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Kalitta Air Pilot Interview Profiles

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Date Interviewed: May 2011
Summary of Qualifications: C-130,CRJ 900, 4600 Hrs 4500 ME
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
Received a packegae via email on the hotel, date/time interview and sim profile. Shuttle picked us up at hotel...5 of 6 showed. Once there immediately did urine test. Everyone was very nice. Was called in by Asst Chief Pilot. Very relaxed interview. Gave a few engine/hydraulic "what would you do" scenerios. Asked to brief a full procedure plate in Turkey. The rest of the interview was just talk about company history to future airplane purchases. After that sat with HR and discussed why they should hire me, what can I offer Kalitta and what did I expect from them. Next was the sim...747-200! Nice sim operator. Was paired with another interviewee...I flew left seat. Took off from 4L JFK, briefed takeoff and the instructor set speeds. Tookoff, climb to 3k, a couple of turns then cleared to DPK VOR, entered one turn in holding then outboud on 283 radial. Briefed up appch to 22L, configured and landed...very straight forward. Instructor encouraged us to help each other (for CRM) purposes and WE DID! We both were ass and elbows but it was fun! The 74 is alot of plane so be prepared to be wowed! After that, was fed pizza by company then released. Great experience and look forward to drivin the WHALE!
Date Interviewed: February 2011
Summary of Qualifications: 18,000 hours CAPT B737/A330/A320 FO B747/B727

Prev 121 airline 23 years
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
Fly to DTW, Hotel near YIP. Van to Office / Training Center.
12 candidates of varied age and background. Introduction by HR gal, fill out forms. Then two at a time in Sim...very straight forward stuff with no automation.

While others in Sim, interview with HR and then Chief Pilot, standard questions.

Afterward, go outside and wait for hotel van.

I was the last one finished and the Hotel Van never came, Doors were locked, so no getting back in. Major snowstorm and I'm stuck outside freezing. Finally after an hour, I flagged down a car and gave him a twenty to drop me at a Gas Station where I called a Taxi. Shoes were ruined and I was very wet and cold. Missed me flight home and had to stay in DTW Airport hotel.

Was a very lousy experience, I called HR Kalitta two days latter and told them to please pull me from consideration. They told me they had no record of me being there.
Date Interviewed: October 2010
Summary of Qualifications: ATP, all around nice guy
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Earlier posts are pretty close, but with some minor changes.

In the sim we stayed at Flaps 10 and 190 kts after T/O until we configured for the appch. Sim flies nice, dont make big corrections. They will give you all the numbers you need and you can ask during the ride for Flap speeds and power settings.

Short interview with 2 HR ladies. Very nice, what will I bring to the company, go thru your resume. Maybe 10-15 minutes.

Interview with 2 management pilots. Lasted less than 30 minutes I think. They tell you a little about the job and benefits. Ask what you know about the company. Standard questions about DUI, training, etc. Brief an appch plate from somewhere in Turkey and answer some questions about it. How will your family handle being gone for the 17 days? Some situational stuff....they describe a situation and you are the captain, what do you do? No TMAAT crap that so many other airlines ask you! Both guys were very nice and relaxed, I am looking forward to working there.

Recs are important...if you know anyone there hit them up. Get yourself to DTW and they pay for a hotel with a shuttle from the airport and to the training center.

good luck
Date Interviewed: September 2007
Summary of Qualifications: Military
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:

The interview was held in Detroit (KYIP) at the Kalitta Air sim building. Transportation is your responsibility, but they do provide you a hotel room. The whole process lasted less than two hours. The first event was a sim check--very straightforward. They send you the profile and grading criteria in advance so you know what they're looking for. JFK Runway 4L--takeoff on runway heading to 4000, clean up and accelerate to 250 KIAS. Then I was cleared to Deer Park to hold west on the 280 radial; that's pretty much where I already was so it was an easy direct entry. On the outbound leg I was given radar vectors for the ILS to 22L for a fullstop. They're looking at your basic instrument skills, situational awareness, and CRM. They could care less if you know anything about a 747--It's okay if you ask questions. The evaluator will walk you through the correct speeds so long as you verbalize that they're in your crosscheck. Be sure to delegate tasks and hand off aircraft control when appropriate. The ILS was flown with raw data (no FD to help you). As the previous poster mentioned, nothing below 300 feet is graded. The second event was a drug test. Finally was a 3 on 1 interview with the chief pilots (no H.R. person) which lasted about 15-20 minutes. They asked me about my flying background and also what I knew about the company. There really weren't any "tough" questions about personality, leadership, conflict resolution, etc. There were no technical questions. They asked about any checkride busts or DUI arrests. The rest of the interview was just a friendly chat about what the job is like. I asked them a few questions along the way and also at the end. My impression is that they really want to hire you if they call you in for an interview, so it's really your job to lose at that point. They just want to get a feel for you to see if you're someone they wouldn't mind spending a couple of weeks on the road with. If you're going to study anything, definitely research the company and be able to tell them about their history and direction. They have some good press releases on their website--know them. Know Connie Kalitta's background--he's into drag racing. He also owns all the airplanes outright, and his goal is to operate debt free. If you're looking for a job at Kalitta, also know that internal recommendations carry alot of weight there--I know 4 people who fly for them and put in a good word for me. Military experience is also a big plus there too; I didn't meet the 4000 TT posted on airlinepilotcareers.com, but they liked the fact I fly heavies worldwide and therefore already know how to cross the ocean and flying over countries with antequated ATC w/ language barriers. The Kalitta interview was very friendly and straightforward; like the other poster said--no B.S. Good luck!

Date Interviewed: May 2004
Summary of Qualifications: NA
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:

I just accepted a B747 FO position with Connie and class starts on the April 26th. They have 52 crews and want to go to 75. Business is good and they are turning away business because of lack of crews and planes. Ned Wallace, founder of Polar Air, is now working for Connie and heads the Sales and Marketing Department, probably the reason business is so good. The class on the 26th will have 12 FO's and 6 FE's.

The interview is in Ypsilanti, Willow Run Airport, headquarters of Kalitta on April 7th. Friendly people and no BS. Everything was straight forward. All they wanted to see was your passport, medical and licenses. The simulator ride was in Denver, UAL's facitlity. The simride was on the 14th in the B747-200. Typical simride, takeoff out of LAX, climb out to 4000 feet at 180 kts, flaps 10. Level off at 4000 and accelerate to 200 kts. Then a decending turn to 3000 feet at 200 kts and 500 fpm. Vectored to a hold at Seal Beach, after entering the hold and doing one turn in the pattern I was vectored to an ILS to runway 24 right. Anything below 300 feet doesn't matter.

The schedule is 17 days on and 11 off on a 28 day month. Pay is 40 dollars per hour first year on a 56 hour guaranty. Second year goes to 60 dollars per hour. Well, what the hell, money isn't everything! With a little luck upgrading to Captain in a couple of years or less. Everyone is based in Ypsilanti, but nothing flies out of there, so you are commercialed out of your home airport.

A lot of the guys I interviewed with were furloughed Atlas pilots.

Prior B747, DC8 or B727 time would probably be helpful.

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