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by chipmunk
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: US/Canada border crossing and meal planning
Replies: 7
Views: 594

Re: US/Canada border crossing and meal planning

I love fruits and veggies so US multi-days can be annoying. I have been known to leave oranges and fresh veggies in the crew room to pick up on a later turn, but that's not always ideal. Normally I bring very lightly steamed (more like blanched, I guess) veggies.. I'm on a green bean kick these days...
by chipmunk
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: First Air Schedules
Replies: 3
Views: 699

Re: First Air Schedules

You just need to get yourself to YOW in time for the morning sched flight the day of your rotation.
7F has lots of RJP and standby travel agreements with other carriers.

I'm not sure how it works with sim and other training.
Ask in the interview...
by chipmunk
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: First Air Schedules
Replies: 3
Views: 699

Re: First Air Schedules

Rotational is only for the ATR in YFB. YZF has a regular airline-type schedule.

Starting salary (min guaranteed) is around 52,600.
by chipmunk
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Porter airlines "conducting interviews prior to 1000 hours?"
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: Porter airlines "conducting interviews prior to 1000 hours?"

Someone said they are conducting interviews and giving successful interviewers conditional pilot positions and ground school placement prior to reaching 1000 hours, is this true or false? Thanks This option is for the Destination Porter candidates. "Off the street" it's still 1000h for the interview.
by chipmunk
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Australia hiring foreign pilots
Replies: 23
Views: 3506

Re: Australia hiring foreign pilots

Anyone know how pilot bases are determined, and how easy it is to move around? Because living on the coast with all the surfing and diving would be a hell of a lot different than living in dry, inland Australia. QLink is actually made up of two merged companies (Sunstate and Eastern Australian), we...
by chipmunk
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Base Options
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Re: Base Options

Just to have an idea, what is the wait for a YOW base on average? Thanks That's really hard to say. The newest two FOs at the YOW base were awarded the base while they were still in sim or line indoc this past fall. There has been no movement at the YOW base since, and I have no idea if any of the ...
by chipmunk
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Base Options
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Re: Base Options

They ask in the interview what you'd prefer base-wise; usually new hires are hired right into YTZ (and over the last couple of months, YQT.) However, a few months back they hired right into YHZ, so it's on an as-needed basis (this is after the positions go out to bid amongst the current pilot group....
by chipmunk
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Commuting Policy?
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Re: Commuting Policy?

I am considering applying at Porter in the near future. One major thing that appeals to me as apposed to the AC express carriers is the commuting policy. I live in Fredericton, NB where Porter operates 2 direct flights per day to YOW and Encore operates a handful more. My question is would Porter l...
by chipmunk
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Commuting Policy?
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Re: Commuting Policy?

Thunder Bay is basically the furthest west that Porter flies, so there won't be anything official for sure in that case, until/if that happens. A bunch of pilots "unofficially" commute to YTZ ... Sudbury, Timmins, Kingston are the ones I know off the top of my head that aren't included in the policy...
by chipmunk
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Porter Airlines ( Dispatcher to pilot position?)
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Re: Porter Airlines ( Dispatcher to pilot position?)

Nope, not yet, but there have been a few folks that used to work the ramp now working as pilots (they went elsewhere to build their time in between, of course). A couple of our flight attendants are working on that goal as well (again, they'll have to go somewhere else to build some time prior to co...
by chipmunk
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 'shortage of pilots'or not??
Replies: 35
Views: 4740

Re: 'shortage of pilots'or not??

Is anyone aware of any regional actually having to cancel flights due to lack of available crew? I heard Porter canceled something like 2% of their flights this past summer due to lack of pilots. Jazz also canceled flights the past summer due to lack of pilots, somewhere around the 5% mark is the r...
by chipmunk
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: How does everyone feel about the new iATPL airline partnership programs
Replies: 2
Views: 1203

Re: How does everyone feel about the new iATPL airline partnership programs

Is this the beginning of European-style flight training where airlines primarily select only from a few prestigious FTOs? Would students be well advised to attend one of these programs over non-airline-sponsored FTOs? I'll answer your questions from Porter's point of view - no, and no. It's just a ...
by chipmunk
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Sim Eval
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Re: Sim Eval

It is not a Q400 - I believe it's the Red Bird at Seneca configured as a King Air.
by chipmunk
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Junior Captain Pay/Lifestyle Questions
Replies: 16
Views: 3029

Re: Junior Captain Pay/Lifestyle Questions

Victory wrote:What's the bond/promissory note at Porter now?
None.
by chipmunk
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Retention Bonus
Replies: 9
Views: 1612

Re: Retention Bonus

I don't count the simulator instructor time as a means of getting a job, just to see having this type of "other experience" in helping to get a position. I know it doesn't countil and it's not flying that's all. It would probably put you "above" another 800h candidate with no sim instructor time, b...
by chipmunk
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Retention Bonus
Replies: 9
Views: 1612

Re: Retention Bonus

Are their minimums still at 1500 hours " real expectations" ? There have been several 1000 hr new hires, all through the Destination Porter program; 1500h is definitely a reasonable number these days. The last few of classes have a mix of a couple lower time (1000- 1500h ish) folks with the rest be...
by chipmunk
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: What was the most fun job you had flying
Replies: 26
Views: 2912

Re: What was the most fun job you had flying

Most fun was low level survey flying and the associated ferry flying all over the place.
Hand flying a Dash 7 at 400 feet AGL in South America was the highlight.

Least fun? Haven't found it yet, and I don't aim to do so :)
by chipmunk
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Lack of Crew?
Replies: 26
Views: 7263

Re: Lack of Crew?

Looking at the posting for First Officers - Halifax Base. I was under the impression YHZ was a senior base and that most new FO were YTZ based for a couple years. Does anyone know if YHZ base is going to junior FO these days? Is it mostly 3-4 days pairings for YHZ based? YHZ is still fairly senior,...
by chipmunk
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Increased MLB
Replies: 6
Views: 1503

Re: Increased MLB

This seems like desperately grasping at straws for work. YOW - MLB is 1059nm in a straight line and I doubt they will get anything near a direct routing. BBD's website even lists max range as 1100nm which is for the versions with a MTOW of 67 400 and I'm pretty sure the Porter ones are much lower t...
by chipmunk
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Interview Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 4099

Re: Interview Questions

Porter seems to have a pretty heavy emphasis on hiring woman. I've seen 5000 hour male pilots with an ATPL PFO'd in favour of 1000 hour woman instructors/pilots (CPL only) who have never seen the inside of a cloud. Good Luck to all those who apply/applied. I'm not sure where you're getting your sta...
by chipmunk
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Thinking about stepping away from the game for a bit
Replies: 22
Views: 3333

Re: Thinking about stepping away from the game for a bit

Is an LOA possible? As far as getting back into the game after a leave - what about talking to pilot friends who are mothers and have had to stop flying for the end of their pregnancy plus mat leave? Many have had no issues coming back to flying (either with the same company or moving on to another)...
by chipmunk
Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: New Zealand Dash Ad
Replies: 26
Views: 7651

Re: New Zealand Dash Ad

8 days off a month is due to their flight/duty time regs, assuming they're similar to Australia's. QantasLink Dash pilots also only get 8 days off a month, as their rest rules make it impossible to get the min credit in less days than that.
by chipmunk
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Type Training Outside Canada
Replies: 7
Views: 2098

Re: Type Training Outside Canada

Being physically present not required; just make sure you send the completed form, with copies of all your supporting documents together. And payment (cheque... not sure if they do other methods too these days). The licensing office address will be on the TC website somewhere.
by chipmunk
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Type Training Outside Canada
Replies: 7
Views: 2098

Re: Type Training Outside Canada

I did this several years ago with a type rating I earned on my FAA ATPL. You will need to submit the application for a rating form to TC, along with a cheque (used to be $35, I think, not sure what it is now). I believe that I had to submit proof of training as well, which was easy since I did the T...
by chipmunk
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Schedule and PIC under Supervision
Replies: 18
Views: 5132

Re: Schedule and PIC under Supervision

Grey_Wolf, how does the upgrade work for "Destination Porter" Candidates? If I am successful in the program and I am hired at 1000 hours TT with no MPIC, is there a plan in place to allow these pilots to gain MPIC within the company through a PICUS program in the future, or will a "Destination Port...

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