A&P Means Opportunity, Part 2: Maintenance Planning Coordinators

With an A&P certificate, you could work on aircraft or even behind-the-scenes in one of many different roles. Most people don’t realize that there are career opportunities available beyond performing aircraft maintenance. Last week, we explored what Maintenance Controllers do (Read it HERE), and this week let’s check out the purview of a Maintenance Planning Coordinator.

Maintenance Planning Coordinators work on a living puzzle. Analytical skills come in handy when interpreting detailed aircraft maintenance reports to help forecast scheduled maintenance for that day and looking as far as 18 days out. The Coordinator needs to be aware of the manpower available at each Tech Ops facility as well as what tools and parts are available to help craft and coordinate the scheduled maintenance plan.

Of course, as new information becomes available, the plan might need to change. A Maintenance Planning Coordinator may decide to defer some maintenance, within the requirements of the approved maintenance program, to provide relief during Irregular Operations. Or, some scheduled maintenance might be deferred to maximize another opportunity when requested by a maintenance supervisor or station manager. Timely, accurate analysis is crucial in the Coordinator’s role as final authority for deferring tasks and coming up with realistic solutions to achieve performance goals.

Here’s an inside look at one of our GE engines.

During a typical week, a Maintenance Planning Coordinator will work four 10 hour days, and the Coordinators all take turns rotating weekends. Like Maintenance Controllers, Maintenance Planning Coordinators work in the Systems Operation Center located at our headquarters in Appleton, WI, alongside Aircraft Dispatchers and Crew Schedulers.

While an A&P certificate is not required for this position, it is desired and will make you stand out as a candidate. Explore this opportunity and all of our career opportunities HERE.

Read on to learn about Technical Auditors HERE.

A&P Means Opportunity, Part 1: Maintenance Controllers

You might be surprised to learn having an A&P certificate opens more doors than you think. Everyone pictures the mechanic working on the GE engine—which is an excellent and rewarding career path—but, did you know 30% of our Tech Ops team is made up of support roles? Many jobs are available beyond working on the aircraft.

Maintenance Controllers are the primary point of contact for all maintenance issues on our fleet. They work in the brain of our operation, the Systems Operation Center. If you’ve ever been on a flight waiting to takeoff when suddenly there is a maintenance issue, a Maintenance Controller is the one who determines the airworthiness of the maintenance issue, and if needed, sends a mechanic to fix the problem. They ensure airworthy aircraft are available for every flight and direct contingency maintenance during operations as needed.

While these detail oriented individuals never touch the aircraft, they are very familiar with how to fix aircraft, and most of them have past experience doing so. Our typical Maintenance Controller is a former A&P or Avionics Technician who was drawn to the position for the schedule (four days on, four days off with 11 hours shifts), interested in a “desk job,” and ready to do something a little different with their knowledge and skill set.

All of our Maintenance Controllers are based at our headquarters in Appleton, WI. Learn more HERE. Explore all of the openings on our Tech Ops team HERE.

Next, let’s explore what it means to be a Maintenance Planning Coordinator HERE.

What to Expect in Your Flight Attendant Interview

How exciting! You’ve been invited to interview for a Flight Attendant position with Air Wisconsin. Here’s what to expect and some tips on how to land your dream job.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Flight Attendant? It’s probably how personable they are. In addition to playing an important role in the safety of our passengers, you will also interact with people from all different places, with all different personalities. It’s no accident that your interview begins sitting in a circle with all of the other candidates. 

Our September 2019 Flight Attendant Class visiting our maintenance hangar in Appleton, WI.

While this probably isn’t like other job interviews you’ve had, it’s an important part of our interview process. Our recruiters and members of our Inflight training team want to see how well you interact with others. Things will start off with an ice breaker question, and the group might participate in an exercise together.

During this process, the Air Wisconsin team will decide who moves on to one-on-one interviews. Being on-time, dressing appropriately, and positively interacting with other candidates are what they are hoping to see. 

The next part of the interview process will feel more familiar. We’ll review your resume with you and ask different types of questions to determine if we are a good fit for each other. If we believe we are, we’ll offer you the job on spot.

Just remember to be yourself and have fun in your interview. Good luck!

Explore all of our open positions at www.airwis.com/careers.

🌴 Honolulu Itinerary 🌴

Aloha! We’re stoked to be heading to Honolulu. Let’s get some grindz on Thursday, November 14 at Tropics Ale House! Dinner is on us for any CFIs or professional pilots who want to learn more about flying for us as United Express and then United through their Aviate program.

You can also catch us at one of these other events or get in touch to see if we can set something up. Email: Enrique.Camblor@airwis.com

Thursday, November 14

Friday, November 15

Saturday, November 16

Our Honolulu Pilot Dinner last fall at Tropics Ale House. Thanks to everyone who came!

We hope to see you soon. Mahalo!

A Destination for Veterans

Veterans have the attention to detail, high standards, and leadership skills that we look for in candidates. The current shortage of licensed and unlicensed professionals means unlimited opportunities in aviation, especially for pilots and mechanics on our Tech Ops team.

In the segment below featured on Military Makeover: Operation Career, you will meet two employees who seamlessly transitioned into their civilian careers at Air Wisconsin.

Explore our opportunities at www.airwis.com/careers.

Unicorn No More: Encouraging Women to Fly

Meeting what many in the aviation industry have dubbed “a unicorn,” or a female pilot, makes all the difference to a young girl or woman with aspirations of flight. It marks the moment their dream feels achievable. That is why Air Wisconsin encourages and offers its pilots the opportunity to represent the company at events to help inspire and reassure the next generation.

“It’s okay to dream of doing this,” said Air Wisconsin Captain Avreet Randhawa. “When you get in touch with other women who fly, they’re very supportive.” She added, “I go to all these air shows because I get to meet people, and I love that. It’s always amazing to share what you’ve gone through. We don’t see a lot of female pilots out there.”

Captain Avreet Randhawa with Tim Genc, Director of Pilot Recruitment, and Finn Hudson, Pilot Recruiter.

Without the encouragement of her parents, Avreet admits she probably never would have become a pilot. “I was 10 when I started saying I wanted to fly.” Avreet ended up getting a bachelor’s degree in an IT-related field. In her last year at school, her father reminded her of that faded aspiration and motivated her to earn a pilot rating after graduation. It was a wildly different path than anyone in her family had taken. Still, two months after graduation, Avreet was at Phoenix East Aviation flight school halfway around the world, finally learning to fly.

Air Wisconsin First Officer Trista Higgins credits her mom with affirming her desire to take to the skies. “As a kid, I was always fascinated with airplanes and airline travel, but of course, never saw or knew a female pilot. When I was about eight years old, I asked my mom if girls could be pilots too. Without hesitation, she said, ‘Yes!’ From that point on, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to be.”

As one of the few airlines run by a female CEO, motivating women to explore careers in aviation is a pursuit especially close to Air Wisconsin’s heart. Supporting and sponsoring events like Girls in Aviation Day and the Women in Aviation annual conference are ways the company works toward that goal.

Captain Avreet Randhawa in an Air Wisconsin CRJ-200.

CEO Christine Deister said, “By our words and actions, let’s encourage and mentor our sisters, daughters and other young women by showing them that great aviation careers are accessible and available to them in the same way that we have always taken for granted and assumed that our brothers, sons and young men will pursue those opportunities.”

We all need encouragement from time to time. If you’re interested in a career as a pilot but unsure where to start, reach out to a local flight school and ask about discovery flights. You’ll takeoff in a small plane flown by a Certified Flight Instructor and know within minutes whether or not flying is for you. Next, “make connections and perhaps even find a mentor,” suggests First Officer Trista Higgins. “Do some research and figure out what kind of pilot you want to be. Find the best path for you, then go for it!”

First Officer Trista Higgins looking up at the tail of a CRJ-200.

Anyone interested in an aviation career is always welcome to seek advice from Air Wisconsin. Come see us at any event for resume reviews, interview tips, or just to say hello. You’ll likely meet one of our pilots who has been on the same journey you are on now. They would love to help.

You can also reach out to our recruiting team any time at pilotrecruiting@airwis.com, and explore all of our opportunities at www.airwis.com/careers.

Soaring into the Classroom

Air Wisconsin Gives Professional Pilots a Way to Continue Their Passion Through Teaching

As a child, you dream of becoming a pilot. The prestigious uniform. The cool shades. The cockpit dashboard that makes you feel like you could be Han Solo. Many years of hard work help you to achieve your one goal—becoming a commercial pilot. But, imagine you discover you have a disqualifying condition later in your career or are in a serious car accident that leads to the loss of your First Class Medical. Unfortunately, sometimes pilots find themselves unable to fly.

Air Wisconsin created a full-time position with these people in mind, giving pilots who may not be able to fly the chance to share their love of aviation and pass along their knowledge and experience. Senior Flight Training Instructors mainly teach in simulators in Phoenix (PHX), Cincinnati (CVG) and St. Louis (STL). Jet experience is required along with the ability to obtain any variant of the ATP certificate. A CFI certificate is preferred. Air Wisconsin will teach new instructors how to operate a CRJ-200, the current fleet type, if necessary.

Our simulators in CVG.

This new positon is just one measure Air Wisconsin is taking to improve our Flight Training curriculum. We recently deployed enhanced internet based training to help students stay engaged and supplement their lesson plans while in the classroom. A special focus is also placed on increasing student access to Flight Management System programming with new training software to help guide students through simulator training.

Additionally, Air Wisconsin is committed to attracting the best to join our team as First Officers by offering bonuses up to $57,000, industry-leading benefits and fast upgrades. First Officers can expect to upgrade to Captain in 18-24 months or sooner with previous part 121 experience. Captain qualified pilots are awarded their update during training and start flying for us in the left seat.

Explore all the available opportunities at Air Wisconsin at www.airwis.com/careers.

Air Wisconsin: Now Hiring Direct Entry Captains

Air Wisconsin is excited to give qualified pilots the opportunity to continue their flying career with the airline as a Direct Entry Captain. Pilots with 1,000 hours of previous Part 121 experience transition into a Captain upgrade class after initial training. These pilots will receive $44,000 in bonuses by completion of IOE and will start in the left seat.

Efficiently built schedules and excellent work rules make the most of your time away from home. All pilots have duty rigs (2:1) and trip rigs (4:1) with 12 guaranteed days off a month for reserve and line holders. The company also provides hotel rooms for breaks between flights that are over 4.5 hours.

In addition to Air Wisconsin’s industry-leading health benefits, the company offers an unparalleled 401(k) match program that’s two to three times higher than any other regional carrier. Pilots also can earn up to 35 vacation days per year and have the opportunity to apply to United’s new Aviate program. Learn more about Aviate HERE.  

Apply on Airline Apps or learn more about joining our team at www.airwis.com/pilots.

Questions? Email: pilotrecruiting@airwis.com