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Key Lime Air Pilot Interview Profiles

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Date Interviewed: July 2006
Summary of Qualifications: 4 year degree, 1060 total/130 ME, CFI/MEI
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:

Two part interview: HR and Sim (AST-300 two screens). HR: Basic questions, just read the previous posts. No tricks, ZERO technical (not even approach procedures), just be honest. SIM: Both approaches (NOS plates, not Jepp) were done at Centennial Runway 35R. The first was and ILS. He'll give you vectors to the final approach course, it's not a full approach. No PT and no hold, just know how to enter holds (he'll ask). In my case, I had an engine failure while bing vectored to the final approach course (the right engine in a right turn). Upon reporting runway in sight, he asked whether or not I would land. The second approach was the partial panel NDB (again, with vectors. No PT, no holds). He did not fail the card, so it was not as hard as I thought it would be. If I were to prep for this again, I would hit single engine ops and partial panel NDB navigation hard. I did not get any technical questions at all. No approach/chart questions, aircraft questions, or anything else like that. Sim Conditions: Wind was set to 340 at 5 knots. Stability was set to ZERO. Rudder trim indicator was missing (trim works) and the elevator trim indicator was inop, but the electric trim did work. The sim is very sensitive, so try not to lose focus; it can get away from you easily. They grade on a scale of 1 to 5 (1=perfect, 5=bad, 3=passing). I did not think the sim was too difficult, but I also had access to an AST-300 prior to departing for Denver and spent a few hours on it. If you can't get sim time at home, reserve some time in their sim before the interview (make sure to secure an instructor, too). I think their rate is 35hr for the sim and 35hr for the instructor. Hope this helps. This is an all around friendly group of people and anyone would be lucky to work with them.

Date Interviewed: May 2006
Summary of Qualifications: ATP, 4,300 hrs Military, 2,300 Turbine PIC, 100 ME
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:

Overall very enjoyable experience. This company is growing and seems like a great place to work; everyone I met was friendly and looked happy to work there. I had heard some rumors about their safety record so before I went I called the local FSDO and researched the company thoroughly; don't believe everything you read on some of the other interview sites. Most of the incidents I found to be pilot error related and not the fault of Key Lime. Flew out to Denver at my expense. Scheduled a practice simulator, make sure if you want an instructor that you confirm that, mine did not show up and I had to reschedule early morning before the actual interview. Interview was very low key, two panel with VP and HR rep, very straight forward questions, no technical at all; lasted about 30 minutes. Some of the questions that I remember: How would you rate yourself as a person on a scale from 1-10, same question but as a pilot? Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision, TMAAT that involved safety. Tell me about your flying career from start to today. Why should we hire you over all the other applicants? What are your weaknesses/strengths? TMAAT when you went out of your way to help someone else. What are you going to do if you DON'T get this job? After the interview they sent me to the simulator, it's an AST-300, very basic non-motion multi-engine simulator. Mike, the chief pilot for the flight school was very professional and fair. He didn't expect me to fly an ATP type hop but was looking for some basic air work and instrument procedures. Flew the ILS 35R single engine to missed (circle mins), radar vectors to the NDB partial panel. He didn't fail the card so it was not as difficult as the practice sim. Broke out and attempted to land. Got the call three days later for start date. Good luck!

Date Interviewed: February 2005
Summary of Qualifications: CFII,MEI 2400TT, 360 MULTI
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:

The interview started with HR questions and tech. questions from the Vice President and from HR whose questions were pretty straight forward (why us why you). What would motivate you to wake up at 4am and load your own plane? stuff like that. HR was very nice, The VP seemed like he had had a long day and didn't want to be there. He asked alot about approach plates (what is your AGL at DH,MDA what are the millitary alts, where is you FAF if the NDB is on the field, Know you instrument stuff.) He also wants to know your pass ratio, how you deal with pressure what MEA and Moca give all together panel interview was about 45 min long. After that they decide if they want you to do the sim.

Sim. ride

I believe they said it was an AST300 but it was the oldest thing I have ever seen. There was no get to know you chat, straight to the gas chamber. My first approach was and ILS single engine and the checklist was a little lacking, after that I went missed and did the NDB partial panel and I would have done better but he vectored me right over the NDB and since I wasn't established I went missed and I think that made him mad but after proper vectors the NDB was no problem.

Got the call three days later.

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