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  • A day in the life of a pilot....

    on reserve

    Wake up at the ungodly hour of 9am


    Oatmeal and orange juice for breakfast....keeping my phone with me all day


    Lets see what is on TV


    Check on all my usual websites


    Time for a snack of prosciutto, mozzarella, and tomatoes


    I think I'm gonna run to the bookstore nearby for some coffee...but first I have to fill up my car....WHOA WTF! If I ever meet one of these "oil speculators", I'm gonna kick their ass


    Got the car washed while I was at the gas station


    8:59pm


    9:00pm...what a rough day


    The next time I'm actually called in to do some work I'll make one of these of what actually goes on
    Last edited by screaming_emu; 2008-06-21, 03:17.

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    I know that this is the wrong thread - but is there a position open for a (ok - well there is no other way to put it -) Mrs. Screaming Emu ? I would totally apply (haha, Mr.AA1818-Screaming Emu has a ring to it.)! Sexy legs, you can cook, and then there is the car. Haha, then I divorce you and keep the car - and half of that alarm clock. NICE CAR!

    So - questions, as usual - if they call and ask you to report to duty, how long do you have to get to the airport. Is it ever close timing? I mean, can they call and be like "Ok - be here in 10!"?The reason why I ask is - if you live in a town other than your base and you have to commute - do you have the time? Also, do you get sicktime? Can they call you and you be like "cough cough - EMU no feel goood!". What is the procedure like?
    Whatever is necessary, is never unwise.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by AA 1818
      So - questions, as usual - if they call and ask you to report to duty, how long do you have to get to the airport. Is it ever close timing? I mean, can they call and be like "Ok - be here in 10!"?The reason why I ask is - if you live in a town other than your base and you have to commute - do you have the time? Also, do you get sicktime? Can they call you and you be like "cough cough - EMU no feel goood!". What is the procedure like?

      Our contract says 2 hour call out, but if asked to do less we must give it our best effort. I live about 30 mins south of the airport so I haven't had any close calls. There are people who commute to reserve, but that's kind of a pain because you're on call for 12 hours usually for 3-5 days in a row. I chose to move down here at least until I can hold a line, then we'll see. Doing nothing isn't bad, but flying across the country to do nothing and then fly back can be a bit frustrating. I do get sick time just like any other job. I have to give them a 2 hour notice if I'm sick. That's what reserve pilots are for.

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      • #4
        That looks like me 4 years from now, minus the 10 trips to the bedroom with Gisel.
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        http://www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=170

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Crunk415balla
          That looks like me 4 years from now, minus the 10 trips to the bedroom with Gisel.
          and 20 trips to the bathroom after a trip to Taco Bell.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by screaming_emu
            I think I'm gonna run to the bookstore nearby for some coffee...but first I have to fill up my car....WHOA WTF! If I ever meet one of these "oil speculators", I'm gonna kick their ass
            Oh shut ya trap, young fella . Start complaining once you have to pay 83,68 (that's $126,37) for a single car fill-up, and I'm not even talking SUV here, just a regular hatchback.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AA 1818
              I know that this is the wrong thread - but is there a position open for a (ok - well there is no other way to put it -) Mrs. Screaming Emu ? I would totally apply (haha, Mr.AA1818-Screaming Emu has a ring to it.)! Sexy legs, you can cook, and then there is the car. Haha, then I divorce you and keep the car - and half of that alarm clock. NICE CAR!
              He's gay.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by DAL767-400ER
                Oh shut ya trap, young fella . Start complaining once you have to pay 83,68 (that's $126,37) for a single car fill-up, and I'm not even talking SUV here, just a regular hatchback.
                Yeah, but you guys also have a public transportation system that actually works.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by E-Diddy!
                  He's gay.
                  Only for you big boy

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by screaming_emu
                    Yeah, but you guys also have a public transportation system that actually works.
                    Ever tried transporting 24 cartons of leaflets using public transportation ?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DAL767-400ER
                      Ever tried transporting 24 cartons of leaflets using public transportation ?
                      Give me a few beers and I'll be happy to at least try

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                      • #12
                        Only if you accept a cheap beer brand that's being sold in plastic bottles .

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by screaming_emu
                          Give me a few beers and I'll be happy to at least try
                          Typical Reserve pilot...lol We call (ours get 3 hours) and they tell us they have been drinking. I think they should get gym memberships and a trip to AA next contract.

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                          • #14
                            How long do you stay on reserve? Is it indefinate, or for several months then you go back to normal flying?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by AA 1818
                              So - questions, as usual - if they call and ask you to report to duty, how long do you have to get to the airport. Is it ever close timing? I mean, can they call and be like "Ok - be here in 10!"?The reason why I ask is - if you live in a town other than your base and you have to commute - do you have the time? Also, do you get sicktime? Can they call you and you be like "cough cough - EMU no feel goood!". What is the procedure like?
                              I'll answer a few based on Southwest Airlines experience, most of it was answered by Emu himself.

                              SWA requires to give you two hours notice from the phone call made to reporting at the gate. This is why if you are flying reserve, and you are a commuter, you are urged to stay in a crashpad or somewhere in your city for the amount your on reserve, ie, 2 days, 3 days, 4 days.

                              When people commute to work, they typically have a line because they know what they are going to fly already ahead of time. However there are some who commute on reserve and simply commute to their base a day in advance to be ready to be called upon within two hours.

                              For SWA and you are on reserve, and you answer the call, you are obligated to work the flight, you may refuse to work it but it will count against you. However you call in sick typically 2 hours before your reserve time starts. If you are a PM reserve you must call in by 10am I believe (this differs a lot).

                              Yes, sick time is rewarded based on the amount of flight hours you fly, or rather "trip".

                              To answer Paul's question, it depends on where the base is for the airline and your senority in the base, some may be able to be off reserve after graduation and some may have reserve for long time. If you become a DAL based F/A or HOU based F/A for SWA you will be on reserve for a L-O-N-G time, looking at years. Someplace like Oakland, Chicago or Orlando, they are a very junior base and you could pull a line in months, or rather shorter years.

                              Alex
                              Stop Searching. Start Traveling. southwest.com

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