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Old 06-25-2019, 04:58 PM   #71  
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Hi Boats & Hos

With regards to T&C/ Pay... What you are missing is the Tax advantage... The Contract under offer is "Net" of Japanese taxes... When you compare a USA Regional using APC numbers it looks a little like this, using simple numbers... 9E 10yr rate, 100 hrs, tax factor .7= 7210 USD... G7 10yr rate, 100 hrs, tax factor .7= 6370... IBX/FW 70hr guarentee commuting, 7630 USD plus allowances 220,000 Jpy... 2nd yr pay increases and Contract renewal pay rise...

By no way will one become wealthy under these T&C... Glad to here things have improved in the USA for the Small Jet drivers... However we had a new Driver join from Canada in 2018 and he got a huge pay rise due to the Tax Advantage compared to after tax in Canada... Like wise for several others from other parts of the world... For a USA driver it is my understanding with the tax credits in the USA with those offsets a USA driver will owe little or no taxes in the USA... Always consult with a tax pro, which drivers are not...

That's my take on the T&C/Pay compared to USA operator...

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Old 06-25-2019, 05:12 PM   #72  
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Hi Boats & Hos

With regard to the ANA Wings DCH8 T&Cs... They are on a "Gross" contract meaning the "Pilot" will pay all taxes except NHI... Natl, Prefecture, city and Natl Pension taxes to be paid thru payroll deduction... For planning us a .55 tax factor on ALL pay and allowances except perdiem for overnites... The Contract under offer is actually a direct contract with ANA Wings and not thru a Crew Lease Company...

Currently ANA Wings has NO TF/Expat pilots on staff... Mate was the last one to leave and he headed back to NZ about 18 months ago... Wings has had little interest when they were doing interviews in 2018 and I believe they are not actively seeking TF/Expats... That's what a Manager said early in 2019 in ITM...

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Old 06-25-2019, 05:28 PM   #73  
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Hi Boats & Hos

I would not say training is "Brutal"... Yes it is LONG but not difficult... It does require a bit of effort to learn a "new" way of doing things... The training at IBEX is structured to give the new pilot plenty of time to adjust to the "Kata" the way... We had a pilot Join in 2018, a CRJ guy who was unsuccessful at Peach... Because he already had his radio and airlaw complete he was done and cleared to line in 5 months...

The classes are scheduled around the Airlaw exam which is a National Exam that is only given 4 times a year... From start to finish for the normal driver it is 6-7 months... Lots of free time for self study or exploring, or both...

Most of the Expat training programs in Japan are very similar in structure and time... Exception being Peach, very crammed packed with LOTS of expected self study... Thus a high rate of people being Unsuccessful... New to J-way, New to A-320/NTR, New to J-land... Can and has been done just lower than most success rates... JCAB ATP already much better success...

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Old 06-25-2019, 05:53 PM   #74  
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Hi Boats & Hos

With regards to the contract being a long time, 4 years there are clauses to address this issue... If you need to change from commuting to non-commuting or vise/versa you may do it once with no reason needed... If you have mitigating circumstances you may be allowed to change again during the term...

If you are tired of Japan, have life changes or just want to leave there is a resignation clause... The time required depends on the Crew Lease Company you are with which ranges from 35-90 days notice...

Also if there are changes in the T&C due to market forces they have amended current contracts to reflect the enhancements in the past...

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Hi Boats & Hos

With regard to Japan being very expensive it really is not compared to other developed nations... Take it from your post you are from the USA, think you would find the cost of living in "Sendai" where we are based comparable to living in Orlando Florida... Considering Housing rent, food and utilities... Granted the tiered electric is a bit more expensive than the SE... Food and drink on par and if you go native maybe even a bit cheaper... Pre owned cars, much better quality and dirt cheap... Medical with the NHI cheaper than USA... Dental on par with USA maybe a bit cheaper... Commute to and from work by public transport, train, bus pov covered by Company... So no issues... All in all one can save a fair amount if they make just a modest effort...

Okay that's my 10 yen reply for Boats & Hos... Hope it helps someone else too...

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Talking Um, yeah

Firstly, Americanos pay tax on their worldwide income. You get an exclusion but pay full tax after that. Overseas retirement plans are not recognized by the U.S. so that will be taxed at 30%. It's a big deal and a lot of folks get caught out with this when the tax bill comes. Honestly, working overseas as an Americano is a pain in the arse! Japan gets really cold and windy too. Bonuses are income!

Secondly, 10 ID90s a month is low as opposed to working for a U.S. regional with unlimited pass benefits (KCM and Jumspeat as well) included. You cannot beat KCM and CASS Jumpseat. So, you have to come up with something equivelant, ie; PAY! The pay is low.

My point; the contract falls well short for the kind of people they really need. Going to Peach, MAYBE, after four years just falls short. Also, you'll get reimbursed for your trip but you have to travel to Japan in economy class and make your own travel arrangements! In today's day and age that is simply offensive and say's what they really think of you.

Not an attack on the post or poster but FYI about the deal. You can all check my information. Expat deals always come with some sort of trick. It's the fine print you must pay attention to.
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Hi Guys & Gals

For any CRJ Drivers interested in coming to Japan IBEX will be holding screenings in mid Dec 2019, exact date to be determined... Start date expected to be 9 March 2020... Screening to be held in Tokyo at the FSI Sim located at HND airport...

All the details in this post remain correct except for the T&Cs... Agencies offering the Contract terms remain the same, TWI Avn/ Rishworth/ IAC Global...

If there are any questions I am happy to try and answer them, please post or PM...

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Thanks for all the good insight JPNCRJDRIVER!
I have a daughter going to school in Tokyo (English) and it ends up being the same or a little less then a in state university for tuition, housing is actually less then my other child pays for in state dorm. For a smaller loft type or one bedroom she pays 600$ on outskirts of Tokyo. Don't not get me started on "key money" hehe!
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Hi Trip

Ah Key Money... Asian Land Lords term for "Pure Profit"!!! Japan and South Korea other locations not sure...

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