Hello Dispatch Peeps, Just want to put a word for ADI/CPA.
From someone who has worked there since the beginning, I can tell you we have worked with extremely fantastic folks in our OCC. We've hired dispatchers with experience and hired dispatchers straight out of school. We have a very good operation and for folks on their first dispatch Job, we offer a fantastic environment for you to get up to speed quick and if you feel like spreading your wings, I support that. We had one dispatcher who worked diligently, studied and sought anyway to help the operation grow. He was promoted to to ATS. He moved on to dispatching his dream huge aircraft, when that time came, we supported him. We have another dispatcher (which we hired straight out of school) who is being courted by one of the majors. We take pride in that. Consider the situation; we can prep someone to that level then see him off - its a great feeling and opens the door for another dispatcher trying hard to get in the door (lots of dispatchers out there who walked away cause they couldn't get hired somewhere or end up fake dispatching at a 135 operation). Some folks want to climb some like to stick around and grow. Whichever the case may be, I support them. Every supervisor should have that attitude.
We did a merger acquisition with California Pacific Airlines, they have resources, we have experience. We historically operated in the 121 Supplemental world, we entered into the EAS market a couple of years ago and passed proving runs first time around because we had experience. We ran our supplemental operations like it was a domestic operation. On our first EAS contract we had outstanding loadfactors, on time performance and reliability factors that lead to being awarded the contract a second term (thru 2020). We outperformed the previous carrier several times over. California Pacific Acquisition/Merger is a strategic move to start an organic scheduled service and diversify our operation between east coast charters, mid US EAS and west coast domestic service. Our ONLY relationship with GreatLakes - they provided us with ground support services and reservation systems. As of this summer, when they stopped operating ground support as well, we hired on all their station folks and as of last month, we stood up our own reservations department. For the name GreatLakesJetExpress? We adapted the name as a marketing solution. GreatLakes operated, for years, the EAS routes they operated. There was initial customer confusion when we took over the routes because "Aerodynamics" sounds more like a manufacturing firm than it does an airline so the GLJE name as a marketing/branding tool was incorporated and it worked very well.
So for all of you that may be interested, send us an email with your resume, or you could go by the information of people who like to be experts and curators of operations they've never worked for. And yes, we do practice planning by hand - any dispatcher worth their salt should visit that occasionally.
Anywho, thank you all for the conversation stream above. Keep doing what you're doing; them flyboys depend on us =)
Be safe and be blessed my dispatch bros and sis'.