Skihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2658 times:
Just something I'm curious about--how do FedEx pilots time away from home compare to that of the passenger pilots. I figure that they're home a few more holidays because FDX doesn't fly anything but international on holidays. But are they home more on average? Do they fly MEM-XXX city-MEM and then go home? Or is it more XXX City-MEM-XYZ City?
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2599 times:
Dear Chris -
I have no recent specific info about the schedules of a typical Fedex pilot. As you stated, there is a marked difference with flying US domestic routes, or international. Maybe you do not fly sundays and holidays, but... you may be stuck away from your homebase, which is not necessarily Memphis...
Air cargo crews do have schedules just about same as passenger airline pilots and believe me, "cargo flying" is a rather pleasant experience. These carriers, such as Fedex, UPS or... Cargolux pay well, if not sometimes... more than some passenger air carriers. After my many years with PanAm, I enjoyed one year with Cargolux, after PanAm's bankruptcy... It was a well run operation, on the clock, and in case of delays... cargo does not need hotel rooms... moreover, when the economy goes bad, people do not travel as much, but the shipping of cargo does not change much.
Strictly thinking of future pilots reading these lines, I would suggest they look closely at air cargo operations... before they make a choice of an airline. As far as time home, it is about the same. With PanAm, with Cargolux, and now here in Argentina, I am basically home 10 days a month when flying schedule, of course, with my activity in the training department, I am often at home for the night when I work in classrooms or office... when in simulators, I have to be away in the USA or Europe for a few days, as if I was flying. Domestic pilots are more often at home at night, but sometimes work more days per month...
AirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 611 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2341 times:
I live in CMH, and one of my friends fathers is a pilot for Fedex. He is the left seater on the MD11 he flys the trans-pacific routes, mainly to Tokyo, Hong Kong, Tapei. If you want, I could ask her questions. I think he is usually gone for between a week to two weeks then is home for the same about of time. He deadheads to MEM, where he takes over.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2260 times:
There is probably not much difference vs the passenger carriers which often reduce skeds on some holidays. Fedex does fly on holidays to ensure correct positioning of aircraft etc. Also, some US holidays are not recognized elsewhere in the world (July 4th, US Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, for example) hence Fedex would need to operate regular intl service on these days, perhaps with some freq reductions.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
NightFlyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 95 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 7 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
You guys pretty much hit the nail on the head. We are home for about the same amount of time as the pax guys. The only difference is that we tend to work for longer stretches at a time than the pax pilots, but we also will have longer stretches of days off also. We have a wide range of trips that we can bid for. We do everything from day trips to two week long international trips that go all the way around the world. It's a great job and it sure beats working for a living.