We love seeing our pilots achieve their career goals. Nick Bolander began his airline career with GoJet in 2012, and upgraded to Captain just two years later. Five years to the day after he was hired at GoJet, he was was offered a First Officer position at FedEx. When he looks back over the past five years, Nick credits his experience at GoJet with getting him to where he is today.
When Nick began FedEx’s training program earlier this year, he discovered that GoJet’s training program had paved the way for his success. He was pleasantly surprised to find that much of the material was familiar – it had been covered five years ago when he was a new hire at GoJet.
“There were some slight differences here and there, but a lot of it was similar to my new hire training at GoJet,” he remarked. “GoJet’s training program really paid off down the road and ensured that I was comfortable later in my career.”
Nick also found that the five years he spent flying the CRJ700/900 provided an excellent foundation for learning to fly larger equipment. “The CRJ is a good building block plane, and CRJ flying put me on solid footing to pick up on new systems,” he explained. “While larger aircraft have more technological features, I was able grasp them quickly because the CRJ gave me a good understanding of aircraft operations and functionality.”
Nick further credits his career progression to opportunities at GoJet that extended far beyond the flight deck. GoJet encourages pilots to make the most of their time with the airline by getting involved in other areas of the company. In fact, When GoJet pilot recruiters interview applicants, they’re specifically looking for pilots who are going to come to GoJet and make a difference. “We’re looking for pilots who are going to do more than just fly their shift, make their money, and go home,” pilot recruiter James Douvier explains. “We want to hire people who are going to be involved and engaged in the airline.” Nick did just that during his time at GoJet, and played an important role in a variety of projects.
“Since day one,” he said, “there were always chances to get involved beyond being a line pilot. Everything I was able to do offered a new and different perspective into my career path, and helped prepare me for future training.”
In addition to heading a Safety committee, Nick worked on behalf of the pilot’s union to help Scheduling and Dispatch ensure more efficient lines by testing software that rebuilt projected trips and restructured trip pairings.
“On top of being a pilot,” Nick explains, “this helped me better understand how an airline works, from both a Dispatch and Scheduling perspective.”
Nick now plans to fly for FedEx for the remainder of his career. “I’ll most likely be flying here until I retire or until I can’t fly anymore, whichever comes first,” he laughs. However, even though he’s moved on, Nick is still close with his former colleagues.
“Whether they’re still there or have also moved on, the friendships I made at GoJet have stuck with me just as strongly as my training.”
Nick is just one of the many GoJet pilots who have gone on to fly for some of the top airlines in the world. If you’re looking for an airline experience that’s going to give you the training and experience you need to achieve your career goals, drop our pilot recruiters a line at email@example.com.