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TonyB
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29/09/2018 1:32 pm  

I just wrapped up ATP-CTP and Indoc. We're starting ground next week in SLC. I'll be happy to answer questions for anyone curious about the process with SkyWest. So far it has been a great experience. There's a ton of information to learn and digest during training, but if I can make it through anyone can!


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Lindsey
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29/09/2018 1:38 pm  

Nice Tony! What made you choose SkyWest over the other regionals? Which flight school did you go to, or did you already have your fixed-wing time? Super excited for you!


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05/10/2018 8:20 pm  

Awesome! I will be there tomorrow to start ATP-CTP sunday, indoc/ground school on the 17th. Will definitely have too get all of us together for some drinks! Any advice for ATP?


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Lindsey
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05/10/2018 8:26 pm  
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Awesome! I will be there tomorrow to start ATP-CTP sunday, indoc/ground school on the 17th. Will definitely have too get all of us together for some drinks! Any advice for ATP?

@sas3, great username 😉


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SkidzR4Kidz
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05/10/2018 8:32 pm  

Just finished up IOE in the 175.  I’d be more than happy to answer questions about that side of the house.  


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TonyB
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06/10/2018 3:29 pm  
Posted by: Sas3

Awesome! I will be there tomorrow to start ATP-CTP sunday, indoc/ground school on the 17th. Will definitely have too get all of us together for some drinks! Any advice for ATP?

Heya! I'm over at the Candlewood now, but heading to Atlanta hopefully after this week for sims. Sorry for the delayed response. It has been a pretty full first week of ground. I thought I had the forum forwarding to my email for notifications, but apparently I didn't.

ATP-CTP your biggest focus is the actual written you'll take at the end from one of the local testing centers. They should be telling you as much in class. Your homework every day is studying for the written. Use Sheppard Air and follow the study guidelines and you'll be fine. I spent maybe a total of two weeks running through the Shep Air and made it through the entire process once and got a 95. We had a lot of 99s and I think one 100 in our class. The classroom stuff for the CTP is basically going to teach you every possible way to crash an airplane. There's a lot of focus on CRM and an intro to high altitude aerodynamics, stall recovery, things like wind-shear and crosswind, and to give you a fundamental understanding of the knowledge the FAA requires to take your ATP written. The sims are great especially if you're a CRJ guy because by the end of the 10 hours you'll have a little bit extra familiarity with the panels and aircraft in general. It'll help with FTD and sims.


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TonyB
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06/10/2018 3:36 pm  
Posted by: Lindsey

Nice Tony! What made you choose SkyWest over the other regionals? Which flight school did you go to, or did you already have your fixed-wing time? Super excited for you!

Thanks Lindsey! My main reasons for going with SkyWest were the addition of DFW as a domicile combined with the stagnation (at the time) of FO hiring at Envoy and the flexibility of being able to use the $20,000 for the remainder of my time building while I was still active duty. I used my GI Bill for my PPL from Peterson Aeroclub in Colorado Springs back in 2015 just for fun. I ended up using my GI Bill to pay for my instrument and CMEL at Pilot's Choice earlier this year, and some of the $20,000 from SkyWest finished paying for the remainder of my required 250 FW PIC time building out of Pilot's Choice (GTU) and Huffman Aviation (FWS).

Right now DFW is still fairly junior. There are about 40 FO slots currently, but it is supposed to continue to grow over the next few months and there's a good chance new hires will be able to hold a line shortly after I finish training. We just put our first real bids in so I'll find out on the 1st of November as I'm wrapping up LOE where my first base will be. There's a good chance I'll still spend a month or two in either Chicago or Detroit, but we'll see!


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KiloDelta
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09/10/2018 12:28 am  

Tony, 

Great write up, super educational for those of us that are not in the "know". I was really leaning towards Sky West, and still do want to go that route, but we have decided to move back to Maine once I retire and really SW only has one domicile that I can commute to with one hop, LGA. How is the seniority there (I know things change and I still have about 9 months before I would be there.) and how long might I be stuck commuting to a two leg domicile before I could get to LGA? TIA


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SkidzR4Kidz
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09/10/2018 7:24 pm  

At this point.......zero wait.  Pretty much every 175 class since June has been sent directly to LGA.  There may have been one class that squeaked by but thats it.  It’s the most junior base we have.  Most of us live in the western part of the US and Skywest is a big draw for us.  It disappointed some to be sent here (not me personally, I like it just not the commute)  but it hasn’t taken me a full month here and I was already awarded a transfer closer to home.  

I use to live in Albany NY, I like the city and its a decent base.  I look at it like every assignment that wasn’t known to be a good place in the military.....it is what you make of it.  

So go 175 and at this point, it should be fairly easy.


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Victory103
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16/10/2018 2:35 pm  

More so about the interview that I have coming up. As mentioned for west coasters (I am one now thanks to the wife wanting to move back to PHX), I'm really curious on how quick I would be able to get back to PHX pending a successful interview?

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dwaynetippie
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16/10/2018 2:40 pm  

During your ATP-CTP were you being paid at all? This seems to be the one area where I can't find out of there is a base pay or just plan on not being paid for 3 months during training.

 

Thanks!


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TonyB
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16/10/2018 5:59 pm  
Posted by: dwaynetippie

During your ATP-CTP were you being paid at all? This seems to be the one area where I can't find out of there is a base pay or just plan on not being paid for 3 months during training.

 

Thanks!

I started ATP-CTP the 9th and Ground the 19th of September. A quick glance at my first paystub that came through on the 7th of October shows for a pay period through the end of September 30th for 47.43 hours. We are guaranteed 65 hours a month while on training. 9-30 September is 22 days. 22/30 = 73 percent of the month worked times 65 minimum hours = 47.66 hours paid (which is what my first stub says) at the first year FO rate of $37.23 (right now) came out to a whopping gross of $1774.63ish so yeah looking at the math it appears like I was paid for ATP-CTP. We get paid on the 7th and the 22nd of each month, so you can plan on getting paid for 65 hours a month while in training to include ATP-CTP, ground, and all the sims.

TLDR: Yes... I think?

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TonyB
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16/10/2018 6:02 pm  
Posted by: Victory103

More so about the interview that I have coming up. As mentioned for west coasters (I am one now thanks to the wife wanting to move back to PHX), I'm really curious on how quick I would be able to get back to PHX pending a successful interview?

The seniority tab on this link seems to be accurate compared to our skywestonline website, so the hire dates for the most junior person at each location should give you an idea. PHX is pretty senior. The most recent FO at Phoenix was hired in August of 2017 so it looks like a year. These numbers can change drastically though depending on contracts etc. DFW will hopefully be growing for the next few months so it's expected to stay fairly junior. Everything could change next week though. Good rule of thumb is the further west you go the more senior it gets. http://www.skywest.com/skywest-airline-jobs/career-guides/pilot-jobs/seniority-list/

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SkidzR4Kidz
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19/10/2018 3:48 pm  

In short, yes you get paid for ATP-CTP.  However, you won’t receive that pay until after you start new hire training.  So if you got your ATP and ran, you would not be paid for that time as you aren’t exactly an employee until you start new-hire training (Even if you were a cadet).


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Jesse
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23/10/2018 8:21 pm  
Posted by: KiloDelta

Tony, 

Great write up, super educational for those of us that are not in the "know". I was really leaning towards Sky West, and still do want to go that route, but we have decided to move back to Maine once I retire and really SW only has one domicile that I can commute to with one hop, LGA. How is the seniority there (I know things change and I still have about 9 months before I would be there.) and how long might I be stuck commuting to a two leg domicile before I could get to LGA? TIA

I will admit that this is a hard question to give a solid answer to. Right now it would appear that getting LGA is no problem, 9 months from now? It may be attainable right out of training, or you may have to spend time in ORD. A fair answer though is that I think it will most likely be a junior base for as long as it is there and in our system.

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