Join the Fun: Meet GoJet Pilot Recruiters at OshKosh

Aviation enthusiasts across the nation will gather next week in OshKosh, Wisconsin to participate in the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, EAA Airventure OshKosh. At OshKosh aviation hobbyists, current pilots and aspiring pilots will have the opportunity to attend airshows and exhibits. Attendees can network with aviation professionals at airline booths in the Education and Career Center. Read more to learn how pilots can prepare for OshKosh, and how to connect with GoJet recruiters at booth C29, or in exclusive events.

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GoJet pilot recruiters pose for a photo at last year’s OshKosh event.

If you’ve never attended OshKosh before you’re in for a treat! Whether you’re a brand-new pilot or a seasoned veteran pilot, there’s something for everyone at OshKosh.

“I love that OshKosh gives aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to come and talk to professionals within the airline industry,” Zenia Bharucha, Manager of GoJet’s Pilot Recruiting said. “New pilots fresh from training, those considering a pilot career and individuals seeing airline pilots for the first time get to discuss challenges they’ve faced and where they aspire to go. New and aspirant pilots also have the chance to hear from veteran pilots on the experiences that have helped them become the pilots that they are today.”

Pilot candidates are encouraged to bring their resumes and to dress professionally. Recruiters also suggest that pilots do their research, read online reviews, and study interview questions.

“The idea is to come prepared so that you can impress pilot recruiters and potentially leave with a job offer in hand, or a promising lead for future job openings.” Zenia said.

Interested GoJet candidates can expect to learn more about the company’s many programs, which include the Wingman Program—a program designed to provide student pilots with the opportunity to build flight hours and receive tuition reimbursement, while interning with GoJet. Additionally, GoJet offers unique pathway programs which include the Mountain Air Cargo (MAC) to GoJet Fast Track, GoJet to Spirit Pathway Program, and the Atlas Guaranteed Interview Program.  Moreover, GoJet offers an array of options for military pilot transition, flight instructors, and more.  Once on property, GoJet pilots may also earn a $10,000 bonus for each successful pilot candidate they refer to the company.

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Stop by Booth C29 in the Education and Career Center!

During OshKosh, GoJet will provide giveaways and host events to give pilot candidates an inside look into the company.

“We’re going to give away amazing swag and two aircraft models of the CRJ,” Zenia said. “You can also bring your resume or drop off your contact card to be included in our drawings. If you’re a social media savvy individual, we encourage you to use our Snapchat filter by our Booth C29 or in the career center.” Zenia said.

You can also indulge in delicious food at GoJet’s invite-only BBQ. To inquire about receiving an invitation, stop by Booth C29 either Monday or Tuesday to speak with a pilot recruiter.

For more information on GoJet recruiting events and programs, visit gojetairlines.com.

Newfound Passion: GoJet’s ORD Base Manager Traded Computer Programming and Chemistry for Aviation

 

 

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Tracey enjoys some sun while vacationing using her company travel benefits.

After several successful years as a computer programmer and a chemist, Tracey Ryan decided to stay at home with her children. Shortly thereafter, she felt a career change was imminent. Always having loved aviation, our now Chicago (ORD) Base Manager decided to explore a new career path and follow in her grandfathers’ footsteps. Read our Q&A to find out how Tracey switched careers, and now works within the field that she loves.

Q: Tracey, what led you to become a GoJet Base Manager?

A: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and another degree in Computer Programming. After having careers as a chemist and a computer programmer, I took on several part-time jobs to stay at home with my two children. My friend told me about GoJet’s flight attendant openings, and it really sparked my interest because I love to travel and to work with people. We were both fortunate to have been hired as GoJet flight attendants and went into training together.

I was always fascinated with the aviation world because both of my grandfathers were pilots. One of my grandfathers was a Captain in World War II and my other grandfather was a private pilot who flew a small airplane for recreation.

I loved being a flight attendant and was fortunate enough to take a handful of pilot lessons. I have realized that you can definitely find your passion in your 40’s and become infatuated with aviation. Hence, when the ORD Base Manager position became available, I was more than thrilled. It’s a true blessing to work in a profession and in a position that you love. I am very grateful.

Q:What are your responsibilities?

A: I provide innovative solutions and guidance for both pilot and company issues and regulations. I also help with maintaining aircraft manuals, pilot currency and FAA compliance for our United Express fleet.

Q: How would you describe the day in your life?

A: My days are never the same, that’s for sure! The day can be filled with taking calls, attending meetings, and assisting with the ORD parking badge process. My day can also consist of meeting our aircraft, updating manuals and completing other tasks that are needed.

Q: What do you enjoy about Chicago?

A: As the 3rd busiest airport in North America by boarding passengers, Chicago O’Hare brings something new and interesting each day, which I thoroughly enjoy. The city of Chicago also has an unbelievable skyline and never-ending activities for all personalities and interests. I have lived in the suburbs my entire life but love the fact that we have such an extraordinary city available to us at any time.

Q: What do you most enjoy about working at GoJet?

A: I have a wonderful working relationship with my colleagues and office partners. We worked together to lead our team towards the #1 spot in Quick Turn Delays in ORD for the last six out of seven months. Additionally, all the Base Managers support one another, in efforts to help with GoJet’s continued success. I’m proud to be a part of the GoJet family.

GoJet Captain Retires from Flying After 13 Years

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Flight Attendant Tonya Williams, Flight Attendant Jonas Adanza, First Officer Devon Wittig, and Captain Larry Balocca at his retirement party.

Captain Larry Balocca has served in many capacities and has made many friends during his tenure with GoJet. After joining the first cadre class on May 12, 2005, being one of the few who opened our ORD base, Captain Balocca is retiring and planning to help train new pilots.

Officially retiring from flying this month, Captain Balocca was thrown a party to highlight his accomplishments over the years and to celebrate his transition into his new role as a flight instructor.

When asked what he plans to share with young pilots, Captain Balocca said:

“I would tell younger pilots considering making GoJet their home that we have a great training ground. You receive a tremendous amount of experience, so you can upgrade quickly, and advance your career.”

Captain Balocca also enjoys how close he and his airline colleagues have grown to become.

“It’s fun to get to know your colleagues on a personal level,” Captain Larry said. “Working with GoJet has given me one big extended family.”

While he’ll miss flying with GoJet, Captain Larry is proud to continue his passion to train new pilots.

To launch your pilot career with GoJet, click here: https://bit.ly/2DnmlDs.

 

 

 

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Flying Together: A Mother’s Day Story

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re proud to highlight Flight Attendant, Debbi Miller and Captain Ky Miller: a mother and son duo who fly for GoJet together. Read more to find out how this mom impacted her son’s career, and why they both choose GoJet.

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GoJet Captain Ky Miller and his mom, Flight Attendant Debbi Miller.

After flying together nearly eight times, both Debbi and Ky agree that while it’s uncommon to see a mother and son working the same flight, they thoroughly enjoy it.

“Ky and I have always had a wonderful relationship! When working together our relationship is that of a colleague, but I’m so very proud of him and that’s when it’s evident that I’m his mom,” Debbi said.

Before finding her passion as a flight attendant, Debbi held positions working as a picture framing worker and a substitute teacher. It was in 2005 when Debbi discovered the newly launched GoJet Airlines and decided to apply for a flight attendant position.

“I didn’t know much about GoJet,” Debbi said. “I saw that they were hiring and wanted to follow my passions and find job security. Mainlines weren’t hiring as much after 9/11, so I wanted to work within a regional airline.”

Untitled designNow, Debbi has just celebrated her 12-year anniversary, and credits GoJet’s company culture as one of the reasons why she’s maintained her longevity.

“GoJet has a friendly and inviting atmosphere. That’s one of the things that I really like about the company; as it grew over a period of time, it remained a small, warm and welcoming place to work,” Debbi said.

Debbi’s son Ky began taking flight lessons in high school, which solidified his desire to pursue aviation. Seeing his mother’s longevity with GoJet inspired him to work for the same airline.

 

“Watching my mom work as a flight attendant with GoJet for more than 12 years, launched my curiosity and interest in flying,” Ky said. I started to investigate everything from crew bases to policies and decided that GoJet was where I wanted to be.”

Ky has worked for GoJet for three years and he currently serves as a Captain. Debbi is very proud of her son’s career choice and feels good to know that she was able to positively impact and guide him.

“The thing I most enjoy about being a mother, is seeing my kids succeed and accomplish their goals,” Debbi said. “I think that parenting is one of those things that fuels our children’s drive and desire for success.”

Ky and Debbi don’t get to see each other much during the holiday because of their equally busy schedules. However, Ky recalls his favorite gifts he likes to give his mom on Mother’s Day.

“My mom really enjoys Bath and Body Works gifts! Spa and massage gift cards never fail to make her smile either.” Ky said.

Happy Mother’s Day to all GoJet moms! For more information about GoJet Flight Attendant and Pilot careers, visit https://bit.ly/2FqBphJ.

A Wingman’s Story: Why Aspiring Pilots Choose GoJet

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GoJet Wingman, Dakota Heflin, steps aboard our Delta Connection flight.

Dakota Heflin was only seven-years-old when he discovered his passion to work in the aviation industry. Now, a student pilot in GoJet’s Wingman Program, Heflin is experiencing an inside look into the commercial airline world.

“As a child, I was fortunate enough to have a pilot mentor who took me on my first plane ride at only seven-years-old to help me to overcome my fear of flying. This was the genesis of my never-ending passion to fly,” Heflin said. “Today, with GoJet’s Wingman Program, I have access to an experienced pilot mentor who guides me through my internship.”

GoJet’s Wingman Pilpeline Program provides promising pilots currently enrolled in a professional airline training program an internship at GoJet while they build flight time.  Program participants become GoJet First Officers upon completion of ATP minimums, and may receive several benefits including tuition reimbursement, referral bonuses, limited flight benefits, and more.

Heflin admits that many new pilot’s struggle to find the correct pathway in the 121-airline industry.

“With so many options, choosing the right path can be a challenge, Heflin said. “Networking, knowing the right people, and simply being determined to achieve your dream are all great ways to get your foot in the door. I’ve learned that Airline Cadet Internship programs like this one have the best opportunities. This is a great jumpstart to my career.”

Students interested in becoming a GoJet Wingman undergo a short interview process. Once accepted into the program, GoJet will fly participants to the St. Louis-based headquarters to tour the facility.

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Heflin shot a photo while inside of a Cessna.

“I loved having the chance to tour of Lambert’s air traffic control tower and GoJet’s maintenance hangar where we had a private viewing of the CRJ 700 and 900 airplanes,” Heflin said. “The full-motion simulator time at flight safety was an invaluable experience, and I also appreciate the opportunity observe my future colleagues in the jump seat on part 91 flights.”

To be deemed eligible for the Wingman Pipeline Program, participants must be currently enrolled and in good standing at an approved flight school or university. They must also carry a Private Pilot’s license & instrument rating, they must hold a FAA First Class Medical Certificate, must be eligible to work in the US and must have a valid passport.

For more information about GoJet Airlines’ Wingman Pipeline Program, visit gojetairlines.com

 

Military Pilot Launches Civilian Flying Career with GoJet

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Military Pilot, Joshua Schilling before transitioning to GoJet.

First Officer Joshua Schilling agrees that there’s no better place to launch your civilian flying career than GoJet. The regional airline’s Rotor Transition Program offers competitive compensation paired with one of the fastest upgrade times in the industry—making GoJet a top choice among military pilots.  By providing $26,000 toward training, GoJet’s Rotor Transition Program helps helicopter pilots obtain the fixed-wing training they need to meet R-ATAP minimums. Military pilot, Joshua Schilling, utilized the program as a pathway to start flying commercially and explains below why GoJet was the best fit for his desired career path.

 

How did you begin your journey to a career in aviation?

I obtained my Private Pilot License from Kansas State University where I took Professional Aviation courses for one year. I then transferred to Louisiana Tech University continuing in Professional Aviation to complete my bachelor’s degree with Commercial, Instrument, and Multi-Engine licenses in 2003.  When I completed my degrees, I enlisted in the Army and joined the Warrant Officer Program. After receiving my commission, I attended Army Rotary Wing Flight School where my passion for flying expanded. For the last 12 years, I have flown UH-60 Blackhawks for the Army and now the Colorado National Guard.

What made GoJet your regional airline of choice?

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After building his time, Joshua Schilling begins as a First Officer with GoJet.

The recruiting team at GoJet went out of their way to get funding sent to my school of choice—The Air Force Flying Club in Colorado Springs—so that I could complete the time building I needed. The interactions I’ve experienced with the GoJet recruiting team have been beyond exceptional. GoJet staff is diligent, so I didn’t have to wait around for anyone. As soon as I decided to move forward with the program, they sent me my hotel, reservations, and the course materials that I needed. Also, having the ability to do my time-building while living at home and staying with my family made a huge difference in deciding which airline to go with.  Most of us military folks have spent a considerable amount of time away from our families, so every little bit helps.

With GoJet, you’re able to quickly earn Pilot in Command time, and become attractive to a major airline carrier. Was this a factor in your choosing GoJet?

The transparency with the company has been great! They know and realize that they are a stepping stone to one of the major airlines. Having the opportunity to fly a larger regional aircraft was also more attractive to me than the smaller options that some of the other regionals are flying.  The Denver base was an even larger factor in accepting my job offer with GoJet, because I live near the Denver area.

What advice would you give to a rotor pilot who wants to transition to an airline like GoJet?

I would recommend that pilots obtain their licenses prior to transitioning out of the military. This was incredibly helpful for me because I was able to start immediately with the airline that best fit my lifestyle and career goals.

To learn more about GoJet’s Rotor Transition Program, please click here: http://bit.ly/2qwJJJq

GoJet Flight Attendant Donated Bone Marrow to Save a Young Girl’s Life

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Jeannie Andersen has always set her sights on flying and helping others.

GoJet Flight Attendant, Jeannie Andersen, was visiting her daughter’s school when she learned that the bone marrow she’d decided to donate was indeed going to save a young girls life.

After flying mainline and doing charter flights for several years, Jeannie was able to connect with many families from the Make-A-Wish Foundation where she served children who were terminally ill inflight. While engaging with each family, Jeannie was made aware of the dire need for bone marrow donors with varying blood types.

“Many of us come home to healthy children each day, but at work, I would see these beautiful children with Sickle Cell, Leukemia, and other diseases. Some children were waiting for bone marrow donors and I decided that I had to do more!” Jeannie said.

Jeannie contacted Laurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago and went to be tested to determine if she could become a bone marrow donor.

“My doctor was a little bit concerned because I’m small in stature, but I knew that this was something bigger than myself, and something that I needed to do,” Jeannie said.

One month later Jeannie learned that she was a match and started the procedure for a five-year-old little girl named Madeline. While the testing was a simple swab of the cheek, the marrow extraction process was a bit more complicated. Jeannie went through a great deal of recovery, but kept her spirits high and her focus on the young girl in need.

“Madeline was in a very critical stage, so it was this or nothing else because all of her options had been exhausted,” Jeannie said. “After the procedure, I really never knew how it had gone for her—I just prayed and hoped. But after several weeks, my caseworker called and said that the little girl was doing very well and the mother had requested to meet me!”

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Madeline shared her gratitude with Jeannie

Jeannie scheduled a time to meet with Madeline’s family at the hospital. When Jeannie walked into the room she was speechless! Madeline’s mother shared that Madeline had drawn a picture of a woman who looked just like Jeannie with red hair and had named it her big star. Each night the family would wish on a star for Madeline to become well.

“It was such a huge opportunity to meet Madeline, and that day was so emotional for me,” Jeannie said.  “Her mother asked me how she could thank me for saving her daughter’s life.  I said that I only did what I would hope someone else would do if this was my child. I also replied that I wanted Madeline to enjoy every sunset, embrace life and to have fantastic adventures. That, in itself, would be thanks enough.”

Madeline’s health continues to improve, and she is now in full remission. She went on to Kindergarten and also plays softball. Madeline’s mother decided to purchase a star in honor of Jeannie’s contribution and presented Jeannie with a plaque sharing the location and name of the star in the sky.

“I like to think of all of us making wishes and giving back with nothing expected in return,” Jeannie said.

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A motto that Jeannie lives by