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Trimeresurus
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How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Fri Jan 01, 2021 12:32 pm

And does it matter for short haul vs long haul? Or low cost vs legacy/flag carrier?
 
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Re: How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:02 pm

How long of a career are we talking here.
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Re: How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:03 pm

and what what was the pilot's career path?

all civilian?

mix of military and civilian?

was the pilot ever subject to furlough during the career?

was the pilot ever "off-line" for any length of time due to medical issue? There are a lot of variables.

My experience in knowing pilots--this is VERY general--two pilots, both started flying in early 20s (more or less), both retire around age 65:

All civilian flying: 35,000 + hours
Mix of military and civilian: 20,000 +

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Re: How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:44 pm

Freight and military, it might be hard to break 15,000. A squadron mate at UPS was paired with a captain upgrade—the upgrade pilot flew the 727 for a decade and had about 2,000 hours in type. Corporate guys commonly fly 300 hours per year. Fighter guys do 25 years and might reach 5,000 hours.
 
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Re: How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:12 am

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Freight and military, it might be hard to break 15,000. A squadron mate at UPS was paired with a captain upgrade—the upgrade pilot flew the 727 for a decade and had about 2,000 hours in type. Corporate guys commonly fly 300 hours per year. Fighter guys do 25 years and might reach 5,000 hours.


Corporate I understand, but why do freight pilots fly less than passenger pilots? Even if there is less demand for cargo than travelers, why doesn't that just mean smaller fleet for cargo airlines, instead of pilots and planes sitting on the ground longer.
 
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Re: How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:43 pm

Domestic freight pilots (US, presumably elsewhere) fly hub turns, say KBUF to KSDF and back. 5 days on, 9 days off, IIRC from old UPS guy. That’s maybe 22 hours a week, 50 hours a month. Bid reserve and might not fly for 2 months. Freighters sit a lot.
 
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Re: How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:10 pm

In 30 years as a civilian pilot, 22 of which were in the airlines I accumulated a little under 20,000 hours
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Re: How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:37 pm

Got my PPL in 1968 and had about 125 hours of SEL time, went into the military and left active duty after 10 years and had about 3500 hours. I Flew another 2200 hours in the Guard until 1996. Got hired by NW in 1984 and medically retired about 5 years and had 23,800 airline hours. Total time was 29,600 hours.
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Re: How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:35 pm

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Domestic freight pilots (US, presumably elsewhere) fly hub turns, say KBUF to KSDF and back. 5 days on, 9 days off, IIRC from old UPS guy. That’s maybe 22 hours a week, 50 hours a month. Bid reserve and might not fly for 2 months. Freighters sit a lot.


In general does a pilot on reserve get paid a minimum amount whether he/she flys or not?
 
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Re: How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:24 pm

dfwjim1 wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Domestic freight pilots (US, presumably elsewhere) fly hub turns, say KBUF to KSDF and back. 5 days on, 9 days off, IIRC from old UPS guy. That’s maybe 22 hours a week, 50 hours a month. Bid reserve and might not fly for 2 months. Freighters sit a lot.


In general does a pilot on reserve get paid a minimum amount whether he/she flys or not?


Can't speak for non US carriers, but yes, there is a minimum reserve guarantee which generally speaking is around 70 hours a month. Again, that is generally speaking, and will vary by airline.
 
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Re: How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:03 am

There’s minimum guarantees depending on being on reserve or a line holder, but that’s a pay issue unrelated actual flying hours.
 
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Re: How many flight hours does an average airline pilot acquire towards the end of his career?

Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:58 am

A friend of mine just flew his last flight today.

42 years as a pilot, just over 28,000 hours, just under 12 million miles flown.

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