A new hire MD-80 first officer was recently awarded a captain position at Allegiant's HOM base (perpetual TDY base) while still in initial new hire training. This has to be an industry record. Meanwhile, senior first officers are deferring upgrade by the dozen to avoid the constant TDY that tends to happen when you are junior at Allegiant. How can the FAA allow this to happen? Talk about dangerous...
Did he/she have a Type in the a/c already?
I think Daytona and Wu are making some pretty big assumptions: that the pilot is coming from a regional, isn't experienced, not typed, has barely 1500 hrs, can't handle it, etc. I'm less worried about an upgrade in initial than I am about a couple of hot heads who have a penchant for the hyperbole.
Some yocal from backwards or never heard of it may fly this airplane but I remember an AA crew and the Chainsaw 1 approach into Bradley Int. Or maybe the renovation of the approach light system into Denver. AA seems to have a hard time with Douglass aircraft, like the DC-10 between the runways in Dallas. Maybe the FAA can simply rule that some company's are not allowed to fly certain aircraft.
I'm assuming you haven't flown the MD-80. It's a little more antiquated than your average regional jet and can bite you if you don't have much experience flying it. Allegiant allows green on green flying, brand new captains fly with brand new FO's. To go straight into a captain position on this airplane with no prior experience on the DC-9 type could be unsafe.
All of you outside of Allegiant assume that things are the same here as your airline. They are not.
We don't fly to Omaha, we fly to Grand Island Nebraska.
Our planes had nine engine failures in six weeks this last spring. That's about one in six of our total fleet.
Dispatch releases must be assumed to be canned routes with at least one gotcha hidden somewhere.
We have turnover on ramp and gate personnel that would put a fast food restaurant to shame. Assuming they did their job right is waiting for a trip to explain yourself.
Our MD80s have several variations in our fleet. Different layouts and placement of important switches. Different FMS systems.
Add in several more details in the same manner and you'll see that a newhire upgrading to captain isn't the same as at Skywest or United.
Every time you post on here your seniority gets higher. You were hired on 9/28/2006, 578_, the second most junior guy left in your class.
I'm senior to him and I haven't been here 10 years.
Should I edit it to say "starting my 9th year" or "ALMOST 10 years"
My point is still valid and because Mr. Wu has issues with anyone disagreeing with him, he then "outed" me. Real classy my friends.
So my question is....why spend so much time posting negative crap? now that everyone knows who I am, I can admit that I like my job and although I have complaints, I can enjoy work and go home. When I'm home I forget about it all together and enjoy life. I live in PIE, if you want to post my personal address and phone number then go ahead.
Just because I chose not to use "almost 10 years" you had to lower yourself to this crap. I don't know who you are and personally I don't care.