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by chipmunk
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Porter Airlines at 55?
Replies: 13
Views: 1288

Re: Porter Airlines at 55?

We've had several new hires who (to me) look like they're in their 50s or late 40s over the past 6-8 months. A couple of them weren't able to make it through training but then, a couple of younger pilots didn't either. There are usually one or two 40s+ pilots in each ground school which is nothing n...
by chipmunk
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Commuting questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1443

Re: Commuting questions

shawn_855 wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:45 pm


that worries me, if I go with Jazz or Porter how easy is it to get Halifax as my base?
Over the last couple of years Porter has hired FOs directly to the YHZ base. They just finished another round of interviews in YHZ a month or so ago. However, it's cyclical with industry health/movement.
by chipmunk
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Interline Agreement
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: Interline Agreement

So did you get hired by both Porter and Transat at the same time? I saw your identical post but with Transat as the airline you got hired with... seems a bit strange.... but yes if you indeed are an employee, you’ll find it is PRM 1 suggested above.
by chipmunk
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: A couple of crashes in Alberta
Replies: 5
Views: 1933

Re: A couple of crashes in Alberta

FlyGy wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:14 pm
rigpiggy wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:16 am
Word is this was an aries survey plane by kananaskis. Condolences to the family
So the wreckage was found with no survivours then?
Yes. 2 on board, unfortunately fatal.
by chipmunk
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: AvCanada's Wall
Topic: Major General R.W. (Bob) Fassold
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: Major General R.W. (Bob) Fassold

TeePeeCreeper wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:02 pm
Was he the gentleman who once had a DHC-1 based at CYRO?

If so, I clearly remember him showing me around it when I was doing my PPL back in the day.

TPC
Yes!
by chipmunk
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Interview call back time ?
Replies: 28
Views: 12971

Re: Interview call back time ?

Does Porter tell candidates that interviewed if they have been unsuccessful? Are you expected to contact them, or just deduce you've aren't getting hired? I believe all candidates are contacted even if they are unsuccessful. If a reasonable time has passed and you haven't heard anything, you can fo...
by chipmunk
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: AvCanada's Wall
Topic: Major General R.W. (Bob) Fassold
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Major General R.W. (Bob) Fassold

Bob Fassold passed away last week after a short illness.

A Celebration of Life for Bob will be held in the Ottawa area on August 23, 2018 in the afternoon.
He influenced many people and was a huge resource of anything DHC-1, Comet, and more. All are welcome.
You can PM me for further details.
by chipmunk
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: First Air Ottawa FO
Replies: 4
Views: 1402

Re: First Air Ottawa FO

Rotational, 2 weeks on CYFB, then 2 weeks off. They fly you in from CYOW. Accommodation up north is in crew houses. A couple of crews rotate in and out of CYQT, those slots go to bid just a few times a year.

No bond, starting pay is upward of $47K last I heard.
by chipmunk
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Typical sched
Replies: 10
Views: 3216

Re: Typical sched

Thanks for reply. How do splits work? Do pilots ever bid on them? You get one day min credit (4h) for that (unless your flight time equals more than 4h, then you get whichever is greater.) or half of your duty period....i.e. YQG CD's. We used to have a CD to Detroit on the RJ, 9+hrs on the ground, ...
by chipmunk
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Procedures for overflying the US
Replies: 5
Views: 916

Re: Procedures for overflying the US

And yup - it's that simple!
by chipmunk
Tue May 08, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Typical sched
Replies: 10
Views: 3216

Re: Typical sched

Thanks for reply. How do splits work? Do pilots ever bid on them? Splits/continuous duty - evening flight/short rest/morning flight. Duty day is continuous starting in the evening. A typical example is report at 1930 for a 2030 flight. Land at 2200. Go to the hotel. Morning report is around 0530 fo...
by chipmunk
Tue May 08, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Porter Airlines
Topic: Typical sched
Replies: 10
Views: 3216

Re: Typical sched

would anyone know how long it would take to hold single day pairings? If you're coming in as an FO, the easy answer (without me going in and looking at the bid awards) is about a year. Upgrades are sitting at the year mark so I'd guess after 10-12 months, if you stay as an FO, you'll likely be able...
by chipmunk
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: US/Canada border crossing and meal planning
Replies: 7
Views: 1086

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: 1127

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: 1127

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: 875

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: 4824

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: 2008

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: 2008

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: 1801

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: 1801

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: 731

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: 5292

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: 1789

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 ...

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