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.

AP3 Summer Camp Recap

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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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ExpressJet offers CJOs $1,000 referral bonus

 

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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.

Catch up with AP3

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Our Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) team and EPIC Ambassadors have been working insistently to provide our AP3 students with an engaging summer away from campus. During the summer, we have several opportunities available for our AP3 students to remain engaged with us. We want to make sure everyone is in-the-know on the latest AP3 happenings at ExpressJet.

Here’s an overview of everything going on:

 AP3 Breakdown

  • 58 schools
  • 896 students
  • 201 conditional job offers (CJOs)
  • 144 EPIC Ambassadors
  • 59 AP3 grads at ExpressJet

 AP3 Summer Camp

  • Camp is an extension of our commitment of educating, engaging, and empowering future aviators
  • Tailored to senior level students and/or certified flight instructors
  • Provides an opportunity for student pilots to explore, grow, develop new skills and form lasting relationships

#AP3SummerFun Video Contest

  • Opportunity for flight students to get creative to earn $1,000 for their organization or school
  • Video is required to highlight why you love aviation, your school and AP3
  • To enter, post your video on Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #AP3SummerFun between June 1 and Jul 13

AP3 Facebook Group

  • Group is exclusively for AP3 members
  • Check for events coming to your school, AP3 news, CJO recipients and more

Facility Tours

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of ExpressJet’s facilities including our airport crew lounge, Flight Ops training center, maintenance hangar and Operation Support Center (OSC)
  • Pilot shadow experience

Pilot Recruiting Events

Our AP3 team is committed to keeping you engaged during this summer and on the clear path from our partner schools to the right seat at ExpressJet. Feel free to contact Captain Joey Cook, joey.cook@expressjet.com, with any questions about AP3.

#AP3SummerFun video contest offers $1,000 grand prize

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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!

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