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Piedmont Airlines Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: March 2006
Summary of Qualifications: Commercial560TTCFICFIIMEIATP Written
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:

Nice people, nice airline and it sounds like they will treat their pilots very well. The written has changed significantly from those on previous gouges. Study your IFR knowledge, research of the company hierarchy like who is whom, bases etc...... In addition to this there are a few questions on jepp charts and such but if you know your stuff and do some studying on something besides just reading gouges you willbe fine.

Date Interviewed: September 2005
Summary of Qualifications: 1500 hours, 200 multi, cfi, cfii, cmei
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:

They flew me in to PHL and then to Salisbury. Stayed at the Ramada Inn. They give you a discount if you are staying for the interview. Not much around the Ramada area to do. Next morning went to Piedmont headquarters there and had our picture taken. Make sure you have copies of everything they ask you to bring Ex) logbooks last 2 pages, medical, certificates, driving record, college transcript, drivers license, ss card, and any other items. We met Mr. Trout and he took us upstairs to a classroom and we filled out some paperwork and got all of the paperwork and packet we had to fill out in advance done. Then we were given a 60 question test that you get 45 minutes to do. I heard there are a few versions but the version I got was pretty much directly like the interview posted here for 8/17/01. A few extra things to know would be is MSA on Jepp chart nm or sm, remember ice and snow must always be considered adhering to the aircraft, 1 mi visibility for 2 engine airplane, they give you a holding clearance and you have to pick the best entry, it's a pretty easy one. Pretty much study the ATP book really well and don't look at any questions that say refer to and any performance problems and you'll do well. Make sure you also know how to read Jepp charts and know what the symbols mean there were 6 questions relating to charts they had in there to answer.

After the test we went over the company overview. Pay is good and they are taking over Alleghany airlines. They will be hiring a lot because of expanding route structure. Work 20 a month get 10 off. Guarentee of pay for 72 hours flying when you first start. Looks good for most part.

We then went to a conference room and waited for our one on one interview. We were interviewed by Mr. Trout and the chief pilot. Pretty general questions. People who didn't pass the test were sent home during this part. Then we waited until everyone was interviewed and one by one we went to see Mr. Trout and got the good or bad news for the most part if we got the job. Letter with definate answer is sent out in a week.

Interview lasted from 8:15a until about 3pm or a little later, so depending on where you're trying to go to there may not be a connecting flight to get home, I know a few people had problems with this.

Date Interviewed: August 2001
Summary of Qualifications: NA
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:

1. Whichis a definition of V2 speed?

Take off safety speed

2. What is the maximum indicated airspeed a reciprocating engine

poweredairplane may be operated within class B airspace?


3. Apilot approaching to land a turbine powered aircraft on a runway

served by aVASI shall

Maintain an altitude at or above the glide slopeuntil a lower altitude is

necessary for a safe landing

4. Assuming that all ILS components are operating and the required

visualreferences are not acquired, the missed approach should be initiated


Arrival at the DH on the glide slope

5. Whataction should be taken when a pilot is “cleared for approach”

while being radarvectored on an unpublished route?

Remain at last assigned altitude until establishedon a published route segment

6. Ifbeing radar vectored to the final approach course of a published

instrumentapproach that specifies “no PT” the pilot should

Not execute the procedure turn unless specificallycleared to do so by ATC

7. What altitude is a pilot authorized to fly when cleared for an

ILSapproach? The pilot

Mustmaintain the last assigned until established on a published route or

segment ofthe approach with published altitudes

8. When mustthe pilot initiate a missed approach procedure from an ILS


At the DH ifthe visual references for the intended runway are not distinctly

visible oranytime thereafter that visual reference is lost

9. Afterexperiencing two-way radio communications failure en route

whenshould a pilot begin the descent for the instrument approach?

Upon arrivalat any initial approach fix for the instrument approach

procedure but notbefore the flight plan ETA as amended by ATC

10. A pilot is holding at an initial approach fix after havingexperienced

two-way radio communications failure. When should that pilot begin

descent for the instrumentapproach?

A flight plan ETA as amended by ATC

11. Under what conditions may anair carrier pilot continue an instrument

approach to the DH afterreceiving a weather report indicating that less

than minimum published landing conditions exist at the airport?

When the weather report is received after the pilothas begun the final

approach segment of the instrument approach

12. What are somecharacteristics of an airplane loaded with the CG at

the aft limit?

Lowest stall speed, highestcruise speed, least stability

13. What does the blue radialline on the airspeed indicator of a light twin

engine airplane represent?

Maximum single-engine rate of climb

14. What effect, if any, doesaltitude have on VMC for an airplane with

unsupercharged engines?

Decreases with altitude

15. A definition of the term“viscous hydroplaning” is where?

A film of moisture covers the painted or rubbercoated portion of the runway

16. What is the advantage of a three bar VASI?

B A normal glide angle is afforded both high and lowcockpit aircraft

17.What type information isdisseminated by NOTAM (D)’s?

Status of navigation aids, ILS’s, radar serviceavailable, and other

information essential to planning

18.What minimum information does an abbreviated departure clearance“cleared

as filed” include?

Destination airport, enroute altitude, and SID, ifappropriate

19. Under what condition does apilot receive a “void time” specified in the


On an uncontrolled airport

20. What action should a pilottake if within 3 minutes of a clearance limit,

and further clearance has notbeen received?

Start speed reduction to holding speed inpreparation for holding

21. What report should thepilot make at a clearance limit?

Time and altitude/ flight level arriving or leaving

22. What does the term “minimumfuel” apply to ATC?

Advisory that indicates an emergency situation ispossible should an undue

delay occur

23. Which reports are alwaysrequired when on an IFR approach not in radar


Leaving FAF inbound or outer marker inbound, andmissed approach

24. While being vectored to thefinal approach course of an IFR approach,

when may the pilot descend to thepublished altitudes?

Only when approach control clears the flightfor the approach

25. A visual reference is lostwhile circling to land from an instrument

approach, what actions should thepilot take?

Make a climbing turn towards the landing runwayuntil established on the

missed approach course

26. Which rule of thumb may beused to approximate the rate of descent

required for a 3° glide path?

5 times ground speed in knots

27. When is the coursedeviation (CDI) considered to have full scale


When the CDI deflects from the center of the scaleto full scale left or right

28. When cleared to execute apublished side-step maneuver, at what point is

the pilot expected to commencethis maneuver?

As soon as possible after runway environment isinsight

29. When cleared to execute apublished side-step maneuver for a specific

approach and landing on theparallel runway, at what point is the pilot

expected to commence this maneuver?

As soon as possible after the runway or runwayenvironment is insight

30. How does the SDF differfrom an ILS localizer?

SDF 6° or 12° wide, ILS 3° to 6°

31. How does the LDA differfrom an ILS localizer?

LDA- offset from runway +3°, ILS-aligned with runway

32. What is the lowest cloud inthe stationary group associated with a

mountain wave?

Rotor cloud

33. Which type of clouds areindicative of very strong turbulence?

Standing lenticular

34. What characterizes a groundbased inversion?

Poor visibility

35. What feature is associatedwith a temperature inversion?

A stable layer of air

36. En route at FL270, thealtimeter is set correctly, on descent, a pilot

fails to set the localaltimeter setting of 30.57, if the field elevation is

650 ft., and thealtimeter is functioning properly, what will it indicate upon


Sea level

37. When can the maximum hazardzone caused by wind shear associated with a

thunderstorm be found?

On all sides and directly under the thunderstormcell

38. What is the feature ofsupercooled water?

The unstable water drop freezes upon striking anexposed object

39. Freezing rain encounteredduring climb is normally evidence that

A layer of warmerair exists above

40. What type of service shouldnormally be expected from an en route flight

advisory service?

Weather advisories pertinent to the type of flight,intended route of flight,

and altitude

41. METAR KMAF 131756Z 02020KT12SM BKN025 OVC250 27/18 A3009 RMK RAE 44.

Which weather condition is indicated by this METAR report at Midland(KMAF)?

Rain of unknownintensity ended 16 min. before the hour

42. The prevailing visibilityin the following METAR is

Less than a ¼ SM

43. Isobars on the surfaceweather chart represent lines of equal pressure

Reduced to sealevel

44. A sever thunderstorm is onewhich the surface winds are

50 kts or greaterand or surface hail is ¾ inch or more in diameter

45. What is an importantcharacteristic of wind shear?

It may be associated with either a wind shift or awind speed gradient at any

level in the atmosphere

46. What initial cockpitindications should a pilot be aware of when a head

wind shears to a calm wind?

Indicated airspeed decreases, aircraft pitches down,and altitude decreases

47. Which condition wouldinitially cause the indicated airspeed and pitch to

increase and the sink rateto decrease?

Sudden increasein a head wind component

48. What initial cockpitindications should a pilot be aware of when a

constant tail wind shears to acalm wind?

Altitude, pitch,and indicated airspeed increase

49. Which flight conditions ofa large jet airplane create the most severe

flight hazard by generating wingtip vortices of the greatest strength?

Heavy, slow, gearand flaps up

50. What effect would a lightcrosswind have on the wing tip vortices

generated by a large airplane that hasjust taken off?

The upwind vortex will tend to remain on the runwaylonger than the downwind


51. What effect does alcoholconsumption have on functions of the body?

Alcohol has anadverse effect, especially as altitude increases

Date Interviewed: August 2001
Summary of Qualifications: NA
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:

Flew USAir to PHL then PHL to SBY (Salisbury, MD Company HQ located there) the night before. Stayed at the Ramada. Good chow in the lounge/restaurant and packed with locals. Very friendly people. Caught the van to Piedmont HQ at 0815 with 1 other guy and there was a third at HQ who stayed at a different hotel. The guy on the van with me said during the ride in he "didn't review a thing" before the interview. We we're greeted by the receptionist who takes your pic and collects your paperwork. We we're then given a 45 minute overview of Piedmont by Robert "Bob" Trout (Head of Recruiting) concerning all the hot button issues. Pay (Best in regional flying. $24.07 F/O first 6 months, $24.99 second 6 months, $28 & change after 1 year), benefits, training, work rules, senior bases, upgrade time (2 1/2 years), RJ's possibly, the usual stuff. Then given some additional paperwork as well as a 50 question written test concerning mostly IFR stuff as well as WX, lost comms, etc. I'll include specific questions at the end of this. The joker that said he barely studied was the first one finished with the written test. We then went down stairs and Mr. "I didn't study" was given the gate. He failed the test. The test is not simple black and white stuff. You will need to review. And remember that if you do pass the test, that's it for technical on this interview. The personal portion has NO tech questions in it. The written test means a lot so study for it. You need a 70% to pass. That's 35 out of 50 for you slow guys. After that the 2 of us left there we're then given a "cognitive skills"/psych test on a computer by a really nice girl named Sheila. This tests you on accuracy and speed. You need to hustle, but don't go too fast and get them all wrong. It was a piece of cake. You can't study for it nor should you worry about it. Easy stuff and just more of the very relaxed atmosphere they present. After that we were sent to lunch at the terminal and returned for the personal interviews 45 mins later. The interview is with Bob Trout and someone from the flight dept. For my interview it was the chief pilot. Asked how I got to this point in my career, chronologically. Why Piedmont? Are you aware we have no bases in your home city and you would have to move/commute? A couple of questions about my training and my work history. Very relaxed and very encouraging. There is no longer a sim ride or a drug test. If hired, you will be given a drug test when you show up for training but the sim ride has been completely eliminated. All in all I would say it went well. The company seems like a great place to work and their pilot group seems happy with their jobs overall. Good luck to you.

Some questions from the written:

1. How often are VOR’s checked?

2. When do you start timing when entering an NDB hold?

3. Approach at BWI – What type of hold is in the published missed?

How do you determine the MAP?

4. How does an increase in altitude affect Vmc on a non-turbocharged piston powered A/C?

5.What defines a severe thunderstorm?

6. What is the difference between and SDF and an LDA when compared to an ILS?

7. What does a steady red light from the tower mean to a pilot in flight?

8. Flashing green light to a pilot in flight?

9. What is maximum procedure turn speed?

10. What is required to be cleared for a visual approach?

11. What is V1?

12. What is Vfe?

13. What effect does temperature have on Vmc?

14. What are standard T/O minimums?

15. When does timing start for the outbound leg while holding?

16. FAR 91.17 – Drinking rules concerning flight

17. Maximum distance on procedure turn?

18. MSA - NDB/VOR within how many miles of the airport? (2 values)

19. 5000 RVR equals how many miles?

20. Windshear is defined as _________________________________?

21. How many degrees of bank would equal standard rate at 160 KIAS?

22. What is standard rate of descent at 120 KIAS?

23. What stage of a thunderstorm is most severe?

24. What publication would contain the times for evening/morning twilight?

25. What are standard alternate airport minimums?

26. When given a cruise clearance, what may the pilot do?

27. Zero fuel weight includes what?

28. Shoulder harnesses are required when?

29. Where on a VASI must you fly?

30. What is Vlo?

31. Wake turbulence is proportional to what?

32. When is a procedure turn not required?

33. What does NO ID on a VOR mean?

34. Level off is started at what % of your rate of climb?

35. Which of the following compulsory points are required when flying in controlled airspace?

36. A flight plan is required in an ADIZ. (True or False)

37. FSS transmits on which frequency?

38. What does TCH, HAT, HAA mean?

39. What is the width of a federal airway?

40. If LLWS is reported in the vicinity of the airport, what can the pilot expect?

41. Clear ice is most generally found in ___________?

42. What is Va?

43. Vmc is figured? (Unsure on context of question. Tape was garbled)

44. Testicular clouds most often indicate ________________________?

45. What are instrument currency requirements?

46. Class “D” airspace generally extends how many feet above airport elevation?

47. What are the limits on a ground VOR check?

48. Know how to set up for a LOC B/C approach. (1-4 Jepp)

49. Know FAR Part 135 and Part 121 Oxygen (O2) requirements.

50. Be prepared for HSI orientation problems on LOC B/C (1-4 Jepp). What indications will be seen on different portions of approach?

51. What is a VASI?

52. When cleared for an ILS, when is it OK to descend from your present altitude?

53. Max airspeed in Class D and B airspace?

54. What is V2?

55. Given a choice of rotor, lenticular, or cum-stratus, which would be the lowest?

56. Highest point on appch plate? Is it agl or msl?

57. On the ILS, immediately after crossing the FAF you lose the GS. What do/can you do?

58. Circling to land and you lose sight of the field. What do/can you do?

59. What do ice pellets at your altitude mean? Freezing rain at your altitude?

60. When can you descend below MDA on non-precision?

61. When can you can you go below DH on an ILS?

62. Max holding speeds

63. What does blue line represent on an AS indicator?

64. Know what differences will occur if you fail to reset your altimeter to local setting and by how much you will be off.

65. Define minimum fuel status.

66. What is included in an abbreviated clearance?

67. Know RVR/SM equivalent.

68. When do you go missed on an ILS?

That's about all I can remember. I know it's more than 50 questions but I can't remember how they were all worded. Study the prep, your FAR/AIM, Jepps, and review WX. And good luck again. I hope I get the job.

Date Interviewed: June 2001
Summary of Qualifications: NA
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:

It was a very laid back

and enjoyable experience. I arrived (flew space available on US

Airways) in Salisbury the night before the interview and stayed in the

Ramada Inn at a discounted rate. We arrived at HQ around 8:15 in the

morning and waited for a while for Robert Trout to greet us. We were

taken upstairs and given a good briefing on the company. Sounds like a

great place to be and everyone is very friendly. We then took a ATP

type written test over wx, jepp plates, other stuff like that(recommend

getting the test prep book form Air Inc. Very helpful.). We then were

sent to lunch. After lunch we came back and were given a psych test...

no way to study... numbers and colors. Then into the interview with

Robert Trout and their head of Training. Very easy interview... things

like Why Piedmont? and Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Very

friendly people and they try to make it as relaxing as possible. Great

experience. At the end of the day I was told thanks for coming, you did

very well and I should be proud with how I did today. Now I'm just

waiting for the call to hear what they decide.

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