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When an application is successfully uploaded into our database that indicates a pilot meets or exceeds Ameriflight’s minimum requirements, that pilot is then asked to send his or her resume directly to us. Candidates are screened from completed applications. Applicants selected for further consideration will go through a four-step pilot recruiting process:

  1. Telephone Interview with the Pilot Recruiter.
  2. Technical interview
  3. Simulator evaluation
  4. Successful completion of Ameriflight Initial Basic Indoctrination/General Subjects Training

The Telephone interview generally lasts about an hour. It is primarily used to find out more about your background, to answer any questions that we may have about your application, and to discuss current or projected opportunities, compensation, continuing the interview process and typical training agenda.

The next step for pilots who have successfully passed the Telephone interview is the face-to-face interview.

Interviewing for a job that may launch your career as a professional aviator is stressful . . . but try to relax. We'll do our best to put you at ease. Our job is to try to evaluate, in a short time, your attitude, technical knowledge, experience, and proficiency level to see how well you’ll fit into our team. We won't be trying to trick you or make you uncomfortable. Be straightforward and honest with us, and we'll be the same with you.

Be prepared. Be sure you have the items that we'll want to see with you:

Do some studying in preparation for the interview questions. Review the AIM for recommended procedures and U.S. airspace structure. Look at the legend material in a Jeppesen manual, and regulations that apply to what you've been doing. Be prepared to read TAFs, METARs, and other common coded weather products. Review the systems of the aircraft in which you claim experience. The technical portion of our interview focuses heavily on single-pilot IFR operations. Your current pilot certificates, ratings, and experience indicate that you should already have considerable technical knowledge that you'll need on the job with Ameriflight. We want to confirm that you do.

Get current on “steam gauge” instruments for the simulator portion of this interview. If you're interviewed at Burbank, you'll probably be checked in our one-of-a-kind Chieftain flight training device. At other bases, we use other common multiengine training devices manufactured by ATC, AST, and Frasca. Being current in a particular make and model of simulator is much less important than being current, period! Best way to do this is get some serious sim time within a week or so before the interview. Line oriented sessions, involving departures, enroute flight, and approaches will prepare you for what you'll do with us. Our sim eval captains tell us that it's obvious within the first five minutes who's prepared and who isn't. More than 40 percent of applicants don't pass the simulator check; usually due to a poor scan or loss of situational awareness. Don't ruin your chances by skimping on preparation for this important element in the interview process!

Be honest with us about your flight experience. Be up-front about incidents, accidents or violations on your record. It is best that we hear about them from you first, rather than uncover them later in FAA-mandated background checks.

During the interview, current openings will be discussed in detail. Depending on the airline's needs and your performance, the availability of these positions and associated domiciles may be subject to change. After the interview is over, you will receive a letter once your interview and background investigations have been reviewed. If invited to ground school, you will need to be able provide your own transportation to Burbank, CA. Once you arrive, Ameriflight provides hotel accommodations and transportation to and from our training facilities. Be prepared for intensive classroom sessions and after-hours study in the week-long Basic Indoctrination - General Subjects (BIGS) initial ground school. Minimum passing score is 80 per cent on the comprehensive course-end written test. Our training is more like the scheduled airlines than general aviation, and concentrated effort on your part will be required to qualify for assignment beyond BIGS. You are not officially an employee until you successfully complete BIGS and are assigned to aircraft-specific training. Candidates will begin receiving compensation on a per training hour basis beginning with aircraft specific training. Typically it is about 3 weeks from the time you enter the aircraft-specific ground school until the time that flying on the line begins. The location of aircraft specific training will depend upon the aircraft. SA-227 training is conducted in Seattle, WA. Brasilia training takes place in Atlanta, GA. Training for all other aircraft usually takes place in Burbank, CA, but may also take place at the domicile to which you have been assigned.

We're looking for confident, competent, conservative pilots with whom we can comfortably trust our airplanes, our customers' cargo, and our reputation, who will do the job the way we need it to be done, and become an important part of the team that has produced over four decades of safety and success. We hope the recruiting process shows that you're one of those people!

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