QXRamperMEII From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 93 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 3301 times:
Another small step in my quest to be an airline pilot...
I have an interview with Mesa Airlines in a few weeks for a pilot position, and am looking to get all the help I can to prepare for it. Currently, I'm reading up on the company (routes, history, fleet size/types, hubs/domiciles, corporate officers, etc), studying the crap out of my ATP - written prep book, and generally stuffing as much flying knowledge as I can get into my head.
For those who are flying, or have flown with, Mesa, any hints? Also, since this is my first -121 interview, any general interview hints would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance, and I look forward to reporting good news in the next few weeks!
Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3547 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 3190 times:
Congrats dude, good luck.
None of my pilot buds have interviewed with Mesa, but a lot of people poo-poo that airline unnecessarily. Upgrade times at various comparable carriers are in the area of 5-7 years, where at Mesa after five you can already have two years in the left seat.
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3235 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 3142 times:
Quoting Planespotting (Reply 2): Upgrade times at various comparable carriers are in the area of 5-7 years, where at Mesa after five you can already have two years in the left seat.
Did you consider why upgrade time at Mesa is faster than at other airlines? Mesa isn't expanding significantly more than other airlines. They don't have a large pool of pilots hitting mandatory retirement age. To me, its indicative of high turnover, which means pilots (and others, but that's out of the scope of this discussion) aren't staying at Mesa. Why they're not staying is left as an exercise to the reader.
That said, I will add that almost all (but not all) of my exposure to Mesa's front-line staff has been positive, from gate agents to inflight personnel.
Flyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1920 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 3125 times:
Mesa is where I started my FA career at!!! Right now I would guess you will get hired and then go to IAD or ORD, although they put some new hires in PHX from time to time. I've flown with all the guys that do the interviews, they are all pretty chill so I would just be yourself. Anymore, it seems like they hire anyone for up there. Just be prepared because mesa has a "special" culture. We pretty much are the coolest folks out there...all the other airlines always look at us like we are the runway they land on, and we just think its funny...its just a job Skywest, you can relax!!! Anyways, you'll have to get used to the occasional BS also, for instance whenever you get a mainline jump seater...they never talk to you...but mesa is fun because you can kick them of your flight and management thinks its funny. Its really laid back, everyone agrees that it sucks there, and people just try to have a good time. PHX sucks...all those pilots are from Florida Gulf or some other PRE 95 mesa endeavor it seems...no shortage of four digit seniority numbers in PHX. But some of the best crews I've worked with are PHX based. Reduced rest, and missing BIG parts of paychecks isn't as common as people say, but it definitely occurs more so than at other airlines. I'm finishing up my stuff right now, and all I will say is, after being an FA at that company (even though I had a lot of fun) I will not fly for them EVER again. Its abusive to say the least, and in five years, who knows if they will even be around. Get in, GET TURBINE PIC, and get out!!! Good luck!! Best of wishes for your next four years of hell!
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7452 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2993 times:
Quoting Hawaiian717 (Reply 3): Did you consider why upgrade time at Mesa is faster than at other airlines? Mesa isn't expanding significantly more than other airlines. They don't have a large pool of pilots hitting mandatory retirement age. To me, its indicative of high turnover, which means pilots (and others, but that's out of the scope of this discussion) aren't staying at Mesa. Why they're not staying is left as an exercise to the reader.
Pilots are not staying at Mesa for two reasons #1 is because it is a regional airline where pilots go to build turbine PIC time for two years and than try to get into a larger better paying airline, that is how alot of the regionals are. #2 the pay is bad so if a better job opertunity comes up pilots leave.
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