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Ameristar Pilot Interview Profiles

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Date Interviewed: October 2014
Summary of Qualifications: 3000TT RECIP, GS MEI/CFII, ATP SE & ME
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
Met with the assistant chief pilot and he took me on a tour of the facility at ADS, including the MX hangar which happened to have a Falcon 20 in inspection. Very old equipment. No technical questions, just a very pleasant casual conversation including my background, resume notes, etc. He also highlighted the details of their operation, and expectations of me. They will airline you to the plane (usually YIP) where you will fly freight to the Toronto area and central Mexico, using Laredo as POE.

The HR manager met with me next, and she went through some canned TMAAT questions and gave me the rundown of pay ($2000 a month plus $0.07 per mile) and benefits, but she mentioned that they are in the process of restructuring it in our favor. It was mentioned that there is the possibility of zero-hour months in their slow seasons, which was distressing.

I was asked to start in a class the following week, which I couldn't do since I'm currently employed. I have yet to hear back about a new class date. Overall, this was a very laid-back interview and the folks I met seemed very happy in their work and I enjoyed the time.
Date Interviewed: September 2013
Summary of Qualifications: 3300 TT 2450 Multi flew single pilot 135 bank check stuff, Aerial Photography, Flight Instructor
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
They picked me up form the airport. I sat down with the Chief pilot and the Director of Human Resources. The Human Resources was first. Pretty standard questions, Why Ameristar, where do you see yourself in 5 years, Tell me about a time, usual stuff. The Chief pilot had only a few questions. What time needs to be logged, Looking an approach chart: Brief this approach for me. Looking at some TAF's and Metars your arrival time is this will you need an alternate. If so what are your alternate mins? Big on 135 weather alternate mins..

I worked there for a few years, It's a good job to get jet time and a quick upgrade. However I would not recommend anyone work here. They are slowly taking emphasizing the 121 side, I feel in a year they won't even have a 135 side. You will find yourself a 11 month FO being upgraded to captain (in the refresher course) then flying with brand new FO's all over the US, Mexico, and Cananda and have no idea what your doing. Maintenance is becoming worse and worse. That fact not withstanding there is very little help from management. If something breaks they will offer very little input on how to resolve any issue. Also 18 - 22 hour duty days are common. How you might ask....Freight Delay. That's all they ever had to say. Dispatch will rule your life. They make it impossible to stay at anywhere that is not the cheapest hotel. No food around..too bad no you will not be able to get a rental car. Again I'd recommend not working for this place.
Date Interviewed: June 2013
Summary of Qualifications: 2100TT, 800 multi, 1200 turbine, prior 135.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Phone interview with an assistant chief pilot. Nice guy, asked typical HR questions and when I could interview. Faxed me some paperwork to fill out and bring as well.

Showed up on interview day. Met with the assistant chief pilot and a woman from HR. Lots of HR questions, seemed to go on forever. The ACP asked some questions about plates, 135 and 91 regs, turbine engines and aerodynamics. Nothing someone going into a jet should be unfamiliar with.

Gave me a rundown on the pay and benefits and how scheduling worked. Basically you're on call all the time, with some set days off as you get more senior. They make no excuses for who they are and the flying they do, but I didn't leave the interview with a very good opinion of the company.

Got a call the next day offering me the job. I turned it down because the 135 side of their operation is shrinking as planes time out. Flying is limited, most guys doing less than 20 hours a month. Pay is pitiful, and there is no chance of getting mileage as it starts at 10000 miles a month. They don't ever reposition home after trips, so you'll likely spend your week on call sitting in a hotel after airlining out. No CRM whatsoever, and as an FO you basically fly if your captain allows you to. Virtually no movement in the company.
Date Interviewed: February 2008
Summary of Qualifications: 1700 tt 1300 multi
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Chatted with the assistant chief on the phone then had a 20 minute phone interview with HR and the chief.

Was offered job and regretted ever taking the position. The Assistant chief even told me to stay away if I could.

Super easy interview and very basic questions asked. Very basic instrument PPL stuff.

Best bet would be deliver pizzas before working here, you will be much happier, and treated with way more respect from the folks you work for.

Just one persons opinion I guess.
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