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Typical Flight Crew Weeks  
User currently offlineJohnyv From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 43 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2319 times:

For many of us who work Monday-Friday in the same place, and envy those who don't. What are some current trips that flight crews are now taking during a week? Nightime Layovers, etc.
What does a typical day / week look like? Where do you go, how many legs can you fly?
I've often wondered what it would be like being in different places from day to day and night to night.

BTW: How many nights can you layover in a row, and how long or short can trips be?

Just curious!!!

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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3427 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

Next week i'll be working monday and thursday-saturday with a total of 13 legs. I'll have tuesday, wednesday and sunday off. On Thursday i'll have a 18+ hours layover in GVA (1pm-7:40am), on all other days I will be back home after work. I'll be working flights to AMS, BUD, ATH, PMI, CDG and GVA. I'll have early check-ins (6amish), but will be out of work again by noon except for friday when i'll be back home by 4pmish.

That's pretty much a regular week for a shorthaul FO at LX  Wink


User currently offlineSmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1524 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2209 times:

Don't know if your interested but my Father is a Long-Haul CSM at QF, is currently doing a base swap to MEL (normally commutes to SYD from MEL) currently doing NYC trips only thus for this bid-period one week on one week off, pretty much sunday to sunday. Pattern is something like:

MEL-LAX (36hrs off) LAX-JFK-LAX (36hrs off) LAX-MEL

Pretty good trip I'd reckon hes one of the 'old battle axes' though so pretty senior, nice for me to tag along with as they don't have to give up their hotel room in LA so I'd hang there for few days  Wink


User currently onlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3495 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

Captains and FO's at my airline usually can work anywhere from zero (if off/on reserve) to about 4. Unfortunately many of the pairings are long days (10-13 hours total). Not all of the time is spent behind the controls but the clock is still running if they are on the ground, break, taxiing other planes around (a frequent occurrence at our airline LOL). Some crew members bid reserve which means they can be called in to crew a flight with little notice if they are on reserve for that date.

Minimum rest comes into play for crews who do layovers (they may only be on the ground for 8-10 hours sometimes before the next flight).

[Edited 2009-10-06 21:00:00]


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User currently offline413x3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2071 times:



Quoting Smi0006 (Reply 2):
MEL-LAX (36hrs off) LAX-JFK-LAX (36hrs off) LAX-MEL

That's a nice flight! Enough time to enjoy 2 great cities.


User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2042 times:

Hello there, im a long haul pilot at TK. My work varies dramatically...the other night i did a VIP flight to BAH-DOH from IST, tomorrow im flying to DEL for a night back to IST then back to DEL again...

on some months i do 3-4 E/R flights to ORD, SIN, NRT,KIX...so it varies!

my worst legs are from istanbul to lagos, we don't overnight, we go as 4 pilots, around 18:35 minutes of duty...pretty rough! but loads of fun  Smile



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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

here was my dads last trip

Day 1
DTW-BWI
BWI-DTW
DTW-LGA

Day 2
LGA-TPA

Day 3
TPA-LGA
LGA-PBI

Day 4
PBI-LGA
LGA-DTW
DTW-IAH

Day 5
IAH-DTW
DTW-CLT
CLT-DTW

next trip
Day 1
DTW-BWI
BWI-DTW
DTW-LGA

Day 2
LGA-MSP
MSP-PHL

Day 3
PHL-MSP
MSP-DEN

Day 4
DEN-DTW
DTW-BWI
BWI-DTW

and last trip of the month
Day 1
DTW-FLL
FLL-MEM
MEM-DCA

Day 2
DCA-MSP
MSP-YYC

Day 3
YYC-MSP
MSP-MDW

Day 4
MDW-MSP
MSP-PDX

Day 5
PDX-MSP
MSP-DTW



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7191 posts, RR: 86
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1998 times:
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I've bragged a few times on here about my uncle. He's a Captain with AA; been there 32 years in June. Was hired straight from college (UGA) at age 21. Ten guys in his training class; 2 went to 727, 8 went to 707 school. He moved to FO on DC10 and FO on MD80. Made Captain in 9 years. Capt on MD80. Capt on 757/767. Check Airman on 757/767. FFDO. He has been crew based at DFW, ORD, MIA, ORD, and now back at DFW. He gave up Check Airman in 2008 and went back to flying the line out of DFW. He's the second most senior 57/67 Capt at his crew base and a top 100 pilot at AA.

The last 3 months he flew - August - 5x OGG, September - 4x HNL, this month, October 5x CDG. He still loves driving a plane and plans to retire before age 60. Unfortunately, he's part of the reason I work in aviation now.  rotfl 


User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3193 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1973 times:



Quoting FXramper (Reply 7):
I've bragged a few times on here about my uncle.

A few??  eyebrow 

One wouldn't have thought it necessary to preface the schedules with one's resume, but I'll play along.  Wink

Quoting FXramper (Reply 7):
He's a Captain with AA;

My old man's a Captain with NW

Quoting FXramper (Reply 7):
Was hired straight from college (UGA) at age 21.

Went into the Navy after college at 22

Quoting FXramper (Reply 7):
Ten guys in his training class; 2 went to 727, 8 went to 707 school.

Graduated #3 in his class, got assigned to west coast F-14's and flew with one of the most distinguished Pacific fleet fighter squadrons, later given orders to Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun).

Quoting FXramper (Reply 7):
He moved to FO on DC10 and FO on MD80.

Hired onto 727 SO, moved to 727 FO, 757 FO, DC10 FO

Quoting FXramper (Reply 7):
Made Captain in 9 years.

Made Captain in 6 years.

Quoting FXramper (Reply 7):
Capt on MD80.

Captain on 727

Quoting FXramper (Reply 7):
Capt on 757/767.

Captain on 757

Quoting FXramper (Reply 7):
Check Airman on 757/767.

Captain on 747-400

Quoting FXramper (Reply 7):
Unfortunately, he's part of the reason I work in aviation now.   

Me too  Wink


As for the schedule, the sun rises and sets over NRT for the 744 crews. Upcoming trip:

Day 1
MSP-NRT

Day 3
NRT-MNL

Day 5
MNL-NRT

Day 6
NRT-LAX

Day 7
LAX-NRT

Day 9
NRT-MSP

Day 10
MSP-NRT

Day 12
NRT-DTW



A340-500: 4 engines 4 long haul. 777-200LR: 2 engines 4 longer haul
User currently offlineJQFlightie From Australia, joined Mar 2009, 945 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

now now before you all laugh, i work for a LCC and this is what my roster looks like this week:
Monday:
0500 sign-on NTL-MEL-LST-MEL-NTL 1315 sign-off
Tuesday:
0500 sign-on NTL-MEL-LST-MEL-NTL 1315 sign-off
Wednesday (Today)
0830 sign-on pax NTL-SYD operate SYD-OOL-SYD pax SYD-NTL 1630 sign-off
Thursday:
OFF
Friday:
OFF
Saturday:
AVLB
Sunday
0530 sign-on NTL-BNE-MKY-BNE-NTL 1345 sign-off

nice and easy week  Smile



Next Trip: PER-DPS-LOP-CGK-KUL-PVG-LHR, LCY-MAD-VLC, BCN-LYS-TLS-IST-JED-KUL-SGN-CAN-MEL
User currently offlineSmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1524 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1917 times:



Quoting JQFlightie (Reply 9):
now now before you all laugh, i work for a LCC and this is what my roster looks like this week:

Do you JQ guys get over-nights at all?
If not I suspect thats where my 3 day trips went lol, no allowances or hotel costs  Wink When I was back with QFlink was so easy it was not funny;

Bad three dayier one would be:
Dayone:
MEL-MQL
MQL-MEL
MEL-NTL
NTL-BNE
BNE-NTL

Day two:
NTL-BNE
BNE-NTL

Day there:
NTL-MEL
MEL-CBR
CBR-MEL

The good three day trips would do without the MQL return on the first day and no CBR when you got back to Mel on the last day they also had a nice late start time of 13:00 out of NTL ahh those were the days.

The second day was always the best because it was an early start so you were normally back at the hotel by 11 just in time for a nap before a day by the pool  Wink Used to try and do one of those trips then a day off followed by an over night two days off and then a three dayier again.... V nice


User currently offlineJQFlightie From Australia, joined Mar 2009, 945 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1909 times:



Quoting Smi0006 (Reply 10):
Do you JQ guys get over-nights at all?
If not I suspect thats where my 3 day trips went lol, no allowances or hotel costs When I was back with QFlink was so easy it was not funny;

it just depends what going on in the network, for eg: i got 6 overnights last month as i worked out of the MEL base.. it changes every month  Smile
I sometimes wish i went all the way through training with QLink... but thought id stay with JQ instead... and now ill do anything to get out, even take QF PER base  Wink



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