Seniority is everything in aviation. Seniority determines pay, vacation, schedules and overall quality of life.
I've been at my airline for 7 1/2 years....all in the right seat. This may change next week as I've bid for Captain. That's for later.
Lately I've been using my seniority to fly what I want to fly. Mostly this means long flights (for a regional) and as few legs as possible. I don't like flying more than 3 legs a day.....I've become a princess.
This week I have a 2 day trip that's a 5 and 1 followed by a dead head home.
I've flown with the Captain a few times in the past. He's quirky but fine.
The first turn was 4 hours total. He took it out. I then flew back to base. The third leg was a quick 70 nautical mile flight. We taxied almost as long as the time in the air. Up and down.
The fourth and fifth legs were his. I was beat on the flight to the overnight. Descending into the airport area we were cleared for the visual. Mostly clear skies. We did have a 20 second encounter with heavy snow at 3000 feet.
Once on the ground I was worn out. Over 7 hours of flying.
Day 2 is one short hop to the hub and I get to sprint to my deadhead which starts boarding as we are scheduled to pull into the gate.
Wednesday I will be working on union NewsBlast all day before hopping a flight to Vegas.
Thursday I will be walking around the OBAP career fair talking to major airlines hoping to score a new job. My eyes are set on United and Virgin America. Wish me luck on scoring a job OR at least holding Captain next week.
Yes, i wish you luck for your plans.ReplyDelete
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Hey there Geekinthecockpit. A few months ago I read an article you wrote titled, "Moving to the left seat| Choosing when to upgrade to Captain". I have been looking for the page for the past few days and cannot seem to find the article.ReplyDelete
The link I had earlier followed says that the blog does not exist.
The content was very informative and would have liked to be able to access the information again.
Please let me know if there is any way I can get my hands on that blog.
Thank you for your time.