Spoiler From Spain, joined Apr 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
This is a question for any airline pilot who may feel inclined to answer. How much time to you spend away from home? I'm considering working towards an airline flying position, but the time away from home requirements are somewhat of a concern for me, because I'm hoping to also spend time with my future family (I'm not married yet). It would be great if I could get a regional airline pilot, a major airline pilot who lives where they are based out of, and a major airline pilot who commutes to shed some light on the subject. I ask for all three because I'd like to be able to have some sort of basis for comparison.
Oldman From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 928 times:
Every company will be a little different due to their union contracts.
Where I worked, we flew 85 Pay Hours every month. The only time you are paid is when you are away from the gate and back to the gate. In order to get 85 in a month you can expect to spend somewhere around 240-260 hours away from home. Some days were long and others not. Advantage was,work a 3 day trip and you may have 3 or 4 days off in a row each week. That being said, I was home more than my neighbors with a 9-5 job. Hope that helps.
IFF/7000 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 921 times:
Spoiler I fly about 60 to 70 hours blocktime (engine on till engine off) each month. My time away from base is around 240 hours a month. But if you've flown nite up, rest and nite back it takes you at least one day rest at home to remember your name.
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3410 posts, RR: 50 Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 910 times:
Average AA LAX based pilot spends 13-20 days (or part of day) away from home per month if he's holding a line. If Reserve, he's on call and can by gone on a moment's notice. Reserves are on call 20 days per month.
If you commute, add travel time on both ends of every trip.... it adds up fast.
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Atrpilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 872 times:
I'm a regional airline pilot (a.k.a. scooter trash) who commutes to and from my domicile. On average, I spend 17 to 20 nights away from home each month. It is allot, but I am fortunate to be married to lady who is VERY pateint!
The nice thing is that when I am home I am 100 percent home. Unlike many careers I don't bring work home, I can be there 24 hours a day and there is nothing which will distract me. My wife says that she actually likes this better than when I was working a 9 to 5 job because my days off are of so much better quality.