PSA interview Gouge

Cptnchia

Dissatisfied Customer
#1
Any PSAers,
One of my neighbors has an interview with PSA on Monday and I was wondering if anyone knew any “gotchas” to watch out for.

He is an older individual, actually flew for NWA about 15 years ago, but quit because his wife at the time didn’t like the lifestyle.

Anyway, he’s looking to get back into flying as a career. He flies with the local flight club, so not totally out of it.

I told him to relax, if you can breath and know the front of a plane from the back, you’re in.

So, anything in particular to watch out for?
 

Skåning

Well-Known Member
#2
Any PSAers,
One of my neighbors has an interview with PSA on Monday and I was wondering if anyone knew any “gotchas” to watch out for.

He is an older individual, actually flew for NWA about 15 years ago, but quit because his wife at the time didn’t like the lifestyle.

Anyway, he’s looking to get back into flying as a career. He flies with the local flight club, so not totally out of it.

I told him to relax, if you can breath and know the front of a plane from the back, you’re in.

So, anything in particular to watch out for?
Dang, does he still have that wife? What a lot of money he walked away from.
 

BobDDuck

Island Bus Driver
#5
Any PSAers,
One of my neighbors has an interview with PSA on Monday and I was wondering if anyone knew any “gotchas” to watch out for.

He is an older individual, actually flew for NWA about 15 years ago, but quit because his wife at the time didn’t like the lifestyle.

Anyway, he’s looking to get back into flying as a career. He flies with the local flight club, so not totally out of it.

I told him to relax, if you can breath and know the front of a plane from the back, you’re in.

So, anything in particular to watch out for?
Been a long time since I've been there, but from what I got out of talking to somebody who still is... be instrument current AND proficient.
 
#6
I interviewed there to be a street captain about two years ago.

Knowledge test was as advertised from the gouge on the internet, short HR section that I honestly don’t remember, then some basic stuff in the CRJ sim.

Really the only thing I found weird was that I felt older and more experienced than everyone who was interviewing me.
 

CUTigerPilot

Canadian Reset Jet Operator
#7
Can use the gouge that @Beefy McGee posted. Other than that just review over some Jepp plates and be able to brief your way through a STAR + Approach. Being instrument current and proficient will help a lot once he gets to ground school.. Saw too many folks who had been away from the game for a while get behind the rest of the class trying to knock to rust off. When I interviewed there were people from 21-60 age range in the group.
 

tbstanto

Well-Known Member
#8
Any PSAers,
One of my neighbors has an interview with PSA on Monday and I was wondering if anyone knew any “gotchas” to watch out for.

He is an older individual, actually flew for NWA about 15 years ago, but quit because his wife at the time didn’t like the lifestyle.

Anyway, he’s looking to get back into flying as a career. He flies with the local flight club, so not totally out of it.

I told him to relax, if you can breath and know the front of a plane from the back, you’re in.

So, anything in particular to watch out for?
I won't be there on Monday conducting interviews, but I will be there on Tuesday. Missed you by one day.

Like people above said, AviationInterviews.com is a great resource. I do not think there are any "gotchas". We are pilots interviewing pilots. We ask pertinent questions, and things that assess if you are prepared to start training at our airline. We may ask a few things that are published on every gouge to see if you are prepared and serious (did you research the gouges and take time in preparing?), but short of that, all of the questions are directly related to what we do as pilots every day.

Expect to be asked questions about weather, Jepp charts, instrument procedures, and basic FAR's. If I give you an approach plate and say you are cleared to XXX, descend and maintain XXXX' until established, you can hopefully tell me how you would fly the approach to the missed, both precision and non-precision.
 
#9
The interview is pretty straight forward. Be yourself, be relaxed and confident and you’ll be fine. Go over to aviationinterviews.com and read the gouges over there. They are all pretty accurate to my knowledge. Biggest thing I hear people getting told “no” for is their logbooks being in disarray or just simply having the numbers not add up. Make sure that all of your paperwork is filled out completely and correctly and make sure your logbook is neat and everything makes sense.
 
#18
Crossing my fingers that you're right!
Most definitely.

I came to airlines with 260 PIC airplane and 25 multi engine 1600 helo 5 hours actual imc never flown anything with autopilot or glass cockpit and I was self study/home course for all of my ratings

End of the day I'm average at best. Study what they tell you to study. Training is designed well to transition people from a Cessna to a jet.

Be sure to show up IFR current though. I did an IPC like course before I showed up.
 
#19
Most definitely.

I came to airlines with 260 PIC airplane and 25 multi engine 1600 helo 5 hours actual imc never flown anything with autopilot or glass cockpit and I was self study/home course for all of my ratings

End of the day I'm average at best. Study what they tell you to study. Training is designed well to transition people from a Cessna to a jet.

Be sure to show up IFR current though. I did an IPC like course before I showed up.
Thanks for the advice and encouragement. I got a long ways to go before worrying about indoc/initial. But having never been through that type of rapid training. On the outside, it just seems daunting.
 
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