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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 Senior Management – None so far, keep doing what you're doing and staying structured and joyful doing so.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
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 Senior Management – 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.
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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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.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
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.
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 Senior Management – Things have improved a great deal in recent years with the new CEO.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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 Senior Management – Instructors are put in a hard place because the students don't work hard and thus fall behind on the various metrics.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
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