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Trans States Airlines

Bridgeton, MO

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  • Established in 1982, originally operated as Resort Air. Privately held regional airline owned by Trans States Holdings, with an excellent safety record. 
  • Currently employ approximately 1000 aviation professionals, of which close to 600 are pilots. 
  • Trans State will be recruiting at the FAPA.aero Global Pilot Job Fair in Las Vegas, LV on April 21, 2017. This is a great opportunity to speak to Trans State recruiters!
  • Operates for United Airlines as United Express and American Airlines as American Eagle, to over 70 cities in the US and Canada, with 250+ daily departures. 
  • Operates the Embraer 145 Aircraft. Trans States Holdings is the United States launch customer for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), with 50 firm orders and 50 options. Anticipated first delivery in 2018. Trans States Airlines Pilot Group has contractual secured the rights to the first 20 MRJs delivered. 
  • United Express expansion will continue in 2016 with an addition of 15 aircraft. 
  • Crew bases are located in St. Louis (STL), Chicago (ORD), Washington D.C. (IAD) Denver (DEN) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU). 
  • Company paid IPad for EFB
  • IATA code: AX; ICAO code: LOF
  • ATC callsign: "Waterski"
  • This page last updated: Fabruary 2, 2017 (Quicktake, Hiring, Pay Notes)
Total: 600
Active: 600
Furloughed: 0

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ATP Written is not required

4 company paid commuter hotels per month

New signing and retention bonus: $10,000 signing bonus $12,000 retention bonus after 1yr completion, $8,000 retention bonus after 2yr completion 

4.25 min day credit 

Trans State will be recruiting at the FAPA.aero Global Pilot Job Fair in Las Vegas, LV on April 21, 2017. This is a great opportunity to speak to Trans State recruiters!

Tuition Reimbursement through University and Flight Academy Partnerships Programs. Hiring Requirements

Generous Commuter Policy - requires only two scheduled flights on any airline in either the jump seat or cabin seat to get to work, unlimited use of commuter policy without punitive action.

Training - 100% Training pay. 90 day training period for new hires - Indoc Training through IOE. In house instructors. Base in STL during training.

Fast Captain Upgrades (12-16 months).

Reserve transparency - Ability to see schedules; Reserve scheduling flexibility - 7 days prior to reserve sit, pilot may add trip to their schedule.

Required Flight Experience:

1,500 Hrs.* TT, 200 Hrs. cross country, 100 Hrs. night, 25 Hrs. multi engine, 75 Hrs. instrument (*Total Time may be reduced to 1475 Hrs. with the Addition of 25 Hrs. of EMB 145 SIM Time*)

R-ATP qualified: 1,000 Hrs. TT or 1,250 Hrs. TT (FAR 61.159 and 61.160, AC 61-139), Military: 750 Hrs. TT

Current FAA Class 1 Medical Certificate

At least 21 years of age

Background Checks: DOT Background / criminal history / reference check / fingerprints/ National Drivers Record / No excessive check ride failures

Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship is required.

TSA provides ATP-CTP course for ATP or R-ATP eligible pilots, including travel and hotel accommodations. TSA offers 3 Convenient Ways to Interview - Candidates choose what works best for their schedule.

1. Interview at our headquarters in Saint Louis. Recruiters will gladly arrange flights in and out of Saint Louis.
2. Interview via Skype. Skype allows quick interviews without travel hassle for prompt job offer.
3. Interview at a Hiring Sessions across the nation.

TSA will fly candidates in and out the same day to a Hiring Sessions if scheduled in advance. If travel is not need candidate can simply apply online via airlineapps.com, bring logbook and copy of your application then interview on the spot (Advance appointments are recommended, but not required).

Visit TSA website to get the current list of Hiring Sessions and locations. Click on “Meet A Pilot Recruiter.”

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CAAS approved for jump seating, Known Crew Member (KCM) badge.

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TSA Pilots signed 3 year contract extension August 2015, includes top-tier pay scale (among the highest in the regional industry).

$10,000 signing bonus

Future Raises - Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 1.5% in 08/2016, 08/2017 and 08/2018.

TSA pilot's enjoy profit sharing through the "PAYS Program," where they are eligible for up to $1200 a year in profit sharing

Premium Pay – Over time pay 150% for Captains and FOs 

Monthly guarantee: 75 hours
Reserve guarantee: 75 hours

Lines built typically greater than 80 hours (84 hour average).

Cancellation pay 100% leg by leg, block or better, pay protected for assigned flying.

Deadhead pay 100%.

11 days off guaranteed.

$1,500 Pilot Referral Bonus for each pilot hired and completes IOE.

Great health care coverage with low deducible. Health coverage provided by United Healthcare.

Dental provided by Delta Dental.

401K participation after 6 months, fully vested after 3 years.

Accidental life and dismemberment provided at 1.5 x annual salary, with additional coverage optional.

Company paid parking in base and a parking stipend for commuters.

After one year, 7 days of vacation are accrued, with the number of days increasing with years of service.

$25 monthly uniform allowance

Most junior captain hired: 
DEN 01/14/15
IAD 01/05/15
ORD 01/14/15
RDU 02/11/15
STL 03/09/15


Increase to $1.90 on August 2017


401K: $.50 for $1 up to 6% pilot contribution

401K Matching: Yes

A/B Fund: none