Macmac76 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 234 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2550 times:
Question on AS's pilots...are they divided into two groups? Pilots qualified only to fly the 737's, and those qualified to fly only the MD80's? Or are ALL pilots type rated to fly both 737s and MD80s? Thank you in advance!
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2487 times:
I am not an AS pilot but I can offer some generalities that are without a doubt, correct for AS as well.
Current qualification is more important than a type rating. So it is possible that some pilots may be typed on two or more of an airline's fleet. But that does not mean that they may fly them. One must be currently qualified under that airline's training program to fly a given airplane. No one at any major airline jumps back and forth between two or more different types.
We bid for our work position, according to our seniority. Bases, like ANC, SEA or LAX would be one way to bid. Types, like B-737, MD-80 would be another and the seat, captain or first officer is the final divide. For example you might be able to hold captain on lower-paying equipment or at a less desirable base sooner. On the other hand, if you don't live at your crewbase you may prefer to be the number two first officer and get commutable lines over being a reserve captain and having to spend all your time at a crashpad in your base.
Whatever bid you are awarded, that is what you fly. If a company was all out of MD-80 captains they would cancel flights because they cannot put a B-737 pilot in an MD-80 just because he has the type rating.
Even if the FAA would permit a company to allow its pilots to keep current on two types, the training cost would just not make it worthwhile - safety issues aside.
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Rydawg82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 870 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2354 times:
At Alaska the pilot groups are of course by base (ANC SEA LAX), and by type. You have your Mad Dog (MD83) drivers, 737-200 combi drivers, and then your 737-400/700/900 guys. So three city bases, and three fleet bases.
Hope this helps,
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