Inspiring Youth to Learn to Fly There’s a flight school in Erie, PA that has been looking toward a pilot shortage for years. They recognize that the high cost of learning to fly and the commitment before seeing a return on that investment are keeping the young from the magic of learning to fly. To […]
Today’s guest post is from Aaron Groth, Account Manager at Harqen. Harqen provides video interview software and services to a number of airlines and other companies.
FAA ATP Test – Hot Update!! If you are planning on taking the FAA written ATP exam please study the ASA ATP 2016 book. The CPN team has learned this is the best study material for the test. Unfortunately, others have relied on other study guides and have not passed the test. It seems the […]
What do you do when you want to attract new candidates to a job? You pay more right? Having to cancel flying due to not having enough pilots, that’s exactly what some airlines have been trying to do by raising starting pay and offering bonuses in order to at. This has created a few problems, […]
Even the FAA is starting to acknowledge a reduction in pilots. While speaking in Wichita recently, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta is quoted as saying “We are no longer in a place where we have a very large pipeline of pilots coming from the military…What we need to do is continue talking about aviation as an attractive […]
In another sign of the pilot shortage that some say isn’t – Republic Airways announced that it is working with its partners to cut flying because it can’t staff its flights. The impact on any one carrier is likely to be small as its fleet is divided up amongst the majors (57 airplanes for American, […]
In another projection of significant pilot demand for the foreseeable future, Bloomberg published an article today citing a Boeing study that 558,000 pilots will be needed worldwide over the next twenty years to support the $5.6 trillion in airplane orders on the books. This increases Boeing’s 2014 assessment by 4% with Asia once again leading […]
Manipulating Your Schedule After Award
Here we are, approaching the end of our journey on how airline pilot schedules work. For the final installation on getting your schedule before the month starts, we need to talk about what happens once your schedule is awarded. As with everything else we’ve talked about: pairings, bidding and reserves, the specifics will vary with each airline. Some will have systems like I describe here, others will have more or less flexibility. This is a general overview. I encourage you to leave some examples of how it works at airlines you’ve been at in the comments.
Once you’ve gotten your schedules for the next month, that often isn’t the last chance you have to adjust your schedule. Often, all the available flying isn’t covered because of things like training, bidding preferences, vacation, etc. You get the idea. Many airlines will take this left over flying and create lines of flying, sometimes mixed with reserve days which can then go to junior pilots.
Looking at the Changed FAA Procedures
The FAA has published a draft version of the Instrument Procedures Handbook, the official textbook of sorts for flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions. It has been some time since I last looked at the IPH, probably 15-20 years. Back then it was a hardcover book in black and white that even then seemed outdated. This new version is exactly the opposite, with great color diagrams, modern material and even some discussions on things that aren’t yet in place. I give the FAA a lot of credit. It’s still a draft but it looks good.
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If you’re like me, and have been flying in instrument procedures for years but haven’t looked at this manual, you probably aren’t inclined to look at the new one. As I went through this, I took […]