Former Navy Pilot Launches his Post-Military Flying Career at Trans States

Trans States Airlines is a proud supporter of our men and women in uniform, and is committed to hiring military Veterans, like Marine Corps veteran and Trans States Maintenance Technician, Brandi Rector. Today we’re highlighting another Trans States military Veteran, First Officer Rick Brantley.

Rick is a retired Navy pilot who had always hoped for a commercial flying career after leaving the military.  However, when a Commanding Officer role took him out of the cockpit for the last few years of his career, he assumed that flying commercially was no longer feasible.  However, several years after he retired, he had a conversation with an FAA examiner, who convinced him that the commercial aviation industry would be receptive to a former military pilot who had spent some time away from the flight deck.

“I wasn’t sure, but he was right,” Rick said.  “Trans States was the first airline that I reached out to, and a pilot recruiter contacted me that same day.”

As Rick found out, airlines were very receptive to his background. He applied to a number of regional airlines, including Trans States, and every single one of them offered him an interview.

Keith Stamper, the Director of Flight Operations at Trans States, wasn’t surprised that airlines were so eager to interview Rick.  “When you hire a former military pilot, it’s almost guaranteed that he or she is going to have an outstanding work ethic and exceptional leadership skills,” he said.  “Plus, the high quality of their previous military training makes it relatively easy for them to transition back into flying.”

While Rick may have applied to a number of airlines, Trans States stood out to him from the very beginning.  In the below video, he talks about his experience transitioning from military to commercial flying, and how factors including company culture, crew base location and a competitive contract convinced him that Trans States was the best place for him to launch his new career.  Rick also speaks about the high value that the military places on mentorship, and how he saw that same commitment to helping others throughout the entire Trans States organization.

Even if you’ve been away from the cockpit for a few years, being a commercial pilot is still within reach.  Our recruiters will walk you through the process, start to finish. Click here to get started.

 

Unique Internship Provides Direct Path to Trans States Flight Deck

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If you’re an aspiring commercial pilot looking for a high-quality internship that will give you a jump start on your career, look no further than the Trans States Airlines Aviators program.  This program identifies promising pilots still in the early stages of flight training, and mentors them through the process of becoming a Trans States pilot.

Program participants are paired with a current Trans States Airlines line pilot, who provides professional guidance and advice to their mentees not only while they’re in flight training, but up until the point that they become Trans States Airlines First Officers.

“It’s so important for young pilots who want to fly commercially to have mentors who are commercial pilots,” said Keith Stamper, Director of Flight Operations.  “Our pilots have been in these students’ shoes before, and they know what it takes to make the jump from being a student pilot to being a commercial airline pilot.”

During their internship, students will also have a chance to visit corporate headquarters in St. Louis, where they will meet the Flight Ops management team, sit in on systems training classes, and get behind-the-scenes tours of Systems Operations Control and our Maintenance Hangar. Program participants also have the opportunity to participate in the Trans States Airlines Command Leadership course, which is typically only offered to Trans States Airlines Command Pilots.

Additional benefits of the Aviators program include $10,000 in tuition reimbursement, as well as limited pass travel  on United Airlines and American Airlines.  Aviators also act as field recruiters and can earn  $1,500 for each pilot that they refer to Trans States who is hired and completes training (funds are banked until a student becomes a Trans States Airlines employee).

Once students earn the requisite hours and officially become Trans States Airlines First Officers, they’ll receive their tuition reimbursement payment, in addition to any  referral bonuses banked during their time as an aviator.

“We’re excited to be able to provide such a dynamic, hands-on training program for future pilots,”said Trans States Airlines Chief Operating Officer, Fred Oxley.  “This program provides immersive,real-world experience that will provide value to students while in school and when they become line pilots.”
Fall enrollment for the 2016 Aviators Program is taking place now!  Click here to learn more and apply online.

 

Pilot Recruiters Make Invaluable Connections at Annual Women in Aviation Conference

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The 27th Annual Women in Aviation International conference wrapped up last week, and we’re proud to have been a part of it!  Nearly 5,000 people participated in the three day event, which was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  Women in Aviation, International is a not-for-profit focused on encouraging women and girls to pursue careers in aviation, and its members include representatives from all areas of the aerospace industry, including astronauts, pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, airport managers and more.

The annual conference has long been considered one of aviation’s premiere professional development and networking events, and this year’s event was no exception.  Keynote speakers included astronauts Dr. Rhea Seddon and Robert “Hoot” Gibson; Jessica Cox, the world’s first certified armless pilot; Deborah Lee Hames, the 23rd Secretary of the U.S. Air Force; and Doreen Welsh, one of the flight attendants on U.S. Airways Flight 1549 (the “Miracle on the Hudson”).  The conference also included seminars and workshops on a wide variety of aviation-related topics, as well as a job fair that gave attendees the opportunity  interview with airline recruiters.

Our pilot recruiting team was on-site for the entire duration of the job fair, conducting interviews and meeting with both current and aspiring commercial pilots.  “This conference has truly become one of the year’s not-to-be-missed recruiting events, as you get to meet hundreds of candidates face to face,” said pilot recruiter Zenia Bharucha.  “It’s so important to build relationships with the next generation of aviators, and there’s nothing more exciting than watching these young pilots take their first steps towards fulfilling their dreams of flying for a commercial airline.”

Hundreds of prospective pilots were eager to drop off their resumes with our recruiters, which didn’t surprise Director of Recruitment Deb Smith.  “We have a great story to tell.  We’re one of the fastest growing regional airlines in the industry, and we offer top-tier pay, fast Captain upgrades and direct access to the left seat for qualified pilots.  Candidates recognize what we have to offer and are excited about the prospect of flying for us!”

The pilot recruiting team will be on the road all spring, visiting flight schools and collegiate aviation programs, as well as hosting hiring events all over the country.  For a complete list of events, or to schedule an interview, please click here.

Recruiting Offers a Little Something Special for Pilots who Start Class in December

shutterstock_64394386.jpgNo one wants to start a new job over the holidays. That’s why Recruiting is offering a little something extra to pilots who start class in December.  Not only are they guaranteed December 24-27 off, but we’ll also fly them home on December 23 and back to training on December 27 on our dime.  It’s just our way of saying thanks for starting a new job in December.

To be eligible for this special offer, you must start class on either December 1 or 14. If you’ve been thinking about applying, but were waiting until after the holidays, now is the perfect time to get in touch with a recruiter!   Apply online at airineapps.com or touch base with a pilot recruiter at pilothiring@transstates.net.

Check out the Latest Pilot Recruiting Video!

This week Recruiting launched a new video touting the benefits of our Captain Qualified First Officer (CQFO) program.  This program allows pilots who meet Captain requirements to fly as either a Captain or a First Officer, depending on the airline’s scheduling needs.  CQFOs earn a Captain’s wage when flying as a Captain and a First Officer’s wage when flying as a First Officer.  However, given their experience level, CQFOs earn a higher First Officer wage than that of a traditional First Officer.

In additional to making it financially feasible for pilots at other regionals to launch new careers here, this program also gives pilots the opportunity start earning Pilot in Command (PIC)  time immediately, making it an ideal solution for those who have spent years waiting to upgrade.

Featured in the video is Trans States CQFO Marlon Choyce.  Marlon joined us this summer after spending four years in the right seat at another regional.  Marlon’s ultimate career goal is to fly for a mainline carrier.  However, mainline jobs require PIC time, which Marlon was unable to acquire in the right seat.  Marlon cites the opportunity to start earning PIC time, as well as the CQFO wage structure, as the two driving forces behind his decision to leave his previous First Officer position for a CQFO position with us.  In fact, Marlon said that even though he’s brand new to the company, he’s earning more per flight hour than he did after four years at his previous carrier.

If you know pilots at other regionals who have become frustrated with long upgrade times, encourage them to check out our CQFO program.  A higher wage structure, the opportunity to start earning PIC time, and upgrades in less than a year are all compelling reasons to consider making a move.  Plus, you’ll earn a $1,500 referral bonus for every pilot candidate you recommend that is hired and completes training.  Everyone wins!

Participation in ATP Tuition Reimbursement Program Finalized

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We’re excited to announce that our participation in ATP Flight School’s tuition reimbursement program has been finalized! This innovative new program will allow for a portion of ATP student pilots’ training costs to be paid for by Trans States Airlines. In exchange, ATP pilots agree to fly for Trans States after gaining the required flight experience.  Trans States is one of only a handful of regional airlines currently offering this incentive to new hire pilots.

Read the complete press release HERE.

Exciting new pilot recruiting initiatives announced!

Two exciting new programs were announced today that give Trans States Airlines employees the opportunity to earn money for recommending and mentoring successful pilot candidates!

The Pilot Referral Program gives all Trans States Airlines employees the opportunity to earn $1,500 for each successful pilot candidate they recommend to Recruiting, while the Pilot Mentor Program gives Trans States Airlines pilots the opportunity to earn $5,000 for recommending a new hire pilot and then mentoring that new hire pilot through their first two years with the company.

Please check email or Comply for additional details.  More information, including program instructions and forms, will be provided next week.  We hope that many of you take advantage of this opportunity to earn extra money while helping our Recruiting and Flight Ops departments!

Trans States Participates in St. Louis Pilot Career Forum

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Director of Flight Ops Keith Stamper addresses the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association career forum.

Last week the Trans States Recruiting and Flight Ops teams participated in a career forum sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association.  The event, entitled “From Student to Aviation Career,” gave Director of Flight Ops Keith Stamper the chance to discuss pilot career opportunities at Trans States with prospective commercial aviators.  Click HERE to access the complete article regarding this event.

Thanks to those who helped with pilot recruiting!

THANK YOU on speech bubble price labelsA big thank you to Kelly Rexon, Kyle Jacobsen, Austin Jacobsen, Garrett Gieker, Frank Suarez and Timothy Wade for helping Pilot Recruiter Mike Swoboda with recruiting efforts during the month of October.  October is a big month for recruiting, and Mike really appreciates the extra help and assistance provided by these individuals.

Thanks, guys!