When current and former military service members join GoJet Airlines they will fly Bombardier CRJ 550, 700 and 900 airplanes.
Making the transition from military to civilian flying can be a challenge. GoJet has a tremendous track record of helping pilots successfully navigate through the changes that will be faced. In this blog, Captain and Pilot Recruiter Jason DuVernay answers questions from current and aspiring pilots who are interested in working with GoJet. Read more to learn what to expect in the GoJet interview process and how to prepare.
The initial portion of the interview is a meet and greet to help make you feel welcome and comfortable. There is a brief video presentation your interviewing recruiter will show if time permits. Additionally, the recruiter will discuss what the job entails, who we are as a company, what we believe are the benefits of working for GoJet Airlines and anything else that paints the picture of the airline. Each recruiter has their own experiences to share and will usually lead with it as it helps to develop a good rapport.
The recruiter will collect all documents for review. The interview invitation sent to you will include a list of the documents required on the day of the interview.
All Log books
Signed copy of your Airline Apps
GoJet Interview Supplement Form
Current First Class Medical Certificate and SOAP letter (Statement of Demonstrated Ability) if applicable
Authorization to work in the US (if not using a U.S. Passport)
Military Personnel – Form DD-214 – Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or a United States Uniform Services Identification Card (Military ID) and proof you graduated from a U.S. Armed Forces undergraduate pilot training school and received a rating qualification as a military pilot.
Bring each of your logbooks – civilian, military (Form 759 & 759-1), written and/or electronic. We need to verify your flight time and endorsements, don’t forget to sign each page. We have minimal time to review your documents and verify your logbooks. We appreciate you totaling the final page of your logbook, otherwise we will end up totaling each column to verify you have the appropriate qualifications. This can take quite a while and could bog down the interview.
ROTOR TRANSITION PROGRAM
To successfully complete your Rotor Transition Program and enter training at GoJet Airlines we require:
Total flight time: 750 Hours for military pilots, 1,500 Hours for civilian pilots depending upon your specific R-ATP qualifications
Certificated with Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engine Land, and Instrument Airplane
250 hours of fixed wing pilot in command time (PIC)
200 Hours of Cross Country, 100 of which must be PIC fixed wing
→ Please review FAR 61.1 to learn the proper way to count cross country time for the purposes of achieving your commercial rating and R-ATP certificate.
100 Hours of night flying experience, 25 hours of which must be PIC fixed wing
25 hours of multi-engine time (We are able to give you the additional 25 hours required by the regulations in our simulators)
75 hours of instrument time (Actual or Simulated) you can count 25 hours of simulator time or FTD time while training with an instructor in a simulator or FTD that represents an airplane, please make sure you clearly identify and log this.
After collecting documents, we will begin the HR portion of the interview. Come in confident in your experiences; if you were invited to the interview, we want to hire you. You’ve already survived an application review and phone screen.
Be prepared to answer questions related to the job:
Why you want to work for GoJet Airlines
The technical interview will cover Part 91 instrument flying. We have you brief an instrument approach; we will likely ask you questions pertaining to approach plate design, and operational guidelines. Make sure you can confidently read METARs, TAFs, and NOTAMs. Every time we fly we must consult our weather and NOTAMs to ensure a safe flight. We must also determine the need for an alternate, whether the runway is safe to use, appropriately review and brief SIDs and STARs and more. Don’t be surprised if you are asked an emergency procedure or limitation from a recently flown airplane or helicopter!
There is plenty of gouge out there on regional airline interviews; if you dig, you will find information on our specific interviews. We are excited for the opportunity to interview you. Remember, if we invited you in for an interview we are hoping to hire you. If you show up dressed for the job, organized, enjoyable to be around, positive, professional and well prepared; we want you to join our GoJet Airlines family.
GoJet Rotor Transition Program Trainee, Scott DiMaio.
Courtland Savage is the founder of Fly for the Culture, a nonprofit organization that encourages minorities in underprivileged communities to pursue flying careers.
As Black History Month comes to a close, we’re proud to share details about Fly for the Culture, a nonprofit organization launched by GoJet First Officer Courtland Savage, which aims to inspire and expose minority students to pursue careers in aviation. Read more to learn about Fly for the Culture’s mission and how Courtland aims to impact the pilot shortage through diversity.
What made you want to join the Navy and become a naval aviator?
Aviation became a passion of mine after I took my first flight at the age of 17 years old. I’ve always had a fear of flights and I wanted to conquer my fear. In return, I fell in love with flying and knew it was exactly what I wanted to pursue a career in. I also wanted to serve my country while pursuing my dream. I graduated high school early and joined the Air Force Reserves at the age of 17. I attempted to become a Air Force Pilot initially, but the process was daunting, so I joined the Navy and started immediately.
2. When did you start your civilian flying career?
I began my civilian career at the age of 17. At the time I was working a job to help me make ends meet. When I wasn’t working I flew in my spare time. Before I enlisted in the Air Force Reserves, I received my private pilot’s certificate.
3. Tell us about your educational background. Why did you choose Embry-Riddle?
I attended an Embry-Riddle satellite campus on Charleston AFB while serving as a Crew Chief on C-17s in the Air Force Reserves. It was convenient because I could attend classes after work and on my days off. Embry-Riddle is also considered one of the top aviation and aerospace schools in America, so I thought it would establish a strong foundation for my future as a pilot.
Courtland joined the navy to become a military pilot. He’s now a First Officer with GoJet.
What led you pick GoJet as your regional airline of choice?
On top of the stellar location options, aircraft, and routes, GoJet’s Rotor Transition Program provided me with amazing support for my transition from military flying to civilian flying. GoJet also helped me obtain the training I needed to become an airline pilot. They’re many pathways programs and the resources they offer pilots sets them apart from other regional airlines. I also enjoy how they work with my schedule regarding my commute. I live in North Carolina, so it’s a short commute from Charlotte to Raleigh, driving or flying. I also enjoy flying from coast to coast.
Courtland pictured right with Former RDU Base Captain, Cherry Godwin.
What sparked your passion to launch Fly for the Culture?
During my time in the Navy, I was usually the only minority pilot in the squadron. I know there are hundreds of young minority men and women who are interested in aviation, which ultimately inspired me to launch Fly for the Culture. I want to help them pursue opportunities they wouldn’t have thought of.
Additionally, most young minorities are not aware they can become pilots because there is limited outreach in their communities. I started spending my own money to rent small planes and take young kids flying. It’s really amazing to watch how they react when the plane lifts off into the air. You can see on their faces that an entirely new world has been opened-up for them. I know dozens of pilots that say they pursued aviation because someone took them flying when they were younger. For now, I am trying to plant a seed that leads them to a fulfilling and exciting future in aviation. Eventually, I would like to provide scholarships for flight or maintenance training and provide flight training.
Who does Fly for the Culture aim to assist?
My target audience are young boys and girls from diverse cultural backgrounds, particularly from underprivileged communities. In military and civilian aviation, minorities and women, combined, make up less than 10% of pilots. A diverse community is a strong community and progress on this front can only truly happen with representation. While we do not exclude anyone who is interested in participating, we are particularly interested in helping underprivileged youth by providing them with opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. With an impending pilot shortage, a lack of diversity in the aviation industry, and too many young people with limited opportunities, we see Fly for the Culture as a single solution to many problems at once.
How does Fly for the Culture bring more diversity to the aviation industry?
We are constantly trying to expand the assistance and support we are able to provide participants. In addition to the dozens of exposure flights for people of all ages, we provide mentoring to young people interested in aviation. We use our networks of pilots to connect people from around the country who are interested in future careers in aviation. We are also in the process of connecting with local flight schools to partner with us and provide flight training for eligible participants. We also would eventually like to establish scholarships to help pay for or at least supplement the high cost of flight training and provide flight training. Someday, we would like to see an expansive network of Fly for the Culture chapters all over the country, performing outreach within their local communities and connecting people all over the world.
Courtland poses with an aspiring aviator.
What would you tell a young person who is interested in aviation?
I would tell young people their the top priority should be to focus on school and make wise choices. Learning how to fly is like any other skill. The more you practice, the better you will become. Aviation can be challenging at times and very rewarding. With hard work and determination, anything is possible. Finding the right mentor to provide opportunities and support for you to reach your goals is critical as well.
Many aviators aspire to hold the role of Pilot-In-Command because it is the highest rank they can serve while flying the line. GoJet First Officers can upgrade to Captain as soon as they meet FAA minimums. Captain Tyler Parham seamlessly transitioned from First Officer to Captain after two years. Read more below to learn about Captain Parham’s upgrade experience and why he encourages GoJet First Officers to follow in his footsteps.
Tyler Parham during his time as a First Officer.
How easy was the transition from First Officer to Captain for you?
Switching from the right seat to the left seat was a seamless transition, even though the training was challenging at times. Preparation plays an integral role in the training, because the more prepared you are, the better understanding you’ll gain. Becoming a Captain is a huge commitment and responsibility, which should be taken seriously. I think the best thing First Officers can do when they consider becoming a Captain is to pay close attention to the decision-making process.
What has been the most exciting part about becoming a Captain?
The most exciting part about becoming a Captain is being in command of the airplane. Like most pilots, my lifelong goal in my career was always to become Captain of aircraft that I fly. I respect the responsibilities that come along with the job and take pride in providing the best customer service to each passenger on the airplane.
How different is it flying in the left seat?
The main difference I noticed between flying in the left seat versus the right seat is that it’s more of a supervisory role. Maintaining the safety of everyone on the plane is one of my biggest responsibilities as a Captain. It’s my job to ensure that passengers leave with a pleasant travel experience.
Tyler poses for a candid photo during a First Officer photo shoot.
What would you say to GoJet First Officers considering their upgrade?
I’d encourage them to keep in mind that your life, your First Officer and the passengers’ lives are in your hands. Take the time in the right seat to make your own decisions and compare them to your Captain’s decisions. Decide whether you would have taken that same approach or would have done something different. If you come prepared, it can be the easiest and most rewarding experience you can ever have.
What are the perks and benefits to becoming a Captain?
There are many benefits that come with becoming a Captain. The most obvious would be the pay increase. Another perk would be when my crew and I still arrive on time to our desired destination after experiencing a challenging flight. Our passengers don’t seem to notice anything different, because our customer service skills are so superb. A successful flight to your passengers is an uneventful and comfortable flight and for me, that is very rewarding.
What tips would you give upgrading pilots on how to best prepare for the oral exam?
Prepare for your oral exam the same way as you do for your initial intake. In initial, we receive a PIC type rating and are already rated to the airplane. You are required to have basic knowledge and apply it to real world situations. Instructors want to see if you have the best decision-making skills that it takes to be the Captain of your aircraft. The oral is essentially the same, but from the vantage point of seeing the bigger picture.
Captain Parham upgraded from First Officer to Captain in two years.
What are some best practices that helped you succeed in your upgrade process?
The best advice I can give is to prepare as you would for any checking event, but more importantly, pay attention to what your Captain is doing when you are in the right seat. Ask questions and involve yourself in what is happening. Most importantly, enjoy the process. Upgrading is a challenging, but very rewarding process!
Fourteen-year-old Kevin Cole received the opportunity of a lifetime when he spent a day alongside GoJet Airlines Captain Jason DuVernay. Kevin received an exclusive look inside of GoJet’s headquarters, St. Louis Lambert International Airport’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower, the GoJet maintenance hangar, and Flight Safety International’s Learning Center. Read more to learn how the aspiring aviator was first introduced to airplanes, about his experience meeting GoJet’s pilot leadership team, and his plans for the future.
Kevin was more than excited to receive an up-close look inside Flight Safety’s training simulator.
It was Kevin’s father, Aaron Cole, a cargo agent with Southwest Airlines, who first exposed him to airplanes.
“My interest in aviation started when my Dad and I flew to Southwest’s headquarters in Dallas. While we were there, I saw a lot of airplanes fly above my head and I became fascinated with them. After seeing the airplanes take off, I knew I wanted to become a pilot.” Kevin Cole said.
Kevin met GoJet Manager of Pilot Recruiting Zenia Bharucha and Pilot Recruiters, Lindsey Ellis and Sydney Ditzler at the St. Louis Air Show. The three ladies were impressed by Kevin’s extensive knowledge of aviation, which is what led to his visit at our headquarters. While at the event, Kevin recognized GoJet as an airline he’s admired and also through his flight tracking app that he pays close attention to each day.
Captain DuVernay shows Kevin an engine inside GoJet’s maintenance hangar.
“I get excited watching for CRJ model airplanes on my app,” Kevin said. “GoJet’s impressive fleet of CRJ700s and 900s is one of the main reasons I’d like to fly with this team one day. After gaining commercial aviation experience, I’d love to fly for an international airline like Korean Air.”
Kevin examines model CRJ 700 alongside Captain DuVernay inside Flight Safety’s Learning Center.
Kevin enjoyed spending the day with Captain DuVernay and touring various aviation facilities within GoJet and around St. Louis. He learned a lot during his visit and is more than excited to fly with GoJet some day.
“Today, it was so exciting to see how GoJet’s pilot team operates and how the ATC Tower receives signals once an airplane lands,” Kevin said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that GoJet is the company for me to launch my career.
Kevin received an exclusive inside look in GoJet’s Systems Operational Control room.
GoJet offers a variety of programs for current and aspiring pilots. One of the programs GoJet offers for student pilots enrolled in a professional airline training program is the Wingman Pipeline Program. To learn more about the program, click here: https://bit.ly/2y09rIq.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, you’ll undoubtedly see shades of pink to show respect to the courageous individuals currently fighting or who have faced the disease. For GoJet flight attendant Jennifer Laws, her scarf is proudly worn in honor of her mother. Read more to learn how Jennifer’s mother encouraged her to chase after her dreams, and how her strength continues to inspire her today.
GoJet Flight Attendant Jennifer Laws wears a pink scarf every October to honor the legacy and life of her late mother’s battle with breast cancer.
“It was almost five years ago when I began my career as a flight attendant. I was more than elated when my mother dropped me off at the airport for my training class,” Jennifer said. “On that day, my mother wasn’t a victim of her illness. She was more concerned with seeing me happy on my journey than feeling sorry for herself.”
As Jennifer became more accustomed to the flight attendant lifestyle, she always made it her duty to visit her mother any chance she had the opportunity. Her mother was always so proud of her and her success.
“When my mother was bed-ridden I stopped by her house on my way to the airport. I would visit her again immediately when I returned home from a trip,” Jennifer said. “Each time I saw her she hugged me, had a big smile on her face, and said “There’s my flyer girl!”
Jennifer was all smiles during a recent flight.
After struggling with breast cancer for several years, Jennifer’s mother lost her battle with the disease. She left her daughter with a lifetime of memories and tremendous support.
To honor the life and legacy of her late mother, Jennifer wears a pink scarf on flights every October. Whenever her passengers see her scarf it’s always a great conversation piece.
“My mother meant a lot to me and I always try to keep a piece of her with me while flying,” Jennifer said.
In the past, Jennifer was chosen as a winner for GoJet’s Inflight category of Above and Beyond, an employee recognition program that honors individuals who perform above what is required. Most recently, she was chosen as a winner for United Airlines’ UAXcellence Award. She knows that her mother would have been overjoyed with her professionalism and accolades.
“I think that my mother would be extremely happy to hear of my accomplishments,” Jennifer said. “Every achievement I met was always good news for her to hear.”
As Breast Cancer Awareness month comes to a close, we are encouraged by GoJet employees who continue to show solidarity and work together in the fight against cancer.
In our second Ambassador Spotlight feature, we’d like to introduce First Officer Andrew Dunkin. Dunkin is a devoted and professional pilot that spends his time recruiting young aviators to GoJet. Dunkin enjoys inspiring younger pilots because he is passionate about aviation and wants to see them living out their dreams. Read more to learn why Andrew flys, how Auburn University shapes his career and the advice he provides to current students.
GoJet First Officer Andrew Dunkin poses for a photo.
Why did you chose GoJet?
Prior to my time with GoJet, I flew for a regional airline in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, I visited GoJet’s headquarters and fell in love with its welcoming company culture. Although, our pilot group is about 600-strong, it still feels like a close-knit environment. Another thing I enjoy about working with GoJet is the opportunity to fly the CRJ 700 and CRJ 900. The perks of flying both means longer flights, first-class and two flight attendants. I also liked the fact that it was the only regional airline with an RDU base, because I was living in Charlotte at the time. I love how fast and agile our airplanes are. We hand fly a lot. GoJet flies from coast to coast unlike other regionals so you can easily bid for trips and gain experience in the treacherous mountains of Colorado, hectic airspace of New York, or see fun visuals near the White House in Washington, D.C. GoJet also has great overnights as well.
What inspired you to pursue Aviation? My curiosity in aviation sparked when my family and I moved from St. Louis to Charlotte, it was my first flight. Then on my 14th birthday my parents took me on my first Cessna ride, which ultimately confirmed my love of flying. I attended Auburn University for Professional Flight and instructed students in undergrad. I also instructed students after I graduated.
GoJet Pilot Recruiter, Tammy Hoevel and Andrew seek out student pilots at a recruiting event.
How did Auburn University prepare you for your career?
Attending Auburn University allowed me to receive my flying certificate and also provided a backup plan in case I lost my medical with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Although Auburn is a small flight school it provides a lot of hands-on experience and maintains a prestigious reputation. Classes are more intimate because they focus in on the student, not just the class. While I was in school, Auburn had a relationship with United Airlines which allowed me to become a Flight Operations Lead Intern. I gained great insight into what the majors would be like after I built my hours.
Andrew passes out donuts and greets patient passengers with a smile during a Philadelphia to Chicago flight.
What advice do you share with your Ambassador Program students at Auburn University?
The advice I share with my students is to get involved on campus because it makes your college experience better. Take advantage of the companies’ Auburn works with because it helps your dreams to come true. Complete an internship or mentor someone, it bridges the gap between the classroom and the real world. My internship with United was beneficial because it assured me that what you learn in the classroom applies to the real world.
What advice do you give to young pilots?
Always keep learning! In high school I was involved with our local Aviation Explorer Post in Charlotte and it was amazing. It helped get me a job as a baggage handler working for Delta. My experience still applies today because I understand what’s happening when we pull into a gate or work a departure. I would also say if you love flying then fuel it. Don’t expect anything to come to you, always look for ways to get involved. Almost everyone in aviation loves to share their story and doesn’t mind having someone shadow them. At the Explorer Post I gained great networking contacts that I still talk to today. It also gave me insight into the other operations in aviation, such as: Airport Ops, Catering, Cargo, Regional Airlines and the Control Tower. I shadowed a corporate pilot and an Air Traffic Controller, which helped me realize that I was destined to become a pilot.
Getting yourself immersed in flying early on is a great way to get your career started. Just because you can’t achieve a Private Pilot Certificate yet, doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to gain knowledge in something you love.
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