I don't want to commute...that's all. Luckily, our base [CVG] will stay open for another 3 years...if [when] it closes at that time, I'll be commutable.
Piedmonts MTP program is alive and well with its first group of Completors set to finish up flying next month complete ATP-CTP in August and be in the company indoc in their September class.Just as an FYI. I was at a mil to civilian hiring seminar yesterday. Speaking with a few of the regional recruiters two more companies, both owned by AA, are going to begin a rotary transition program. Piedmont and PSA, with PSA rolling theirs out in the next week or so and Piedmont by the end of this quarter. It seems they're seeing this group of pilots only missing the 250 fixed wing requirement and trying to jump on it. So, things are looking up for us rotorheads trying to go to "The Show."
To apply to the majors 12-18 months so you're not caught behind the power curve... currently for the AA regionals (and this may change a few times) you can defer starting for 6 months after an offer is given before you have to restart the process. Your best bet is start the process 4-6 months out so you've got time to figure out where you to go and weigh a few employment offers. Plan on it taking 2-6 weeks from application published to verbal offer extended.I will be all in on this in about 3 years. That is the plan. Just inside of four years before I can retire. Going to try and get orders to Corpus Christi to be a VT Instructor on the back side of my current assignment in order to slay some FW hours for my final two years. Currently sitting at 3200 with all but about 150 being in RW. I assume I should start the process for the transition about a year out from retirement.
I've already helped a few other AWers get hired on at Envoy. If anyone is considering the Wholly Owned, what Zippy said about knowing a current employee is SPOT ON.When it comes to referrals, An AA wholly Owned Regional employee may refer a pilot applicant to their respective company and a Mainline AA employee can refer a pilot applicant to all three of the Wholly Owned Regionals.
There are now several AWers employed within the American Airlines Group (Mainline AA and the 3 WO regionals), so there is no reason that anyone interested in these companies can't make their applicant process easier by talking to someone in the system, and getting referred if they decide to pursue it.
My application process was made much easier by a buddy from flight school who is a mainline AA employee write a referral for me and follow up with an email to someone he knew in the hiring food chain so I would be more than willing to educate interested folks about Piedmont and refer them if they wish to apply.
How long until you can retire? What ratings/hours/quals do you currently have.Would one be better off doing ~two more years with a FTS VR/VTP gig, or retiring and jumping into a RTP right at 20? Could you check all the boxes for an airline hire in a three-year fixed-wing FTS tour? Is there any seniority to be gained by starting earlier at a regional in a RTP? If pay difference between regional and FTS FW tour wasn’t a big concern, what would the better option be?
At least at the AA wholely owned, yes we get a mainline employee number, but that is not a seniority number. One only gets on the seniority list on the first day of class. Whether one gets to class via flow or competitive hiring.Don't regional guys still get a number at a major carrier that may own them? I had lots of copilots from Eagle that had gotten a number years before.