TransPac Aviation Academy

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TransPac Aviation Academy Reviews

Updated November 28, 2014
Updated November 28, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    So far so good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Flight Instructor in Deer Valley, AZ
    Current Employee - Certified Flight Instructor in Deer Valley, AZ

    I have been working at TransPac Aviation Academy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Constant flow of students, great work environment, very business structured and oriented. Students are dedicated to fly because they are there to fly, period. One of few places that offer a salary for a flight instructor position. Whether you're new or have a thousand hours, they treat you the same, everyone is on a level playing field starting out, which I think is standard especially with airlines.

    Cons

    Still relatively new to TransPac but so far just the usual instructor grief of good and not so good students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None so far, keep doing what you're doing and staying structured and joyful doing so.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hits below the mark

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Certified Flight Instructor in Deer Valley, AZ
    Former Employee - Certified Flight Instructor in Deer Valley, AZ

    I worked at TransPac Aviation Academy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company offers work, but at a cost. The pay is poor, the benefits non-existent, and the pressure to fly excessive. Students are kept on a very tight leash as far as flight time goes, and the corporate model for student training is a certificate mill. Feed students through the pipeline at any cost, don't give any flight training or instruction beyond the bare bones syllabus. Student cheating is standard, with students maintaining their own websites full of test images and profiles on every instructor. This is not a good thing. Students learn only what's necessary to pass tests, and even then often fail the tests.

    Cons

    Advertises insurance for employees, but internal memo from CEO advised employees to seek Obamacare because "ours isn't very good." A flight training facility for foreign airline students, but students are so badly trained that many aren't able to adequately land an airplane. Most students end up failing multiple checkrides. If most pilots fail a checkride, it's a once-in-a-career event. The students from Transpac routinely fail every checkride multiple times. For an instructor who is writing the recommendations, it puts the instructor in a very bad light. This is harmful to the career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your instructors. This is a flight school; it needs to be run with the interest of the students in mind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    They know you want hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Instructor in Deer Valley, AZ
    Current Employee - Flight Instructor in Deer Valley, AZ

    I have been working at TransPac Aviation Academy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Get hours fast
    Generally better pay than other flight schools
    Pays salary
    They give you ForeFlight Pro for free
    Easy to move up into management rolls if you want. That just means less flying and being a FI for a long period of time

    Cons

    When Hired they said, " you will only work a maximum of 10hrs a day" - - That was meant to be, You are REQUIRED to work 10 hrs a day. They will not schedule for anything less than 10hrs a day. That means you are technically only getting pay about $10 before taxes
    Benefits are not worth the money. Its cheaper to get your own.
    company has a lot of issues. They are losing contracts with airlines due to their high accident rate in the past few years. This results in shutdowns, lower student count.
    They fly old airplanes with out date equipment. Some of their aircraft have over 16000TT on them. Company wont put any money into fixing them up. They will only do the required MX to stay legal with the FAA. Most of the aircraft parts are pilled from other aircraft. You will see rudder, ailerons, cowling covers, wing flaps, and many more from other aircraft. I have counted a few planes that have been patched or held together with what looked like duct tape
    They have lost over 5 or 6 aircraft in the last 5 years due to accidents. The management wont replace them.
    They know you came there looking for hours. so they hold that over your head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about your share holders. You need to invest money into your equipment. Other companies are doing much better because they have more modern and updated equipment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience builder (everything you thought being an aircraft mechanic wasn't going to be)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at TransPac Aviation Academy full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced environment learn a lot about the aircraft fast. Do repairs and adjustments to the aircraft on a regular basis you never get to do in a regular FBO setting.

    Cons

    Once you learn what is the "by the book method" you also figure out that management just wants it out. They are very, very, good at "NOT" threatening your employment to get it "out the door". Chief Inspectors don't last long from what I saw. When everyone else takes a pay cut management changes their titles and takes a pay raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some one in charge of maintenance that cares about safety and not the raise they get by cutting corners. At least someone that is only running maintenance instead of maintenance, transportation, student housing, company facilities. They have no time for the most important job, protecting lives with good aircraft.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Many flight hours, at a cost to quality of life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Flight Instructor in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Certified Flight Instructor in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at TransPac Aviation Academy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great time building for those trying to get into the airlines

    Cons

    Low pay, High hours, Never know what your schedule will be, days off change and management asks you to work 7-8 days in a row with no extra compensation. No additional pay for taking additional responsibilities such as moving up from training in the single engine to training in the multi-engine or providing spin training

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    Great Time Building

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Certified Flight Instructor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Certified Flight Instructor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at TransPac Aviation Academy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    TransPac is a great place for people to go and build time. While they have had a couple of accidents over the past years, they seem to be working to make changes to help ameliorate future events, such as limiting duty days to 10 hours with a required 12 hour rest period (better than most airlines). The environment you fly in is complex, and offers a lot of great learning experiences. The class managers and team leaders are approachable, friendly and offered suggestions and constructive feedback. If you do not have your MEI they do offer the opportunity to get it at discounted rates and then have it deducted from your paycheck and bonuses. If your team makes bonuses you can make anywhere from $150-$700 per month for the first year. Your bonuses will then increase significantly after year one (provided the bonus structure hasn't changed). At the time of employment, they required all employees to take health insurance (unless otherwise covered on another policy) and they also offered a good life insurance program that would payout in the event of a fatal aircraft accident (most policies will not cover air crews).

    Cons

    It is very seldom that you work less than 40 hours a week, generally closer to 50. Unfortunately you are salaried so anything over 40 doesn't count as overtime. There isn't much say in your scheduled start time, you can request what you would like with your team leader, but no guarantee you will get that. While your students are working on their PPL you can expect early morning blocks (anywhere from 0500-1500), once you get into IR your schedule offers more flexibility. It seems as though upper management (CEO) does a rather poor job of managing the business, as TransPac is known to have to either initiate pay cuts or layoffs (in one work group or another) once a year. It appeared as though this was an upper management flaw, and just poor planning on their part.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    It's a roller coaster. Goes Great when you have good students and poor when you have bad students.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Flight Instructor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Flight Instructor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at TransPac Aviation Academy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flight time adds up quick. If your students are good then you will make a good bonus. Good structured program with detailed outlines on everything the instructor should do and cover.

    Cons

    You are pushed to fly when it is questionable. Make your own safety decision and don't let management push you to fly in unsafe conditions. There is minimal flexibility, long days, and you will be under-paid.

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good if you want to make a living building flight hours quickly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Instructor in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Flight Instructor in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at TransPac Aviation Academy

    Pros

    Build flight hours very quickly, benefits and salary good enough to survive as an entry-level pilot and bonus opportunities allow for decent money. Weather is good enough to allow for flights everyday. Some flexibility allowed in scheduling your day.

    Cons

    Chinese students are relatively mediocre and their initial skill level is lower than european and american students. Communication barrier is very real. Your pay will be based in part on your performance, but largely the relative quality of your students. To survive all you have to do is work hard to get your students through. To thrive, you need to have the 'compliant' personality type, not ask too many questions, and not bring your own ideas. 50-55 hour workweeks are the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things have improved a great deal in recent years with the new CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Good Flight Instructor Gig but that's not saying much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TransPac Aviation Academy

    Pros

    Built time quickly as to move onto another position.

    Good pay for what you do compared to many other places.

    Cons

    Working with students that aren't motivated to work. Many fail for stupid reasons. You are stuck with them due to political reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instructors are put in a hard place because the students don't work hard and thus fall behind on the various metrics.

    Recommends

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