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Why A Pilot For Pax Or Cargo?  
User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1032 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6527 times:

If an airline has both passenger and cargo service do pilots chose one or the other type of flying? What would be reasons for them to chose one or the other type of service? Pay the same?

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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2888 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

I don't know how it works, to be honest, but if I had the choice (if I were a pilot that is LOL) I would choose CARGO...cargo doesn't complain        


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User currently offlinePH-BFA From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 562 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6320 times:

Depends on the airline; at KL pilots flew both the 747 pax as well as the 747 freighters(until MP took over the freighter flights). Don't know how things are organised elsewhere...

User currently offlinephxa340 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 891 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6315 times:

Don't cargo pilots have to work awful hours and a lot of overnight flights vs passenger ops ?

User currently offlineairtran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6301 times:
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User currently onlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9376 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6277 times:

Nowadays there are hardly any combination carriers left. When LH still had 737 cargo a/c one of my neighours was a FO on 737 and he flew occasionally freighters as well.


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User currently offlineSenchingo From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6262 times:

Normally there are PAX-pilots and cargo-pilots (Edit: With that i mean either pax or cargo, not both)

Payment should be higher for PAX, as they have the higher responsibility.

Quoting airtran737 (Reply 4):
Boxes don't bitch.

Definitely true

Quoting phxa340 (Reply 3):
Don't cargo pilots have to work awful hours and a lot of overnight flights vs passenger ops ?

Don't understand that. Well yes, maybe they have more maintenance related delays - but regarding operating hours/overnight flights, where's the difference to PAX? They also do long haul and overnight.

[Edited 2012-08-09 13:49:22]

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25332 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6099 times:

Quoting Senchingo (Reply 6):
Quoting phxa340 (Reply 3):
Don't cargo pilots have to work awful hours and a lot of overnight flights vs passenger ops ?

Don't understand that. Well yes, maybe they have more maintenance related delays - but regarding operating hours/overnight flights, where's the difference to PAX? They also do long haul and overnight.

That's true for longhaul international flights, but most shorthaul passenger carriers have very few flights at night. In places like Europe many airports have night curfews which makes night flights even more difficult.

Shorthaul freighters in North America are often parked all day and do most of their flying at night. It's the opposite for passenger carriers.


User currently onlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6019 times:
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Quoting Senchingo (Reply 6):
Payment should be higher for PAX, as they have the higher responsibility

I would have to disagree with you there. Sure you have people's lives in your hands but what's not to say in the back of that aircraft you don't have something that would save someone's life? Not to mention you have just as much responsibility in flying the aircraft safely.
Blue



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 1):
cargo doesn't complain

Just what I said yesterday Too.....

Cargo ops is def more peacefull.......& less strenous.......both to Flt ops & maintenance.



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User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5696 posts, RR: 44
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5851 times:
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Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 8):
Quoting Senchingo (Reply 6):
Payment should be higher for PAX, as they have the higher responsibility

I would have to disagree with you there.

I agree JetBlueGuy, never been able to understand that sentiment, The pilots of the United flight at Sioux City, the Gimli Glider crew, Sully and the Hudson ...Uncounted others where the valiant efforts of the pilots have saved the plane, the crew and others, would those pilots have put in less effort, not tried so hard.. if there was only Tee shirts and computer terminals in the back? I doubt it!.



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User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5845 times:

It's all cargo. Some of it's just noisier.


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User currently offlineairbuster From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5829 times:

Give me PAX over cargo any day. I much rather have a nice crew to fly with them be alone with capt. Grumpy on a 10 day trip. But I guess I'm to much of a people person.


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User currently offline113312 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 572 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5768 times:

I have flown for 5 passenger airlines and 5 cargo airlines. All of the arguments about which is better are insignificant. If flying is your career, what is important is job security, quality of life, schedule, compensation, safety. There is good maintenance and poor maintenance, safe operations and marginal ones, professional crewmembers and those who should be doing something else. These distinctions are found in both cargo and passenger operations.

A professional pilot must set high standards and expectations for themself and get the best employment possible. The responsibilities cannot be measured in terms of dollars.


User currently offlineflyhossd From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 890 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5634 times:

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 11):

It's all cargo. Some of it's just noisier.

One of my favorite gate agents referred to passengers as "self-loading cargo." It always made me chuckle.



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User currently offlineDarkSnowyNight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1363 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5561 times:

Quoting phxa340 (Reply 3):


Don't cargo pilots have to work awful hours and a lot of overnight flights vs passenger ops ?

All pilots eat a lot crap when it comes to crew scheduling.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5503 times:

Quoting stealthz (Reply 10):
would those pilots have put in less effort, not tried so hard.. if there was only Tee shirts and computer terminals in the back? I doubt it!.

wouldn't they think about themselves too  
Quoting flyhossd (Reply 14):
One of my favorite gate agents referred to passengers as "self-loading cargo." It always made me chuckle.

Nice one to share at work......



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User currently offlinepilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3150 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5260 times:

Quoting Senchingo (Reply 6):
Normally there are PAX-pilots and cargo-pilots (Edit: With that i mean either pax or cargo, not both)

Payment should be higher for PAX, as they have the higher responsibility
Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 8):

I would have to disagree with you there. Sure you have people's lives in your hands but what's not to say in the back of that aircraft you don't have something that would save someone's life? Not to mention you have just as much responsibility in flying the aircraft safely.
Blue
Quoting stealthz (Reply 10):

I agree JetBlueGuy, never been able to understand that sentiment, The pilots of the United flight at Sioux City, the Gimli Glider crew, Sully and the Hudson ...Uncounted others where the valiant efforts of the pilots have saved the plane, the crew and others, would those pilots have put in less effort, not tried so hard.. if there was only Tee shirts and computer terminals in the back? I doubt it!.

I quoted all three of these for a number of reasons. First, I respectfully disagree with you, Senchingo. A 400,000 pound DC-10 (or 747 or whatever) with thousands of gallons of jet fuel crashing into a neighborhood would cause a lot of fatalities regardless of it being boxes or live cargo.

Second, I'm not trying to sound rude, or callous but I couldn't care less about the passengers in an emergency. I care about myself. By doing everything I can to save myself, I'm doing everything I can to save everyone in the back as well. This is something of an overexaggeration but it beyond annoys me when a passenger asks if the aircraft is safe. Do you really think I would be there if I didn't think it was? I'm sorry but my life is worth far more than the few bucks I'd lose because a flight had an mx-related cancellation. I value your life as a passenger far more than the minor inconvienience it will cause you as well. I've pointed this out a couple times when passengers have become irate because I was unwilling to put them into a complex machine flying at 75% the speed of sound in an environment where the average human wouldn't survive without the protections that machine gave.

Third, does it matter if boxes or passengers are in the back in an accident? No. I'll raise your Sully, SUX and Gimli and raise you a FX flight with Aubery Callaway (or whatever his name is) taking a hammer to the skull of all three of the crew. They fought back, and landed a cargo plane with severe injuries. It's human nature to protect others. Passengers have interviened multiple times to subdue someone since 9/11, there are a number of stories of heroism from the Colorado Theatre shooting and the Sikh shooting as well.



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User currently offlinetb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1597 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 8):
I would have to disagree with you there. Sure you have people's lives in your hands but what's not to say in the back of that aircraft you don't have something that would save someone's life? Not to mention you have just as much responsibility in flying the aircraft safely.
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 16):
wouldn't they think about themselves too  

Heck yeah, I don't care who or what is in the back, bottom line is I am on board and I have the resposibility to keep myself and my aircraft as safe as possible. If I save myself, I save everyone and everything on board(theoretically).

I've never thought, ehhh, I have a plane load of car parts in the back, f-it, let's just auger in  



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User currently offlineymincrement From Turkey, joined Jul 2012, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5209 times:

I think it changes according what you carry for a cargo. If you only carry envelopes or small boxes (2-5 kg) it is ok.
But if you carry dangerous items or some huge parts of anything (may be a part of plane) I think it will be much harder to fly then PAX


User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5098 times:

Quoting tb727 (Reply 18):
I've never thought, ehhh, I have a plane load of car parts in the back, f-it, let's just auger in  

I had started writing that very comment but decided not to enter this discussion. Thanks for saying it. I don't get where some folks thinks there's a difference. The most important person on the jet is........ME.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17039 posts, RR: 66
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5045 times:

Quoting phxa340 (Reply 3):
Don't cargo pilots have to work awful hours and a lot of overnight flights vs passenger ops ?

Depends on the airline. Lots of airlines have lots of night flights with self-loading cargo. Only short haul pax is "day only", and even then you get some night.

Quoting Senchingo (Reply 6):
Payment should be higher for PAX, as they have the higher responsibility.

You must be joking...



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5011 times:

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 20):
The most important person on the jet is........ME.

True

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 21):
You must be joking...

On the contrary.....Flying/maintaining older craft & compromising on valuable experience on the latest type should be compensated by higher wages.....



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User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4981 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 22):
On the contrary.....Flying/maintaining older craft & compromising on valuable experience on the latest type should be compensated by higher wages.....

??????? explain this. I can't understand what you're trying to say. Starlionblue replied to the statement that carrying pax should pay more because of the "responsibility".
With that thought maybe I should be paid more because we fly some very potent HAZMAT that pax jets can't carry and could be a big disaster if we were to crash not to mention just the hazard to us in the jet. The bottom line is that you get paid what the airline pays to do what the airlines wants you to do.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17039 posts, RR: 66
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4875 times:

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 23):
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 22):
On the contrary.....Flying/maintaining older craft & compromising on valuable experience on the latest type should be compensated by higher wages.....

??????? explain this. I can't understand what you're trying to say. Starlionblue

I think he agreed with me actually. Many years on a.nut have given me an ability to parse HAWK21Mspeak. 



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25 Post contains images HAWK21M : True....thou art my best follower thereafter....... I said that flying/maintaining older Aircraft & compromising on the professional experience o
26 bueb0g : To see the same kind of impressive airmanship and piloting skills one must look no further than the DHL A300 in Iraq, which had a missile strike afte
27 stealthz : That was my point exactly, and the DHL crew acknowledged the lessons learned from UA232 Cheers
28 HAWK21M : Depends on the location .... out here its remembered alright....True the media would highlight a Pax Airliner Incident more than a Freighter.
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