How does a pilot get a job flying a ups plane?

Discussion in 'UPS Airline / Gateway' started by vanbc, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. vanbc

    vanbc New Member

    Does ups post these internally?
    Do they have post em on workopolis or what?
    Just wondering.
  2. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    They don't post on a UPS Freight Forum, thats for sure. I would think there is a career link at
  3. drewed

    drewed Shankman

    i believe they go to i think the airline still does its hiring off of that......if fly wide body air craft expect to be domiciled in ANC for awhile...
  4. brownrodster

    brownrodster New Member

    It's like any job at UPS. Start as a part time package handler. When a pilot position in your building opens up it goes to the highest seniority person who wants the job.
  5. drewed

    drewed Shankman

  6. JonFrum

    JonFrum Guest

  7. mountaingoat

    mountaingoat New Member

    Hours, hours, hours.

    Start with You'll probably find the most listed in the Louisville, KY area.
  8. brownhorn

    brownhorn Member

    I'm filing a grievance! They must have hid the bid list in my building!
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Our air is flown in and out by a contract airline.
  10. stevetheupsguy

    stevetheupsguy sʇǝʌǝʇɥǝndsƃnʎ

    Is there also a week of training before you can fly planes?
  11. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    While on the picket line in '97, we had several pilots join us. One had started as a package handler at MANNH.
  12. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    We had one come by too. He stayed about an hour.
  13. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah, but they looked real nice in their pretty uniforms for that hour!!!!
  14. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    You have to learn to pile it before you can pilot.
  15. LiL"Comet"

    LiL"Comet" New Member

    About 3 weeks ago I took the guys that work on my air belt to our air hub for them to get an inside look of what goes own in a nightly basis there. A field trip if you will, I spoke with one of the three pilots leaving that night before they left about his job. Very interesting what he had to say about it the others pilots acted as if they were to good to speak with little owl me. He did say he started as a pkg handler and had already started getting flight hours before starting at UPS. I enjoyed seeing what happens and it was good for the guys to see the bigger picture of what they have a part in every night.
  16. But Benefits Are Great!

    But Benefits Are Great! Just Words On A Screen

    OK, first, you have to get just a ***** load of coffee & donuts.......
  17. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    ...and then walk up to everyone wearing a suit and say, "I am going to be the best pilot in the history of UPS and in the shortest time ever!"
  18. 705red

    705red Browncafe Steward

    Flying experience might help and filling out a job application wont hurt either. Its like the guy that wants to win the lotto but wont buy a ticket, you wont find the winning ticket on the sidewalk.
  19. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    There is a UPS pilot that lives on one of the routes I used to cover. Sounds like most UPS pilots moved here from other airlines. The work rules/schedules are also very, very different.

    If I understood things, there are only 3 hubs in the US (for bid purposes) and very few bid "regular routes." Bid packages are posted every 6 weeks (I think, I am going off the memory of a discussion 2ish years ago) for 2 week schedules.

    If you read through the contract, you will see some language regarding riding jumpseats. That is for pilots and other crew to get to their "work starting terminal." Pilots do not typically fly from one airport to another and back.

    Someone has to predict our air volume, in advance, in order to dispatch the proper number of planes and crew. That volume changes weekly/seasonally.

    I thought it was incredibly interesting. I also learned that at peak, I am spending more time with my family, than a pilot does the rest of the year.

    Hotel living SUCKS. The pilot life is not for me.

  20. rod

    rod retired and happy

    We had a very good looking young gal who worked part time evenings. First she decided she wanted to learn to fly so off to the local airport she went and got all the pilot ratings they offered. Then she decided she wanted to fly for UPS so off she went to the big city. She got a job at a regional airlines while she was working her way up the ladder. The last I heard she was flying big shots and rock stars around the world in private jets. I can't imagine her wanting to haul cardboard anymore.:peaceful: