With all the furloughs coming back and getting to build their green line when they are done with training, it seems like we have been shorter in the CA seat over the last 6 weeks on the 717. I am a reserve 717 CA and was only asked to fly right seat once over the last 24 months (the day after Christmas). I guess once you tell them no, they cross you off the list.
Green line is basically when you finish IOE after bid close on the 17th. Crew plan then turns on FLICA to let you pick up open time and build your line. I would assume that is why we have so little open time on the 717 (both seats). We have had guys coming out of training in both seats that are building up their green lines leaving little open time in the system.
It looks like the company learned their lesson with FO understaffing. They realize now that most FOs are not picking up open time and 99% of the CA will not fly in the right seat. I don't think the company reupgraded the same ratio of guys as they recalled (thus giving them more FOs). We will see when we get into the meat of our summer schedule in July and August. The company just moved some July recurrent training events into June to have all hands on deck for the increased aircraft utilization planned for July.
Thanks Max. Sounds like if you are tight on CA's they don't have any reason to fly right seat to begin with. Moving the recurrents into the pre-month is interresting. Looks like lots of training in June, if they still haven't finished up requalling the furloughees.