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.

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.

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 Ambassadors Prep Collegiate Aviators for Successful Careers

Jason DuvernayOur collegiate Ambassador Program connects current GoJet pilots with student pilots from their former universities or flight schools. There’s a big difference between student flying and commercial flying, and our Ambassadors work with student pilots to prepare them for the transition to the commercial flight deck.

In the first of our “Meet the Ambassador” series, we’d like to introduce Captain Jason Duvernay.  Jason is a is a passionate pilot and University of North Dakota alumnus, who lends his time to aviation students from his former school.  In our discussion with Jason, he shares his excitement for flying, why he chose GoJet, and his advice for future aviation professionals. Read more below:

Why did you choose to fly with GoJet?

I chose to fly with GoJet for three specific reasons. The first being the company’s internal culture.  GoJet is very aware of why I want to work for them.  They know my goal is to move on quickly to a major airline and they support me in that goal. Secondly, they have insanely fast progression times — you’re able to move up the seniority list quickly. Third, you’re able to explore your passions. Some pilots enjoy exploring training and management roles. I’ve joined our recruiting efforts and serve as an ambassador for my university.

What made you pursue flying?

I have always loved to travel. When I was a child I was privileged to travel largely because my mother was a travel agent. I also did some foreign student ambassador programs. I knew that I wanted a career which would allow me to travel easily and to experience cultures across this nation and around the world.

What types of things do you share with your Ambassador Program students at UND?

GoJet offers an excellent opportunity to gain flying experience in two very different environments.  We do a lot of Rocky Mountain flying for our United operation, while our Delta operation is heavily concentrated on the busy East Coast.

We also have have travel benefits on both airlines, which makes commuting to work and traveling much easier.  Additionally, GoJet offers great career advancement opportunities. As an experienced pilot, I was fortunate to be hired as a Direct Entry Captain. GoJet is the only regional airline with this program. If you come to GoJet and adequately prepare yourself for the responsibility, you will be able to upgrade to Captain quickly!

What advice would you give to young pilots?

Keep your logbook organized and accurate! If you maintain a detailed history of where you have lived, jobs you’ve had and other pertinent information, it could help you obtain a position. I’d also recommend that students jump at any chance to gain new experiences such as internships. Also, show respect and ask questions from those who are more experienced, and maintain contact with your friends in the industry.

Ready to join our team?  Click here to learn more.

Wingman Internship Puts Pilot’s Dreams Within Reach

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Future GoJet pilot, Mario Otchere

The path to flying commercially can be daunting, especially for student pilots who are just starting to earn their hours.  That’s why GoJet offers collegiate aviators a streamlined pathway to a First Officer position at GoJet.  Our Wingman internship program identifies promising pilots while they’re still in flight school and gives them a behind the scenes look at what to expect when they land their first commercial airline job.  Plus, our pilot mentors walk participants through the process of becoming a GoJet pilot upon completion of ATP minimums.

Other benefits include tuition reimbursement, referral bonuses, flight benefits, and advance training opportunities, including simulator time.

One of the student pilots currently benefiting from the program is Mario Otchere. The son of Ghanaian immigrants , Mario is currently a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and working on a Master’s Degree in Aviation Safety at Saint Louis University.  Mario’s aviation aspirations began at a very early age, and his parents were very supportive of his goal to become a pilot.  “My dad especially loved the idea,” he remarked.  “He shared the same dream, but he never had the opportunity to fulfill it himself.”

Being the first pilot in his family, his parents had no airline or flight training connections to start him on the right path. “We basically just kind of shot in the dark,” Mario recalls.  After training in Dubuque, Iowa, Mario and his family quickly learned how expensive it could be to become a pilot.  Mario learned about the Wingman program when researching programs that offset the cost of flight training.  “At the time,” he confessed, “all I knew about GoJet was that it was a small airline in St. Louis. It stood out because it wasn’t one of the major airlines that are often pushed onto students when they’re beginning to formulate their career goals.”

Since beginning the program in 2016, Mario has taken full advantage of everything it has to offer, including pass travel benefits and advance training opportunities.  “I’ve had the opportunity to view and experience some of the same things as line pilots, and have even spent some time in the simulator.”  Now that he’s had a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be a GoJet pilot, he’s ready to become one.

“My goal is the be in the right seat of a GoJet CRJ in 12 to 20 months. I look forward to the pay, as well as the quick upgrade time.  Both will really help me pay off my student loans.”

Mario is confident that his experience as a Wingman will pay off down the road in his aviation career.  “The Wingman program has given me an in-depth feel as to how an airline operates,” he remarked.  I already have a strong foot in the door with GoJet, and with everything I’ve learned, I’ll be fully prepared for training.”

If you’re an ambitious, career-minded student pilot looking to get a head start on your commercial aviation career, then this program is for you.  Click here to get started.  

FedEx Pilot Credits GoJet Background with Career Success

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Former GoJet pilot Nick Bolander, after wrapping up his first trip as a FedEx First Officer

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.”

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Captain Bolander during his last trip as a GoJet pilot

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 pilotjobs@gojetairlines.com.