Casmer “Pigeon” Ratkowiak

Casmer is an A-220 Captain for a major US airline and has 20 years of experience as a Marine including over eleven years flying the F/A-18 and T-45 and over six years in multiple staff assignments in aviation safety and aviation resource planning and as a ground forward air controller with an infantry battalion. With valuable insight from his successful interviews at multiple major airlines and cargo, Casmer has helped hundreds with their applications and built a strong reputation in helping aviators from various backgrounds including regional and major part 121, part 135, corporate, fractional and the multiple fixed wing and rotary wing communities of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Army. He has been tracking the interview trends of major airlines and cargo since the 2004 timeframe and has been passionate in helping pilots navigate the airline career transition process since the 2008 timeframe.

Casmer is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is married with two children. He will do his utmost to help you build your brand and get you moving forward.

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Andrew Nelson
Andrew Nelson
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There’s a saying in the Army to, “Perform the task to standard, not time.” Casmer took the time to set and exceed the standard of professionalism I expected from an application review! He went extra miles to help me and for that I’m truly thankful. I hope to be able to tell him I got the job after my upcoming interview, because I know how much seeing people succeed means to him and how hard he worked to guide and inspire me to continue to work harder and smarter, to reflect the best I could be on an application. I highly recommend both him and Checkedandset!
Jacob Shaw
Jacob Shaw
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I had my application reviewed by a friend who is a pilot recruiter before going to Checked and Set. I was skeptical that they could add much further value. Casmer not only found minor mistakes that got past everyone, but had meaningful suggestions to improve the application quality. He has in-depth knowledge about the hiring process and what recruiters at each airline are looking for. 10/10 recommended
Andrew Joynes
Andrew Joynes
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Checked and set is a fantastic company! I was able to connect with Casmer who went through my application review EXTREMELY thoroughly! He provided a great amount of insight, was extremely easy to communicate and coordinate with (given the crazy schedules of airline pilots) and was very adaptable to my specific needs! Well worth the money and happy to contribute some success to his insight! Professionalism is 10/10!
Yehiel Sasson
Yehiel Sasson
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Did an application review with Casmer. He went above and beyond and even spent extra time to review my applications which contained errors that I could have not recognized without his professional advice. And sure enough, after fixing my applications with Casmer, I received an invite from all the three legacy carriers. I cant stress enough how important those application reviews are. I highly recommend this company. They know everything about the hiring process with those airlines.
John Gallo
John Gallo
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Worked with Casmer on both resume review and airline application and I'm very happy with both! I had put together what I thought was a solid resume and application and he helped me take it from good to great. Highly recommend!
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