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  1. @st27: Unfortunately the same age restrictions apply as elsewhere. Wish it were else wise. @blues deville Agreed, but there has actually been a fair degree of interest coming from pilots currently employed in Canada which prompted the first two sessions. The response was sufficient that the MD asked me to look into how/where to do more, and the YUL/YOW area came up as having a number of pilots who have the relevant type qualifications. It's kind of an interesting thing. First time I've seen a management guy at an Asian carrier ask: Is there interest there? If there is, then I'm prepared to come out to meet those interested. @Moon The LoonYou'd have fun here I suspect, but that Dash job sounds like even more fun! Cheers, BP
  2. Hi Folks, My employer, China Eastern Airlines, is in the midst of a large-scale expansion of its expat flight crew department. As a part of that they recently hosted two recruitment/information sessions in Vancouver and Toronto. They are presently considering setting up a third one to take place in Montreal in late November or early December, but would like to gauge the level of interest before committing to it. They are looking for captains with PIC experience on the B737NG, A320 series, A330 and B777 to fill positions on those fleets. All positions offer a commuting contract with roughly 10 days home leave per month. There are also additional contract options in terms of home vs. working day patterns, but these vary by fleet and in some cases by which carrier within the group you elect to work with. Salaries are competitive with other Chinese airlines, but generally not the highest available. Having worked for 4 different expat carriers over the years, though, I can vouch for the fact that the general approach and flexibility of the management here is the best that I've seen and far exceeds what is the usual standard for Chinese airlines, which counts for a lot. I was among a group of 5 that made the jump to CES last year, leaving a better paying but more arduous job at Air China to do so. A year later and not one of us would choose to go back if we could. So, if you are in the Montreal or Ottawa area and would like to know more about the possibility of working for China Eastern drop me a note and let me know. If the interest is sufficient we can set up an info session which will be attended by the Managing Director of the Foreign Pilot Dept., the head of one of the recruiting agencies, and possibly one of the 5 pilots mentioned above. Cheers, Pete
  3. More like, plane gets a little too close to St. Barts if you ask me.
  4. Is it possible that your suspicions may be influenced by not knowing too many of that 95%? True, there is no place like home, if home is Canada, but the same is not quite so true if home means working for a Canadian airline. I left Canadian aviation of my own volition a bit more than 15 years ago and really haven't ever looked back. Since then it's been entertaining, stressful, profitable and most of the other things in between, but there are no serious regrets about what I might have missed by staying. While I really enjoyed my career in Canada, there was a lot we did (like 15 hours on duty with a 2 man crew when 8-10 was the norm overseas) that I've never done since, and I certainly did it at a much lower salary than I've ever had since. Perhaps luckily, I never actually had to leave Canada itself, though at times I was away for longer stretches than I'd like (the longest was ~60 days, but mostly it has varied from 3 to 21 days). In that time I've worked for 4 different overseas carriers (including Korean), and with 3 of them my work has mainly been operating flights to/from Canada. Really, it's not been so much different from what a pilot working long haul for a Canadian carrier would experience (allowing for cultural differences), just with the HQ at the other end of the route. Of course, not every expat's circumstances are the same, but you may be surprised at how many have some resemblance to this. So, the assumption that the majority of expat pilots are sitting wherever they are pining away for the good old days in Canadian aviation may not hold water as well as you suspect. Around the places I've worked, and with the various expat folks on this forum I know, it just hasn't been the case. The primary key to success with expat work is diligent investigation before you jump, because it definitely is true that in our seniority driven system coming back after you've left will not be easy. Pete
  5. Being an expat who has spent a fairly long time in China I was quite curious about the experiences of others so I read this book in its entirety (which, at +400 pages, turned out to be about 300 pages too many). It is entertaining and I can sympathize with many of the stories presented. But with that said, it reads a tad too far to the side of hyperbole for my taste and definitely has more than a faint odour of the same racism it complains about. The stories sound like those of a group with very little expat experience (even if not all came from the U.S.) operating a type that was unlikely to have given them much previous international exposure, that were dropped with little assistance into a Chinese carrier that seems to be at the bottom of the barrel in how it treats its pilots. Other groups at other carriers have experienced similar things, but to my knowledge, generally not to the same degree that the author describes. Pete
  6. My co-captain on my trip this weekend happened to be a CAAC accident investigation inspector out for his monthly line currency flight. We got to talking a bit about his job on the way back yesterday and this came up as what was waiting in the office for him. His remark, based on the info he already had at hand, was that equipment factors were likely to be the most prominent aspect of the investigation. Apparently there is a mechanical issue with the landing gear that has been a source of problems in the past.
  7. Sad news to relay. Mike Czirjak passed away a few days ago. I'm sure he is well remembered by many colleagues from his days in the Canadian Forces and at Canada 3000, as well as overseas with EVA Airways and Korean Air, as a good friend and airman. The funeral service will be held at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Langley, BC on Thursday, March 5th at 11:00 AM. Rest In Peace, Mike. Peter Brooke
  8. Where's Percy Saltzman when we really need him? Time to flip the chalk!
  9. Hey Moon, Glad to hear life is good and you're enjoying semi-retired life. India was definitely different and fun in its own way wasn't it? I hear Jet has finally decided to shut-down the remains of your old company ... apparently it's taken them 8 years to realize that buying it wasn't such a good idea. Keep well & cheers from China! Pete
  10. Hi Don, Says here, up to age 57 ... think you might squeak in? Life's been good since I saw you last ... a lot happening with wife, step-kids and family so it keeps me jumping. Definitely a shame that Cory shut shop, but he was getting pretty burnt out and needed a change. The last year has been a bit of a desert as far as good music goes though. That said I have tickets for Chic Corea and Herbie Hancock at the Chan. That's going to be something. Hope all is well with you and Fran. Hopefully we can all connect for some music and a wee drop sometime soon. Cheers, Pete
  11. Hi guys, Most here who know me will know I've spent the last 15 years overseas as an expat in various parts of Asia, most recently 6 years in China. Recently, I've been dealing with a Chinese major carrier that has asked me if I know of any B737 or A320 captains interested in working in China. Now there are tons of jobs these days in China, and an equal number of horror stories about getting there and working there. Based on my background in expat work and my impressions of the senior management in this carrier I think this one could be the pleasant exception to the usual standard of conduct from Chinese carriers employing expats. If you are B737 or A320 Capt. rated feel free to PM me if you're interested and I'll pass along contact info for the agency doing the recruiting. Pete P.S. This is not for the carrier I work with which is not recruiting and is unlikely to do so any time soon. Likewise, I'm not being offered any benefit for passing along this info, it just looks like a good opportunity for those interested in China so I'm willing to help make the connection. Beyond that, all the usual rules of researching a job overseas apply.
  12. John, Congrats on reaching this new milestone in your aviation career and in life. Not so much an end but a transition to a new relationship with the profession that has captivated us all for so long. As Don suggests, perhaps it also allows more room and time to explore some of the other interests in life. Cheers, Pete
  13. Very sad news indeed. John was both very kind and very professional. Just the sort of guy that you were happy to be sharing a cockpit with, especially on the days that were a bit more challenging for those in the air. I'm sure John will be missed by his family and many friends. My condolences to them all. R.I.P. John
  14. Interesting Murray, what would make you say that? Cheers, Pete
  15. Very sad news. My thoughts are with the passengers and crew and also my long ago colleagues at 7F. Pete