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Our Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) Camp has officially concluded today! The inaugural camp was developed as an effort to continue to educate, engage and empower future aviators across the country during the summer months when school is out of session. This aviation summer camp was tailored to students within our AP3 program that were senior level students or certified flight instructors.

Students applied by submitting an application, resume and letter of reference, and were chosen for a spot in the all-expenses-paid, three-day camp. AP3 Camp provided an opportunity for student pilots to explore, grow, develop new skills and form lasting relationships in a friendly, career-focused environment.

We hosted multiple sessions in both our Atlanta and Houston facilities in June, July and August. In total we had 42 students join us from 21 flight schools and universities across the country. Students attended from the following schools:

  • Aerosim Flight Academy
  • Auburn University
  • Aviator College
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Central Washington University
  • Delaware State University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Falcon Aviation Academy
  • Henderson State University
  • Jacksonville University
  • Kansas State University , Salina
  • Kent State University
  • Liberty University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Middle Georgia State University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Utah Valley University
  • University of Dubuque
  • University of North Dakota
  • Western Michigan University

Campers participated in a number of fun and nurturing activities. Here are a few of the camp activities they got to participate in:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of ExpressJet’s facilities including our airport crew lounge, Flight Ops training center, maintenance hangar and Operation Support Center (Atlanta)
  • Tour of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Attend Delta Flight Museum (Atlanta) and 1940 Air Terminal Museum (Houston)
  • Meet with ExpressJet leadership
  • Sessions in our flight simulators
  • Pilot shadow experience
  • Professional development opportunities (headshots, mock interviews, resume critiques)
  • Aviation Think Tank (campers present ideas to solve industry concerns)
  • Bonding activities including Keemah Boardwalk, Painted Pin and Top Golf
  • First officer interviews for eligible candidates

Check out some of the amazing moments from the camp below.

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We are excited to announce that we are now offering our $1,000 post-tax pilot referral bonus to AP3 and PSP students! All students enrolled in our Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) or our new Preferred School Program (PSP) who have completed testing and earned a conditional job offer (CJO) are eligible.

Here’s how it works:

  • You (a CJO) recommend ExpressJet to a pilot
  • That pilot lists you as their referrer in their interview and first day at ExpressJet
  • Once the referred pilot successfully completes training, $1,000 is put into a “bank” under your name
  • When you (the CJO) complete training at ExpressJet, you will receive all banked referral bonuses

There is no limit to the number of referrals a student can make, and all referral bonuses are worth $1,000 each with no additional tax taken out. That means that if you recommend 10 pilots who all successfully complete ExpressJet’s training, you’ll receive a check for $10,000 once you’re here! That’s it. There’s no catch!

What is a CJO?
A CJO is an AP3 or PSP student who has completed testing and has been given a conditional job offer (CJO) for a first officer position at ExpressJet. A CJO is an opportunity, not a commitment, to work for ExpressJet upon reaching ATP required hours (minus those you’ll earn in training!).

How can I get a CJO?
Students must be enrolled in AP3 or PSP at a partner school and have their instrument rating to complete AP3/PSP testing (our early interview). Upon successful completion of the testing, you’ll be offered a guaranteed position as a first officer at ExpressJet pending completion of all other requirements (including earning your hours, serving as a CFI and maintaining a clean record). To see if your school has an AP3/PSP partnership, visit expressjet.com/ap3 and expressjet.com/psp. Contact Captain Joey Cook (joey.cook@expressjet.com) with questions.

What do I have to do to recommend a pilot?
If you have a friend, family member, instructor or other pilot you’re close with and you recommend ExpressJet to them, we want to thank you with a $1,000 bonus. Once you’ve told that pilot about ExpressJet and they apply and interview, ask them to share your name at the interview as the referrer. The applicant will also have to share your name as the referrer during new hire orientation – their first day at ExpressJet.

When do I get the bonus?
All referral bonuses you earn will be put into a bank with your name for when you start at ExpressJet. Once you successfully complete training, you’ll be issued a check for every referral bonus you’ve earned. There is no limit on the number of referral bonuses you can earn! Refer 10 pilots, get $10,000.

Can I refer myself?
While we appreciate your ingenuity in trying to earn extra cash, no, you cannot refer yourself.

Can the person I refer then refer me?
Yep! That is one we do allow. If you refer John Doe while you’re still in school, you’ll earn a $1,000 bonus when you start for that referral. When you start at ExpressJet, John Doe can refer you and earn the bonus for himself!

What if I refer someone but don’t come to fly for ExpressJet?
If you choose not to fly for ExpressJet or you do not successfully complete training, you will forfeit any accumulated referral bonuses.

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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