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Delta Air Lines Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: March 2008
Summary of Qualifications: 4000TT
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:
Everyone was very professional and courteous.

Knowledge test was straight forward, study gouge and you will do fine. I looked through it once, thought I didn't prepare enough and did fine.

Personality and Cog Tests went fine as well. I don't know what you would study for these and really no reason to. Just do your best.

Interview, I thought went quite well, but you never know. I had 2 Captains and 1 Human Resource person. Went over the application in detail, I had a few minor discrepancies. Situational questions...First was, as FO what would you do if the Captain refused to fly a strict noise abatement procedure, wants to fly his own departure? Second situational question was...now you're the Captain and some VIP pax board the aircraft fairly intoxicated sitting in First Class, F/A feels uncomfortable having them on-board but the Gate Agent says they're friends of mine and they're fine, what do you do? (I would definitely talk with other fellow pilots/captains and see what their take is on these situations. There are many different answers and I honestly think it depends on who is interviewing you that particular day).

Asked what your boss would say about your attendance.
Asked for an example about your customer service skills.
A flying situation where you said "I will never do that again".
What would your co-pilot say about you.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
What is the hardest thing you've ever done?
What is one word that best describes you?
Any organizations you belong to?
A few questions about the military.

All in all a great experience, very professional and courteous. Just be yourself and do the best you can!
Date Interviewed: March 2008
Summary of Qualifications: 4100 total
1100 PIC turbine
3 internal letters of rec
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:
The gouge is still right on. I found the interviewers to be friendly at first. They questioned all my answers quite extensively.

Have you ever had any moving violations?
Me - No
Interviewer - Are you sure?
Me - yes
Interviewer - Do you own a car?
Me - yes
Interviewer - That is hard to believe.

Questioned at length about attendance record (only two sick calls in the last 12 months)

Captain asks you (FO) to lie to the pax and tell them a mx delay is actually weather, what do you do?

I told them I would not lie to the pax for the Capt.

They questioned my judgement about this BIG time. I told them if the Capt. wants to lie to the pax he can do it himself.

Retired Capt. asked me if I really wanted to make a big deal about something so small. I said I did. Lying is against my morals. They all gave me a look like I was nuts.

The Capt. continuously arrives at the marker 100 feet low. It is a visual approach and the landings are good - what do you do?

I said I would not make a big deal about it other than making the standard calls. They are not dangerous and it is a visual approach. They questioned me again. I said if I really had a problem I would take it to Professional Standards.

Looked through my logbooks extensively - no major questions there.

Asked about a difficult day - My response was concise and explained a time I thought I did a lot for the pax. They questioned how much I did and told me that ANYONE at their airline would have done the same (which I know not to be true).

Asked about flying with low-time FO's.
Asked about ever wanting to be a Check Airman at my company.

Overall they seemed to be quite full of themselves.

Cog test was easy. Don't freak out about it or pay to practice it. Study the gouge for the knowledge test.

Good luck.
Date Interviewed: February 2008
Summary of Qualifications: 6000TT, 3000 PIC, Mil/121
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
All gouge on here is good. Just wanted to add the study guide that Delta sent me, you can look over what ever areas you my need to review. Good luck to all.

8 people interviewed, 5 got the offer.

The following outline details the topics covered by the test, as they relate to the four major areas. It is suggested that you invest time studying these areas, up to a level required for an ATP exam, in order to do well on the test
The outline is followed by a list of sample reference sources for preparing for the test.

Comparable references may be substituted for those listed.

• Airplane nomenclature and terminology
• The atmosphere
o Static pressure, density, temperature, humidity and viscosity and
relationships to altitude
o Standard atmosphere: Pressure, temperature and density
• Basic aerodynamic principles
o Aerodynamic properties and relationships to airflow dynamics
o Properties of airflow
o Pitot-static effects
o Ground speed and effect of wind
o Mach number, critical Mach, speed of sound, and effects of change of
temperature and altitude
• Aerodynamic forces
o Airfoil nomenclature, properties of airflow about an airfoil, properties of
aerodynamic forces
o Center of gravity, flight path, relative wind
o Relationship between lift, thrust, relative wind, drag and flight path

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o Angle of attack, angle of incidence
o Generation of net lift force, influence of angle of attack
o Aerodynamic force, lift, drag, moment about aerodynamic center and
factors affecting
o Effects of changing angle of attack or true airspeed on moment about
aerodynamic center
o Forces in a turn, climb and descent
• Lift
o Lift force—factors affecting
o Minimum flying speed and stall—factors affecting
o Ground effect
• Drag: types, causes and effects
• Thrust
o Power curves
o Factors affecting
• Stability and control
o Trimmed flight
o Relationship between controllability and stability
o Function of airplane control surfaces
o Proverse roll and adverse yaw
o Dutch roll
o Wake turbulence
o Engine out aerodynamics
o Dutch roll
• Flight at high angles of attack
o Aircraft stall characteristics—factors affecting
o Stall and stalling angle of attack
o Fundamental principle of stall recovery
o Stall speed and effect of gross weight, load factor and altitude
o Purpose of high lift devices and effect of flap extension
• Operating strength limitations
o Maneuvering load factor—effect of velocity and gross weight

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o V-speeds
o Safe flight envelope
• Takeoff and landing
o Factors affecting minimum takeoff and landing distances
o Effect of gross weight, pressure, altitude, temperature, humidity, wind and
ground effect of takeoff and landing performance
o Friction and aerodynamic braking effectiveness—factors affecting
o Hydroplaning
• Airplane performance
o Effect of weight, altitude, wind and angle of attack on airplane
o Maximum endurance, range, angle of climb, rate of climb, glide range,
glide endurance
• Physical principles of gas turbine engines
• Principles of gas turbine operation
o Basic principles
o Effect of pressure, temperature, altitude and humidity on thrust in a gas
turbine engine
o Effect of airspeed and ram effect on thrust in a gas turbine engine
o Engine instrumentation
o Function of gas turbine compressor
o Function of turbine section
• Compressor stalls
o Characteristics and causes of compressor stalls: airflow distortions,
mechanical problems
o Methods to avoid, reduce or resolve compressor stalls
• Hydraulic systems
o Basic hydraulic theory
o Basic operation of aircraft hydraulic systems
o Function of basic hydraulic components used on aircraft
• Electrical systems

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o Basic operation of an aircraft electrical system
o Methods of producing electricity in aircraft
o Function of aircraft electrical components
o Aircraft electrical distribution system
• Fuel systems
o Basic operation of an aircraft fuel system
o Function of basic fuel system components used on aircraft
o Fuel flow through basic aircraft fuel system
• Lubrication systems
o Basic operation of an aircraft lubrication system
o Function of basic lubrication system components used on aircraft
• Accessory, starter and ignition systems
o Basic operation of an aircraft accessory, starter and ignition system
o Types of accessories used on aircraft and how they are driven
o Starting sequence for a gas turbine engine
o Types of abnormal starts
• Flap system
o Types of large aircraft flaps
o Effects and methods of actuating flaps
• Landing gear system—brakes, tires
• Air conditioning and pressurization systems
o Basic operations
o Abnormal situations
• Anti-ice/de-ice systems
Air Navigation
• Introductory air navigation: basic concepts, principles and terminology
• Chart projections and plotting
o Great circle and relationship to aircraft navigation
o Heading, course, track, bearing and relationships among them
• Altitudes and airspeeds
o Relationship among pressure, altitude and airspeed

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o Indicated airspeed, calibrated airspeed, true airspeed, ground speed and
Mach number
• Winds in flight
o Evaluating the effect of wind on the path of an aircraft over the ground
o Windshear—its recognition, considerations and actions
• Rate of descent—considerations and computations
• GMT and conversion to local time
• Electronic navigation
o Methods used for electronic navigation
o Electronic navigation aids and instruments
o Aircraft position and course to navigational aid given magnetic bearing
• Charts and chart symbology
o Airport charts
o En route charts
o Approach charts
o Navigational aids and distance scales
• Approaches
o ILS approaches
o Non-precision approaches
o Visual approaches
o Final approach segments
o Approach minima
o Landing/missed approach/rejected landing
• Holding
o Speed and entry rules
o Endurance speeds and computations
• Ground navigation
o Runway and taxiway lighting and markings
o ATC clearances and clearance limits

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• Structure of the atmosphere
• Atmospheric pressure and temperature
• Winds and circulations
• Clouds and moisture; fog and low clouds
• Atmospheric stability and turbulence
• Air masses and frontal systems
• Thunderstorms and windshear
• Icing
• Weather depiction charts and radar summary charts—weather maps, winds aloft,
prognostic charts, constant pressure charts
• Aviation weather reports
o Terminal forecasts, area forecasting (ATIS, METAR, etc.)
o Flight weather advisories, pilot reports
• Weather radar

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Sample Reference Sources
FAA Publications:
• Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual (FAR/AIM)
• FAA Handbook Series: Instrument Flying Handbook
• Aviation Weather
Textbooks, Reference Materials from Civilian or Military Pilot Training Programs, for
• Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators
• Air Force Introduction to Aerodynamics/Takeoff and Landing Performance
• Air Force Weather for Aircrews
• Air Force Academics for Instruments
• Air Force Applied Aerodynamics/Endurance
General Technical References:
• Encyclopedia of Technical Aviation, Gary Bristow
• Private Pilot Workbook, Jeppesen & Co.
• International Encyclopedia of Aviation, David Mondey
• An Invitation to Fly: Basics for the Private Pilot, Dennis Glaeser, Sanford Gum,
Bruce Walters
Topic Specific References:
• Aircraft Gas Turbine Technology, Irwin Treager
• The Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine and its Operation, Pratt & Whitney
• Elements of Gas Turbine Propulsion, Jack Mattingly
• Turbine Aircraft Flight Manual/Operating Handbook; or more general: The
Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual, Gregory Brown and Mark Holt
• The Aviator’s Guide to Navigation, Donald Clausing
• Understanding Mathematics for Aircraft Navigation, James Wolper
• Aviation Meteorology Unscrambled, Kenneth McCool
• Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate, Michael Allaby and Richard Garatt
Date Interviewed: February 2008
Summary of Qualifications: 3900 total 1200tpic
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
all gouge on here is good. good people. testing is not to hard.. study ATP written, go through the book it will cover the basics.. none of the quiestions(prob) will be verbatum but close enough. the other tests are not hard at all. The interview process is easy and welcoming.. good luck
Date Interviewed: February 2008
Summary of Qualifications: 4900 TTL, 3100 TPIC Military
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
The day started with the advertised welcome and “pep talk”. After the talk, two of us were chosen alphabetically to be interviewed while the other six were given the testing.

My interview was a recap of my application with certain key points. I had listed two tickets from 1994 and 1992 (my last 2) and was asked if I had any others. I did have another that came to mind (1990) and was asked to write it in and initial.

Otherwise we moved into the scenario questions. I had two main ones concerning a Captain who routinely flies one dot low and configures late, but who always has a smooth touchdown and early turnoff. The other scenario had me in an aircraft approaching a converging pair of super cells (>35,000’). If I went around, I would cause a lot of folks to be inconvenienced and may have to set down somewhere to get additional fuel. What do you do?

After the interview, was given directions on the testing by Tony. I’ll echo what others have said. Listen, listen, listen, listen to TONY!!! He was a calming influence on an otherwise turbulent day!

The knowledge test was different for each of us. I had perhaps 3 math questions – decent point, point to point heading and a descent rate on final. The rest included items on holding entry (1), aero/performance, signage/airfield markings, weather, EGT, V(ne) and wind shear (a couple). None came directly out of the ATP book but were instead an application of knowledge. Plenty of time but certainly not “easy”.

COG test is not that hard. Read the directions, do one practice, do the test. Luminosity helped me to concentrate. There is no time for drifting thoughts. Take a stretch at your seat partway through but otherwise buckle down and it’s over in 25 minutes. By the way, during testing there is plenty of time for lunch and lots of water to be had.

After some of us were done, they tallied the scores and while the others were still taking portions of their test or interviewing, four of us were called back for the happy news! There was only one more that made it and he was the last one interviewed. Two of the guys failed for the interview and the other I don’t know about. All were awesome folks!

After the conditional, there is a lot of paperwork, drug test, fingerprints and the ID picture. They set up the medical schedule for the next day and send you back to the hotel.

Day two involves the MMPI, Medical and Occupational Psychologist meeting. After that, a brief tour of Atlanta on your way to the airport. Overall, it was a great experience in a very welcoming atmosphere. Good Luck!!
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