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Air Wisconsin Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: October 2013
Summary of Qualifications: ATP mins + written, and 130 multi
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
AWAC will positive space you on US Airways to Norfolk, and if you need to connect, like I did, it'll probably be either Charlotte, or Philly. The interview was at Chesapeake Regional, which is definitely out of the beaten path, in the sticks, sorta. All the hotels they send in the packet do not drive you there, so you'll need to rent a car, unless you're a local. They give you the corporate discount, and it's a pretty drive depending which way you go.

Interview started at 0800 local at Horizon Flight Center (the main building), and went until about 1400 local. I drove there the day before my interview to make sure I knew how to get there, and wouldn't be late. There was 5 of us total with varying backgrounds. Flight instructor, cargo pilot, etc...You meet with 3 recruiters; line captain, chief pilot, and HR lady (or guy) depending who does the HR part.

You start off with filling out a form for fingerprints, which are manual prints, then once everyone is done you have the 3 amigos give you a very nice speech about the company, background, future plans, etc... You have a packet on the company right in front of you. Then, they turn the floor over to you to ask questions for about 30 minutes. Then, all 3 walk out, and give the interviewee's a 10 question multiple choice written test. Questions were something like what does a rectifier do, if the approach requires RVR16, but RVR is inop whats the required vis, moderate icing will be most prevalent at what temperature (+5ºc), what do you look for when doing a VOT check, etc... After that is collected, they hand you a profile sheet for the sim, NOT to be memorized. After that, all the interviewees pile into the pilot lounge, and they have you group into groups of 2; one does sim eval while the other does HR/Tech.


HR: Simple questions. HR representative reads off a piece of paper - what makes a good team? Why AWAC? What can you bring to AWAC? What's your 5-10 year goals and plans? etc... Simultaneously, the chief pilot will look at your logbook, and ask you questions based off flights that are in there, and will ask you resume' questions. Why did you leave XYZ, why do you want to leave your current employer, ever failed a checkride, ever been fired, or asked to resign from an employer? etc...

Tech: Chief pilot will ask you whether you want Jepp or Gov't charts for the approach plates to brief. He will open up to about 4-5 different approaches, and ask random questions off each one. How do you know how to go missed on this ILS? You're doing the ILS with glideslope inop, how do you go missed? (it's a LOC only, so time and/or dme). What's the significance of the "A" in VOR/DME-A approach? What's the highest obstacle on this chart? Is the tower opened 24/7? That's about 3/4 of those. Then, he moved onto airport signs and markings. Runway hold short line, ILS critical hold short line and when does that come into effect (800ft cig, 2sm or directed by atc), etc... That was it! Literally NOTHING tricky here at all.

Sim: Done in a RedBird simulator. Everyone that typed a review here said the sim was "sensitive". It's not. It rolls at 1 degree per hour so it seems. It doesn't turn for crap, so you have you reeeeally put in a lot of input to get it to move anywhere. Pitch is a little better, but not a lot. The person in the simulator does a great job of explaining to you to not worry about memorizing the profile, and s/he will do literally everything except bring the gear up and fly for you. They're just checking to see if they put you in a $2,000/hr simulator at FlightSafety, will you know how to fly or not... Everything I saw is nothing more than BAI (basic attitude instrument) flying. Private pilots w/instrument ratings that are current could pass the sim no problem. Setup like a Dutchess. Takeoff rwy 6 at GRB, fly runway heading, rotate around 75, pos. rate, gear up, climb to 3,000ft, intercept 100º radial off GRB VOR (which he already put in for me before takeoff), climb to 5,000ft and left turn to around 330 (BAI - climbing turn, like I said before, nothing hard), descend to 3,000 and left turn heading 290'ish (BAI descending turn), fly direct GRB VOR and he'll say to hold as published (on your profile sheet), cross the VOR, do your entry, once you cross the VOR inbound he'll ask which way would you turn for the hold, get it right and he'll just give you vectors for ILS 6 into GRB. Landing isn't graded, but make it pretty. After this, you're done! Good luck to all that apply! Once done, verify w/HR lady, but you should be good to go home, and they'll be in touch with you in a few days. Good luck!
Date Interviewed: July 2013
Summary of Qualifications: 2500 TT, 590 PIC Cessna 421, 545 SIC Beech King Air 350, 355 SIC Cessna Citation 750. SIC Type ratings in King Air 350 and Citation 750. ATP. 37 years ATC.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Met with regional chief pilot Matt, check airman Jeff and HR rep Meg at Chesapeake Airport (CPK), 15 miles south of Norfolk, Va. They all made us feel very comfortable and relaxed. We started the paperwork section and got fingerprinted. After this was completed, Matt gave us a background of the company plus some benefits and training. Jeff then gave us some information on the redbird sim, set up as a Beech Duchess (BE76). We then had a 10 question aeronautical question test with such questions as: What does a transformer/rectifier do? Answer: It converts AC to DC. When will precip become a factor for icing? Answer: When temp is 5 degrees Celcius or less. They had a question about VOR/VOT check, and I think the answer was 360 degrees to, but I am not sure. This stumped everybody. After the written test was completed, we started the HR/Technical/Sim portions of the interview. The sim is raw data (no command bars).Everything is set up for you. No need to program the GARMIN 530. Jeff handles everything for you, including tuning radios, etc. He makes you feel very comfortable in the sim. He will be writing some stuff, such as if you are proficient in tracking a radial, etc. Don't worry about it. You take off from Green Bay, Wi airport, fly runway heading, intercept a radial off the Green Bay VOR, which is 5 NM NW of the airport. You are also climbing to 3000 feet, the after a bit, you get a climb to 5000 feet and a turn, then another turn to the southwest and descent to 3000 feet. Then you are cleared direct to Green Bay VOR, hold as published for ILS runway 6 approach. Very straightforward. Then you get vectors for the ILS runway 6 approach to Green Bay to minimums. They give the whole scenario on a sheet of paper so you can look at it before you go in for the sim check. The sim is a bit touchy, typical for a sim. HR is standard: Why Air Wisconsin, what makes a good F/O and Capt. What would your supervisor say about you and one of your areas that you could improve on. What can you bring to Air Wisconsin? A few TMATT questions. The technical was pretty straight forward. Airport signage, Jepp or NOS plates. How to determine a missed approach point on a non precision approach (timing or DME), when do you hold short of the ILS critical line. Answer When the weather is less than 800 ft. ceiling or visibility is less than 2 miles or when ATC tells you to hold short of the line. They ask you to read a METAR and TAF, and a few NOTAMS. Definitely not difficult. Again Matt, Jeff and Meg make you feel very comfortable and tell you they want you to succeed. They say the job is yours to lose. It is not a giveaway interview, but very fair.
Date Interviewed: June 2013
Summary of Qualifications: COMMERCIAL PILOT ASEL AMEL INSTRUMENT 7124 TT 854 MULTI
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
INTERVIEW CONDUCTED AT HORIZON FLIGHT CENTER AT CHESAPEAKE VA VERY NICE AND RESPECTFUL PEOPLE. FIRST IT WAS THE FINGER PRINTS THEN A PRESENTATION ON THE COMPANY.THEY GAVE US A 10 ATP TYPE TEST NO PASS/FAIL IN THIS TEST.AFTER THAT WE WERE PUT IN TWO GROUPS OF TWO ONE WAS INTERVIEWED WHILE THE OTHER ONE WAS ON THE SIM AND VICEVERSA. HR QUESTIONS: WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD FIRST OFFICER, NAME YOUR STRENGHTS AND WEAKNESSES,WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU,ETC. THE TECHNICAL PORTION WERE QUESTIONS ON APPROACH PLATES AND AIRPORT MARKINGS STUDY THOSE WELL.ALSO YOULL NEED TO READ A METAR OUT OF CLT. THE SIM WAS CONDUCTED ON A BEECHCRAFT DUCHESS SIMULATOR VERY STRAIGHT FOWARD, THE EVALUATOR DOES EVERYTHING FOR YOU JUST FLY THE THING DO NOT USE ELECTRIC TRIM ITS VERY VERY SENSITIVE USE MANUAL TRIM.TAKEOFF ON RWY HEADING TO 3000 THEN CLIMB TO 5000 ON ANOTHER HEADING THEN A HOLDING AND THEN VECTORS FOR THE ILS. AS I SAID BEFORE VERY NICE AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE THEY MAKE YOU FEEL AT EASE AND THEY STRESS THEY WANT YOU TO SUCEED NOT ONLY IN THE INTERVIEW BUT ALSO ON THE TRAINING AND ON THE LINE.LOOKS LIKE A VERY GOOD COMPANY.GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!
Date Interviewed: April 2013
Summary of Qualifications: ATP;Part 121 Experience;TT 5703 ME 4569
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Very relaxed at ease interview process. This interview was held in Norfolk, Virginia at the Horizon Flight Center in Chesapeake, VA. There were five of us interviewing. We met with the Recruiting Specialist, Chief Pilot , and a Line Pilot who made you feel very welcomed. It started with a very informative presentation about the company. We were then given an ATP type multiple choice test with I believe 20 questions. From there you interview with the Recruiter and Chief Pilot for the HR and technical questions, did your sim check, or waited in the pilot lounge for your turn. For the HR portion: Why Air Wisconsin? What makes a good FO? You also get finger printed during this time.

For the Technical portion know your airport signs and markings, go over approach plates ( you have the choice of using Jepps or NOS) - identify DH/MDA, MAP, holding entries after a miss, what does VOR-A mean? how to fly approach after IAF? Scenerios: What would you do if your Captain has been drinking 5 hours before departure and is still planning on flying? What woud you do if your Captain wanted to fly through a severe thunderstorm? Like the other gouge, the sim is a Redbird set up as a Beechcraft Duchess. They give you the profile during the presentation.



Overall, it was a great interview experience. They stress that they really want you to succeed not only during the interview but through out training and on the line.
Date Interviewed: March 2008
Summary of Qualifications: CMEL SE/ME, CFII, ATP WRITTEN, TT-1930 1000 MULTI
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Arrived the day of the interview. Started at 0830 with a group of 7. HR lady gave the company overview, to include benefits, company history etc. DCA based pilot then talked about the pilot side benefits. Ground school location, length etc. Then we each took turns with a 2 on 1 interview. Firts questions were by the HR girl. Why AWAC? Why are you better then the other candidates? Name 3 traits that differentiate you from the other canditates? She was reading from a sheet of paper, so it was pretty standard. Then the technical questions. What does BR and GR mean on an TAF? When do you need a takeoff alternate? when do you need an alternate? What type of engines are on your current twin? when is an area forcast issued? when is a TAF issued? Then a tricky question I guess if you are doing well. What type of engines are on the CRJ? Name 3 traits a pilot should have? That was pretty much it. No sim ride, no written. Lasted about 15 minutes.
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