Monarch Air


ma-logo-72-dpi-500wFounded in 1986 by a major airline pilot with a passion for the industry, Monarch Air was introduced as North Texas’ premier flight-training facility. With the help of outstanding customers and associates, we have since grown to establish, along with our flight-training department, a well-known, high-performing charter department and maintenance facility in Addison, Texas. With an integrated team effort from all divisions, Monarch Air strives for complete reliability in dispatch and the safest operation with our professional flight crews.

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Since the inception of our charter department, we have provided the best private alternative to business and personal travel in the Southwest region. It is our number one priority to make our passengers feel safe, special, and comfortable in our aircraft by providing the best customer service possible from beginning to end. Our charter fleet currently consists of King Air B200’s, King Air B350’s, and several light and mid-sized jets with a huge potential for growth.

For our most recent undertaking, in July of 2015, we received our authorization to operate a one-of-a-kind scheduled commuter service with our business partner, Rise. Along with our part 135 on-demand charter service, we now operate over 55 scheduled weekly flights between key cities in Texas and are rapidly growing. Rise is a unique, subscription based membership opportunity for travelers wishing to have an alternative to endless lines, middle seats, and the general hassles of commercial flight. Rise’s partnership with Monarch Air is giving our members back the most valuable assets of all: their time. By giving outstanding service on and off-board our planes, we are providing an alluring private travel alternative for members on our ever expanding route map and time table.

As we grow and move into sought-after cities in Texas and beyond, we are building a team of exceptional individuals who are motivated to make Travel Better. We are seeking powerful individuals who take charge and own their roles in making the best, most comfortable traveling experience possible for our members and on-demand charter customers. Pilots are a crucial part of that effort. We are hand selecting each of our pilots to be leaders, team players, and the best in the industry. We have an unfaltering commitment to safety and expect each of our pilots to fly as if their own family were on board.

We are currently hiring for our bases in:

Houston Hobby (HOU)

Dallas Addison (ADS) and Love Field (DAL)

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Living in Dallas: 

As the ninth-largest city and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation, Dallas covers approximately 343 square miles and has a population of 1,241,162. The ultra modern and sophisticated city attracts worldwide travelers, making the area the No. 1 visitor and leisure destination in Texas.

Throughout the city, you can enjoy the best shopping in the southwest, four-and five-diamond/star hotels and restaurants, the largest urban arts district in the nation, 14 entertainment districts and much more. Blend in moderate weather, year-round sports and true Southern hospitality for a true “taste” of the Dallas difference. Residents are exposed to a city of success … where optimism meets opportunity. Its pioneering spirit is alive and well.

Dallas is also a leading business and meeting city. In 2012, 18 area businesses were named Fortune 500 companies, including Exxon Mobil, Southwest Airlines and Texas Instruments.

The DFW metroplex is a conglomeration of 35 independent and self governed communities, so it is easy to find a unique place to live that fits your lifestyle and yet still have the advantages of living in one the largest metropolitan areas in the US.

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Photo provide by Monarch Air

Living in Houston:

Houston is the fourth most populous city in the nation (trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago) with 2.1 million residents, and is the largest in the southern U.S. and Texas covering 8,778 square miles. Alive with energy and rich in diversity, Houston offers a dynamic mix of imagination, talent and first-class attractions that makes it a world-class city. Home to a vibrant economy, beautiful surroundings and a population full of optimism and spirit, it’s no wonder that Houston is a popular destination.

Home to mild temperatures, several professional sports teams, the nation’s second largest Theater District, several world-renowned parks, over 5000 energy related business, and NASA (to name a few) there is really something for everyone.

Captain Minimums

  • Current 1st class medical
  • 3000 hours Total Time
  • 1000 hour Multi Engine PIC

First Officer Minimums

  • FAA Commercial Multi-Engine & Instrument rating
  • Current 2nd class medical
  • 1000 hours Total Time
  • 500 hours PIC
  • 100 hours Multi-Engine
  • King Air BE-300 type rating and experience preferred
  • Prior 121/135 experience preferred
  • Clean FAA/DOT record
  • 1-year training contract required upon start-date of training

Benefits include: 401K Plan; medical, dental, and vision insurance; all expenses paid while on trips; paid-time off

If you feel you have what it takes to be a contribution to our team and are excited about the opportunity Monarch Air has to offer, please email our HR department at: [email protected].

Interview with Chris Gowdy,

Vice President of Flight Operations

Pre Interview:

Craig: How do you select applicants to be brought in for an interview?

Chris Gowdy: We have a team of on-boarding specialists who review each application and resume and determine if the candidate meets our requirements. Those who do meet

our requirements are first invited for an initial phone screen. If selected to continue, we will bring them to Dallas for a panel interview.

C: What can an applicant do to increase their chances of being called for an interview?

CG: Having a well thought-out, outlined, and current resume is a good start. So many people we review out there haven’t put much effort into their resumes, and to me, that shows they won’t put much effort into their role here either.

C: How critical is it to attend a job fair to get an interview?

CG: Job fairs are a great way to get information about the industry and ask questions to companies – big and small. It is not a necessity to be considered for a position with us but it shows motivation and initiative. I love putting a face to a voice, and a job fair is the most expeditious way to do that. It gives each side a chance to see if it’s a good fit; both for the company and the pilot.

C: What is the best way to prepare for an interview with your company?

CG: Be yourself. We are looking for individuals who fit in well with our company but we also want to be a good fit for you. Being prepared to answer questions open and honestly is crucial. Think about what you can contribute to the company and also your opportunities for growth.


C: Can you walk me through a typical day of interviews?

CG: After communications with our hiring director, a simple phone screen and invitation for an interview, the applicant can expect to sit with 2 or 3 executives from specific departments for a panel interview. The interview consists of questions regarding past experience, knowledge based questions, and systems questions.

C: What kind of questions can an applicant expect to be asked?

CG: Anything pertaining to past work experience, experience with aircraft and with other crew members, and systems-based knowledge questions. We put a great emphasis on customer service skills so we will ask in-depth scenarios that will test your critical thinking skills as well.

C: Can you give me some examples of the TMAAT questions that you like to ask?

CG: Tell me about a time when…

…you disagreed with a captain or crewmember.

…you disagreed with a company procedure.

…you had a difficult customer, was the customer right?

…you found yourself in a predicament in an airplane, how did you work through it?

C: What are some of the biggest mistakes that applicants make during the interview process?

CG: Not being authentic. Like I’ve said: be yourself. We want it to be an open forum for everyone to get familiar with each other. We pride ourselves on being a very approachable group of people, we want to know that you’re the same. So many times I’ve had applicants state one thing on a resume, then their story is completely different. We want to get to know you, not who you want us to think you are.  We try and be very open and honest about our operation and expect the same from you.

Post Interview:

C: Do you tell applicants they are hired in person that day?

CG: We try our best to respond within a 24-hour period. I like to give the same respect that we expect from our applicants. I like to give a phone call either way so that it’s sincere. We always truly appreciate each and every one of the persons who take time out of their hardworking day to apply with us, so we want to say thank you. It’s not always a good fit, but at the very least we owe a genuine “thank you” and communication to let the applicant know either way.

C: How soon can an applicant expect a class date after being hired?

CG: We always allow the applicant to give at least a two-week notice to their current employer, as we would expect the same if they were to separate from us. That being said, when we do hire, we are typically hiring for immediate positions so we like to get started ASAP! Often times there will be delays with our simulator class sessions, but we like to get INDOC classes rolling ASAP.


C: How many pilots does your airline expect to hire this year?

CG: 10 – 20

C: Does Monarch Air have a pilot referral program?

CG: We are always looking to hire the best and we take heavy consideration to referrals from within. If our guys/gals are the best and they are recommending a friend or former colleague, we expect them to also be the best. Currently we do not have a compensatory referral program, just the idea that working with your friends and teammates will be rewarding. If you enjoy your workplace, you’ll help the company grow and succeed together. Not to say that we are not looking at that in the future. We are always looking for ways to improve employee retention and are open to any and all options.

C: Can you describe the career path program that Monarch Air has to offer?

CG: We always anticipate to upgrade from within. If one is to be hired as an FO, our hope is that he/she will stay with us long enough to upgrade. As we add cities to our route map and jets to our charter fleet, we look to our pilot group to promote. As bases are added, there are management opportunities in the way of Chief Pilots, Base Managers, etc…we aren’t there yet, but fully anticipate growth from within.

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