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A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot- Intl Flying

Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:51 am

If your a pilot for any major airline, what's your day like when your going to fly? Say you work for Delta, and are based in JFK, flying to Narita. Anything like that! What happens right when you get to the airport? When do you get to the airport? Do you park their? Where do you meet your crew? Do you know anything about your acft befor arriving at the airport? Im just interested in this type of thing. What about if your not in you home base, when do you leave the hotel for the airport and what are the procedures?I know that an EK pilot gets picked up by a car from EK, then goes to the crew briefing, and are almost always crew bussed to the aircraft. Of course that's in DXB. Whats the JFK procedure like? LAX? SFO? Thanks for any info!

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RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot- Intl Flying

Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:30 am

If you're leaving from your base, you park at the airport in the employee parking lot then take a bus to the terminal.

Then you go through a security checkpoint.

If you don't live in the city where you're based you might jumpseat in on a flight from another city instead.

Then you go to the crew room. You are usually supposed to get to the crew room sometime between 1 and 2 hours prior to departure depending on the airline. There you might meet with the other pilots and review the flight plan, weather, and other information related to the flight.

From there you go to the gate. If you didn't meet them in the crew room, you will meet the crew here. The Captain will brief the cabin crew on the flight's general details and routine safety procedures. Usually this happens in the first class section of the airplane about 15 minutes prior to boarding. During boarding, in the flight deck, the pilots will conduct a briefing on the operational details of the departure. This usually occurs after receiving a departure clearance from ATC and the final weight and balance data from the company.

Depending on the airline you might be able to find out some details about your flight before arriving at the airport. You will usually know at least the aircraft tail number beforehand. Usually dispatch finalizes the paperwork about 3 hours prior to departure and you might be able to view it on the internet through the company's crew website.

This is how it works for most US airlines/airports in my experience. I primarily fly freight now, so Wilco737 and others might have better answers for you on this question.

Hope this helps!
 
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RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot- Intl Flying

Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:47 pm

Quoting KAUSpilot (Reply 1):

Thanks for the reply!
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RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot- Intl Flying

Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:28 am

Drive or take the train to the airport.

Walk to the crew center.

Check in on the staff check in computers and print out my briefing sheet. This lists my crew members names and the flight numbers, aircraft tail numbers, pick up times and all other usefull trip related info.

Drop off my suitcase in the crew bagage area.

Empty my crew mailbox for any company mail.

Go to the briefing area. Meet my cockpit crew. Get a coffee. Check the computer and print out the flight plan package.

Sit down, study the package.

Check which gate to go to.

Say hello to the purser/cabin crew.

Walk to gate.

Check final pax figures and specials with gate agent.

Get on board.

Start flight deck duties.

From arriving at the airport to sitting in the flight deck takes a minimum 45 min.

We check in 1 h 15 prior to departure.
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RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot- Intl Flying

Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:49 am

There's an active UA pilot on Twitter you can follow: @BKK_FLYER

He's based in BKK, but flies all over. He's pretty good about giving status updates about ops and current locations.
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RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot- Intl Flying

Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:14 am

Quoting Scooter (Reply 4), "He's based in BKK . . ."

Scooter, are you sure about that? United (UA) doesn't have a pilot base in Bangkok (BKK).

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RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot- Intl Flying

Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:48 am

He's definitely based in BKK - I've never had any suspicion to believe that he isn't legit (based on what he writes and posts photos of). Interesting that there isn't a UA pilot base in BKK though. Who knows...maybe he's faking it.
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RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot- Intl Flying

Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:14 am

United does not have a Pilot base in BKK.
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RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot- Intl Flying

Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:30 am

Quoting Scooter (reply 6), "He's definitely based in BKK."

Actually, Scooter, no, he's not based in Bangkok (BKK) if he is a pilot for United Airlines (UA).

I think you may be confused with the concept of a pilot living in a city and commuting to his base with actually being based in a particular city.

It is possible that this pilot lives in Bangkok but is based someplace else--perhaps San Francisco, Chicago, etc.--and commutes from his home in BKK to his pilot base. While this arrangement would be challenging, it would not be impossible, especially if he works international schedules, is able to fly a single 12 or 13 day trip a month (or a few trips back to back) and only makes the commute from Bangkok to his domicile once per month.

There is a big difference between being based in a city versus living in a city and commuting to work.

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RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot- Intl Flying

Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:33 am

Yes, you are correct. He commutes from BKK - he isn't based there.
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