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Former ExpressJet Flight Ops intern Marcel Graham (left) is serving as a CFI at AeroSim Flight Academy to earn his hours

Student pilots who pursue degrees typically graduate without having the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandated 1500 hours of total flight time. Graduates average slightly higher than 300 hours of total time by the end of their senior year. This leads to students pursuing other avenues to build their time until they are ready to start their commercial aviation career. While there are many options to build your flight time, most pilots opt to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) to build time.

As a CFI you will be responsible for instructing student pilots in flight procedures and techniques, preparing instructional lessons and monitoring student performances. This option is advantageous because you are building your flight time in a structured environment, being compensated for your instruction and impacting the life of another aspiring pilot simultaneously.

Some of the advantages of becoming a CFI include:

  • Gaining familiarity with how to appropriately respond to unforeseen weather, aircraft trouble and air traffic
  • Networking with individuals who have a like-minded passion for aviation
  • Log Pilot-In-Command time while providing flight instruction

Everyone’s timeline to 1500 hours is different, depending on the variety of students you are able to teach (the more certificates you hold, the more diverse your students can be), the enrollment size of your flight school, the amount of flight instructors currently working at the school and the size of the fleet available.  Most instructors report that it takes about a year and a half to accumulate 1500 hours.

If you are a member of the Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) you are required to be a Certified Flight Instructor to build your total time. We recommend serving as a CFI because of its structured learning environment and because you’re supporting the next generation of aviators, though we consider candidates who build their time through any route.

And remember, you’ll earn 40-80 hours toward your ATP/R-ATP in ExpressJet’s new hire training so we encourage you to apply when you’re within six months of earning your hours. We also provide the ATP CTP Course for free (always!) in-house as part of paid training. When you’re ready, complete your application at expressjet.com/apply or AirlineApps.

Good luck building your hours!

Wings for Autism

For the second year, ExpressJet was proud to support Wings for Autism, an airport “rehearsal” program specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

The program, which takes places across the country in various airports, provides families the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane. ExpressJet provided an aircraft and crew for 141 participants, including 45 children and their families. After checking in and going through the security checkpoint at Baton Rouge Metro Airport, the children boarded the plane for a quick ride down the runway.

Wings for Autism alleviates the stress many families experience when flying with a child with autism or intellectual/developmental disabilities. The event allows children and individuals to experience the new sights and sounds of flight in a structured learning environment at their own pace.

Thanks to our crew and team members who participated and helped to coordinate the special event.

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Deadline extended to July 31!

This summer we’re inviting flight students to get creative to earn $1,000 for their organization or school with our #AP3SummerFun Video Challenge. Gather your flight team, aviation student organization (OBAP, WAI, Alpha Eta Rho chapter, etc.) or flight school friends to create a video about why you love aviation, your school and AP3. To enter, post your video on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #AP3SummerFun between June 1 and July 31

Who can enter?
The contest is open to all Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) members age 18 and older. Students are encouraged to participate as a group (think flight team, aviation student organization, Alpha Eta Rho chapter, etc.). Each team must designate one person as their representative to post the entry and to accept the prize on behalf of the team. This will be the person contacted if your video is deemed the winner.

How do I make the video?
Use any device to capture your video, and any style, format, theme and idea you’d like. The more creative the better! We do have a few guidelines:

  • Do not use footage that was obtained by breaking FAA rules or any other laws (e.g. filming in the flight deck while in flight)
  • Include why you love aviation, your school and AP3
  • Bonus points for a shout-out to your EPIC Ambassador(s)
  • If you need music for your video, we encourage you to create your own or use a legally purchased (or free!) track (here are two good websites for copyright-free music: freestockmusic.com, audiojungle.net)

How do I submit the video?
All videos must be posted on a personal or organization Facebook or Instagram page between June 1 and July 13 with the hashtag #AP3SummerFun. You may submit as many videos as you’d like during that timeframe to up your chances of earning $1,000 for your organization or school. Only videos posted to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #AP3SummerFun will be considered.

What are the prizes?
The first place team will win a $1,000 grant to their organization or school, ExpressJet-branded gear, free simulator sessions in Atlanta or Houston, and a dinner with ExpressJet. Runners up will receive ExpressJet-branded gear.

The $1,000 grand prize will be made out to the organization it was submitted under. For example, if John Doe submitted the winning video on behalf of the College Flight Team, the check will be made out to College Flight Team. If the winning video is submitted by an individual, non-affiliated group or an organization without a formal governing authority, the grant will be made out to the winners’ flight school.

Other prizes will be given to/coordinated with the person who submitted the winning submission. The selection committee will not be involved in dividing up the prize among teams or otherwise, nor will the committee be involved in any disputes among teams or collaborators.

What are the judging criteria?
A review committee of pilot recruiters will judge each video on the following criteria. Each criterion will be judged on a 1-5 point scale, and weighted as described below:

  • Followed all guidelines – 20%
  • Creativity – 50%
  • Demonstrated a passion for aviation – 10%
  • Showed school pride – 10%
  • Included AP3 – 10%
  • EPIC Ambassador Shout-out – Bonus 10%

How will winners be notified?
The selection committee will notify the winner using the social media platform the video was submitted through. We expect to name a winner on July 15, 2016. You must respond to this notification within three days. As a condition of receiving your prize, you (and members of your team, if applicable) must sign an affidavit confirming that you followed all rules and are otherwise eligible to receive the prize (including having secured all necessary permissions to incorporate third party content in your video).

 The Rules

  • You must enter your submission online during the entry period by posting the video on your personal social media platforms with the designated hashtag. Submissions without the hashtag will not be considered or judged.
  • Video must be less than three minutes in length (including opening and closing credits).
  • Video must be narrated in the English language.
  • Video must not infringe any third party copyright or trademark, or violate the rights of any person or entity, unless written consent is received. Only use content in your video that you are authorized to use, including, but not limited to music, images, film clips and other intellectual property.
  • To be eligible for the prizes, you (and/or your team) must be the copyright owners of the video and all of its component parts, or you must have express permission via a license or otherwise to use and incorporate all material authored or owned by third parties into the video. Note that this provision is not intended to preclude you from incorporating public domain content into your video.
  • Video may not contain images or likenesses of any individuals who have not provided their authorization to have their images or likenesses used for the purposes contemplated herein.
  • Video may not contain material that is obscene, defamatory, libellous, threatening, pornographic, offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, gives rise to civil liability, or violates any law (including, without limitation, the privacy or publicity rights of any individual whose likeness appears in the video).

Privacy
By entering into this contest, you consent to the use of your name and other personal information submitted through your entry (including, but not limited to your social media handle and school affiliation) in promotions and other publications.

 Remember to use the #AP3SUMMERFUN hashtag when posting your videos online. Good luck!

Work Rules Breakdown

Frequently, in the recruiting conversation, the term “work rules” is repeated consistently. However, do you really know what these work rules are and how they benefit you? Do you really know how these work rules apply to your job as a future pilot? With more than a dozen work rules for each airline it can become overwhelming to remember it all. There’s a lot to think about when you’re making your decision on where to begin your commercial aviation career. We aim to help you make the smart choice for your future by giving you the information you need to make an informed decision. Below you can find some of our work rules, and information to help you make the right decision for you.

Per Diem: Term to describe the method used by flight crewmembers to account for their meals and incidental expenses paid by the company while they are on the road

At ExpressJet we offer a per diem rate of $1.85/hr. effective on the date we signed our new contract extension and an increase to $1.90/hr. effective 18 months after your date of signing. That currently adds up to $44.40 per 24 hour day away from home.

Pay Protection: Guaranteed pay

Crewmembers receive full pay protection for cancelled or reassigned flights at ExpressJet. If your flights/trip becomes cancelled, you are still paid at the same rate as if you were still flying a trip.

Deadhead Pay: From time to time the airline needs to reposition crewmembers to another city to fly their next flight. They fly as passengers in the back with the passengers, and here at ExpressJet our crewmembers are paid their full hourly rate to do so.

We provide 100% deadhead pay when crewmembers are repositioning for work.

Duty/Trip Rig Pay: Trip rig pay is based on time away from base. Duty rig pay is the amount of time based on the duration of time spent on duty.

At ExpressJet we offer duty/trip rig pay on top of pay for time in the air.

Our ERJ trip rigs are:
4 day trip = Minimum 15 hours of pay
3.75 hours of min day pay for an off day pick up
3 hours of min day pay for a calendar day layover on a trip
2 hours of min day pay for a flying day during a trip

Our CRJ duty rigs are:
Paid 1 minute for every 2 minutes of work up to 12 hours (1:2)
Paid 1 minute for every 1 minute of work after 12 hours (1:1)
3.87 hours of min day pay

Profit Sharing: A benefit where employees are able to receive a direct share of the profits made.

ExpressJet’s Scoreboard Rewards program rewards our people for company performance. All employees receive equal monetary rewards based on meeting our performance goals, paid out quarterly. In addition, we offer a profit-sharing program that shares our company’s profits with all team members. Our pilots will receive a minimum guaranteed profit-sharing payout for 2016 ($1,000) and 2017 ($1,500). Total value of profit sharing payments shall be equal to 6% of the net profit of ExpressJet Airlines, distributed equally among all eligible pilots, or the minimum guarantees, whichever is higher.

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 industry leading work rules, visit flysmartchoice.com or contact pilotrecruiting@expressjet.com.

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

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Did you know that ExpressJet Airlines offers internships for students interested in a career in flight operations? An internship at ExpressJet provides you with the opportunity to gain an inside look at the aviation industry from a regional airline’s perspective.

Interns are able to see the daily functions and career possibilities in aviation, and work in the fast-paced environment managing one of the best and biggest regional airlines in the country. You’ll gain valuable professional experience that you will be able to apply to various aspects of your potential career.

Program Overview
This is an opportunity to learn from our engaged pilot recruiting team members, make valuable and lasting contributions to ExpressJet, and gain a network of mentors who are invested in helping you develop both personally and professionally.

Compensation
This is a competitive, paid internship opportunity. Interns will earn $9.25/hour for 28/hours per week, and will also receive personal flight privileges (free and reduced fare travel) for the duration of the internship. The curriculum of our internship program allows for it to be counted toward college credit at many colleges and universities across the county.

Daily Responsibilities
We tailor each internship the individual. If you’re interested in a particular subject or project, we’ll make sure you get an opportunity to pursue that. While no two days are the same at ExpressJet, here are some of the items you can expect to participate in:

  • Assist in the coordination and execution of pilot recruiting events
  • Provide supplementary support to EPIC Ambassadors
  • Conduct guided facility tours
  • Contribute in electronically disseminating information to Airline Pathway Program members
  • Attend on-site activities (career fairs, industry events, etc.) as needed
  • Support various office administrative duties

Qualifications

  • Must be a college student/recent graduate with an interest in an aviation-related career
  • Solid organizational and project management abilities
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint with a general understanding of data analysis techniques
  • Ability to participate within a multi-disciplinary team as well as acting autonomously as appropriate
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must hold a commercial engine rating

Applications for our fall semester interns are due by May 31. Remember, you will arrive as an intern but leave as member of the ExpressJet family.

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