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Do Pilots Have To Live Near Hubs?  
User currently offlineATLAaron From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7020 times:
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Or can they just live near any airport and catch their flights there?
This question goes for both the passenger airlines as well as FedEx and UPS.

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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9625 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6974 times:
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I met a CO pilot earlier this year who lives in Spokane, a city not even served by his airline. He has to fly to SEA or DEN to catch a flight to EWR, where he flys 738s to South American destinations.

User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2754 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6943 times:

As long as they are at work on time, the airlines couldn't care less where the pilots or flight attendants live. I've heard of an IAH based pilot who commutes from Managua.


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User currently offlineATLAaron From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6912 times:
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So you think they just non-rev to get where they need to be to report for work?

User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3503 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6886 times:

Quoting ATLAaron (Reply 3):
So you think they just non-rev to get where they need to be to report for work?

Pretty much. Growing up in the Seattle suburbs, I had a neighbor who flew 747s for JL (who don't even serve SEA), so I don't think it's terribly uncommon (quite the opposite I'd guess) for pilots to live far away from their airline's main hubs.



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User currently offline1Des1 From New Zealand, joined Jun 2006, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6880 times:

Quoting ATLAaron (Thread starter):
Or can they just live near any airport and catch their flights there?

I know of a few pilots who live in New Zealand and fly for airlines that do not even service the country. It doesn't matter where you live, you can negotiate in your contract how you will travel to the airlines hub, what class of travel to get there and family travel etc.


User currently offlineC133 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6851 times:
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At my airline, before I retired at least, a puilot on reserve (on call) was supposed to be no more than an hour away by surface transportation, but nothing prevented a pilot from commuting to his base and standing reserve in a hotel or crash pad. It's not any fun, but can be done. And some commuting stories are the stuff of legend. Imagine needing to get to work and facing full airplanes or serious weather delays. It's all happened.....


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User currently offlineBrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6803 times:

We have a family friend who lives in PER and flies for SAA out of JNB -- talk about a nasty commute!


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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6803 times:

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 2):
Managua.

Excuse my geographic ignorance, but is this a city, region, country ...?

Quoting C133 (Reply 6):
And some commuting stories are the stuff of legend. Imagine needing to get to work and facing full airplanes or serious weather delays

So I've heard; I'd love to hear some of them.

Lincoln



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User currently offlineCF188A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6794 times:

A neighbor of mine here in Ontario flys the 737 for KLM . He deadheads on the flights during the week, does his runs in Europe then comes home.

User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9625 posts, RR: 68
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6755 times:
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Managua is the capitol of Nicaragua

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Managua


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7263 posts, RR: 85
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6705 times:
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My uncle is Capt for AA, ORD based living in AUS.

Have a few other very close friends.

AA 777 FO, DFW based, lives in AUS.

FX MD11 Capt, MEM based, lives in AUS.

NW 757 Capt, MSP based, lives in AUS.

WN 737 Capt, HOU based, lives in AUS.


User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6609 times:

My mom was a DTW-based NW f/a, but we live in PIT. Ok, F/A is not pilot, but similar rule in this case.


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User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6581 times:

Pilots can commute to their assigned base city (hub) from anywhere they like using non-rev/jumpseat privaleges.

User currently offlineCurmudgeon From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 695 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6571 times:

It is possible to live quite far from your base, but commuting gets old very quickly. The farthest I lived from work was 9 hours by jet, but the most vexing was living 160 km by road from my job in Canada.

Pilot rosters seem to vary quite a bit between carriers-some are home most nights, so commuting is out. Others go to work only twice (very long trips, though) . I think most people end up in a different city because of rapid expansion/contraction of their carrier's fleet-no sense moving for what may only be a year or so before promotion or furlough.

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User currently offlineDesertFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6534 times:

My uncle who was a F/A with AA based at JFK, but lived near LAX. Wasn't an issue except he hated the job and quite after years of calling in sick all the time. Personally, I would like to live in California, but be based out of PHX. Anything more than a 5 hour flight seems excessive to me, just my opinion though.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6515 times:

HV has a rule for FAs at least (possibly pilots too) that they should be (while on duty) be able to reach Schiphol (or the other end of the route if they're inbound) within an hour.
Effectively that means they should live within an hour travel distance by train or car from the airport during rush hour traffic, or roughly 40km.



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User currently offlineUA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1730 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6487 times:

As others have said, commuting is an option. Many pilots who upgrade to larger equipment (unless they live in the city that has a crew base), end up commuting. (E.G. A pilot who lives in DEN but commutes to ORD).

I have heard of UA crews who are based out of SEA and live in Tokyo. Likewise I have heard of NYC based flight attendants who live in Japan.

I'm sure commuting can get old though, particularly if your last leg passes through your hometown! I recently flew DEN-IAD, and the captain (752) was DEN based, but finishing his last leg. At IAD he deadheaded on a flight back to DEN. Talk about a commute...


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