It is ridiculous since they also ask you to sign an 18 month non-prorated contract for 20K non-rated MD-80 pilots and 6K rated pilots.

Falcon Air will pay fifty dollars ($50.00) per day during training to pay for a pilot’s meals and
other expenses for the period of time from the first day of ground school until all simulator
training is complete. This pay will not be paid for any periods of time where training is
suspended or an individual is not in MIA and available for training for any reason. The
reimbursement for expenses will be paid in the following manner:
1. Upon successful completion of the first 15 days of training, the initial increment of $750.00 will be paid.
2. Upon successful completion of the second 15 days of training the second increment of $750.00 will be paid.
3. Upon successful completion of all simulator training the third increment will be paid up from the 30th day of training until the last day of simulator training. The Company will make a good faith effort to see that this increment is paid before the student’s departure
for Operating Experience.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:34 PM   #2  
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Thank you for the heads up. I've heard nothing good to say about their operation, this confirms it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:44 PM   #3  
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A company that can not afford to pay pilots in training, or to make modest per diem payments cannot afford to maintain an MD-80 to safe standards, and you will eventually have to decide if you want to disregard obvious safety standards to get the airplane back home. Your butt is in the airplane......who knows what other short cuts have been taken. This guy shouldn't be in business...
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:13 PM   #4  
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we just hired a pilot from there. stay away, md80 time is not that important.
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