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US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Sat Jul 05, 2008 1:42 am

Hey Guys:

Ever since the merger I am curious as to if the former America West Pilots fly the US Airways East equipment?

For example :

Can the pilot of this US West A319:


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bid for a trip or fly the A321?


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Sorry if its a bit hard to understand, I cant really find the right way to explain this.
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dispatchguy
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Sat Jul 05, 2008 2:18 am

I highly doubt it.

There is a virtual war going on between the USAir East and USAir west pilot unions, so I highly doubt there would be any equipment mixing...
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:36 am

No. West pilots fly former West aircraft, East pilots fly former East planes. Thus, no pilot coming from the HP side can fly the A321 (or the former East A319/A320s), nor can the former HP 737 pilots fly the 737-400 or the former East 737-300s. Since they're on two separate contracts, they still fly the planes that were flown when the contracts were negotiated.
 
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Sat Jul 05, 2008 4:28 pm

Also still on separate operating certificates.
 
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:59 am



Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 2):
No. West pilots fly former West aircraft, East pilots fly former East planes. Thus, no pilot coming from the HP side can fly the A321

The West will be receiving a few of the new A321s coming online in the next few months. But they will be West birds and not open to East pilots untill a merged contract/certificate. I don't recall how many but I'll look it up at work.
 
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Tue Jul 08, 2008 4:00 am



Quoting DashTrash (Reply 3):
Also still on separate operating certificates.

Not anymore, all flights have been on the US certificate since Sept of last year. It's just the union contracts (pilots and others) that are holding back a full integration.
 
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Tue Jul 08, 2008 4:37 am



Quoting Nws2002 (Reply 5):
Not anymore, all flights have been on the US certificate since Sept of last year. It's just the union contracts (pilots and others) that are holding back a full integration.

If on the same ops cert, then why are there to separate ATC call sign still in place, CACTUS and US AIR? Help me understand that one!
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Tue Jul 08, 2008 4:57 am



Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 6):
If on the same ops cert, then why are there to separate ATC call sign still in place, CACTUS and US AIR? Help me understand that one!

Because the pilots choose to do it, they have not officially chosen a callsign for the combined airline yet. So each group uses their own callsign for their own flights. ATC knows this and deals with it, just like everyone else.
 
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:25 am



Quoting Nws2002 (Reply 5):
Not anymore, all flights have been on the US certificate since Sept of last year. It's just the union contracts (pilots and others) that are holding back a full integration.

And hell'll freeze over before the west pilots will join the USAPA; not gonna happen.
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:35 am



Quoting Nws2002 (Reply 7):
Because the pilots choose to do it, they have not officially chosen a callsign for the combined airline yet. So each group uses their own callsign for their own flights. ATC knows this and deals with it, just like everyone else.

Ahhh, so the pilot's are able to select their callsigns?  Wow!

Funny thing, on a RADAR display, unless a color display, AWE and USA look almost the same!!!  Silly
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:43 pm



Quoting Nws2002 (Reply 5):
Not anymore, all flights have been on the US certificate since Sept of last year. It's just the union contracts (pilots and others) that are holding back a full integration.

Nope. They're still on separate operating certificates. Procedures we re-written at both companies to mirror one another, but the operating certificates are still separate.

Quoting Nws2002 (Reply 7):
Because the pilots choose to do it, they have not officially chosen a callsign for the combined airline yet. So each group uses their own callsign for their own flights. ATC knows this and deals with it, just like everyone else

Pilots can't choose their own call sign. Those are applied for and approved through the FAA and ICAO. The FAA controls domestic use, ICAO governs international use. Hence the reason some operators use a company call sign during domestic ops, and switch to using the registration as a call sign during international ops.
 
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:58 pm



Quoting DashTrash (Reply 10):
Nope. They're still on separate operating certificates. Procedures we re-written at both companies to mirror one another, but the operating certificates are still separate.

Nope they are on one:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...m0CWU/is_2007_Sept_27/ai_n27389763
 
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:54 pm

I dont know if there will ever be peace between the two. I work with the east pilots in the ramp of us airways at LGA. West is like Blashemy even to mention or its like Cursing in a Junior high school on Parent Teacher night LOL. I wish they would get along. I as a student pilot have flown non rev on the West side, and flew East back out on a recent trip to California. I even heard a west Pilot gave a East A321 captain the finger at LAX once.
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:57 pm

Does anybody know why the US flights on Flightaware now show up as America West flights?
I noticed this change about a month ago.

ex:
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AWE1042
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AWE1248
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AWE1286
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:02 pm



Quoting JETBLUEATASW (Reply 12):
I even heard a west Pilot gave a East A321 captain the finger at LAX once.

I'm pretty sure there has been much worse than just a middle finger. Since you likely only hear East perspective, I suggest you go to youtube and type in "can't take the heat USAPA". Watch all of them and you will understand the other side of this conflict.
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:20 pm

71ZULU, its because as of september 1st, all our planes are now CACTUS. even in LGA, we hear stuff like "CACTUS 1489, WIND 040 AT 8, RUNWAY 4 CLEAR FOR TAKEOFF"


NO MORE US.

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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:53 am



Quoting JETBLUEATASW (Reply 15):
C-A-C-T-U-S

CANT ALLOW CHILDREN TO UNDERMINE SENORIT

That's a huge line of bullshit... I've never met a more childish and self serving group of people than when I had dealings with the old AAA MEC. What comes around, goes around....
 
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RE: US Airways East And West Pilot Question

Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:17 am



Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 13):
Does anybody know why the US flights on Flightaware now show up as America West flights?
I noticed this change about a month ago.

East and West are now under the same certificate, as mentioned, and the company has chosen it's callsign, which is Cactus, and using the West, or AWE ICAO code. Basically, the company appears as one entity, but the internal workings still show clearly that it is two entities. So, you see a US plane flying, it looks like it is US Air, but it may be flown by West Crew, and the next plane you see looks the exact same, but flown by East crew. I'm sure dispatch and crew scheduling offices at US have a pretty tough job.

Quoting JETBLUEATASW (Reply 15):
NO MORE US.

C-A-C-T-U-S

CANT ALLOW CHILDREN TO UNDERMINE SENORITY

I completely understand company pride, but that does not help the merger any, the only way for the merger to be a success is if both East and West back down from calling each other names, and try to work together, or the hatred among both parties will destroy the company from the inside. And then for sure, you can say NO MORE US, as US would be a distant memory.
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