By the time I finish this blog post I will have completed my reserve stint.....having flown zero reserve hours.
This is in stark contrast to the last 4 years when I was on reserve. I was abused....errr used constantly. Lots of dead heads. Lots of ferry flights. Lots of sitting around. I was the bottom guy.
Being near the top of the reserve list, life is much better. I can control when I work or if I work...for the most part. I was on call each day....it's just that my phone never rang.
If I use Enron math I made $140 per flight hour this month. How? I flew 22 hours during my training on the new plane, yet I'm paid for 75 hours a month for being on reserve. I did state it was Enron math.
I'm looking forward to flying out of my base again. I haven't flown locally in 8 months. All the frequencies I had memorized are gone. It's almost like starting all over again. I'm sure it will come back quickly.
My wife and daughter are flying out to see family for the weekend. Would be nice to join them....but duty calls. This will be my one year old's 31st and 32nd flights.
My Bose A20 headset arrived. I tried it on in the living room. The passive noise cancelling is MUCH better than my Telex ANR 500 and QC15s. Once I turned on the ANR I could no longer hear my TV which was being played at a very reasonable volume through a 5.1 surround system. I'm looking forward to trying it out tomorrow morning.
Beyond that...life is good. Ready to start flying again regularly....and driving to and from work regularly. Commuting is done....for now.