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Slim Dusty

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We fly at night, before the sun comes up an after it goes down, but not for too long. Contrary to popular belief, there is instrument weather here, missed approaches and the whole nine yards. You better be instrument proficient before heading into the sim. Our training is very thorough (ground school included) and the Dash sim (like all) is touchy and unforgiving. Don't let the preponderece of Aloha shirts lull you into believing that its a laid back company. Its a pro 121 outfit all the way, just small. At least 1, sometimes 2 out of a class of 8 wash out. We even had a class with greater than 50% failure rate.

As far as upgrades, its anyone's guess. Aloha-HAL merger failure and decline of Japanese tourism post 9-11 has thrown old patterns out the window. Six Capts are in a pool with Aloha waiting for them to recall 4 more furloees before resuming new hire classes. Rumors and common sense indicate that this will happen in the near future with Aloha possibly expanding its mainland routes, but absolutely nothing has been released that is difinitive on the subject. So we are all waiting. If things return to normal, then yes expect 4-6 mos reserve (20 day sked) and aboout 2 yrs to upgrade.
 

CARVEMASTER

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In addition.... Pay during ground school is $10/hr. The primary instructor is outstanding. Pay guarantee is 70 hrs for a new hire who completes IOE. Bid line pilots have an 85 hour guarantee. Time and a half for open days picked up based on seniority bidding.

Our destinations include a short runway on West Maui with winds that will leave you searching for a towel to wipe sweat off the controls. When we fly at night, the ocean and outer islands can turn into a black hole. As previously mentioned, training is tough and those who fail to perform to standard are terminated. Experience in strong crosswind environments and over water flight will increase your chance of selection.

Flight time while on reserves is in high demand, although some bid line pilots are happy to trade a few days. Being small, everyone knows each other so we do our best to get along. ;) For those of you posting questions on AIA, I hope this info helps with your decision making. For those of us flying here, yes, we take the time to view your posts and profiles......

I noticed someone on the other thread has P-3 experience. Sure seems to be popular here. Let's see some more prior Army guys before I'm completely out numbered!!!:D

Best of luck to those notified!
 
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