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laurabos
05-08-2018, 05:41 PM
What's an example of a typical pilot or flight attendant schedule with how many days in a row they work, how many days off after , etc. ?


etflies
05-08-2018, 09:53 PM
What's an example of a typical pilot or flight attendant schedule with how many days in a row they work, how many days off after , etc. ?

That is a TREMENDOUSLY generic question. It depends on your seniority, base, equipment, airline work rules and preference in bids. Reserves at my shop generally see 12-14 days off, and work blocks in 4-5 day stretches. Line holders can see anywhere from 12-18 days off with mostly 3 or 4 day trips. Industry wide, generally speaking, 4 on and 3 off is more or less the norm but that can vary quite a bit given any of the aforementioned variables.

Beyond that, there are too many variables to call anything “typical.”

captjns
05-09-2018, 04:34 AM
Airline specific? Hmmmm:rolleyes:


sailingfun
05-09-2018, 05:05 AM
What's an example of a typical pilot or flight attendant schedule with how many days in a row they work, how many days off after , etc. ?

You need to include the airline, seniority, equipment, personal preferences, LOS ect...
Basically impossible to answer.

Han Solo
05-09-2018, 05:07 AM
What's an example of a typical pilot or flight attendant schedule with how many days in a row they work, how many days off after , etc. ?

If you're trying to bust your husband just say so. These coy round about questions don't make it easy to help you. Some pilots cheat on their wives with FAs, some wives hound perfectly honest pilot husbands about cheating with FAs. Sounds like you fall into 1 of these 2 groups, either way being married to a pilot probably isn't for you. Hopefully you can find another husband before children are in the picture.

Dolphinflyer
05-09-2018, 06:44 AM
laurabos,

Assuming you're legit, and not a PI, here's a short brief,

There is no typical. FA's generally have different labor contract and FAA rules than the pilots. FA's can fly different aircraft the same day, pilots cannot. That means they can jump from 737 to the Airbus series in the same day. More than likely at a large legacy airline, it would be uncommon to see the FA's paired with the pilots more than 2-3 legs on a 12 leg, 3-day trip.

For monthly pilot schedules, it depends on the aircraft type and seniority of the pilot or FA. For narrowbody like the 737 or Airbus, trips might run from 1-5 days varying from 0-6 days off in between. Depends on the preference and the standing on each list. If the top guy wants to fly "turns", which are two leg out and backs the same day, he might leave at 6am and be back home to pick up his kids from school at 3pm every M/T/W/H. If he is not senior on the list, he will be "on-call" for flying every weekend or flying red-eye night flights at some large city coastal base. Unless both the pilot and FA have "turns" available at their base and both are relatively senior, they aren't going to fly together much.

International widebody flying is different. It's one leg to Paris or XYZ, layover and one leg back, generally, but not always with same FA's. Again, the monthly trip schedule for the pilot and FA could be the same city, but mostly on different days. One or the other could trade onto the same flights, but again, they will have to be senior to do it. People trade all the time. Hard to pin down exact flights and numbers, Dershowitz and Boies won't be able to get personal files of airline crewmembers and crew lists to show you patterns.

That should cover it, now about yourself?

RSRVWINDSURFR
05-09-2018, 09:13 AM
If you're trying to bust your husband just say so. These coy round about questions don't make it easy to help you. Some pilots cheat on their wives with FAs, some wives hound perfectly honest pilot husbands about cheating with FAs. Sounds like you fall into 1 of these 2 groups, either way being married to a pilot probably isn't for you. Hopefully you can find another husband before children are in the picture.

Haha! I got the same impression. Someoneís about to get busted.

laurabos
05-09-2018, 02:18 PM
If you're trying to bust your husband just say so. These coy round about questions don't make it easy to help you. Some pilots cheat on their wives with FAs, some wives hound perfectly honest pilot husbands about cheating with FAs. Sounds like you fall into 1 of these 2 groups, either way being married to a pilot probably isn't for you. Hopefully you can find another husband before children are in the picture.

Lmaooo dude i'm a 17 year old girl who is thinking about being a pilot when she's older and just wanted to know around how many days in a row they work 😂

laurabos
05-09-2018, 02:27 PM
What's an example of a typical pilot or flight attendant schedule with how many days in a row they work, how many days off after , etc. ?

Damn everybody on here assumes things so quickly 😂 I'm a 17 year old girl and I'm thinking about going to Embry Riddle for College to become an airline pilot . My mom told me for more information about being a pilot or what their schedules are like , things they deal with , etc. that I could maybe look onto a pilot forum website so I am 😂 I asked about the schedule because obviously anyone who is becoming a pilot would want to know how many days in a row they'll be working and how many days they will have off 😂 That goes for almost any job of course you'll want to know the schedule . I asked the question about a married pilot and flight attendant because my boyfriend wants to be a flight attendant and if we worked at the same place I was wondering how low are the chances of us going on trips together if we worked out ... I know that's extremely unrealistic but it was just a "what if" type of though ... just letting everybody know so they can put down their popcorn I don't have a husband nobody's cheating on me and there's really not a whole interesting story behind why i'm asking these questions 😂 Sorry to give anyone the wrong impression

123494
05-09-2018, 02:42 PM
Are all those emojiís really necessary? Youíre dealing with mostly older men who do not talk like the kids you go to the mall with on Friday nights. As others have said, schedules vary immensely. Have you looked into taking a flying lesson before you to to Embry Riddle?

FXDX
05-09-2018, 02:54 PM
They are necessary when you are trying to convince everybody that you are a 17 year old girl. :)

viper548
05-09-2018, 03:03 PM
I work for American out of Phoenix on the A-320. I'm pretty junior. A typical schedule for me is day 1 fly a redeye to the east coast. Sometimes it's 2 legs like PhX-LAX-CLT. Get in around 6am. Day 2 is after 12 hours at the hotel during the day and is usually 1 or 2 legs. CLT-DFw-LAS. Day 3 usually 1 or 2 legs starting in the evening. LAS-DFW-SEA. Day 4 is 1-3 legs usually ending around 7-8pm. SEA-PHX-OAK-PHX.
A senior pilot that lives in base may only do turns and can basically build their own schedule. I typically have 4 on, then 2-4 off.

Snuffaluffagus
05-09-2018, 08:06 PM
Friends don't let friends go to ERAU.

Han Solo
05-10-2018, 03:13 AM
Lmaooo dude i'm a 17 year old girl who is thinking about being a pilot when she's older and just wanted to know around how many days in a row they work ��

Well your threads don't add up to your new and improved story. Can't say I believe you but I'll give you and any other 17 year olds reading this the same advice as I'd give my own 17 year old daughter if she were in your shoes (and she ever listened to me). Don't marry a flight attendant. And while it is certainly possible and I've seen it work, don't plan your life around your high school crush (unless your boyfriend's name is George Bush, then go ahead). You should do whatever it is you want to do with your life and let the chips fall where they may. Trying to pick matching careers in HS is a recipe for a lot of pain, missed opportunity, and regret down the road. More than half of all marriages end in divorce, don't plan YOUR life around somebody else's, especially at such a young age. And just in case I wasn't clear, don't marry an FA.

captjns
05-10-2018, 03:56 AM
Lmaooo dude i'm a 17 year old girl who is thinking about being a pilot when she's older and just wanted to know around how many days in a row they work 😂

Your mini details say otherwise regarding your age.:rolleyes: Beware folks.

RustyChain
05-10-2018, 05:38 AM
Your mini details say otherwise regarding your age.:rolleyes: Beware folks.

I never give my real birthday to anybody, unless I have to.

cactusmike
05-10-2018, 10:46 AM
Well your threads don't add up to your new and improved story. Can't say I believe you but I'll give you and any other 17 year olds reading this the same advice as I'd give my own 17 year old daughter if she were in your shoes (and she ever listened to me). Don't marry a flight attendant. And while it is certainly possible and I've seen it work, don't plan your life around your high school crush (unless your boyfriend's name is George Bush, then go ahead). You should do whatever it is you want to do with your life and let the chips fall where they may. Trying to pick matching careers in HS is a recipe for a lot of pain, missed opportunity, and regret down the road. More than half of all marriages end in divorce, don't plan YOUR life around somebody else's, especially at such a young age. And just in case I wasn't clear, don't marry an FA.


Sage advice.

cactusmike
05-10-2018, 10:47 AM
Friends don't let friends go to ERAU.


Yeah, whatís the bill now for a degree with flight, about $150k?.

4V14T0R
05-11-2018, 06:24 AM
Yeah, whatís the bill now for a degree with flight, about $150k?.



I think itís closer to $250K.


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at6d
05-11-2018, 09:49 AM
Well your threads don't add up to your new and improved story. Can't say I believe you but I'll give you and any other 17 year olds reading this the same advice as I'd give my own 17 year old daughter if she were in your shoes (and she ever listened to me). Don't marry a flight attendant. And while it is certainly possible and I've seen it work, don't plan your life around your high school crush (unless your boyfriend's name is George Bush, then go ahead). You should do whatever it is you want to do with your life and let the chips fall where they may. Trying to pick matching careers in HS is a recipe for a lot of pain, missed opportunity, and regret down the road. More than half of all marriages end in divorce, don't plan YOUR life around somebody else's, especially at such a young age. And just in case I wasn't clear, don't marry an FA.

And then when they turn 18 and say, ďnothing you say will stop me...Ē

Yeah. Good times.

Long Haul
05-12-2018, 01:04 PM
Damn everybody on here assumes things so quickly 😂 I'm a 17 year old girl and I'm thinking about going to Embry Riddle for College to become an airline pilot . My mom told me for more information about being a pilot or what their schedules are like , things they deal with , etc. that I could maybe look onto a pilot forum website so I am 😂 I asked about the schedule because obviously anyone who is becoming a pilot would want to know how many days in a row they'll be working and how many days they will have off 😂 That goes for almost any job of course you'll want to know the schedule . I asked the question about a married pilot and flight attendant because my boyfriend wants to be a flight attendant and if we worked at the same place I was wondering how low are the chances of us going on trips together if we worked out ... I know that's extremely unrealistic but it was just a "what if" type of though ... just letting everybody know so they can put down their popcorn I don't have a husband nobody's cheating on me and there's really not a whole interesting story behind why i'm asking these questions 😂 Sorry to give anyone the wrong impression

Dear Laura,

Your question is quite difficult to answer, because every airline has different procedures when it comes to scheduling. Iíd say the average is about fifteen work days a month, although that might come in blocks of fifteen days gone in a row, or home every night, depending on where you work and what you fly. In addition, the number of days in which you are home or away will vary over the course of your career as you move up the seniority list and change jobs within the airline. While some couples may be able to arrange to fly together a lot, there will be times over the course of your career when you arenít able to arrange more than a quick passing of the car keys as one of you returns, and the other leaves for a five day trip. In fact, I would say that the two most important factors in whether or not you could become a successful airline pilot are whether or not you love flying enough to do well in ground school, and whether or not you AND your partner are independent enough to regularly spend a week or more apart without freaking out. This is not the job for someone who needs to see their partner every night before bedtime. On the other hand, it does provide the opportunity to have plenty of time together during the week when normal people are in the office, and, of course, great opportunities for travel.

Oh, and donít go to Embry Riddle, itís not necessary and a huge waste of money.