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imapalmnut
01-07-2018, 09:50 AM
just wondering why is punta gorda so junior


j3cub
01-07-2018, 10:03 AM
Not easily commutable. Lots of old farts--everywhere. Not much to offer younger families. Very expensive in the surrounding areas (Ft Myers, Venice, Sarasota).

Captainbfv
01-07-2018, 03:26 PM
Not easily commutable. Lots of old farts--everywhere. Not much to offer younger families. Very expensive in the surrounding areas (Ft Myers, Venice, Sarasota).

Hit the nail on the head. Great if you like a quieter style of living, Punta Gorda is very cheap to live and not bad for a family that doesn't want to deal with the "chaotic" bigger city life.

Punta Gorda is expected to grow too so that should motivate ya a bit.
But yeah probably the toughest to commute out of.


TiredSoul
01-08-2018, 04:17 AM
Why hard to commute?
Itís right between Sarasota and Fort Myers.

9easy
01-08-2018, 11:52 PM
It's been said but I'll say it again. Don't come to allegiant and plan to commute long term. VBD is going away, and the schedules don't work for commuters. The worst pilots to fly with are commuters. Frontier and Spirit are hiring anyone and they are infinitely better to commute to, go there.

Captainbfv
01-09-2018, 09:05 AM
Why hard to commute?

Itís right between Sarasota and Fort Myers.



Well many are mentioning in the sense of convenience. Having to drive 1 hour or 30+ minutes to try and make a flight thatís probably going to be a two leg commute isnít optimal.


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Captainbfv
01-09-2018, 09:06 AM
It's been said but I'll say it again. Don't come to allegiant and plan to commute long term. VBD is going away, and the schedules don't work for commuters. The worst pilots to fly with are commuters. Frontier and Spirit are hiring anyone and they are infinitely better to commute to, go there.



True dat


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David Puddy
01-09-2018, 09:42 AM
just wondering why is punta gorda so junior

One word: GATORS

Isnít Punta Gorda located in Hazzard County? :)

ecam
01-09-2018, 09:43 AM
It's been said but I'll say it again. Don't come to allegiant and plan to commute long term. VBD is going away, and the schedules don't work for commuters. The worst pilots to fly with are commuters. Frontier and Spirit are hiring anyone and they are infinitely better to commute to, go there.

That's BS. VBD will get smaller, but it will be around in the future to accommodate seasonal shifts in flying. It's already been shown that constant involuntary TDY isn't productive.

And many of our pilots choose to commute. I've never had any problem flying with any of them. What they do on their own time is up to them.

Choose Sprit or Frontier over Allegiant because of commutability? I can't even take you seriously after reading that.

Captainbfv
01-09-2018, 02:20 PM
That's BS. VBD will get smaller, but it will be around in the future to accommodate seasonal shifts in flying. It's already been shown that constant involuntary TDY isn't productive.



And many of our pilots choose to commute. I've never had any problem flying with any of them. What they do on their own time is up to them.



Choose Sprit or Frontier over Allegiant because of commutability? I can't even take you seriously after reading that.



True dat too


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CAirBear
01-10-2018, 08:35 AM
That's BS. VBD will get smaller, but it will be around in the future to accommodate seasonal shifts in flying. It's already been shown that constant involuntary TDY isn't productive.

And many of our pilots choose to commute. I've never had any problem flying with any of them. What they do on their own time is up to them.

Choose Sprit or Frontier over Allegiant because of commutability? I can't even take you seriously after reading that.

Yup. I commute here (non VBD) and I donít want to kill myself or hate my life. I love it here. Itís absolutely night and day to my last job.

The reason this place gets a bad wrap about commuting, is some of our bases are not serviced by anyone, but Allegiant. If your going to commute here you have to be smart and pick the best base for you. LAS/LAX etc are your best bets. If your trying to commute to BLI or AVL (unless you already live in SEA or CLT) I would say itís almost not even possible.

Another reason is you need your own place to stay while at work. We donít do the whole 3-4 nights on the road deal, at least not at the moment. So itís another expense. Although itís not hard to find a small 1 bedroom or split a house with another pilot for cheap. I currently rent a house north of SFB with another pilot here - 20 mins to the airport. Works great and there are a lot of cheap houses north of Sanford.

I have a few friends here that followed from my last job. They are all SFB based as well. On reserve days, I will golf go to the beach etc. So even though I donít ďlive in baseĒ I still have a good time while at work.

Again YMMV. I live in a medium size city of which Allegiant services all FL markets (except one). There are no worse than 2 flights a week and 75% of the year there are 3 flights a week and even more direct to SFB and home again.

It is not difficult for me to bid where I am off in the pm to take our flight home on a Thurs and then take our flight back to work Sun afternoon. Iíve had to fly into MCO 2 times. Been based there since July.

Again everyoneís situation is going to be different. I am thankful to have grown up in a wonderful city, with terrific friends and family. I am involved in my community and what goes on back home. Itís truly the best part of this career. I know guys who are 4th generation farmers who continue on a family legacy yet fly mainline UA and AA.

I get some people always move to base and donít really care where they live. Thatís cool. Everyoneís different. I actually did live in base at my last job for one year. It sucked. I had a couple pilot work friends around and that was it.

As for coming here vs NK and F9. Zero question. Itís 6 years at Spirit right now to make $100 right seat. Frontier is no better. Also we deal with so much less BS. You donít deal with flow times, multiple tail swaps etc etc. 90% of the time you show up fly a leg and go back to base. Itís really chill. A lot less hustle and bustle. I love it.

9easy
01-10-2018, 04:27 PM
VBD might not be "going away" but when the displacement of MD80 VBD happens, there will be displacements out of VBD airbus as well and probably a long line of guys looking to bid back into it. It will probably be impossible for new hires to get VBD for a long time if ever.



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