AP3 Summer Camp Recap

 

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The ExpressJet Recruiting Team hosted eleven flight students enrolled in our AP3 program for our August AP3 Camp this week in Atlanta. The camp provides select students in our AP3 program the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at a live airline operation. Over the course of three days they learn about professionalism and career planning, pilot training and, in some cases, even complete an interview for a First Officer position.

The event kicked off Monday, July 31 with a welcome celebration (which included doughnuts!) at our A-Tech facility near Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Students were then able to meet with our Crew Resource Management teams and learned all about emergency procedures training in our CRJ cockpit trainer. A tour of the maintenance, dispatch, and operational support facilities followed, which gave students a firsthand look at the 24/7/365 operation and all that it takes to launch an airplane. After a catered lunch students dove into learning more about career pilot lifestyle, such as seniority-based career progression and met with dispatchers and crew scheduling. The evening wrapped up with another critical pilot skill – golfing! The group ventured out on the town to Top Golf in Midtown Atlanta for dinner, arcade games and a friendly golf competition.

After an early breakfast at the A-Tech, the second day of adventures began with a tour of the ATL crew room facilities in Concourse C of the airport where students got to check out the Chief Pilot and Chief Flight Attendant offices and even flight crew rest areas. Captain Darrin Greubel, ExpressJet Director of Flight Operations, spoke to our AP3 students about the state of the regional industry, some career planning considerations and all about the life of a pilot ExpressJet.

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Later that day, the students were able to fly a full motion CRJ simulator with an instructor pilot from our training department. As all the students rotated in and out of the simulator, those who met our qualifications for the AP3 early interview process were given the opportunity to complete their AP3 testing onsite. We’re very excited to announce seven of the Camp attendees were successful and went home with a conditional job offer here at ExpressJet. Once they finish school and gain some flight experience, they’ll be on their way to the front end of one of our jets! Celebrations followed at Atlanta’s new SunTrust Park for an Atlanta Braves baseball game.

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On the third and final day, the group spent the morning touring the Atlanta Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) air traffic control facility, located south of the airport in Peachtree City. They got an in-depth look at one of the busiest radar approach control facilities in the country. In addition to funneling all air traffic in and out of ATL, the Atlanta TRACON also covers the numerous satellite airports in the entire metro Atlanta area.

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After a farewell lunch with recruiters, the students headed home with new memories, knowledge, and connections that we hope they will carry with them throughout their flying careers.

Introducing AP3 Summer Camp

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We’re excited to announce our 2016 Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) Summer Camp. The camp is an extension of our commitment of educating, engaging and empowering future aviators across the country. This enrichment camp offers attendees an opportunity to expand their horizons and embark on a new adventure that will challenge and enlighten them both personally and professionally.

What is the Airline Pilot Pathway Program?
The Airline Pilot Pathway Program, AP3, is a partnership between ExpressJet, select flight schools and universities, and students in the program. At its core, AP3 is a mentorship-based educational program that gives students a highly structured path through school, building hours as a CFI, to a career at ExpressJet.

What is AP3 Camp?
Tailored to senior level aviation students and/or certified flight instructors, AP3 Camp provides an opportunity for student pilots to explore, grow, develop new skills and form lasting relationships in a friendly, career-focused environment. This all-inclusive experience will be offered to 48 students each year, chosen by ExpressJet leaders based on individual applications.

Here are some of the activities you’ll experience in as part of AP3 Camp:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of ExpressJet’s facilities including our airport crew lounge, Flight Ops training center, maintenance hangar and Operation Support Center (OSC)
  • Tour of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport or George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • Exclusive meeting with ExpressJet leadership
  • Sessions in our flight simulators
  • Pilot shadow experience
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Aviation think tank
  • On-site interviews, dependent on individual candidates

When and where is the camp?
Two camps will be held each session – one in Atlanta and in Houston.

June Session Monday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 29
July Session Monday, July 11 – Wednesday, July 13
August Session Monday, Aug. 1 – Wednesday Aug. 3

How much does the camp cost?
ExpressJet covers a majority of the cost associated with camp, excluding travel and personal spending money for the duration of the camp. Lodging, meals, and all activities are provided for free to selected attendees.

Who is eligible for the camp?
AP3 camp is open to senior level aviation students and/or certified flight instructors who are members of AP3 at our partner schools. Students must complete the AP3 Camp application to be considered. ExpressJet leadership will select 48 participants (16 for each session).

How do I apply?
The application window will be open Apr. 6-May 10. To apply, complete the online application at tinyurl.com/AP3camp16 and then submit your resume and a letter of reference to pilotrecruiting@expressjet.com. In the subject line write, “John Doe’s Additional Documents for AP3 Camp,” Applications without these supporting documents will be considered incomplete.

When will candidates be notified?
Selected candidates will be contacted on May 16 via the email address and/or phone number provided in the application.

Questions?
Contact pilotrecruiting@expressjet.com for any additional questions.

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