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User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4384 times:

For all you airline types out there I was wondering if you all could give me a realistic estimate--at the different stages of my career--that I can expect to spend away from home. I am in college right now at MTSU for a Pro Pilot degree and am having kind of a hard time dealing with only being home 6-8 days out of the month and being away at school the rest. So I am beginning to rethink my career choice here and was wondering if you guys have any insight.. thanks so much!


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User currently offline411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4375 times:

Over a 35+ year professional career, have been away from home about two thirds of the time, perhaps slightly more, from time to time.
Goes with the territory.

User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1601 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4268 times:

Although we fly totally different type of operation from the US airline operators to give an example I spend 8 months out of my home last year.At the moment I am again away from my house for the last 13 days to fly as a wet lease operation for foreign operator and I 'll be away until 17 of March.Then I'll be back again in 3 months and during these 3 months I will be spending at least 2 months with my luggage in my hand.

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User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4258 times:

When I read testimonies like that I realise I am not so unfortunate after all! Generally I spend no more than 3-4 nights a month away from home (apart from the odd occasion when we do a night flight of course, but they are more common in Summer).

90% of our operations are "there-and-back" routes to Spain / Greece / Med destinations, which is great on the personal life (home every night).

Being based at LGW means the odd longhaul flight to Florida / Caribbean which can involve stops away for 3 to 7 nights depending on the destination. Never really complain at those trips though!! Big grin

I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineL4141 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4150 times:

I fly for a long range charter airline. And I spend about 12 days per month. And almost never more than 3 days consecutive. I think that in Europe we are more lucky than in the US.

User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 4139 times:

No wonder FR are in high demand by pilots!!!

I would like to know how long BA pilots flying to Australia,are away from home for?A week+?

User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6813 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4142 times:

I fly a medium haul fleet and I am away for about 10-12 nights a month including a couple of night flights. I can be away from home for 6 nights at a time on some Middle Eastern patterns.

User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4209 times:

I fly with airlines since 1969 - was PanAm until 1991 bankruptcy, then one year with Cargolux, since then in Argentina...
Through my career, I averaged about 2/3 time "on the road" (away from home) - this ratio remained constant, i.e. if gone 10 days, I would come back home for 5 days, if gone for 20 days, back for 10 days...
On long time assignments at distant bases, such as overseas ACMI assignments, the worst was away for 2 months, then home 1 month... thus the 2/3 and 1/3 proportion is an accurate description of time ON and OFF...
If you fly for "domestic" USA or "short haul" flights, you may still expect the same proportion... my company operates 737s and MD80s on short haul flights on the same ratio, however their time ON and OFF would be 2 days of work, followed by a day OFF...
Honestly, given choice of long haul or short flights (pay is the same for us) I prefer long periods of time OFF, this gives me the time to "enjoy" the time off much more than pilots who fly short haul flights...
Happy contrails  Smile
(s) Skipper

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