Friday, May 1, 2015

Update on entry requirements

Hi all!

There seems to have been a bit of confusion as to entry requirements for a F/O position with Susi Air in the last few months since Christmas. It used to be that 200 hours would get you an interview, unfortunately those days seem to be long gone.

Due to new legislation from the Indonesian DGCA in an effort to stem P2F (which does not affect Susi Air at all) requirements for non-citizens has been raised to 750 hours total time!

See the text below which i borrowed from a well known forum:

C208 FO Prerequisites 2015

Thank you for your interest in Susi Air.
Susi Air will receive any pilot application all year long but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview or intake when necessary depends on company needs.
Susi Air is adopting the regulations of Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation as the basic requirement for employment and adds up with other company's requirements.


CAT 1. For Indonesian Passport Holder with Indonesian License:
CPL holderHold a First Class medical (current or not).Hold an FAA license or has minimum 750 hours.Copy of logbook in the last three months with verification stamp or signature from chief pilot or flight instructor.Minimum of level 5 ICAO English proficiency test.Comprehensive CVID (KTP or Passport)For non Ab-Initio/ experienced pilot must attached an accident and incident-free report from DGCA.
CAT 2. For Indonesian Passport Holder with Non-Indonesian License 
All requirements on CAT 1Foreign license must be current on SEL and IRHave a copy of examiner's report or check form of the latest flight review/ flight test/ re-validation/ proficiency check and still valid for at least 6 months.License verification letter with current information from authority AND accident/incident-free report from authority is a must. 
CAT 3. For Non-Indonesian Passport Holder:
Minimum total hours of 750 aircraft time.at least ICAO CPL SEL and IR (current). FAA mother license is preferable.Have a copy of examiner's report or check form of the latest flight review/ check ride/ proficiency check of the SEL rating and still valid for at least 6 months.First Class medical (current), no restriction except for corrective glasses.License verification letter with current information from authority AND accident and incident-free report from authority.Copy of logbook in the last three months with verification stamp or signature from chief pilot or flight instructor.Free from any form of color blindness and passed the Ishihara Color Test - Indonesian authority only accept the Ishihara Color Blind Test.Minimum of level 5 ICAO English proficiency test.Valid passport minimum 24 months leftComprehensive CV.
All pilot applications must be submitted by e-mail to recruiting@susiair.com
It looks like it is getting harder and harder for newbies to get a foothold in the industry, even more so now as Susi Air was one of the last few opportunities for zero hours guys.

Good luck all the same and happy landings! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Easter and Happy job hunting!



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Continued pilot shortage in SE Asia

An interesting read in The Jakarta Globe. Although operators have been crying out for crew for the last few years, it is important to understand that there is a lack of suitably qualified pilots (type rated, jet experience and a minimum of 500 hours on type) and not young ab-initio guys.

Susi Air is continuously recruiting new first officers and will continue to do so for the remainder of 2015. As a minimum it seems like the requirement is at least 250 hours total time, but pilots with 700 hours + will be given priority as they are looking for potential quick upgrade candidates.

Asia is running out of pilots

Good luck with the job hunt!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Recruitment update December 2014

From Co. Website DEC 2014:
Information for pilot job in 2014-2015:
Susi Air will receive any pilot application all year long but shortlisted candidates will only contacted for interview or intake when necessary depends on company needs.
All pilot applications must be submitted by e-mail to email listed below.
Applications sent to other addresses will not be processed. 

Our recruiting committee shall be the one establish contact with the applicants should the submissions meet our standard AND pique our interests. That indicates only few applications will be responded and others deemed as rejected will be ignored.

FOLLOWING-UP APPLICATION VIA PHONE CALLS IS STRONGLY NOT SUGGESTED.

WALK-IN INTERVIEW WILL BE REJECTED IMMEDIATELY.
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Minimum 700 flight hours to apply, prefer candidates with over 1000 flight hours.


INTERVIEW:

The test subjects are general CPL/IFR knowledge and the computer based 'COMPASS' Test. Also expect a number of questions related to the C208B and the PT6 engine.

These tests cannot be taken online or before coming to the interview. Arrive well prepared for the interview and consider: the costs and risks of coming to the interview are entirely on your side. Susi Air does not give any guarantee of employment.

For your information: as per our current statistics, approx. 25 percent of the pilots coming to an interview are successfully employed.

To be considered for Captain upgrade you need a minimum of TT 1.000 hrs and approx. 100 hrs line flying as FO (even if you have well over 1000 hrs at the time of your application) with Susi Air of course all depending on your performance.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Worst Place to be a Pilot" - New TV show now airing on UK's Channel 4

Hi All!

This past Tuesday was the premiere of the first episode of a new TV show that follows some of the British pilots working at Susi Air. I managed to watch it on YouTube the day after and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised!

It gives a pretty accurate (although somewhat dramatic) portrayal of what working for Susi Air is all about. There are 4 episodes in season 1, so be sure to catch the next one when and if you can. It was fun to see some old and familiar faces on tv from when I was working there, but also a lot of new guys of course!

Click on these links for access to episode 1:

Worst Place to be a Pilot, S01E01 

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/worst-place-to-be-a-pilot

Enjoy!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New job, new possibilities!

Hi all

I realize it has been a long time since my last entry. So here is a little update. After working in Malawi for a year, I decided to move on and try something new. This was mainly due to the fact that the company I was working for got rid of the King Air 200 I was flying. I have accepted a 5 month free lance job in Tanzania working for Coastal Aviation. The flying is very exciting, lots of island hopping and also bush flying in the Selous and Ruaha game reserves. It's all single crew operations, and although the Caravans arent as new and modern as Susi Air's, it is a very rewarding flying experience. Have a look at a few photos below. They are actually looking for crew, but you need 1000 hours total time and previous experience on Caravan.

On the Susi Air side, I hear that they are still actively conducting interviews for First Officer so get those Cv's in! The email address remains the same as stated in one of my older entries. They have also penned a deal with Summit Air in Canada for the wet lease of up to 4 Dornier 228's. Finally Susi Air has gotten those long sort after twins! Have a look at the picture below of the first one to arrive.

Happy flying everyone!


 Coastal Aviation logo resembles a Dhow (sailing boat) and the sun

 Selfie!!

Coastal Caravan parked at Mafia Island (HTMA)

Susi Air new Dornier 228