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Old 04-14-2007, 12:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am new to aviation and was curious how many hours can a commercial airline pilot fly per month? How many days off to rest in between? Any info is appreciated thank you!

Also, when does overtime kick in?

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Generally speaking (at the airlines), no more than 30 hrs in 7 days, no more than 6 days in a row, no more than 100 hrs in a month, and no more than 1000 hrs in a year.

Most pilots don't make overtime per se, however that's going to be based wholly on the contract under which they work.

Corporate pilots (part 91) don't have the same restrictions on duty time and flight time as airline or charter pilots. (But we also seldom fly anywhere near 100 hrs a month - I logged 220 last year).
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Airline Pilots, because of FAA regulations can not fly more than 100 hours a month or more than a total of 1000 hours per year. Most airline pilots average around 75 hours a month of flying. Pilots spend several hours each day between flights waiting for their aircraft or waiting for flight delays to clear. These duty hours are not paid. A 75 hour flight month may also have about 140 duty hours and approximately 360 hours away from base.

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Old 04-14-2007, 01:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info, hard to believe a pilot could be at work and not get paid the whole time he/she is there. Just something wrong with that.
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Well, I wouldn't say that we aren't getting paid. We are getting our dollar-something-per-hour per diem.
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I flew 140hrs my first month on a 135 ticket. My yearly was 1306. My avg has dropped significantly the last 2 months since i've been working the "standby-*****" position(I really hate it, sit and wait all night) and not flying a nightly run. I barely hit 15hrs a week of actual flight.
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I flew 140hrs my first month on a 135 ticket. My yearly was 1306. My avg has dropped significantly the last 2 months since i've been working the "standby-*****" position(I really hate it, sit and wait all night) and not flying a nightly run. I barely hit 15hrs a week of actual flight.
1306 in a year? You must have been pooped!
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under 135 operations you can fly up to 1400 hours a year, 800 in 6 months or 500 in a quarter. typically 100-125 hours a month is normal. and if you get on with a company where you are home everyday its not that bad because you are moving all night/day and it makes the time go by faster.
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