EJA A/C Assignment

EMB145

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According to some of the gouge sites, the interviewers will ask which A/C you prefer. Does your request play role in the A/C assignment? Is it appropriate to make your desire known or the right answer is "I take anything with a wing on it"?
Is there any idea what is the specific reason for specific A/C assignment or is it random?

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Aircraft assgnments are made on the basis of qualifications and company needs. (per EJA documentation). Nothing random about it as far as I can tell.

What I'd like to know is what influence (if any) the answer to this question has on the hiring decision? I know it influences hiring date as to when a class for a given aircraft is available. Also any insight into what company needs are could be useful. i.e. what planes are most in need of pilots?
 

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Just got the call - here's the scoop.

Hey folks. Linda from EJA just called today (5 days from interview) and offered the Falcon 2000 or the Citation Ultra. After some discussion with my wife, I decided to go for the DA-2000. But, the Ultra class was available a couple of weeks before the Falcon. Ironically, the Ultra GS was scheduled a few weeks after the Indoc so I will probably finish the Falcon school before the Ultra school finishes. I know that you may say that one should consider the senority one passes up by waiting a couple weeks, but EJA plans to hire 700 this year so a couple wont hurt too bad (tell me I'm right.) The other thought is that I already have flown the CE-550 for five years and wanted to do something different. At least I will see a new type rating for the two-year commitment. I feel very priviledged to be a part of the leading fractional in the industry!

At the interview, when asked about "which a/c", I told them I was in between jobs and just wanted to work for EJA. They then said, "come on, just tell us which one u want to fly." I told them the Hawker 800XP because upgrades come sooner than the 2000 (senior CPT aircraft) and it wouldn't hurt to be familar with one's a/c before upgrading in it. They said not to worry, aircraft locks get released quite regularly and one could go over when desired. Anyway, best of luck to all. If you have a reasonable background (EFIS and FMS) they sometimes stamp your folder for "any aircraft."

Have a great week! HF
 

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Sorry!!!

Sorry guys and gals, "reasonable" is incorrect term. I should've said "electronic" background. Sorry for the putdown. Many of you have very "reasonable" backgrounds without any EFIS OR FMS and would fly circles around me all week long. Sorry. HF
 

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What I got...

At my interview I answered that I wanted to fly the Citation X, but I was excited to fly any of them, they all looked good to me. I am now scheduled for the Ultra in late Feb because I elected seniority over size (does size really matter??). I think a lot of what determines the a/c is whether or not you have any FMS experience or not. I had none, and I was offered the Excel or the VII if I wanted to wait 1 or 2 months. Hard to say what decides it for sure.
 

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When they called with a job offer I was given the choice between two a/c- the Ultra and the Hawker 800. Just as the others, I could of started the Ultra in March, but I chose to go with the Hawker in May. I hope this will not hurt too much in terms of senority.
Coming from C130's with steam gauges, I wondered the same about my lack of FMS experience in terms of a/c offered. Honestly, though, I just glad they offered me something!

PS- I was asked if I wanted to fly the X, ofcourse I said, but like all of us squirrels chasing the same nut, I told them ANY airframe would be great. They did not seem to mind my answer.
 

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When and where were your interviews and when did you receive the call from EJA for class? Thanks...HF
 

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Falcon FO is the easiest job at Exec Jet.

The captain performs the walk around, the flight attendant cleans/stocks and gives passenger briefings, all you do is get the clearance!

Not bad!

In the other fleets the FO cleans, stocks, gets newspapers, gives pax briefings, serves the first drinks (before engine start), gets the catering, and gets the clearance and puts it in the box. Not to mention on the Ultra, which does NOT have an external lav dump, the FO gets to remove the toliet bowl and bring it to the ramp guys. Wheew!!!
 

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Highflyer-
I interviewed in Wichata on Nov 6 and 7. I was called about 3 weeks later. The timing was not too bad for me....it allowed me to stay with the Navy until the end of Jan (which, at the end of today I am OUT) and keep on flying. When are you doing indoc and all that other stuff? Talk to you soon.
 

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Geez Bebop now your gonna start scaring these guys about the Ultra. In the 15months I was in that AC I only pulled the lav once. Thats what tips are for. Of course the Falcon FO job is the easiest gig at EJA. It doesn't get any easier then that one.

To those of you that due get the Ultra, don't worry about it. Its a solid aircraft and a great type rating to have.
 

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Of course I escaped the Ultra, 8 months ago to the 800xp, and have been thanking God everyday.
 

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Herc man - I go to indoc on April 15 and the Falcon 2000 GS/SIM on or around the 7th or 8th of May in TEB. Good luck! Looking forward to joining all of you current EJA pilots on the line! Sounds like a great place to work...and getting better every day! HF :)
 

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Bebop,
I have to agree with sparticusflt. I spent 24+ months in the Ultra and NEVER pulled the lav out. Tip the line guys a little more and they'll do it all for you.

Cheers,
EJA Capt :D
 

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Bartender?

What's up with getting the pax drinks at EJA? Is this standard procedure there? Are you expected to mix drinks too?

Do you as the pilots ever getted tipped at EJA or other fracs?
 

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Anaconda
I have never mixed a drink for a pax(nor would they want me to-probably would taste lousy).
We do not serve the pax-part of the pax brief is where the catering and snack are located-but as a matter of courtesy I always ask if anyone would like anything prior to taxi-they always decline-but customer service is a big big part of the job at EJA.
Also on a long leg or if I get up to get something for myself I always ask the pax how the temp is-would you like anything etc.
These people pay bigggg bucks and have biggg bucks.
But to be honest most of the pax I have run into are very down to earth and nice.
Hope this helps.
Fly Safe
Chuck
Ps I can't let EJA Capt answer everything-he is just too helpful! He has been supplying great info about EJA for a long time!
 

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Does EJA pay for uniforms? If the pilots pay, is there a periodic payroll deduction?
What about Options?
 

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EJA Pays for your uniforms and additions to the uniform-such as sweaters, london fog overcoat, ties, eppelets, wings etc.
Then each year you get an annual amount to order stuff online.
During Indoc you go to a private vendor-you are measured/sized-then you get the stuff in the mail a few weeks later.
 

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How does the bidding for the BBJ work at EJA? Do senior FO's get to bid for the BBJ? What is the timeframe for Captains to make it to the BBJ? Just wondering how that part of EJA worked. Thanks!
-TX_Pilot
 

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the bbj program is pretty stagnant right now. we have 5 planes, 4 more this year (2 delayed from last fall plus 2 more scheduled).
sales are very slow (9/11, high price tag/small market, etc). the planes aren't flying much - i've been in it 6 months and just broke 30 hours/7 landings, many others have even less.

right now, only pic bids are coming out - actually the last bid that came out was early fall - the next one isn't expected for several months.

the bids are going very senior - a new hire today wouldn't expect to see the bbj as capt for at least 10 years, probably longer. at some point in the future - probably 2-3 years, fo bids will be posted and junior pilots may want to bid for those slots.
 
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