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G550Guy
03-13-2018, 08:05 PM
I thought it would be a good idea to start a funny and lighthearted thread... to share some gotchas about being a new hire.

Iíll go first.

1. Learn to decode encrypted messages involving GMT and local time on various pieces of paper and websites. Showing up for work 24 hours early is better than showing up a day late. Thank goodness I was there a day early.

2. Never.... ever.... place food wrapped in plastic in the oven to ďwarm upĒ. Even on the lowest setting.

3. Last one, do not leave the toilet seat lid up on the MD11 and paper towels/water bottles/toilet paper rolls laying loose in the sink area.... while flying over the Rockies.

**Words of wisdom, just doing my part to help the next guy along!!! Hahahaha.


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pony172
03-14-2018, 04:55 AM
Don't get into fist fight with sim partner in the hotel after passing your type ride. Heard about that one from ACP in training center a few days ago.,

navigatro
03-14-2018, 05:26 AM
Don't place a higher priority on your cell phone than operating the aircraft (if you want to keep your job)

Don't argue on the B&G.

Don't buy a house until you make it thru training/finish probation.


brownie
03-14-2018, 06:05 AM
Don't tell the capt you can't do that in MY jet specially when on probation🤣🤣🤣

navigatro
03-14-2018, 07:59 AM
Don't tell the capt you can't do that in MY jet specially when on probation🤣🤣🤣

more details please

Ray Kinsella
03-14-2018, 08:08 AM
Buy a house, but make damn sure you don’t fail a drug test, or commit violence in the workplace.

It’s not hard to keep your nose clean on probation.

brownie
03-14-2018, 09:33 AM
more details please

Didn't stick around for the details just thought was funny as s...🤣

CactusCrew
03-14-2018, 09:52 AM
Don't move to a domicile for the job, especially if your spouse and children are in a good place.

say again
03-14-2018, 10:08 AM
Don't get into fist fight with sim partner in the hotel after passing your type ride. Heard about that one from ACP in training center a few days ago.,

That's probably a wise idea. :eek::D

Machtransition
03-14-2018, 10:25 AM
Don't move to a domicile for the job, especially if your spouse and children are in a good place.

Any idea how many UPS pilots commute versus live in base?

Precontact
03-14-2018, 11:14 AM
Buy a house, but make damn sure you donít fail a drug test, or commit violence in the workplace.

Itís not hard to keep your nose clean on probation.

OK haven't heard about this one, or is this connected to the fight mentioned above?

Packrat
03-14-2018, 11:52 AM
Don't hire a hooker, refuse to pay her and get arrested on your first (and last) IOE layover.

Swedish Blender
03-14-2018, 12:13 PM
Don't tell the capt you can't do that in MY jet specially when on probation🤣🤣🤣

That didn't get him fired.

Arguing with the SDF chief pilot and another ACP at the same time about it did.:eek:

Precontact
03-14-2018, 12:43 PM
Don't hire a hooker, refuse to pay her and get arrested on your first (and last) IOE layover.
Was this in Manas a few years ago? I didnít think that was OE though. Didnít the captain bail him out via ATM withdrawals?

CactusCrew
03-14-2018, 01:00 PM
Any idea how many UPS pilots commute versus live in base?

I have heard itís nearly evenly split 50/50, so half commute. It would differ based on domicile though.

Harrisburg
03-14-2018, 02:24 PM
chief pilot

We don’t have such things around here. What we have, are a lot of short cutting yes men.

Harrisburg
03-14-2018, 02:29 PM
Don't tell the capt you can't do that in MY jet specially when on probation🤣🤣🤣

Was this on the 747?

brownie
03-14-2018, 04:59 PM
Was this on the 747?

No it wasn't...

captjns
03-14-2018, 05:59 PM
Never a good career move to make a better landing than the captain, especially a training captain.:eek:

767pilot
03-14-2018, 08:53 PM
That didn't get him fired.

Arguing with the SDF chief pilot and another ACP at the same time about it did.:eek:

What's the story there?

767pilot
03-14-2018, 08:55 PM
Was this in Manas a few years ago? I didnít think that was OE though. Didnít the captain bail him out via ATM withdrawals?

That was Almaty and yes, the captain had to go to the atm. Sounds like this might be different, they wasn't an ioe trip

767pilot
03-14-2018, 09:00 PM
Keep an eye on that Z time thing. As a new hire I had a buddy look at my schedule and saw pdx hot reserve on Tuesday so he suggested I go home for the weekend. I did and guess what, on the west coast Tuesday Z starts on Monday! I made it by the skin of my teeth.

Also, forget how they did it at your old company. It's been the same at every job I ever had. Nobody gives a f&*#. Same with the better equipment /panel your used too. Fugedaboudit. In a year or so you'll be used to a much better pay check and you won't miss your super fmc every other Monday.

jpburch191
03-19-2018, 06:30 PM
When you're in your 2nd year and vacation time approaches, you must decide whether or not you want to use OCV a bid period prior to your vacation bid period and bid accordingly. I wanted to use OCV but didn't realize my carryout trip that was conflict dropped (then restored fully) locked me into traditional vacation rules for my actual vacation days. Please feel free to reach out if you want more details. I would've bid differently in both bid periods had I been aware of this. Totally my fault for not knowing, but if I can help someone else avoid this mistake, I'd be glad to do so.

CactusCrew
03-19-2018, 08:33 PM
That OCV stuff isnít just a new hire rookie mistake. Darn near every bid period someone has a question about how to bid for OCV on the B & G

stratofactor
04-07-2018, 02:03 PM
Make sure to drink YOUR Guava juice out of Honolulu.

whalesurfer
04-08-2018, 12:28 AM
Any idea how many UPS pilots commute versus live in base?

The number of commuters varies greatly in each domicile. I’ve been told that some ~80% of ANC crew members commute.
Of the last 30-35 Anchorage newhires I only know of 1 (one) who actually lives in Igloostan (I’m keedin’, I like Alaska).

So I’d imagine the percentage of ANC commuters will only keep creeping up. ..but hey, the commuting problem has been solved because you can’t double-book anymore.. :rolleyes:
Fun times ahead.. :eek:

arjmjj
04-08-2018, 10:13 AM
Make sure to drink YOUR Guava juice out of Honolulu.

I heard that story! What a lunatic! Plus does Guava Juice even taste good?

c5pilot11
08-09-2018, 08:06 AM
Don't place a higher priority on your cell phone than operating the aircraft (if you want to keep your job)

Don't argue on the B&G.

Don't buy a house until you make it thru training/finish probation.

Interested in the story behind buying a house. Are you saying the risk you might not make it through your first year? How often does that actually happen? Or just the financial strain of buying a home according to year 2 pay and eating pop tarts and Ramen while trying to make your house payment for the first year?

jetlaggy
08-09-2018, 08:27 AM
Interested in the story behind buying a house. Are you saying the risk you might not make it through your first year? How often does that actually happen? Or just the financial strain of buying a home according to year 2 pay and eating pop tarts and Ramen while trying to make your house payment for the first year?

UPS could move you

CactusCrew
08-09-2018, 08:38 AM
Interested in the story behind buying a house. Are you saying the risk you might not make it through your first year? How often does that actually happen? Or just the financial strain of buying a home according to year 2 pay and eating pop tarts and Ramen while trying to make your house payment for the first year?

How often does that actually happen ? Depends on the individual. Every airline has "right-sized" within a few years after I've been on property. I've been at UPS long enough, you should be safe. ;)

At my first airline, after 1.5-2 years, went from almost upgrade to almost furloughed in a few months. Parked half their fleet during a merger, FWIW.

#2 went bankrupt 8 months after I was at #3 ... Lucky me !

#3 furloughed hundreds after 9/11, not lucky this time !

UPS might not furlough again in the near future, but they will move bodies around and displace/realign indiscriminately. The furlough may have only been 109, the details have been bemoaned enough already. Hundreds more were churned around the bottom of the list as the airline realigned and optimized itself.

Just don't take a dive into the pool while you are still at the shallow end. Get your feet wet first, proceed with caution.