nzblue
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Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:52 am

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...icle/0,1299,DRMN_4_3922282,00.html

Believe it or not, (despite my unchangeable user-name) I am actually IN this class as we're being trained, and now that the show has been made public, I can share it here!!!

We're in our first week of training at Frontier! Today (Wednesday) is our third day, and we have 5 1/2 weeks to go. We're a group of 36 people (8 men, 28 women), mostly from Denver, but some of us are coming from places like LA, Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee. All the trainees are absolutely fantastic (F9 sure knows how to pick them!) It's terribly exciting stuff, I'll tell you! EVERYONE at Frontier is beyond happy to be there, and they're not being fake about it --- such a good vibe! Yes, the cameras and lights and microphone booms are EVERYWHERE and the crew from The Travel Channel are following us around constantly! Our first training flights are next weekend, but even after that we still have 4 full weeks of training to go before we're certified. Training is an all-day (and sometimes all-night) event and runs about 6 days a week. We have approximately 30 tests (written, verbal, and practical) within this period, which all must be passed with a score of 90% (90%!!! *yikes*) or better in order to continue as a student. So, yes, there is a lot of pressure, and the cameras, however exciting, are a bit of a distraction, to be honest...but it's still a lot of added fun! The show will run sometime in December 2005.

And, no, I am not one of the eight focus trainees for the show, and to be very honest, I am THRILLED to have opted out of this situation. We're ALL being followed and filmed, though, so I'm sure I'll be getting my 15-minutes of fame, too. It was a fun idea to think about, but I'll tell you --- distractions aren't good when you REALLY want to be successful in a class like this!

Just thought I'd give the head's up!

NZblue
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MSYtristar
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:02 pm

NZblue, welcome to the F9 family. I'm sure you'll get through the training class with flying colors. See you in the field at some point. If you ever pop down to MSY look for me, I am always working. Always.  Smile
 
gman3
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:07 pm

Sigh.. My training at UA was 9 weeks.
 
bkkair
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:10 pm

Last year in Thailand, we had a reality show called "Nok Hunt" which was a reality show about a group of contestants trying to get a job with Nok Air (an LCC in Thailand). The show is so popular, it's back this year as "Nok Hunt 2005." The cameras followed the contestants everywhere. The beach, sports, partying at night. Alot of fun to watch.

I wonder if Thailand was the first country with a Flight Attendant Reality Show?

Anyway, good luck NZblue on your job and the show.
 
airplaneboy
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Thu Jul 14, 2005 1:45 pm

NZblue-

Like MSYTristar said, welcome to the family!!! I met him on my first training flight ... awesome guy! Our crews are friendly ... nothing but awesome people at Frontier. Enjoy the experience ... I love flying here. I stopped by the G.O. the other day to pick up some uniform pieces and peeked inside, but was a bit too shy to stop in and say hello. Just not ready for the cameras!  Smile If you ever have any questions, e-mail me!  Smile The instructors are all awesome!

Perhaps I'll stop by soon enough. I'm the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup guy (my trademark candy to new hires...).  Smile I'll be sure and bring some for your class.

See you out on the line!

Cheers!

AirplaneBoy
 
nzblue
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:29 pm

Thanks for the support, guys! I am amazingly thrilled to be where I am now, and it is just such a personal joy for me to be involved in the pursuit of this career with such an amazing team of individuals.

If you want to see me (probably) completely miss the exit slide during evac testing or getting my shoe caught in the material and being flung head over heals, be sure to watch in December!  highfive 

NZblue  Smile
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MSYtristar
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:52 pm

Quoting NZblue (Reply 5):
If you want to see me (probably) completely miss the exit slide during evac testing or getting my shoe caught in the material and being flung head over heals, be sure to watch in December!

That wouldn't have been as painful when we had the 737's, but those Airbii are up there. I know i'm pretty darn careful when I open the back door of the planes to throw the trash bags out.

A friend of mine fell out of a bin of a US 733 a few years ago...he was loading bags and he somehow fell over backwards and landed on his back...he was fine but he got grief for it for weeks.
 
1MillionFlyer
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:48 pm

I fly F9 every Monday and Friday from BNA to DEN and back, maybe one of you has been an F/A on my flights. I have been doing this for 2 months already and will be doing it for the next 5 months at least.

I would love to say hello if I can ever figure out if one of you were on my flight.


Good luck with class!
Golf Foxtrot you are cleared for departure
 
luvfa
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:15 pm

Good Luck NZBlue,

Welcome to the airline industry family. Now that you are here this lifestyle will be in your blood forever. Work and study hard and get plenty of sleep during training, (if thats possible) and have fun. Frontier is a great company!
 
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:45 pm

Quoting NZblue (Thread starter):
(8 men, 28 women),

Now THAT is a target rich environment.  Smile


***************

NZ- Keep us posted- congrats! Can you share the curriculum with us? I have to admit to not knowing what can possibly fill up 6 weeks of class. Good luck!
 
nzblue
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Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:05 pm

It's SO much stuff that at times it seems a tad overwhelming. Tomorrow is the A319/318 internal/external component exam. Earlier this week we had the FAR's exam.

Today was a total BLAST! We were scheduled to go to the F9 hanger at DEN for some hands-on training, but the hanger was not available so we went to the auxiliary pad at the west end of Terminal A for a lengthy tour of an A318. Now picture this....

36 students, the instructors, the cameramen, the lights, the mic booms ALL following us through the terminal...it was great! Needless to say, we had everyone's attention...so much so that the passengers were crowding around the windows looking out onto the ramp as we walked to the aux pad!

Having previously worked at NZ for about 18 months in the sales division and having a father who's been at UA for close to 30 years, its TOTALLY in my blood and has been for an awfully long time...so you can all imagine how head-over-heals I am to be where I am now and so totally in my element!

BTW...if anyone wants to track my progress (and get a little insight into what the class is all about) I'm running a blog-type thing which I'll update a few times a week when I can. http://www.pacificmike.net (click the "In-Flight Blog" link)

Thanks for the continued words of encouragement!

NZblue
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mariner
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:44 pm

NZblue:

I hope you don't mind, but I've posted your thoughts on the Yahoo! FRNT board - the message board that deals with the Frontier Airlines stock (FRNT).

http://messages.yahoo.com/bbs?action...t&type=f&board=7082112&sid=7082112

That's my "home" board, and I know several of the guys there would be interested in what you have to say.

Good luck.

cheers

mariner
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airplaneboy
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Fri Jul 15, 2005 4:55 pm

NZblue-

It was great seeing you all today. Don't know if you recognized me with my Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!  

I stopped by "the house" to help our friend with the cell phone lifevest on (you know who)... study for your Airbus exam. Your housemates are all friendly. And may I also add that your class all looks wonderful! I hope you all had fun. I'll be checking in time to time to make sure that the 36 of you left all pass!   Please get me off of reserve! lol ...  

I saw you sitting in the back row. Great class bro!

P.S. Got your e-mail. You can e-mail me anytime at frontierfa@yahoo.com. I hope I can be of any help.

Cheers!

Hola Mariner!

AirplaneBoy

P.S. NZblue- Welcome to my respected user's list! I love your enthusiasm and positive thinking! Very contagious!!! Big grin And welcome to F9. We're glad to have you here.

[Edited 2005-07-15 10:02:29]
 
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mariner
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:02 pm

¡Hola Travis!

You didn't asnwer my question - are you still on reserve, or are you an old hand, now?

And I take it you're brushing up on your Spanish? I hope you are.  

cheers

mariner

[Edited 2005-07-15 10:04:17]
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airplaneboy
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RE: Current F9 F/A Class...TV's Newest Reality Show

Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:10 pm

Hi Mariner!

Yes, I am unfortunately still on reserve (I only say unfortunately since I commute from L.A.). But I was about 23 away from a hard line this month, and NZblue's class will definitely help me. Word has it that we're starting another class before NZblue's class even graduates, so definitely by October I should be holding a hard line. I can't wait!  Smile Yay! It's been a while... phew!  Smile

As for my Spanish, well- I've been doing a little reviewing. But I can definitely use some more practice! I did my first Mexico flight yesterday after flying all this time ... I never even did a turn! It was a CUN turn with only one hour on the ground. But the cleaners there are so awesome that they spend nearly 30 minutes cleaning our aircraft! That plane was as clean as it will probably ever be before a major maintenance check...lol. I spent my 30 free minutes in the Duty Free Shop and had fun listening to all of the attractive British accents in the terminal. CUN really is a resort destination! Now, if only I can get a Mexico layover. I'll take those over the short turns any day! Big grin

Cheers my friend!