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Airline Hiring Process

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What do new pilots expect when a major airline hires them? 

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  1. KDS on Nov 21, 2017

    Could you elaborate a bit further on your question? When you say “expect”, what regard do you mean?

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  2. DB on Nov 22, 2017

    Thanks for replying, KDS! What I mean is, what do airline companies do with newly hired pilots? Do they go back to ground school and other training before actually getting into the cockpit or do they just throw you in the lion’s den and expect you to already know what you’re doing?

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    KDS on Nov 22, 2017

    You will definitely go through a training process. The operator (airline) is required to have a new-hire training program.

    There are articles galore written on the subject. Google the phrase “new hire” and airline or a specific airline (e.g. Delta) and you find a whole lot of first hand recently written articles.

    I didn’t want to come off as a smart aleck, despite what many of my previous teachers said. But, the first thing that flashed into my mind when I read “what do new pilots expect”, was something like this:

    They expect to be respected as professionals, taken care of and nurtured by their company, well compensated for their efforts, and to live an exciting life traveling the country with interesting people. Their expectations are soon dashed.

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  4. DB on Nov 23, 2017

    @KDS AWESOME…thank you for enlightening me, sir! I will definitely google the subject. Best regards.

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