Director of Maintenance Likens Camaraderie at GoJet to the Marine Corps

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Marine Corps Veteran and GoJet Director of Maintenance, Jeff Bast

When leaving the military, it’s common for Veterans to look for careers in the civilian world that will allow them to utilize the training they received in the armed forces.  For example, military pilots and aircraft mechanics often put their skills to work in the airline industry when their active duty responsibilities are complete.

Marine Corps Veteran and GoJet Director of Maintenance did just that.  Prior to his airline career, Jeff spent five years as an Avionics Technician in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he ensured that Maine Corps aircraft, including AV-8B Harrier jets, were mission capable.

When Jeff left active duty, he found that his avionics skills were very marketable in the civilian world.  He was recruited by a St. Louis-based regional airline, where he went on to spend over 15 years holding progressively responsible Tech Ops positions before joining GoJet as its new Director of Maintenance in early 2017.

With the exception of combat situations, Jeff says that the major difference between military and commercial aviation is the activity level of the aircraft that technicians work on.  “If you’re an Avionics Technician stationed at a military base, you’re primarily going to work on a fleet that’s grounded, but still needs to be ready to go at a moment’s notice,” he said.  “But an airline is a business, and every decision you make is hyper-focused on keeping aircraft in the air.”

Despite having an office at GoJet’s corporate headquarters, Jeff always looks for opportunities to get his hands dirty at the maintenance hangar.  “Who likes sitting in an office all day?” he laughed. “Plus, getting in the trenches gives me the opportunity to interact with our front line mechanics.”

Even though his active duty days are behind him, Jeff says that the camaraderie he has with his co-workers at GoJet reminds him of the relationships he had with his fellow soldiers in the Marines.

“I found a good group of people in the military,” Jeff recalls, “and it was the same when I joined GoJet. I love working with the people in this company, just like I loved working with the people in my squadron.”

GoJet Airlines is a proud supporter of our men and women in uniform.  We value military leadership, and are proud that many Veterans like Jeff have chosen GoJet for their civilian careers.

Our Favorite Blog Posts of 2016 Revisited

With the year winding down, we thought that it would be the perfect time to put together a compilation of some of our favorite blog posts of 2016.  Here’s a sample of what our employees have been up to this year.

Piano Playing PIlot Delights Passengers at Chicago O’Hare

Captain Billy Hock isn’t just a talented pilot.  He’s also a musician and songwriter who spends layovers at O’hare playing the piano for passengers.

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GoJet Captain Billy Hock, meeting a fan after playing the piano at Chicago O’Hare

Pilot Recruiter James Douvier Explains What it Takes to Be a GoJet Pilot

In one of our most viewed posts of the year, pilot recruiter Captain James Douvier explains that there’s more to being a GoJet pilot than just being a great aviator.  James is looking for pilots who are going to come to GoJet and make a difference.

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Pilot Recruiter Captain James Douvier

Maintenance Control: The Unseen Face of Tech Ops

The majority of our passengers have most likely never heard the term “Maintenance Control.”  However, the safety and timeliness of our flights depends on this important group of GoJet employees.  This department is critical to keeping our airplanes safe, our flights on schedule, and our passengers happy.

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Maintenance Controller Steven Perez

Summer Interns Contribute to the Operation in Big Ways

During the summer of 2016, three talented young interns contributed to the operation in big ways.  Aviation students Morgan Hunlen, Jade Lubinski, and Alex Dupre all took full advantage of the opportunity to move their studies beyond the classroom, and had an abundance of new knowledge when they returned to school in the fall.

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Our summer interns getting a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the control tower at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

GoJet Flight Attendant Wins First Runner Up in the Miss North Carolina Pageant

Our employees do some truly astounding things in their free time.  Take GoJet flight attendant Juanette Roache – when she’s not providing stellar customer service at 37,000 feet, she regularly volunteers at her local soup kitchen and homeless shelter, as well as mentors children through the Boys and Girls Club.  Her community service led to an opportunity this spring to compete in the 20160 Mrs. North Carolina pageant, where she was named the first runner up and received the People’s Choice Award.

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GoJet Flight Attendant Juannette Roache

We have no doubt that our employees will continue to impress us next year.  We can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.  Happy New Year!

Piano Playing GoJet Pilot Delights Passengers at Chicago O’Hare

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GoJet Captain Billy Hock, meeting a fan after playing the piano at Chicago O’Hare

The next time you find yourself at Chicago O’Hare, make sure to wander past Gate C17. If you’re lucky, you just might catch GoJet Captain Billy Hock serenading passengers with his piano playing skills.  Captain Hock is a regular feature at C17, where he often unwinds between flights by performing on the piano.

Captain Hock is a lifelong music enthusiast and has been playing the piano since he was a child.  While he envisions a lifelong aviation career for himself, he always makes time for his first love – music.  “I always plan on flying planes professionally, but music is my first passion,” he explains.

A piano playing pilot isn’t something that you see every day, and passengers have been known to share photos and videos of his playing via social media.  Passengers have also reached out to him directly to tell him how much they enjoyed and appreciated his playing.  One post to his Facebook wall says:

Thank you for the Chopin, it was heavenly and made my delay in ORD worth it. Would have loved to dance to it if I was alone. Keep sharing the beauty you see and feel. 

When he’s not flying airplanes or entertaining passengers on the piano, Captain Hock composes and performs his own original piano compositions, which are available on iTunes.  And his musical talents don’t stop at the piano – he also plays saxophone and guitar!

We’re proud that the multi-talented Captain Hock is part of the GoJet family.  We love it when our employees use their creativity to make unique connections with the world around them!

GoJet Flight Attendant Wins First Runner Up in Mrs. North Carolina Pageant

Our employees do some truly astounding things in their free time.  Take GoJet flight attendant Juanette Roache – when she’s not providing stellar customer service at 37,000 feet, she regularly volunteers at her local soup kitchen and homeless shelter, as well as mentors children through the Boys and Girls Club.  Her community service led to an opportunity this spring to compete in the Mrs. North Carolina pageant, where she was named the first runner up and received the People’s Choice Award.

Competing in such a high-profile pageant was a personal victory of sorts for Mrs. Roache, who has struggled with shyness since she was a child.  She credits her experiences as a GoJet flight attendant with really helping her come out of her shell.  “I was kind of shy growing up. As a flight attendant, you meet so many different people each day, so it actually kind of opened me up to working with others.”

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GoJet Flight Attendant Juannette Roache

Juanette began her career with GoJet during the spring of 2015.  When asked what she likes best about her job, she replied, “There is always something new every day, and the people I work with make GoJet feel like a family.”

Based in Raleigh, Juanette has lived in eastern North Carolina since she was in high school. “My father is a former Marine, so we moved around a lot. But I call North Carolina home.” She received her degree in biology from Elizabeth City State University, with an emphasis in pre-medicine and pre-dentistry, and originally planned to attend pharmacy school.  She was struggling to find a career in her field when she saw a posting for GoJet on a flight attendant career site.  “I applied because I love to travel, and I love meeting new people,” she explains.

Juannette Roach has participated in community service for most of her life, and enjoys being an inspiration to younger generations.
Juannette Roach has participated in community service for most of her life, and enjoys being an inspiration to younger generations.

The Mrs. North Carolina pageant wasn’t Juanette’s first experience with the pageant scene. “I competed in one pageant in Hawaii when I was younger, but I really started when I was 22-years old.” Juanette competed in the Miss North Carolina pageant in the past, but was approached by one of the directors of the Mrs. International system to compete as a married woman, after noticing her participation in community service on Facebook. “Competing in this particular pageant was a very positive experience to be a role model to young girls, especially among so many other accomplished women across the state.”

Juanette says that there are a lot of similarities between  her pageant experiences and being a flight attendant.  “You have to be both personable and relatable, but also willing to work hard. You’re not being micromanaged in either, so you need to do your best so that you can provide a positive impact.  With a pageant, that impact is community service.  As a flight attendant, my impact is providing a safe, quality and satisfying travel experience.”

We are inspired by Juanette’s commitment to positive outreach and are proud that she has chosen to share her talents with us!  Juanette plans to pursue the Mrs. North Carolina crown again next year, and her entire GoJet family will be cheering her on!

Team Member Spotlight: Meet Shift Inspector Josh Krueger

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GoJet Shift Inspector, Josh Krueger

Josh Krueger, a shift inspector at the GoJet maintenance hangar in St. Louis, never thought that he’d be working in aviation.  In fact, as a kid, he always thought that he would be a car mechanic when he grew up.  However, an aviation maintenance program offered at his local high school in Michigan opened his eyes to a career path that he’d never considered.  Before long, Josh knew that he wanted to work in aeronautics, and went on to earn his Airframe and Powerplant license from the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology after finishing high school.

Josh’s first job in aviation was as a line mechanic for another regional airline, where he spent several years before leaving to accept a corporate aviation inspector position.  In 2011, after three years in corporate aviation, Josh was offered a Shift Inspector position with GoJet, and has been part of the GoJet family ever since.

At GoJet, the safety of our passengers and crew is always our number one priority, and as a Shift Inspector, Josh plays an important role in the safety of our operation.  Josh is essentially an extra set of eyes that double check the work of our line mechanics, and his top priority is making sure that all maintenance work done on our aircraft is done in accordance with the highest possible safety standards.

When asked what his favorite thing about his job is, Josh is quick to reply, “The people I work with.”  Josh describes the GoJet maintenance team as a close-knit family and the type of place where your co-workers are always there for you.  He’s impressed by the vast collective knowledge pool of the GoJet maintenance team, which he attributes to the fact that GoJet mechanics come from a wide variety of aviation backgrounds, including military, corporate and commercial aviation.

Josh also likes that there’s no such thing as a “normal day” for him.  “Each day brings something different and unexpected,” says Josh.  “I could show up to work in St. Louis and the next thing I know, be on my way to Albuquerque to help fix an airplane.”

Outside of work, Josh’s focus is on being a dad and spending time with his family.  Josh and his wife have a three-year-old daughter and are looking forward to welcoming their second daughter early next year.

Josh is just one of the many talented aviation professionals working behind the scenes to ensure that we operate a safe airline each and every day. We’re proud that Josh has chosen to call GoJet home!

We’re looking for more driven and talented individuals like Josh to fill maintenance positions at our St. Louis, Raleigh-Durham and New York (LaGuardia and JFK) maintenance bases.  GoJet mechanics enjoy a top-tier pay scale, and we pay for experience.  Plus, GoJet promotes from within whenever possible, giving our employees significant opportunity for advancement.  We’re currently hiring both experienced aircraft mechanics, as well as newly licensed mechanics looking for the right place to launch their careers.  Click here to learn more.

Get to Know Flight Op’s Eric Brumfiel

Today we’re getting to know Eric Brumfiel, GoJet’s Manger of Flight Operations Training. Eric is responsible for making sure that the training of all pilots is current and up to date. Eric Brumfiel has been with GoJet for four years, and has held a number of different positions prior to his current role, including First Officer, Captain, Manager of the Advanced Qualification Program, and Flight Operations instructor.

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Originally from Belleville, Illinois Eric earned an Associate’s degree from Southwestern Illinois College, graduating with high honors.  Eric went on to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he graduated  Magna Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics.  He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School and National Advanced Leadership Course.

Eric has an unusual complement to his aviation background–he also studied Equine Science at Texas A&M University, where he held many leadership roles in the Corps and Cadets.

In his free time, Eric enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time with his three Beagle mixes.

Who should we get to know next?  Send your suggestions to lori.asbury@tshstl.com.

Have a great weekend!

10 Things You Never Knew About Adam Timperley

Meet Adam Timperley, the GoJet Airlines Crew Scheduling Manager. Adam took some time out of his day to tell us a few things about himself.

Q:  What was your first aviation job?

A:  My first aviation job was as a Crew Scheduler for Compass Airlines.

Q:  What are three interesting facts about you?

  1. I was the first Minnesota National Guard soldier injured since WWII.
  2. I had a brief (24 hour) NHL career when I was a finalist in the Minnesota Wild’s search for an emergency backup goaltender.
  3. My mother and my sister wrote a children’s book about my deployment to Iraq and my separation from my daughter.

Q:  Where is your favorite place to travel?

A:  Anywhere with my daughter. She is my travel companion and best friend!

Q:  If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A:  Eggrolls.

Q:  What is your favorite sports team?

A:  The LA Kings (hockey).

Q:  Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what?

A:  I am a passable country music singer, although being a heavy metal fan I don’t get around to actually using it much.

Q:  Who is your favorite author?

A:  The list of authors that have impacted or influenced my life is too long to narrow down, but based on volume and applicability of work I would have to say Leo Tolstoy.

Q:  What is your favorite joke?

A:  How do you catch a unique elephant? Unique up on him.

Q:  What is your favorite movie?

A:  Tropic Thunder

Q:  What do you like best about your job?

A:  My GoJet family. At the end of the day, we can all work anywhere. You have to love the people you work with for it to be truly rewarding, and I cannot think of anywhere I would rather be than here with GoJet.

Thanks, Adam!  Who would you like to hear from next?  Email your suggestions to lori.asbury@transstates.net.