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by Ash Ketchum
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Best guess when recalls could happen
Replies: 97
Views: 18562

Re: Best guess when recalls could happen

Of the 675 pilots placed on inactive status, i was roughly #500. Had 2 and a half years with jazz. Now if i were offered a corporate gig with good pay and all, but a 2 year bond, should i take it? Or do you think ill get called back within 2 years?? I would take the corporate job. If Jazz calls you...
by Ash Ketchum
Thu Jul 16, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: How to Move Forward
Replies: 32
Views: 2806

Re: How to Move Forward

I’m in a crappy spot to be in, and I’m sure there’s many more like me thanks to Covid. I was hoping someone might have some suggestions or advice. I have less than 500 hours and thanks to what was a pilot shortage, I was very lucky and privileged to find employment at a 705 carrier, and I left my p...
by Ash Ketchum
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: How to Move Forward
Replies: 32
Views: 2806

Re: How to Move Forward

For what it’s worth, I have 5000 hrs atpl mostly captain multi turbine time in 703,704 and 705(jet) and still no bites on flying jobs. It’s gonna be a tough few years so planning ahead and maybe going to get my real estate license as I have nothing else to fall back on, and living off CEWS and CERB...
by Ash Ketchum
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Jazz APP aviation pathway program
Replies: 11
Views: 2851

Re: Jazz APP aviation pathway program

I unfortunately think there will be more layoffs at AC and Jazz before there is hiring. I have been hearing the US border may be closed to leisure travel till next year. 3 years seems possible for hiring again but who knows. There definitely won’t be a pilot shortage for many years now and I doubt ...
by Ash Ketchum
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Commercial Airline Pilots: What are some things you love and hate about your job?
Replies: 9
Views: 1630

Re: Commercial Airline Pilots: What are some things you love and hate about your job?

Basically the title: Commercial Airline Pilots: What are some things you love and hate about your job? Where my question is coming from: I just completed my engineering degree and I was thinking about careers that 5 years ago would have been unrealistic for me--a career in flying being one. I never...
by Ash Ketchum
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Hanging up the headset... anyone done it ? Anyone thinking of it?
Replies: 27
Views: 4522

Re: Hanging up the headset... anyone done it ? Anyone thinking of it?

I am trying to leave. Tried to get an IT engineering job to use my bachelors degree but realized my skills are outdated and that I have a big gap in my resume from flying and that no one will hire or even interview me. My plan now is to start a local service business and if that doesn't make money ...
by Ash Ketchum
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Hanging up the headset... anyone done it ? Anyone thinking of it?
Replies: 27
Views: 4522

Re: Hanging up the headset... anyone done it ? Anyone thinking of it?

I am trying to leave. Tried to get an IT engineering job to use my bachelors degree but realized my skills are outdated and that I have a big gap in my resume from flying and that no one will hire or even interview me. My plan now is to start a local service business and if that doesn't make money i...
by Ash Ketchum
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: CEWS
Replies: 73
Views: 10536

Re: CEWS

That's a good idea and something I'm also considering doing. Like someone above said this is getting abit annoying now with the constant career road blocks you get in aviation. Having been in this industry for around 15 years I have been held back (through recessions etc etc) at least 4 times now. ...
by Ash Ketchum
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: CEWS
Replies: 73
Views: 10536

Re: CEWS

I for one am seriously considering pulling the plug and retraining for another career. I'm sure I'm not the only one at AC/Express thinking this way at the moment. The question is though retrain as what. I've been in this situation before and what you'll find is when you apply for other (non Pilot)...
by Ash Ketchum
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: CEWS
Replies: 73
Views: 10536

Re: CEWS

When the junior colleagues bear the brunt of COVID and the others carry-on unscathed that is eating your young. I think there will be an even bigger pilot shortage at the end of all of this. I for one am seriously considering pulling the plug and retraining for another career. I'm sure I'm not the ...
by Ash Ketchum
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Best guess when recalls could happen
Replies: 97
Views: 18562

Re: Best guess when recalls could happen

Any updated opinions on when hiring will start back up. Recalls commencing spring 2021 to accommodate increase to 70% capacity. New-hires spring 2022 if AC starts hiring again. If Jazz and SKY merge, or if AC still has pilots on lay-off for all of 2022, no Express hiring before 2023. That's my line...
by Ash Ketchum
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Best guess when recalls could happen
Replies: 97
Views: 18562

Re: Best guess when recalls could happen

Any updated opinions on when hiring will start back up. Recalls commencing spring 2021 to accommodate increase to 70% capacity. New-hires spring 2022 if AC starts hiring again. If Jazz and SKY merge, or if AC still has pilots on lay-off for all of 2022, no Express hiring before 2023. That's my line...
by Ash Ketchum
Mon May 25, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Best guess when recalls could happen
Replies: 97
Views: 18562

Re: Best guess when recalls could happen

My prediction is that domestic loads will pick up in the next few months followed by cases going up as provinces reopen which will result in demand going down once again. Until a vaccine comes out or the virus mutates to become less harmful I don't see recalls happening in the near future. I hope I'...
by Ash Ketchum
Mon May 11, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Aviation Degree Yes/No?
Replies: 28
Views: 1855

Re: Aviation Degree Yes/No?

I probably wouldn't have said this 4 months ago but in reality, I think it should be said. Piloting is a bad career to get into if you want job stability. Every ten years there is an economic slowdown. Early '90's, early 2000's(after 9/11),, 2010 area during the great recession, and now the worst o...
by Ash Ketchum
Sun May 10, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Best guess when recalls could happen
Replies: 97
Views: 18562

Re: Best guess when recalls could happen

I think part of how long the recall takes depends on if and when the second wave of the virus arrives coupled with the time it takes to make an effective antibody treatment or vaccine. We could see flying go up in July-September but then get hammered down next fall/winter when the second wave arrive...
by Ash Ketchum
Sun May 10, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Aviation Degree Yes/No?
Replies: 28
Views: 1855

Re: Aviation Degree Yes/No?

I agree. Work full time if you can and flight train on evenings and weekends at a flight school. Pay as you go and you can finish all your training with no debt. Since you already have a degree, an aviation diploma wont add extra points to your application with airlines.
by Ash Ketchum
Sat May 09, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Best guess when recalls could happen
Replies: 97
Views: 18562

Re: Best guess when recalls could happen

I am one of the many Jazz pilots laid off. To be quite honest, depending on how long this layoff lasts, it may be the end of my commercial aviation career. I am in the process of securing a well paying job in the tech industry using my previous experience and university degree. I love to fly, but I ...
by Ash Ketchum
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Layoff Numbers
Replies: 53
Views: 13201

Re: Layoff Numbers

CEWS is a good start but for someone making living in a major city center and has been making $100k or more a year and has the expenses to match, dropping down to $44k a year is a huge hit. While I expect most of the older guys to have some cash reserves, I really feel for some junior captains with...
by Ash Ketchum
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: YUL Base
Replies: 27
Views: 4727

Re: YUL Base

No. It is not. Language has zero impact on what base you can hold. Only seniority. Correct. Which is also not what I was saying. I said French is useful in a YUL base because of daily life. It doesn’t have any bearing on being awarded the base; that’s seniority only. I've heard Montreal is way more...
by Ash Ketchum
Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Cargojet stll hiring
Replies: 58
Views: 12918

Re: Cargojet stll hiring

Does anyone know if Cargojet is still considering FOs without a 767 type rating or are only guys with type ratings getting interview calls? Thanks I don’t know for sure but my assumption would be only the rated folks at the moment. There’s probably lots who are qualified and the current posting imp...
by Ash Ketchum
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Cargojet stll hiring
Replies: 58
Views: 12918

Re: Cargojet stll hiring

Does anyone know if Cargojet is still considering FOs without a 767 type rating or are only guys with type ratings getting interview calls? Thanks
by Ash Ketchum
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Layoffs
Replies: 45
Views: 12062

Re: Layoffs

you think they wall call back the lay offs then? Not necessarily, they will be on a standby status, on 75% of their wage to the max allowed, it doesn’t look like Jazz will make up the difference, it’s just keeping the ones on layoff from having to go on EI for now It is nice of Jazz to do that. Bea...
by Ash Ketchum
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Layoffs
Replies: 45
Views: 12062

Re: Layoffs

Got the layoff notice emailed late last night. Good luck to all.
by Ash Ketchum
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Layoffs
Replies: 45
Views: 12062

Re: Layoffs

675 until July 1, 2020, no loss of pay or position until then either. Captains will be assigned right seat duties as required until either more layoffs or a reduction bid is run, wow! I’m still in shock how quickly we went from a shortage to massive layoffs, I hope we can recover almost as fast. Th...
by Ash Ketchum
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Layoffs
Replies: 45
Views: 12062

Re: Layoffs

ted_stryker wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:32 pm
Notices going out. Would've been nice to have some updates from the union this past week.
Thanks for the heads up. I still haven't received one sitting about 400 from the bottom of the list.

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