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  1. ImNotARobot

    It's Official, OCPs are Coming!

    Ladies and their handbags. Honestly, who gives a shit?
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    Should be 1 Oct, first day of the new FY unless your local leadership holds you to 7-yr ROPMA. Which is stupid if they do.
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    The new airline thread

    Well said.
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    The new airline thread

    Along these lines, I'm hearing (from multiple sources) that Delta specifically is now avoiding the "Guard / Reserve Captains" due to the trend of dropping copious mil leave soon after hiring. That stinks for all the hopefuls. My immediate thought (if the airlines are going to play that game) would be that a 15+ yr Maj/LtC is a bigger threat. They are the one within striking distance of possibly getting an AD retirement after a big chunk of orders on staff/etc. Not the line flying Captain still within his UPT commitment. In any case, rumors and innuendo are worth exactly what you paid for them. I heard it from the bus driver who's cousin walks the babysitter's dog for the #3 decision maker at Delta. So like I said, very close hold.
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    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    No glorification for this POS from me. He was a fvcking criminal. Period. Thankfully there was no further loss of human life during his commission of a host of felonies. He could have driven the plane into the Space Needle. I don’t give a shit if he or the Germanwings piece of human excrement needed more coddling. That criminal made it harder for the rest of the professionals left in the wake of a major security breach.
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    It's Official, OCPs are Coming!

    I’m proud to wear a comfortable uniform. Also don’t need a zipper suit or a leather jacket for the world to know I’m a pilot. Would rather live in obscurity anyway. Flying cargo has greatly increased my antisocial tendencies. Who gives a shit? The OCPs rock for hot wx ops, also known as EVERY current deployed location.
  7. Details irrelevant. RUN.
  8. That is the most succinct impact. And those early in career 7-dayers will be non-current. And the regionals rejoiced. That party will be short lived as well, since they will be more qualified for the regional job than those conducting the regional interview. A touch and go back to currency, then move on. So what did this clause removal really accomplish? Shortened the kill chain decision matrix for 7-day opting. Neat job with that loophole Big Blue...now staffers simply won’t come back to the squadron. EVER.
  9. The clause that protected all guys/gals coming off a staff assignment to retrain back into their airframe. The Bobs “fixed the glitch”.
  10. How many times and in how many ways does Big Blue have to show that it will always defend the institution? I don’t need popcorn to watch reruns of shows where I already know the ending. I read this as no change. Business as usual. And if this is a dumpster fire, it has not yet reached peak temperatures. Stop gap measures will continue to patch together additional handcuffs for pilots to be trapped into ADSCs bringing them so close to 20 YoS that it would be madness to get out due to the cliff-vested retirement system. Ironically, BRS, while designed to save the institution money in the long run, would have provided all the golden trump card to simply walk away when the flames reached a prerequisite height. The generation behind us will have that option...20 YoS won’t mean the same thing to the millennials. It’s bizarre to think that a pension and lifetime medical is holding pilots back from preserving their family life and personal sanity.
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    Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)

    You need to stop talking.
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    The new airline thread

    Big “2” on all points as an MD-11/10 guy slightly junior to Hacker. It’s a question of months, not years, before your schedule gets amazing. And we can drop to the company (assuming reserve coverage). We can straight up drop reserve, without having to handcuff it to mil leave (assuming reserve coverage). We can trade trips/reserve with other pilots. It’s fantastic. I’ve sat a total of 3 DAYS of reserve in Memphis as a FDX pilot...just couldn’t drop those three consecutive days due to the reserve coverage for that period. I was awarded 3 months of reserve off IOE against my will. Now the only time I’d ever bid reserve is to conflict it with training, vacation, or another trip. Don’t want to delve too far down into conflict bidding vs. pref bidding system (PBS)...but being at an airline with conflict bidding is a BIG DEAL.
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    The new airline thread

    What percentage of awarded trips are green for you? I suspect the red/green % split varies widely with seat/fleet/month/etc. Big picture, do you basically have to fly what you’re awarded because all your trips are coded red? Why in the heck couldn’t you trade it to another pilot with ANY trip? Company still has the trip covered.
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    The new airline thread

    Slight gear shift...would an AAL airperson explain the red/redder scheduling concept I saw mentioned in another thread? Never heard the term before.
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    The new airline thread

    FDX only: I’d say it’s at least 50/50, maybe closer to 60/40. That’d be 60% nights. Techniques on getting paid are widely varied. Some will move to Memphis to sit reserve (day or night) at home. Some will take the line awarded and fly that exactly, so they will suffer more nights in the beginning and eventually move to days. When is eventually? Depends on which airframe. From my bidpack observation, the 757 is the heaviest on nights, and multilegs on those nights. The 777 is like its own airline on the other side of that spectrum, almost exclusively rocking long haul, never really seeing a hub turn, day or night. The 767/Bus are somewhere in the middle. The MD is a jack of all trades...days/nights/short/medium/long/domestic/intl. The company appears to hate the MD. Bad accident history, no one will ever purchase them again. It’s a battered wife scenario with the MD. They sure hate it, but they simply cannot retire them due to the unique lift they provide. Like a gap wedge...somewhere in between a 777 and a 767. But an ugly rusty old gap wedge they’d rather recycle with something sexy and new...that doesn’t currently exist. My point is, that night percentage is dependent on the fleet. 777 will eventually watch the sun set on a 12+ hr flight unless they’re going with the sun. With all those nights and multiple legs per duty period on the 757, one can hold CA @ 100% in less than two years. And fly 100% nights. Or be in the top 25% of FOs on the 75. And probably fly mostly days. But compared to the rest of the company’s nights schedule, it’s brutal. Or you can stay a WB FO for your whole career. Or you can wait til the 5+-8 yr point to hold 767/Bus/MD left seat. Not real sure how many years the more junior 777 CAs have on property. But all the seniority gravitates to the triple. It’s a simple math problem...most $$ for least amount of work. Some triple FO posted the straight up TRUTH about his average trip earlier in this thread. He’s totally ruined to do any actual “work” for the rest of his life...and why should he? From PJs/catering/airborne naps while hitting the cycle for every soft money stipulation in the contract is hard to walk away from. My point of going into all that extra crap is your nights % question is a red herring to decide cargo or not. I’ll let a UPS guy weigh in with what Brown can do for you...but at FDX, if they give you nights, aggressively search open time and change your fate after you’ve cut/slashed/burned/proffered every dog shit trip you were awarded. Someone out there is totally OK with flying nights. I’m thankful that those exist...I’m guessing about 60% of the company if the bid packs are accurate. Me? I’m not interested in flying nights. Unless it’s one leg into a beautiful trip with day flying and long layovers for the rest of the pairing.
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