Flexjet hiring pilots to cope with growth
The company recently reported a 96 per cent growth in new fractional and jet card sales when comparing January to June 2013 to the same period in 2012.
Jason Weiss, vice president of operations at Flexjet, said: “Flexjet’s commitment to offering its owners exceptional private jet travel experiences starts with our dedicated pilots, who uphold the highest safety and service standards in the industry. We are thrilled to be expanding our dedicated pilot team during this exciting growth period, and anticipate hiring in the double digits in 2013 and beyond.”
Flexjet says its crews are trained to a higher standard than required by the FAA’s FAR Part 135 regulations. First officers are all type rated in their assigned aircraft and complete the same training as required by captains. Additionally, pilots are trained and checked every six months regardless of seat assignment.
Once hired, new pilots are enrolled in a comprehensive one-month training process. The initial 10-day new hire course covers everything from internal topics to FAA-required subjects. After its completion, crews move into aircraft specific ground school – ranging from seven to nine days – followed by six simulator sessions prior, to their type rating check ride. New pilots are then put through a line oriented flight training (LOFT) session in the simulator before they move on to the aircraft portion of their operating experience.
The company is looking to hire pilots with at least 2,500 hours of total flight time, 500 hours of multi-engine flight time and 500 hours of turbine time. Additionally, all new pilots are required to have an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and a First Class Medical.