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SONORA PASS 06-12-2010 01:37 PM

West Air C208B
 
Any C208B pilots with West Air?

I am looking for some current scheduling, pay and other QOL information.

Thanks in advance,

Sean

Luv2Rotate 06-12-2010 02:21 PM


Originally Posted by SONORA PASS (Post 825571)
Any C208B pilots with West Air?

I am looking for some current scheduling, pay and other QOL information.

Thanks in advance,

Sean


I missed a call by HR on Friday. Unfortunately, it went straight to voicemail as I was watching the "A-team". I'll have to give'em a call monday. Whatever info I can pull, I'll shoot your way. :)

SONORA PASS 06-12-2010 08:20 PM


Originally Posted by Luv2Rotate (Post 825590)
I missed a call by HR on Friday. Unfortunately, it went straight to voicemail as I was watching the "A-team". I'll have to give'em a call monday. Whatever info I can pull, I'll shoot your way. :)

Thanks, and hope that call goes very well. I exchanged some emails with them this week, but wanted to see if any of the West Air pilots could give a howgozit report from the front lines.

Let me know what you find out.

Thanks,

Sean

exerauflyboy5 06-14-2010 10:11 AM

I 2nd that. Sacramento is my hometown, wouldnt mind flying a small purple tail around it!


Oh and any info for the OP would be AWESOME!!!

Petethedog 06-27-2010 06:20 PM

Anybody here been hired by West Air yet? They still have a posting on their site saying they are looking for pilots in nor/socal. If so, any details to share? Thanks...

Luv2Rotate 06-27-2010 06:36 PM


Originally Posted by Petethedog (Post 833197)
Anybody here been hired by West Air yet? They still have a posting on their site saying they are looking for pilots in nor/socal. If so, any details to share? Thanks...

I spoke with HR for about 20 mins this week. They wanted to know if I were still interested in the position along with my last 135 checkout, the last time I flew the C208 and whether or not I would give up my recall #. We talked about potential bases if brought onboard. I got the impression they're looking for guys with C208 time and 135 experience. If your on furlough like me, they'll want you to give up your #.
I was asked to "hang tight" they're still filtering through resumes and plan on having 1 or 2 interviewing sessions in the next few weeks. I was told I would be contacted for further consideration in the next couple of weeks. At which time, I would be told where and when to interview. :cool:

Petethedog 06-27-2010 06:40 PM

Alright, thanks Rotate. I guess I'll keep hoping. I live in the Bay Area and soon to be out of job. This seems like a decent place. In any case, good luck and keep us posted on the results...

kiwiflyer 02-14-2013 10:22 AM

Has anyone got info on lastest interview with this company. I am interviewing there next week

Admpilot 03-07-2015 12:10 PM

Anyone have information on this operator? Pay, QOL, schedule?

Thanks!

bozobigtop 03-07-2015 03:17 PM


Originally Posted by Admpilot (Post 1838913)
Anyone have information on this operator? Pay, QOL, schedule?

Thanks!

All FedEx caravans with hubs in LAS, SAN, ONT, OAK, and SMF. Many of the pilots holding routes from those hubs live in the outstation cities. If you're reserve you may travel to any of these cities either hub or outstation. Most of the routes are Monday afternoon thru Saturday mornings. Early morning flights from the hubs to the outstations in which you're at the outstation doing the day and spend the nights in the hubs. The last pay structure I saw was about 40000 a year to start, but I believe with a route the per diem would make the yearly pay more. They had all the standard benefits better than the benefits I had at the regionals. It's an excellent company with good people.

I hope this information helps you.

Kingfisher 10-22-2015 06:40 AM


Originally Posted by bozobigtop (Post 1839013)
All FedEx caravans with hubs in LAS, SAN, ONT, OAK, and SMF. Many of the pilots holding routes from those hubs live in the outstation cities. If you're reserve you may travel to any of these cities either hub or outstation. Most of the routes are Monday afternoon thru Saturday mornings. Early morning flights from the hubs to the outstations in which you're at the outstation doing the day and spend the nights in the hubs. The last pay structure I saw was about 40000 a year to start, but I believe with a route the per diem would make the yearly pay more. They had all the standard benefits better than the benefits I had at the regionals. It's an excellent company with good people.

I hope this information helps you.

Interviewed with West Air a while back. Thought I'd share my experience if anyone is going for an interview. West Air, Inc. Air Cargo Delivery Provider Since 1988

The interview process is a 3 part process that takes about 1.5 to 2 hours: Interview, 25 question written test, and sim ride. It takes place at their Fresno office located at KFAT.

The interview is with the chief pilot and director of ops. It's very laid back and really more of a get to know you. Perhaps they tailor it to your experience. You might just end up 'talking shop' and any stories you have like emergencies, how you saved the day, "there I was a FL350..." Don't sweat the interview at all. They make you feel at home very quickly.

The 25 question written covers 91/135 regs and some AIM. There are 2 questions at the asking for the Garmin 530/430. They don't expect you to know those, but it's a bonus if you can impress them. You'll learn the Garmin ops at Flight Safety. The written is fill-in, not multiple choice. Write as much as you can. You end up 'discussing' the written afterward and any questions you might have. Basically, they didn't grade it for pass or fail. They just want to see that you have a solid foundation of regs and IFR operations since you will be single pilot IFR.

The sim ride utilizes Microsoft Flight Sim with a full yoke setup. The aircraft is the C208. They will tell you approximate power settings and airspeeds. The trim is funky. It's IMC the entire flight. The chief pilot or director will act as ATC. Depart KFAT, vectors for the VOR 11L approach. Fly to MAP, go published missed, and hold. I was asked some random IFR questions during the flight like EFC definition, lost comms procedures, etc. After 1 or 2 turns in the hold, vectors for the ILS. Reach DH, breakout and land. 20-25 minutes total.

Ask for a tour of their maintenance facility. Depending on mx status, you should be able to sit in one of the C208s. Fantastic panel configuration. Full Garmin setup- G600, Gmx200, and G530/430. Google those. Basically full glass. This is a sweet setup for single pilot IFR.

As for the QoL, pay, schedule, the above poster's info is pretty much current.

Training: At least 1 full day in Fresno filling out employment paperwork and going over company ops. Then you're sent home with a Computer Based Training (CBT) course (20 to 30 hours?) to prep you for ground school and flight sim. Roughly 10 days training at Cessna Flight Safety in Wichita. Following by at least 1 week of OE with a check airman to get you up to speed on your route(s), followed by a 135 line check. Full pay does not kick in until you pass your linecheck. You will get approximately half pay from day 1 up to the line check. The CP/DO says pay works out to be roughly 44-45k the first year with annual raises.

Your work schedule starts on a Monday afternoon usually at the outstation back to the hub. Then it's 2 legs per day- early morning from hub to outstation... "rest" during the day, then fly back in the late afternoon. This usually ends on Saturday morning. Some people choose to live at the outstation so they can spend their day (resting) at home instead of a hotel. But then you will need to get a crashpad at the hub. Either way, you're home every day.

They mentioned plans to go into pax operations using the B1900 or Brasilia. WA could be a good place for those wanting to get out of instructing and log turbine PIC IFR. Plus you're home every day so it's an ideal job for those with a family/kids. Cheers!

Luv2Rotate 10-22-2015 08:30 AM


Originally Posted by Kingfisher (Post 1997645)
Interviewed with West Air a while back. Thought I'd share my experience if anyone is going for an interview. West Air, Inc. Air Cargo Delivery Provider Since 1988

The interview process is a 3 part process that takes about 1.5 to 2 hours: Interview, 25 question written test, and sim ride. It takes place at their Fresno office located at KFAT.

The interview is with the chief pilot and director of ops. It's very laid back and really more of a get to know you. Perhaps they tailor it to your experience. You might just end up 'talking shop' and any stories you have like emergencies, how you saved the day, "there I was a FL350..." Don't sweat the interview at all. They make you feel at home very quickly.

The 25 question written covers 91/135 regs and some AIM. There are 2 questions at the asking for the Garmin 530/430. They don't expect you to know those, but it's a bonus if you can impress them. You'll learn the Garmin ops at Flight Safety. The written is fill-in, not multiple choice. Write as much as you can. You end up 'discussing' the written afterward and any questions you might have. Basically, they didn't grade it for pass or fail. They just want to see that you have a solid foundation of regs and IFR operations since you will be single pilot IFR.

The sim ride utilizes Microsoft Flight Sim with a full yoke setup. The aircraft is the C208. They will tell you approximate power settings and airspeeds. The trim is funky. It's IMC the entire flight. The chief pilot or director will act as ATC. Depart KFAT, vectors for the VOR 11L approach. Fly to MAP, go published missed, and hold. I was asked some random IFR questions during the flight like EFC definition, lost comms procedures, etc. After 1 or 2 turns in the hold, vectors for the ILS. Reach DH, breakout and land. 20-25 minutes total.

Ask for a tour of their maintenance facility. Depending on mx status, you should be able to sit in one of the C208s. Fantastic panel configuration. Full Garmin setup- G600, Gmx200, and G530/430. Google those. Basically full glass. This is a sweet setup for single pilot IFR.

As for the QoL, pay, schedule, the above poster's info is pretty much current.

Training: At least 1 full day in Fresno filling out employment paperwork and going over company ops. Then you're sent home with a Computer Based Training (CBT) course (20 to 30 hours?) to prep you for ground school and flight sim. Roughly 10 days training at Cessna Flight Safety in Wichita. Following by at least 1 week of OE with a check airman to get you up to speed on your route(s), followed by a 135 line check. Full pay does not kick in until you pass your linecheck. You will get approximately half pay from day 1 up to the line check. The CP/DO says pay works out to be roughly 44-45k the first year with annual raises.

Your work schedule starts on a Monday afternoon usually at the outstation back to the hub. Then it's 2 legs per day- early morning from hub to outstation... "rest" during the day, then fly back in the late afternoon. This usually ends on Saturday morning. Some people choose to live at the outstation so they can spend their day (resting) at home instead of a hotel. But then you will need to get a crashpad at the hub. Either way, you're home every day.

They mentioned plans to go into pax operations using the B1900 or Brasilia. WA could be a good place for those wanting to get out of instructing and log turbine PIC IFR. Plus you're home every day so it's an ideal job for those with a family/kids. Cheers!

That's all fine and dandy but PIC time in Caravan doesn't get you squat. I know from experience. If you have the time go to the regionals and get multi turbine time. PIC time requirement is now a thing of the past...

Kingfisher 10-22-2015 10:17 AM


Originally Posted by Luv2Rotate (Post 1997748)
That's all fine and dandy but PIC time in Caravan doesn't get you squat. I know from experience. If you have the time go to the regionals and get multi turbine time. PIC time requirement is now a thing of the past...

If the legacy/major carriers are the end goal, then sure, 1000+ Caravan PIC is nothing more than a resume filler to their hiring boards. But if staying 135 and flying PC-12s is a goal, then this would be an ideal gig. If being home every day is important, then this is an ideal gig. Heck, even retired airline pilots looking for a little extra $ and want to keep flying (and not commute to a crashpad), this is an ideal gig. So yes, for those aspiring for the legacy/major carriers, it's probably best to go the regional airline route. To each their own.

Luv2Rotate 10-22-2015 12:09 PM


Originally Posted by Kingfisher (Post 1997853)
If the legacy/major carriers are the end goal, then sure, 1000+ Caravan PIC is nothing more than a resume filler to their hiring boards. But if staying 135 and flying PC-12s is a goal, then this would be an ideal gig. If being home every day is important, then this is an ideal gig. Heck, even retired airline pilots looking for a little extra $ and want to keep flying (and not commute to a crashpad), this is an ideal gig. So yes, for those aspiring for the legacy/major carriers, it's probably best to go the regional airline route. To each their own.

Not true... I flew 121, now flying a cushy 91 jet gig. You know what that caravan time did for me? Nada. Do you know what helped me land this job? Jet time.

I suppose if someone only aspires to fly a PC-12 fine, but why limit yourself?

BobbyLeeSwagger 03-28-2020 07:25 AM

Does anyone have updates on west air?

flydad67 01-26-2021 07:09 PM

Checking
 

Originally Posted by BobbyLeeSwagger (Post 3014844)
Does anyone have updates on west air?

Was just passing by but now I'm curious about the same thing

cfii2007 04-07-2021 02:52 AM


Originally Posted by flydad67 (Post 3186911)
Was just passing by but now I'm curious about the same thing

Ditto................................


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