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Press Release issued by the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) (St John’s, Antigua) The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) is waiting to be informed of the measures LIAT will take in dealing with the passenger who caused the disruption and cancellation of one of its flights on December 13th 2016. The passenger who […]
Oh the joys of commuting!
Nothing better than trying to show up on time for work rested and ready to tackle the friendly skies. Grab a coffee past security, make a left, check out the flight board, and bam! Red demon letters CANCELLED. Well now what?
Many pilots do not live in the base they work out of. We commute, because we live in nice places and don’t want to move to BFE for a job that makes less money than a Hooters waitress in SFO. Some airlines, the smart ones, will actually buy a ticket for their pilot and provide them with a hotel the night before their trip is supposed to start.
This saves tons of money reducing the possibility of the flight the next morning getting canceled because of a lack of a crewmember. Most airlines give their pilots two opportunities to make it before their showtime which is usually an hour ahead of their flight time. Even with the amount of flights available it is still hard for pilots to make some of these constraints.
Some pilots will fly in the day before and pay for a hotel just to not deal with commuting the next day and pushing it close to their showtime. It’s like a full other job trying to look, then list, and possibly having to sit in the jumpseat trying to get to work. Most of the time as well you’re not the only pilot trying to get to work and some aircraft only have one Jumpseat so it becomes a battle for who gets the Jumpseat. The priority goes to the employee of the original airline first, then whoever shows up and list first.
Weather plays the biggest role in commuting. Adverse weather conditions can delay flights, cancel flights, and roll passengers on to the next flight creating basically zero seats available. This makes it extremely tough for the pilot to make it to work in a timely fashion with much unpredictability. If the pilot misses his trip he is in jeopardy of losing his job, his pay, or he could try later and meet up with this trip if it comes back to his hub.
Low and behold popping out of the clouds at 600 AGL and boom, there is the runway. After slamming it on and getting confused on where your gate is located, you start to wonder where your next meal is going to come from.
You start to think of what was in the terminal and what is edible out of those choices. Eating on the road, especially while doing turns is one of the hardest parts of this job. Trying to eat healthy is even harder.
The one thing you can’t have is a burrito blowout at FL360. Having to call up your A flight attendant and tell her to set up the cart is beyond embarrassing. She is going to walk in, see that blank look of clammy sweat on your face, and your chance of a shot with her on your PHX layover is going down the aft lav.
Since such incidents, my new thing is salads. Chicken Caesar or something along those lines satisfy hunger pretty well and you don’t really get the food shakes after. Also bringing protein shakes and bars have really helped out on those six hour flights from Hell.
Whats a good diet for you and how do you eat on a typical four day?
When it comes to travel planning and the means of travel, we’ve come really far (get the pun?), but what lies before us is a whole new world of technologically assisted travel that looks nothing like what we experience today. As sad as we feel that Concords, once claimed as the future of commercial flight […]