It is an exciting time at Air Choice One! Growth and expansion in strategic areas are paramount and, the communities they serve benefit as a result.
Air Choice One is a scheduled Midwest regional airline providing Essential Air Service to communities, with headquarters based in St. Louis, Missouri. The presence of Air Choice One in the communities they serve supports community growth and economic development by providing a means to increase business traffic, foster travel opportunities for residents and offer families an affordable way to come together.
Elevating the air travel experience for business and leisure passengers alike, Air Choice One offers a “First-Class” experience and a comfortable atmosphere wherein to travel. Air Choice One’s goal is to deliver excellent customer service, reliable scheduled commercial air service, and an experience unlike any other.
Air Choice One offers an extraordinary opportunity for rural communities such as the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of efficient, scheduled airline service into larger cities, like St. Louis (STL), Chicago (ORD) and Minneapolis (MSP), from their local airport.
Air Choice One is a Part-135 Scheduled Airline serving rural and urban communities located in the Midwest. The company is enroute to become a Part-121 Airline servicing even more Midwestern communities.
Air Choice One began its’ journey back in 1979 under its parent name, Multi- Aero, Inc. Multi-Aero, Inc. began as a corporate charter, crop dusting and cargo delivery for the U. S. Postal Service (USPS) and United Parcel Service (UPS). Since it’s inception, Multi-Aero has made its way from a unique affordable carrier to a very successful scheduled airline.
In 2008, Multi-Aero, Inc. became Air Choice One, when they won their first Essential Air Services contract with a route connecting Kirksville, Missouri to St. Louis-Lambert International Airport. In a short span of eight years, Air Choice One has flourished into a booming scheduled carrier with services to ten Midwestern destinations, and 58 convenient weekly flights. Air Choice One offers connecting flights from smaller communities to larger hubs such as St. Louis-Lambert International Airport (STL), and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).
This year has been a banner year for Air Choice One. They have added their eleventh aircraft to their already hardy fleet, and started providing airline services to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) as their third hub.
The future for Air Choice One is looking bright, including expansion of scheduled services and operating larger more dynamic aircraft as growth demands.
The mission of Air Choice One mission is to be a performance leader in the airline industry by providing services tailored to meet the ever-changing realm of air travel and set the highest standards in service, safety and cost containment in the industry. Bringing excellence to the table, Air Choice One unlocks the potential to elevate the standards for air travel in the areas they serve. Air Choice One continues to press forward to surpass their competitors in quality, innovation and improving their services to become the preferred airline in the communities they serve. As they tirelessly pursue new growth opportunities, Air Choice One works to continually improve their strong competitive position for serving strategic markets as an ethical company that is emulated as a model of success.
Air Choice One is building a solid foundation by strategically controlling their growth for sustainability. Investing in advanced software suites, such as eTT Aviation’s SkedFlex, to assist in managing flight operations, and creating a seamless environment for flight routing and ground operations.
Air Choice One’s fleet consists of Cessna Caravan 208B in both legacy and glass cockpit (EX) setups. The fleet of Cessna Caravan is equipped with both traditional instruments panel with a Garmin 530/430 GPS, or the G1000 glass cockpit on the EX models. All aircraft are equipped to safely conduct operations during icing in-flight.
Captain / Pilot in Command Part 135 minimum Requirements
- Commercial Single Engine
- Instrument Rated
- First or Second Class Medical
- 1,200 Total Time
- 500 Cross Country Time
- 100 Night Time
- 75 hours of actual or simulated instrument time
- 50 Turbine
First Officer/ Second in Command minimum Part 135 Requirements
- Commercial Single Engine
- Instrument Rated
- First or Second Class Medical
- 250 Total Time
- 100 Cross Country
- 50 hours of actual or simulated instrument time
- 50 Turbine
Air Choice One promotes from within when possible, and each employee has a chance for upward mobility opportunities over the course of their career. A First Officer can expect to upgrade to a Captain (PIC) within 6 to 12 months of joining Air Choice One.
Air Choice One offers completive benefits such as:
- Competitive Pay
- Per Diem (Per Duty Hour) Pay
- Paid Training
- Medical and Dental Insurance
- 401k Plan
- Paid Vacation and Holidays
- Flight Benefits
- Discounts on cruises, car rental, hotels and other hospitality services.
A key benefit that Air Choice One has to offer Pilots is the opportunity to work in a safe professional environment, with an experienced flight management and ground support team.
Every month Air Choice One has scheduled training for newly hired pilots and Captain Upgrades. Within the three-week training course the first week is online based training via Computer Training Systems (CTS), the second week is classroom indoctrination/systems training, and during the final week is the scheduled Cessna Caravan training flights and a subsequent check ride.
Each month Pilots are given the opportunity to bid upon routes and schedules. Captains PIC are guaranteed a minimum of 70 hours a month and First Officers are guaranteed 60 hours a month. The past three months, pilots have been averaging flight time of 82 hours per month. A typical Air Choice One Pilot schedule can last three to four days on the line, with two to three days off.
Air Choice One currently has three bases of operations; St. Louis-Lambert International Airport (STL), Mason City, Iowa (MCW), and Gogebic-Iron County Airport in Ironwood, Michigan (IWD).
Air Choice One is currently hiring Pilots for their St. Louis, Missouri base. According to financial studies, the St. Louis Metropolitan area is in the top ten most affordable places to live in the United States. St. Louis has great things to offer, a thriving diverse culture of people, free attractions such as museums, the St. Louis Zoo, premier science, and art centers. Additionally, St. Louis is home to Anheuser Busch Brewing (InBev), and a large number of independent craft beer brewers. If you are looking for fun things to do, St. Louis has concerts, major sporting events, and an unending list of fairs and festivals.
Headquarters: St Louis, Missouri
Year Founded: 1979
Number of employees: 200
Number of Aircraft: 11
Number of Pilots: 90
Most Junior Captain Hired: December 2016
Number of Bases: 3
Bases: STL (St. Louis, MO), MCW (Mason City, IA), IWD (Ironwood, MI)
Number of Cities served: 10
Key Benefits: Competive Pay, 401k, CASS, Medical and Dental Insurance, Paid Vacation
Phone – 314-843-8501
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Interview with Ray Randolph, Air Choice One
Craig: How do you select applicants to be brought in for an interview?
Ray: Air Choice One will review all candidate resumes that are submitted. Air Choice One will look at a pilot’s breakdown of flight times, type of flying experience, Type of Certification, Ratings and Credentials.
C: What can an applicant do to increase their chances of being called for an interview?
R: If a Pilot has 500 or more total time, experience with cross-country and night time flying, instrument proficient, and have relevant experience
C: How critical is it to attend a job fair to get an interview?
R: Not critical, we accept candidates’ resumes & application via Social Media, and emails.
C: What is the best way to prepare for an interview with your company?
R: Be prepared to discuss your aviation experience, basic IFR procedures, your attitude towards customer service, describe your short and long term career goals
C: Can you walk me through a typical interview?
R: Telephone interview, Behavioral Based Interview, Personality Assessment, and finally in person interview at Air Choice One Corporate office, and review of the pilot’s log book.
C: What kind of questions can an applicant expect to be asked?
R: Behavioral based interview, “what has been your worse day in Aviation?” We will ask questions about their work history, long and short term career goals. Also will ask what they know about Air Choice One. We want to ensure that a candidate will fit within Air Choice One’s culture.
C: Can you give me some examples of the TMAAT questions that you like to ask?
R: We will ask the candidate, “Tell me about a time you were pressured into doing something unsafe, and how did you respond?
C: If the TMAAT question being asked does not apply to that applicant can that question be skipped?
C: What are some of the biggest mistakes that applicants make during the interview process?
R: One of the biggest mistakes a candidate can do is not being prepared. Not knowing the history or current information about Air Choice One.
C: Is there a written or computer test?
C: Is there a personality test?
C: What recommendations do you have for applicants to prepare themselves for the personality test?
R: Take your time; take the test on a computer, not a smart phone, There is no wrong answer.
C: What results are you looking for in order for an applicant to pass the personality test?
R: Do they have a personality that is a good fit with the work culture and the Mission of Air Choice One.
C: Do you have a simulator ride?
C: Do you tell applicants they are hired in person that day?
R: Yes, After a Pilot has completed the in person interview.
C: If not, how long do applicants have to wait to know if they are hired?
R: 2 to 4 days
C: How soon can an applicant expect a class date after being hired?
R: Air Choice One has an Indoctrination class every month. We try to get candidates in the next month’s class.
C: How many pilots does your airline expect to hire this year?
R: At least 60, 30 Captains/ Pilot In Command and 30 First Officers/ Second In Command.
Recruiter: Ray Randolph
Megan Hovey: Marketing Coordinator
Stefanie Kitcher: Marketing Manager
Brenda Barnes: Employee Travel Coordinator