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our scheduling dept is pretty nice, good people and if you're responsible about it, will let a min or two slide. For instance; tomorrow I have an 8:47am duty in, the EARLIEST flight I can take to get to work gets me in at 8:42am. SO I will call scheduling before I get on the commuter flight to let them know I have a seat and will be cutting it close (I'll tell them which flight I'm on, that I do have a seat and also ask what gate I need to get to upon arriving at my base airport)
Then when I get to my base airport I'll call em again to let them know I'm there and running for my flight. Sometimes they ask me to call again when I'm actually on the plane I'm supposed to fly, other times they'll check me in right then in there. Either way, they're flexible people that I keep informed and make sure that everything is reasonable and won't delay the flight.
They wont let you duty in by phone until 7 after your duty in so be careful. Yes I know there are others that have different stories but it is a diceroll everytime scheduling answers. My personal best is 0850 arrival on B with a 0910 duty in on D with a stop at ABC.
Depends...........You on probation? Could make a big difference. Well before XJ had a commuter policy, this question came up to a well respected chief pilot during the interview process. His answer was short and sweet. "I don't care where you live. You don't get to work on time...........now I care." We're all professionals (or should be) just make sure you get to work or you're just screwing another pilot who's going to have to scramble or change their plans to make up for your lack of planning.
Call scheduling and have them put a note in your file with the flight you are commuting in on (City pairing, flight #). That way if you pop up on their computer screen for not dutying in, they have an idea of where you are.
Tell them you will call when you arrive in ATL. If you miss your sign in time, get a D-0 on the flight and you probably won't hear from anybody (unless you have a track record maybe).
It's worked for me before, and I'm about as big a ******************** up as they come around here.:nuts: