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Trans States Airlines Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: January 2018
Summary of Qualifications: 1500TT COM MEL SEL INST.
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:
Did a skype interview with an HR representatives, a pilot, and a second pilot who is trainning to become a recruiter walked in in the middle of the interview. First they started with a presentation about the airline. After that a few regular HR questions (why TSA, three strengths, etc.) ater that the pilot showed me a DP plate (OHARE THREE out of ORD) on the screen. I was told before the interview by the HR rep. That set the interview with me that they will use JEPP plates. But the pilot used government plates which I have not used since my inst. written. He gave me a clearance then asked me can you be At 5000ft at 8 DME(yes). Then he asked me based on your clearance which frequency would you use, my clearance was to BACEN(126.625). Then he asked me if ATC clears you to climb to 11,000 what speed to do we have to maintain(250K untill advised by ATC). After that he pulled the ILS/LOC for RWY 28C also ORD, and asked me to brief the app. I was all over the place cause I have never breifed a government plate before. Then he asked me if we are 100 miles out maintaining 20,000ft tower tells you to cross VOGLR at 9000ft when would you start your descent(36.6 DME). After i answered he asked me if our GS is 300 what rate of descent would you use(1500FPM). Then they said they had no more question.

Everyone that interviewed me was very nice and polite felt like a family, I just wish that the person that set up the interview with me would not have told me that they will be usuing JEPP plates.
Date Interviewed: August 2017
Summary of Qualifications: 1800 TT Commercial Mulit-Engine Instrument, CFI CFII MEI, BSA.
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:
There was one from HR and one Pilot asking questions via Skype. HR started with verifying some key qualifications on the application. Hr asked "Tell me three reasons you want to work for Trans States"? "Tell me a time you had a problem in the cockpit and how you creatively solved it?" "Have you ever failed a Check ride"? Then the pilot asks technical questions about the aircraft you currently are flying. Engine or electrical system.
Date Interviewed: March 2016
Summary of Qualifications: ATP, CFI, 2200 total time, 1500 multi, 135 experience
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Interviewed at Trans States Headquarters in STL. They positive spaced me out there, and I stayed at the Pear Tree Inn at the airport. Free breakfast and shuttle to the interview.

Showed up around 8:40 for a 9 AM interview. There were 3 of us interviewing. First we had a group presentation with a pilot recruiter and an assistant chief pilot, where we went around the room and introduced ourselves, what kind of flying we're doing now, why TSA, etc. Then they went over an in depth power point presentation on everything TSA has to offer, such as history, work rules, union stuff, etc.

Then as they looked over our paperwork/logbooks, we took a 50 question ATP style test. Some of the questions were directly from the ATP database, and there were a few originals in there. I had spent a few days studying with the ASA ATP prep iPad app and did fine. No questions involving math/weight and balance/performance. Mostly airspace, airport operations, regs, speed limits, aerodynamics, approach procedures from what I remember.

After the written test, had a one on one interview while the others waited in the break room. Standard HR questions: Tell me about your flying history. Why TSA? Why should TSA hire you? Tell me about a difficult person you flew with, how did you deal with it, what did you learn from it. Have you ever been arrested, failed a checkride, been in an accident etc. Then a few technical questions. He asked a couple questions about the plane I'm currently flying: Tell me about a turbocharger. Descent planning question- You're at 10,000 ft and need to cross the VOR at 6,000 ft, how far out do you start a descent? Then a couple questions on Jepp charts/airport diagram. Identify hot spots and hold short instructions etc. You get to minimums and see only approach lights, what do you do. I've never used Jepps but managed to make it through fine. Luckily I did well on the written so I think that gave me some buffer going into the technical portion.

They offered me the position and a class date on the spot. The whole process was pretty straightforward and painless. They were all friendly and I never felt nervous or pressured at all. They want to hire you, just don't give them a reason not to and you should be fine. The whole process was about 3 hours.
Date Interviewed: April 2015
Summary of Qualifications: 7700 TT, ATP, A&P, CFI/II Multiple type ratings
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Met one Captain at the FSI building at 7:30 am. We grabbed a cup of coffee and discussed the company outlook, his experience at the company, my previous experience, my resume, etc.. I gave him my paperwork and logbooks to review while I took the 50 question ATP test. There is a board on the wall with the runway marks on it. Several questions off of an approach plate (altitude and distance along certain points of the approach). The previous interview gouge covered it very well. I actually did poorly on the test, since it had been 15 years since taking my ATP test. The guys who have just taken it should have no problem. If it's been a few years, probably not a bad idea to refresh on some of it. You cannot fail the test, but it's nice to be prepared. There was no sim evaluation or in depth technical review in my interview. The interview was finished around 9:30, and I was told that I was recommended for hire. The Captain who interviewed me was a great guy, and gave me a good feeling about the direction of the company, as well as his personal experience. He had previous 121 experience at another company before TSA, and gave TSA good marks.
Date Interviewed: April 2014
Summary of Qualifications: CFI/II/MEI 1350TT 240ME 22Turbine
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Stayed at the Holiday Inn as recommended by Trans States the night before the interview. However, the Holiday Inn no longer provides free shuttle service to Flight Safety Inc. as mentioned and TSA has been notified of the recent changes.

Interview time: 0730

I arrived at Flight Safety Inc. at 0600 to help familiarize myself with the buildings and find that Sabreliner cockpit diagram as said in the previous interview gouge. 0600; however, is very early but it is recommended to arrive at least an hour before to catch any early TSA members who may arrive. With my luck, one member of the board, a line Captain, arrived to the facility at 0645 and we discussed about the airline amongst other things. Very relaxing.

Around 0715, the other applicant arrived along with the two other TSA members, head of human resources and another Captain. At 0730, the interview started with a questions and answers session for about an hour. The Q&A was merely a personality session and at no point did TSA make you feel uncomfortable. The session was very enjoyable and they're are there to give the best information they can about the company and or concerns. Be yourself and remain open!

Around 0900, I volunteered to take TSA's modified version of the ATP Written exam (50 questions). While I took the test, the other applicant was taken away for the simulator evaluation. To be fair, I do not necessarily want to explain each individual question on the test; however, review airport signage, pros and cons of sweptback wings, basic knowledge of weather theory (TS), weather data interpretation (METAR, TAF), airspeed restrictions, and IFR approach plates + symbology. After a quick 30 minutes, I managed to slip away with a 94%. If you have recently taken the ATP written exam, there is no need to prep in advance if you feel comfortable with general knowledge of the above subject areas.

Around 0945, I was pulled away for the simulator evaluation portion. Both Captains will be present in the cockpit with one acting as your First Officer and the other as an air traffic controller. Do not feel the need to be nervous as I was at this point because the acting FO will brief the basic operations of the aircraft such as the electronic trim, the attitude indicator, the horizontal situation indicator, and the EPR gauge + their settings (1.5 climb, 1.2 cruise).

*** Simulator tasks ***
a. "Climb and maintain 4,000, upon reaching 1,500, turn left heading 090, cleared for takeoff." (Maintain at or below 250kts and use 10 degrees nose pitch up)
b. While at 4,000, "Turn left direct to the Memphis VOR." While in the 180 degree turn, "Give me 30 degrees of bank." (Don't forget to add a touch of power in the turn to maintain speed)
c. While flying to the VOR, "What are you to do when you are approaching the VOR's EFC time?" Review holding speeds below 10,000ft.
d. "Hold North of the Memphis VOR on the 360 degree radial, standard turns." At my present location, I answered with a teardrop entry. Do not forget to tell the FO what they need to do when you cross the VOR (Heading, CDI change, and time).
e. Leaving the hold, I received vectors to intercept the localizer for an ILS approach. Maintain 150 knots once established on the glideslope. (Acting FO will take command of the gear and flaps)
d. Upon "breaking out" at 1,000ft AGL, continue following the glideslope for a visual landing.

During the simulator evaluation, the Captains are looking for basic scanning abilities and basic flying skills. Do your best and have fun!

After the simulator evaluation, the technical interview will begin. Fortunately enough, my interview consisted of a discussion of my airlineapps application and any other further concerns that I may have for the company. I did notice on the board that the other applicant was given a descent calculation from FL340 to FL220 with a 420knot GS and demanded a 2,000ft/m rate of descent. There was also a discussion of holding pattern entries as illustrated on the board. Around 1130, I was offered a position with the company and I couldn't be any happier.

TSA will provide transportation to their headquarters after the interview and if accepted, will commence fingerprinting.

Trans States Airlines as a company has astounded me in their quality of life for the pilots. As most regionals are in present time, it can be difficult starting out and the company recognizes it from the interview. With the benefits and other amenities that the company offers, I look forward to a training date in June. And the best part was... On the flight back home, I sat next to a TSA Captain with employment of six years of the company and although there was ups and downs with the GoJet incident, I heard nothing but positives from the Captain.

Go out there and be yourself! I hope this helps.
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