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PSA Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: January 2008
Summary of Qualifications: CFI, 565TT/57 Multi
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
Interview started at 12pm. Was flown in at to Charlotte and arrived that morning at 10am. Caught the training bus to the US Air training center with 2 other candidates, both great guys. Arrived at the training center and everyone was really nice. A few Peidmont folks were interviewing as well, all good guys too. All of us but 2 were CFI's. One guy came from Mesa and the other took a CEJ course and got the interview with 257TT. Were called into a room from the cafe at 1205pm and had a question and answer session. The 3 interviewers were very nice and as honest as one can want. They truly want to hire you, it's up to you to prove to them that you want the job. After that was the written test. They asked who studied the gouge and all raised their hand. STUDY IT. They say they changed it but they didn't really, at least not yet! Then sent to cafe. We all passed and were given a time for the oral HR/tech portion. Unless you stand next to the door the whole time you won't know who passed or failed. I know the first guy busted on tech questions and another due to lack of recency. The CRJ course guy was sent home and told he did not have to wait the 6 months but they did want him to get at least 100 hrs more experience. When I went in it was very relaxed. A lot of HR stuff. How did you prep, TMAAT you had a good manager, what made him good? Tech- TMAAT you were scared in the plane, you broke a FAR, you felt you acclomplished something. If you are 9 miles from the Airport how high should you be? If you have 3000 lbs fuel burn per hour, how many lbs should you have for 45 minute reserve? Brief ILS 18R Charlotte, quick logbook check. If you make it, it's sim time. Sensitive table top PCATD with a sky pointer, get some practice using this skypointer attitude indicator!!!! I did and it helped immensely! MD-80. Take off 36L Charlotte, climb at 12 degrees pitch to 3000', accelerate to 250knots to 6000'. Steep turn left, 30 degree bank, right 40 degree bank. All holding 250kts. Using RMI what radial from Charlotte VOR are you currently, given holding instructions, and current radial, what type hold entry used? Decend to 3000' while slowing to 200kts. Setup for the ILS 18R at 30 degree intercept at 3000', intercept localizer and glide slope, NO MORE THAN 3 degree corrections!!! The needle will get away if more than that! Fly to minimums and the ride is over and you go home and wait for a call! Overall seems like a great company and I am really hoping to hear back!
Date Interviewed: September 2007
Summary of Qualifications: 1200hr 160 multi
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:

Rachel was very nice and very very helpful, 15 people in our class, all was very serious. things started at 10am, history on the company a little chat, then a test 25 questions in 10 mins aloud 4 wrong, test was based on atp but not the same a little tricky. I was told i did not make it with 4 other guys, later found out that there is a gouge site out there that has the questions on it and the 5 five people that failed the test were the only ones that did not find the site. find the site with question pool and you will be ok. not much else to say. good luck

Date Interviewed: July 2007
Summary of Qualifications: 1500TT 760ME Turbine MIL/121 ATP Written
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:

I interview 2 months ago and intentionly waited to provide a comphrehensive accurate view of what to expect at PSA. INTERVIEW 10 of us interviewed on 9 Jul 07 with Randy Fusi and Rachel Hernandez at the US Airways Training Center in CLT. Interview started with a brief Q&A then we took the test. 26 questions, all questions can be found. All 10 passed the written. The HR portion involved a varity of questions including why psa, tell me about an effective manager,how did you prepare for the interview, brief the ILS 18R CLT, etc. I think 4 were dismissed after the HR. Next is the MD-80 microsoft flight sim, they give the pitch, power settings, and the profile. They freeze the sim and ask how you would enter the hold and then reposition you for the ILS back at CLT. I got the call the next day from Rachel with the job offer, 5 out of 10 were hired. GROUND SCHOOL TRAINING Started class 30 Jul in Dayton, Ohio at the Dayton Airport Hotel/PSA Training Center with 12 total in the class. GS is 4 weeks long The first week was all indoc/paperwork with some very easy test that everyone passed. Week 2 & 3 consist of systems and basic procedures and callouts in the IFT with a closed book systems test at the end of week 3. Week 4 consists of CSI and the oral exam. Overall 2 of 12 failed the systems test highlighting themselves and were shortly after removed from training. The remaining 10 all passed the oral with no problems. SIM TRAINING New hire sim is typically conducted at the US Airways Training Center in CLT. The sim consists of 10 rides(8 prep rides, checkride, and LOFT). Overall everyone in our class has passed without receiving extra rides so far. IOE Expect maybe a week off before starting IOE. IOE is performed in DAY, CLT, and TYS. You must have a minimum of 25 hours to be signed off. MISC. THOUGHTS,TIPS & FACTS -go to aviationinterviews.com get the gouge they expect you to use it. -make sure to reference job code Pilot 5683 when you submit your resume on the company website -Go to CRJstudyguide.com and buy the Crj oral exam systems guide($50 and worth every penny) -1st year FO pay is $22.91/hr -per diem is $1.45/hr -new hire pay during training is approx $2700/mo(72hours and 24hour per diem) -Currently there are 528 pilots at PSA. 70 J4Js are returning to USAir by March all are currently Crj CAs -55% are domiciled in CLT, 25% in DAY, 20% in TYS -You can hold any domicile right out of training -Reserve is currently 4-5 months in CLT and dropping, 1-2 in DAY/TYS -PSA plans to hire 20/month through 07 and 30/month into 08. Currently upgrading 12/mo -Current upgrade time is 3 years and droping fast. If conditions continue current trend I should upgrade in 1.5-2 years -USAirway just annouced preferential hiring of PSA pilots starting in Jan with 9/mo with possible flowthrough to mainline coming in the near future OVERALL I worked at another 121(Mesa)and I can't say a negative thing yet about PSA. They pay you on time, treat you like a human being and provide quality training. Just like any other regional if you live in domicile it tends to work out very well.

Date Interviewed: January 2007
Summary of Qualifications: cfi, cfii, mei; 1450tt and me260
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:

Stayed a night before the interview. Went to USelessAir hangar at 7:30a.m. scheduled at 8:00 a.m. The interviewers did not show up until 9:00a.m. There were 25 of us vary from military, 135s, mostly beginner instructors and some 121 guys. Started out with company info which was very depressing due to upgrade time might be 5 to 6 years. whoah, I though American Eagle was bad. The airline's growth is dictate by USAir plans which was if USAir does not want to fly the route, then PSA gets it. But since there is no competition at Charlotte, probably not. Started out with 39 question test can only missed up to 5 questions. Some questions are not out of the ATP book. Was told that we did not passed the questions and demand to see what we missed because we study the gouge question which was exactly the same questions. Three of us studied the gouge and knew the answers. I have some doubt in them being truthful or how they treat there employees so decided not try to a second time to joined this company.

Date Interviewed: December 2004
Summary of Qualifications: CFI,II,MEI, ATPw 2010 hours, 377 Multi, Part135 Cargo
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:

For the most part, the interview has remained the same. The test is exactly the same and the HR/Tech interview is the same. The differences are that they hired a hiring consultant (a former US Air Captain with 34 yrs of service) to assist them with the process. Also, (and this is what did me in) they now use a full motion level D CRJ-200 Sim with the Glass cockpit. It kicked my butt, and I fly hard IFR part 135 cargo single pilot with no auto pilot. I did not know where to look for stuff or anything. I figured I failed by the end of it. The interviewers were Melissa and Nicole from HR and Tom the C.P. and Jim the 'consultant'. There were 6 of us on the day that I interviewd, former part 121, part 91 corporate, and part 135 cargo. Only 3 of us did the sim, not sure what happened to the rest. I found PSA to be quite cordial and professional and I enjoyed meeting with them. They informed us that if US Airways does not make it that they will continue to operate, in all honesty, I had a hard time understanding and believing that since they are 100% owned by mainline. If momma goes, baby goes, is how I thought about it. In any event I will not be finding out first hand. However, I certainly wish them well as they seemed very nice.

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