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Old 12-27-2011, 03:09 PM   #1
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Well, I just got an interview date with Air Cargo Carriers. I was wondering if anyone out there knew what the interview might be like and what to study. Other than that I was just interested in more information on the company ie. day in the life stuff and their industry reputation. I already have a pretty good idea of pay, benefits, and bases; I just want to be ready for the interview. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks guys.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:43 PM   #2
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Not going there myself, but what was your background? Bow did you know they were hiring? Just curious.
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:25 PM   #3
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I'm currently a flight instructor. I have around 1300 total time and nearly 400 multi. I meet most of the 135 mins. They were hiring on Climbto350.com
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:50 PM   #4
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I tried them back in 09 I believe, a contact who did MX for them gave me the CP or Asst CPs number....I had about what you did Total Time....less multi though. I am always wowed at the multi some guys get...anyways...they didn't call me back. Things were really ugly in 09, so I don't take it too personally, but it is always nice to get some response, even if its a no. I have done piston 135 and CFIing. Now at a regional for QOL issues, if you can believe that! Best to you...
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I interviewed there in 09, the interview went like this: Show up at 8 am and sat and waited for everyone to get their from their airline flights. Filled out paperwork for 45 minutes, took a written test ( basic IFR, Comm/ATP questions) and while you were taking the test people were getting called in for a sim eval.
The sim eval was on a PCAD simulator (very touchy dont use the rudders after you rotate). It was a takeoff, steep turns, climbs and descents, full procedure VOR approach at MSN, go missed and you brief the hold. Then vectors for the ILS 36 at MSN to mins and land. Pretty straight forward and nothing tricky for the sim eval, dont stress flying the sim perfect. They know its a hard sim to fly and just always be correcting for altitude and heading.

The panel interview was a three person, the Chief pilot, the head of training and a HR person. Again nothing too tricky as far as questions it was more getting to know you and background. Questions I remember were " what would you do if you were on a approach and the capitain was not responding to your call outs" or " what would you do if the captain was flying 200 ft high or low throughout your flight" other than I really dont remember. To be honest I wasnt too impressed at the panel interview portion, everyone seemed like they didnt want to be there and the head of training was chewing tobacco and spitting it in a cup sitting right next to me...I mean if you need a chew that bad, take a break! In a interview, you have to be kidding me. Anyway after I was finished, they gave me drug test paperwork and sent me next door to take a drug test.

I was called two days later and was offered the postion, and I turned it down because they wouldnt tell me which bases I could expect or any bases that would be open for new hires. From what they expained to me, they said we would go through training and after we were done we would pretty much pick out of a hat and we could trade with each other. I know its a stupid reason, but I would hate to be stuck in one of their hole in the wall bases and hate my job and be stuck in a 7,500 training contract. To each their own I guess, it turned out to be a good decision for me in the end. Overall it's a OK place to be at, I know a couple people working there and they dont have too much to gripe about other than the normal QQL issues and sub par pay that usually come with a cargo feeder job.

Have you applied to any 135 jobs or any regionals ? With your time you should be able to hook up with something with better QQL and better equipment * not that I'm hating on ACC here, but well you know what I'm saying.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:51 AM   #6
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Thanks for this info here guys. In response to that last post, yeah I have looked at the regionals and Ive got other apps and resumes out, ACC was just the first to call me back. The stuff here is pretty much what what I had heard from asking around. Im 23 and single, so QOL issues and domicile aren't my biggest concerns, I want the turbine time. If nothing else it will be good interview experience. I'm mostly just interested in getting out of flight instruction. 1000+ hours of dual given has kind of burned me out. For you guys who interviewed there: Did they use Jepp Plates or NOS for the sim?
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NOS plates for the sim and the line.
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To be honest I wasnt too impressed at the panel interview portion, everyone seemed like they didnt want to be there and the head of training was chewing tobacco and spitting it in a cup sitting right next to me...I mean if you need a chew that bad, take a break! In a interview, you have to be kidding me
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I was called two days later and was offered the postion, and I turned it down because they wouldnt tell me which bases I could expect or any bases that would be open for new hires. From what they expained to me, they said we would go through training and after we were done we would pretty much pick out of a hat and we could trade with each other. I know its a stupid reason, but I would hate to be stuck in one of their hole in the wall bases and hate my job and be stuck in a 7,500 training contract. To each their own I guess, it turned out to be a good decision for me in the end. Overall it's a OK place to be at, I know a couple people working there and they dont have too much to gripe about other than the normal QQL issues and sub par pay that usually come with a cargo feeder job.

Have you applied to any 135 jobs or any regionals ? With your time you should be able to hook up with something with better QQL and better equipment * not that I'm hating on ACC here, but well you know what I'm saying.
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(for the record, I have no experience with Air Cargo Carriers except for a buddy I met who tied down next to my 208)

"To be honest I wasnt too impressed at the panel interview portion, everyone seemed like they didnt want to be there and the head of training was chewing tobacco and spitting it in a cup sitting right next to me...I mean if you need a chew that bad, take a break! In a interview, you have to be kidding me"


Congratulations, you just need to get fitted for your double breasted uniform. You already have the "these people are below me" attitude required for the old school Delta.

Have you ever been to a national union meeting (I'll guess no)? They are held in the afternoon and several of the freight guys are nodding off. Why? Because the rest of the world works when the sun is shining and freight dawgs don't. At a prior company, we did all of our training from sunset to sunrise to insure the new hire knew what he was getting into.

If it were up to me, every pilot would fly boxes (or haul jumpers, tow banners, or be the company president's b!tch). It teaches one that we are not just a bunch of 9-5ers: we will be away from home, work crappy hours, and miss little Billy's soccer game (Waaaa!).

This job requires a bunch of sacrifices. Some of us understand them and are willing to make them. But the crybabies and homebodies that only see "I will be making a zillion dollars and have free travel" have torn down the industry because they thought they found a shortcut.

Professionalism has many definitions. Chewing Tobacco isn't in my definition (assuming he hits the spittoon).

By the way, many 121 companies won't be able to tell you which base you will get.... some won't even be able to tell you which airframe.

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