Any Info out there on Canadian North Hiring Plans (First Officer employment add is up).
Schedule/pairing lengths for new 737 vs Dash Fo's?
Work environment etc?
The work environment is good for the most part, good group at 5T. Expect YEG base. They need a lot of Dash guys at the moment, including direct entry captains. Might be a few Boeing F/O's too, but most (not all, still some external hiring directly onto the right seat of the Boeing) of those positions are filled internally by guys coming over from the Dash to the Boeing.
For schedules expect a min of 12 days off a month, maybe a few a few more on the D8. The Dash typically does a couple of 8 day pairings based out of YFB.
The Boeing fleet has a decent mix of multi day (up to 6 days away) pairings and single day trips. The multi day pairings vary between day trips out of YOW to YFB and return to night trips across the country to the east coast for the oil sands companies. The day pairings are sometimes long (6 legs from YEG up to YEV and back over 12 hours) or easy (an afternoon flight from YEG to the oil sands and back). It's a good mix and you can be home most nights if that is what you are looking for. If you're looking for glamorous big city layovers in exotic locations then this isn't the place for you. (unless you count the local talent in YFB or YZF as exotic)
The equipment is decent considering its age and use, and more -300's arriving all the time to replace the -200's. The pay as an F/O is lower than the other major airlines in Canada, however once you get to a left seat on the Boeing the pay/lifestyle is hard to beat. Because of that very few captains leave the company and the average age of a captain on the 737 is probably in the 40's somewhere, so there aren't alot of retirements coming up. Movement is therefore limited to fleet expansion, which can end at any time. Unfortunately 5T isn't really interested in long term f/o's in my opinion, they expect them to leave to other companies or upgrade and the pay reflects that. Right now people are still upgrading in 4-5 years on the Boeing, but I would expect that to slow down once the -200's start retiring over the next few years. It's a straight seniority system with equipment bids, so if you start on the Dash you can bid over to the Boeing or from the Boeing to the Dash as seniority allows when new positions are posted.
Been some rumours about a merger with 7F which could result in potential layoffs..but for the moment that is quiet and the hiring continues.
Interviews are a relaxed professional format, with usually an HR type and a pilot. Expect the typical currently in fashion behavioral type interview questions (ie tell us about a time you...) with the Situation, Action, Result answer type desired. A few questions about your flying career and a look over your logbook. Nothing technical at all. The sim eval is conducted in a -200 sim in YVR at the Air Canada building. It's all steam driven, so if you're used to glass it's an flash back to your earlier days in your career. Typical straightforward sim, you pick the seat, NDB hold, engine failure and raw data single engine ILS. If you haven't had much sim time you are going to struggle if you have never flown a jet before. If you're coming from a bigger 704/705 operator and have spent a few years doing simulator rides with good SOP's and can fly a sim pretty well, you'll manage to get through okay. They don't expect you to be perfect, but a reasonable attempt at maintaining altitudes and the ILS is expected if you want to get the job.