skihigh2002
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FedEx Pilots?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 11:19 am

Hi,

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?

Thanks for your reply!

Chris Carnett
 
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RE: FedEx Pilots?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 6:20 pm

Dear Chris -
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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...
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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.
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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...
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RE: FedEx Pilots?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 2:51 am

Thanks for the reply.. I was just curious.
 
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RE: FedEx Pilots?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 9:18 am

Skipper, Who do you work for down in Argentina. I have some questions of getting a job down South. Could you e-mail me? FLYBOYJJ@HOTMAIL.COM
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RE: FedEx Pilots?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 12:32 pm

Hi,

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.

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RE: FedEx Pilots?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 6:10 am

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.

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RE: FedEx Pilots?

Sun Jul 20, 2003 7:38 am

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.

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RE: FedEx Pilots?

Sun Jul 20, 2003 2:02 pm

Yeah, but isn't it true also that most cargo flying is done at night? I mean, FedEx planes usually dont go anywhere till after 7pm at least domestically, the ones I have seen.

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Another Question For Cargo Pilots

Sun Jul 20, 2003 2:04 pm

just curious, do you wear the same uniform as pax pilots? After all, who will ever see you besides your loadmasters!


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