Training

Do you know what is consistently emphasized more than anything else in this industry, outside of safety? Through the title you might be able to guess – training. It serves as the foundation for your entire career. Every airline has their own new hire training program tailored to their aircraft types, culture and preference. Regardless of the airline you choose to fly for, you’ll need to know some basic terms related to training:

Recurrent: Once a year for four days pilots are required to undergo recurrent training to enhance their skills, learn any new or updated procedures, and refresh their knowledge on standards and requirements. It can include several different “lessons” including emergency procedures, learning new and/or revised procedures, and pilots can even request to review certain procedures based on their level of need.

Initial Operating Experience (IOE): We’re going to let you in on a secret – the first time you fly an actual CRJ or ERJ you’ll have real passengers in the back!  Your first flight in a CRJ or ERJ is in an operating aircraft with passengers on board – paying passengers who are expecting an experienced pilot to deliver them to their destination safely. This experience, called IOE, is a real-world test with an experienced instructor pilot intended to familiarize you with flying the line.

Full motion simulator: Also called a Level D Sim, the full motion simulator is an accurate replication of an aircraft flight deck and simulates the true movements, visuals and responses of the aircraft systems. It is used during flight training to simulate actual flight experiences that a pilot might encounter in a safe environment.

Line check pilot: This term is synonymous with line check airman. These individuals are senior captains with significant flight experience. It is a part 121 FAR requirement that pilots (both in training and out of training) must be observed by a line check pilot. While in the aircraft they are observing several different things including checklist usage, approach briefings, weather analysis and other operating procedures.

Type-Rating: Certification of a pilot to fly a certain aircraft type that requires additional training outside of the scope of initial pilot license and general training.

Airline Transport Pilot (ATP): Certification that qualifies pilots to fly commercial, passenger-carrying aircraft.  The ATP certification training program (ATP CTP) became a requirement on Aug.1 2014. The CTP, which must be taken before a new pilot can take the ATP written test and obtain ATP certification, is usually completed independently by an aspiring pilot and can cost around $5,000. ExpressJet was the first passenger-carrying airline to receive FAA approval on an in-house ATP CTP course, which we offer for free to new hire pilots as part of our paid training.

Graphic Flight-Desk Simulation (GFS): Computer-based device that offers real-time simulation for the flight deck controls of an aircraft. Simulators are able to display realistic flight conditions and malfunctions.

There is a lot to learn when beginning your commercial aviation career, but ExpressJet is here to help you every step of the way. Our industry-leading training will equip you with the confidence to know how fly our aircraft safely, and grow in your career. All of our instructors are ExpressJet pilots, so they know our equipment, our values and our high standards. We have a 92% success rate and we are committed to making sure you are successful. ExpressJet doesn’t just train regional pilots, we train future major pilots.

We want to help you make the smart choice for your future by providing you with the information you need to know. If you have any questions about our training, visit flysmartchoice.com. In the upcoming weeks, we will be bringing you more aviation vocab terms.

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Pilot Recruiting set a New Year’s resolution to educate, engage, and empower aviators across the country. Several months later we are still committed to fulfilling our resolution. On Friday, July 22, ExpressJet launched a new program designed to benefit students learning to fly professionally – our Preferred School Program (PSP). With the launch of this program, we wanted to take a minute to share answers to a few common questions:

What is PSP?
ExpressJet’s Preferred School Program (PSP) is designed to give flight school students a clear path to ExpressJet upon earning their flight time and certifications. PSP is similar to AP3, but focused on part 61 and 141 flight schools. Students enrolled in the PSP are offered a competitive advantage with a guaranteed interview at ExpressJet early in their training which leads to a conditional job offer.

Which flight schools are included in this program?
We launched the program last week with our first partner school, Nashville Flight Training, and continue to add new, qualified partners. PSP is focused on part 61 and part 141 flight schools that meet our rigorous requirements, which include a comprehensive curriculum and at least 50 hours of flying per month for CFIs. Keep an eye on expressjet.com/psp for added schools; below are the first five in the program:

What are the benefits?
In addition to an early interview that leads to a conditional job offer (CJO) and guaranteed job after program completion, students have personal access to our recruiters who can help answer questions, offer advice and be a resource for the student.

If I join PSP, do I have to go to ExpressJet?
No – students are not required to sign a commitment to ExpressJet to join the program. We offer desirable bases, industry-leading training and pay, and great work rules, but sometimes ExpressJet isn’t the right fit. We understand that, and we’re here to help you make the best decision for YOU, even if it’s not us.

What does the PSP path look like?
Each school’s agreement is slightly different, but in general here’s the path you can expect:

  1. Join PSP
  2. Complete PSP testing (a version of our new hire pilot interview) after earning your instrument rating; if successful receive a conditional job offer (CJO)
  3. Gain experience as a CFI to meet your ATP/R-ATP required hours (remember, you’ll gain 40+ hours in training, so it can actually be a bit less) and maintain a clean record
  4. Complete an application at expressjet.com/apply when you’re within six months of reaching your ATP/R-ATP minimums
  5. Select a date to start your ATP CTP class, paid for by ExpressJet, then start new hire training at ExpressJet (all training is paid)
  6. Fly passengers as an ExpressJet first officer!

What is a CJO?
A CJO, or conditional job offer, means you’ve passed the PSP version of our new hire interview (congrats!). As long as you complete all the other requirements of the program, like keeping your nose clean, earning your hours and gaining experience as a CFI, you’re guaranteed a job at ExpressJet when you’re ready to start. And you don’t even have to complete another interview.

What’s the catch?
There is no catch! Our motto in recruiting is “educate, engage, empower” and PSP helps us fulfill those goals. It costs nothing to sign up, you’re not required to come to ExpressJet, and you get a leg up on your career.

Feel free to email Captain Joey Cook, joey.cook@expressjet.com, with any questions about PSP. Learn more here: http://blog.expressjet.com/PSP/ .

Performance

Superior performance is the key to success for any airline, both regional and major. It is an indicator of how well we are performing against our previous metrics, and measures how well we are meeting our business objectives. Within the airline community, we have several metrics that determine the success of our operation, including D:0, A:14, completion, controllable completion, delay code and first flight. Familiarize yourself with the following terms below:

D:0: On-time departure; doors closed and brake released within zero minutes of the scheduled departure time. At ExpressJet, this is recorded electronically via the ACARS system. It is essential that our flights depart on time in order to provide both our customers and major partners with an experience and service they can be proud of. A single late departure can cause negative consequences throughout the remainder of the day including delaying future flights, burning more fuel to make up for lost time, and possibly even causing customers to miss their connecting flights.

A:14: On-time arrival; main passenger or cargo door opened within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time. The 14-minute “wiggle room” is because variances in the flight path (weather, rough air, etc.) make it difficult to pinpoint the exact time a flight should take. The Department of Transportation (DOT) uses this measure when reporting reliability of airlines.

Completion Factor (CF): Completion of scheduled flights – takeoff to landing. Flights cancel. It happens for a number of reasons – weather, Air Traffic Control (ATC), proactive reductions, maintenance, etc. An airline’s completion measures the percent of scheduled flights that are completed, and does not take into account the reason for flight cancellations.

Controllable Completion Factor (CCF): Completion of scheduled flights – takeoff to landing – but only taking into account those cancellations we have control over. For example, we can control if we have properly staffed a flight with a crew, but we can’t control a flight cancelled due to weather. The controllable completion percentage is always higher than or equal to the completion factor.

Delay code: When a flight doesn’t meet its D:0 or A:14 goals, there needs to be an explanation. Delay codes are input into the ACARS system explaining why a flight was late. Sometimes the gate agent holds the door for a late-arriving passenger, or perhaps catering arrived late. It might be that the flight was delayed on a previous leg and got to the gate late. All of these reasons are reviewed, and steps are taken to make improvements where possible.

First flight: The first flight of the day by an airline. Each airline define it differently (any flight before 6 am, any flight before 11 am that sat for 4 hours, etc.), but there is always a focus on the on-time departure of first flight.

We want to help you make the smart choice for your future by providing you with the information you need to know. If you have any questions about our performance metrics or work rules, visit flysmartchoice.com. In the upcoming weeks, we will be bringing you more aviation vocab terms.

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Crew_Life In the world of aviation, we define our flight crew as personnel who operate an aircraft while in flight. Typically, our flight crew is comprised of a captain, first officer, and 1-2 flight attendants. When you join the ExpressJet family, you will hear some crew life terms that you will need to familiarize yourself with. Below are a few of the terms you’ll hear at an aviation career:

Reserve: New-hire pilots typically begin on reserve, which means they do not have a set schedule for the month and instead fulfill an on-call role for the airline. Even though the pilot may not know exactly where he or she is flying, they know which days they are on-call and which days they are off. Our reserve pilots are guaranteed 75 hours of pay each month at $37-40/hr. regardless if they hold a line or not.

Junior Man: In a seniority based system, the most junior pilots are called first to cover trips. Crew Scheduling will call junior pilots and assign them trips to cover if they are available. ExpressJet also offers voluntary “call me first” options for pilots who wish to pick up additional trips.

Crew Scheduling: The Crew Scheduling or Crew Support department is responsible for creating and revising schedules of pilots and flight attendants. They schedule the flight crew based on FAA regulations, labor work rules and company policy.

Operation Support Center (OSC): Commonly referred to as Operation Control Center (OCC) at other airlines, the OSC is a central coordination hub that supports our 1,800 flights each day through pre-planning, flight monitoring, crew scheduling and other essential tasks.

Overnight: The term used when our flight crew has to spend the night away from their home because of their flight obligations. ExpressJet has attractive overnight stays in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

We want to help you make the smart choice for your future by providing you with the information you need to know. If you have any questions about our crew life or work rules, visit flysmartchoice.com. In the upcoming weeks, we will be bringing you more aviation vocab terms.

Check out the other articles in our Aviation Vocab 101 Series:

Three times a year we open our doors to invite students from across the country to experience all that ExpressJet has to offer. Fortunately for us, we consistently have the privilege to host the best and brightest individuals who have a passion for aviation. During this summer session we have four new interns joining our team for the next few months.

Meet our new interns:

Meet Stacy Gonzalez, Flight Operations Safety

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Stacy attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology and Safety in May 2016. Immediately after graduating she joined the ExpressJet team as an intern. Thus far, her favorite part of the experience has been the flexibility she receives to work in various safety related departments allowing her a panoramic view of the daily functions of one of the largest departments at ExpressJet. Her goal for the internship is to continue to work alongside various safety groups and to establish a foundation of knowledge that will be beneficial toward her career goals.

Meet Terrence Braddock, Flight Operations Safety

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Terrence is an involved senior-level student at Middle Tennessee State University where he is majoring in Aerospace with a Professional Pilot concentration and a Flight Dispatch add-on. The highlight of his experience thus far has been the welcoming personalities and gestures made by the ExpressJet team as a whole. Many of our employees mention how they feel welcomed and a part of the team on day one. He hopes to learn more about 121 operations and the airline industry in general. His goal is to one day become a check airman for a respected airline.

Meet Brian Reedy, Flight Operations

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Brian attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona where he is a double major in Aviation Business Administration and Aeronautical Science. Similar to his peers, his favorite part of the internship experience has been the friendly and uplifting environment at ExpressJet. From this experience he hopes to learn how an airline develops company culture. Many professionals in the industry consider ExpressJet to be highly recognized and respected. At some point during his experience he hopes to see what different departments are doing to ensure that the culture is held to such a high standard and held constant when the company is spread out over the entire eastern half of the United States. Long term, it is Brian’s goal to end up in a management position at an airline after serving as a pilot for at least a decade.

Meet Ryan Adler, Flight Operations

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Ryan Adler is a student at the University of North Dakota majoring in Commercial Aviation and Aviation Management. Thus far, his program highlight has been the autonomy in fulfilling assignments and the workplace respect he has received from the pilot recruiters that he works alongside. Being immersed in the internal operations of an airline is a priceless experience that most people won’t receive until they are a full-time employee. There are so many opportunities to contribute within the airline other than being a pilot, and Ryan knows he wants to be more involved than flying the line one day as a full -time employee. Similar to most young aviators, he hopes to fly for a major airline one day. However at some point he hopes to transition into a management position at an airline.

 

You too can become an ExpressJet intern. For more information please visit, http://blog.expressjet.com/intern/.

 

 

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