Regarding the question about how long reserve is. Hard for me to answer because I don't work in CVG, where all of the new-hires will be based. I'll never see a line, except a CD line if I'm lucky, in MCO. From the post above I see that the one guy is way junior to me in CVG and he is holding a CD line in CVG, which is a good sign. I have a hard time touching them in MCO.
Recently on another board I heard the company was advertising 6 - 8 months on reserve. Again, I can only think they are saying this because of their projections for hiring and aircraft deliveries. Realistically, I have been talking to CVG-based pilots in MCO that have been on reserve for over a year, sometimes close to two. Those that have upgraded at the earliest opportunity have been sitting reserve for an additional couple of years.
Ten days off is the number of days guaranteed to be off for reserves. I don't know of any reserves that get more than this, I don't think they ever do because Comair loves to have reserves. You would never have less than 10 as a line-holder, and depending how you bid, you can always try to get more.
Also, continuous duty lines are built to ten days off as well.
what does continous duty mean ? is it same as duty rigs ? also the 10 days off a month min. question was more geared to a person holding a line. I t sounds like a complicated bidding process but i am sure you can (with enoff seniority end up with more than 10 days off a month )
continuous duty, aka CD, means you never come off duty. you show up for work say at 2100, go fly, then go to a hotel for five hours, then fly back to your base, then get released, say at 0800. you are on duty for 11 hours continuously.
a CD line is when you pair up three of these in a row with two days for example, and you do that the entire month.
yes, it is a coplex bidding process, but i think in the end it provides you with more flexibility than the "hard lines" that a lot of other airlines use. you get to pick and chose what you desire to fly and when you want to fly it, or what days off you have.
you will never have less than ten days off a month here. or 11 or 12 as the case may be in the future
thanks for your reply, all of my flying has been corporate and am trying to compare the lifestyles between the two. I guess it comes down to senority in the long run. I am hopeing to interview soon with comair and just trying to get a feel as to how a monthly scheldule would look like.
oh yeah, seniority rules everything in the airline world. you can never have enough!
i don't know what your lifestyle is like as a corporate pilot, but i've heard a lot of bad stories about constantly on call, tied to a beeper, etc. oh, wait, that kind of sounds like my lifestyle here at comair!
seriously, though, until you get enough seniority to hold a line you won't have much of a lifestyle on reserve. the only thing that i can think of that would help you in that are is to actually live in the city where you are based. commuting is one of the worst aspects of the job, esp. in the post-911 world.
piperpilot, the mins at comair are listed on the human resources section at comair.com. realistically, however, that will probably find your resume in the circular file these days. i hear through the grapevine that they currently have no shortage of resumes from people with 3000-4000 and a load of multi time, not to mention crj flight time.
that being said, if you even come close you be out nothing but the cost of a fax by sending your stuff in. you just never know...
I've got an interview on Wed. Any last minute gouge. I've heard about the Cog test. Did you take it last year? Remember what it is like? Heard anything about it? How much longer will they have the EMB-120?
Do you use a computer program to sort out the pairings for the bidding? (not that I'm putting the carriage in from of the horse)
If you put your self on the don't fly list for reserve, what are the chances that you'll get called?
I know lots of questions, but I appreciate your time.
the cog test is not too bad except for the last test. If you go to aviationinterviews.com they have some great gouge on it. I wouldn't worry about it too much. There is also the personality test. (i.e. strongly disagree-strongly agree) Just be honest. The interview, to me, was the most important. go to the website i mentioned and think of some flying stories for each HR question.
sorry for the lateness i just got back from a three-day trip...
the site mentioned for gouge is probably your best bet, along with this web site. i interviewed over a year ago and it has changed too much for me to comment on it, other than the h/r portion which is standard h/r stuff. be ready to answer questions about jets, high-speed aero, jepps. i'm sure you know the deal...
emb-120 by contract could be hear for up to 18 months from the date of signing. basically the end of 2002. actually irrelevant to a new-hire, as we don't hire into the brasilia anymore. as far as new-hires are concerned we are all jet.
i do not use a program to sort trips. if you saw the trips for orlando you would know why. i think in jan we had like 7 trips, some of which only ran on one day, and three or four high-speeds.
i don't know if anyone uses them in CVG. i'm not familiar with the particulars of those programs.
not sure how reserve worked at your company but to my knowledge we don't have a "don't fly list" for reserve. reserves are called out in inverse seniority order. if you are senior, you could "bid to fly" thereby making you "junior" and subject to call out. that would obviously be the opposite of what you were asking about. another technique you could use is to bid a reserve window that will minimize your chances of being called. we have 8 reserve windows in MCO. i don't know what they do in CVG.
from what i can tell if you are junior in CVG your beeper is going off like a prom dress. here in MCO i have to check to see if my batteries are dead because my pager never goes off. until you are fairly senior and about to get a line in CVG expect to be called. i have heard that 90 hours on reserve is not uncommon up there.
Man, 90 hours on reserve? Things must have changed a bunch, because i never broke guarantee, even when I bid to fly. I was going to movies with my roomate, who is near my senority. We never missed a movie or got called to go right away. That only happened on the early shift. You can ask for your reserve windows, and the early ones fly. The later ones sit. So, you can pretty much get what you want.
I was on the A2 window all January (0400-1800).
I flew 16 hours the entire month. I did not bid to fly, though several buddies of mine did and were lucky to fly 20 hours, though they did sit 6 ready reserves and some had to sit in the sim for other pilot's training.
I had 2 call outs, for 2 overnights and 1 ready reserve for an out and back. Yawn.
I went 3 weeks without being called.
I'm on the A5 this month. Hope it's a little different.
you are good to go with a total of 3000 hours, that is the big requirement that people are waiting for, that holds up the acadamy and CFI pilots that are hired.
the most recent bid that came out a couple days ago has the most junior RJ Capt starting training May 8, he has been here for 28 months this month, it may go less senior as the the year comes to an end. since we are receiving 37 or 38 a/c this year, that's about 266 crew, (266 per seat). so it may drop below 24 months.