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Anon1234
08-07-2019, 12:42 PM
I'm a military pilot coming up on retirement. I'm neutral on continuing to fly, but it's good money, so I'm considering it.

I've already bought my retirement house 3 hours from DCA. Would it be possible - after paying my junior dues on reserve - to consistently work out a schedule where I drive to DCA once a month, fly however many consecutive days necessary, crash at a DCA hotel between trips, and then drive home? How many days of flying do you need in a month to make your hours? Thanks.


Name User
08-07-2019, 12:54 PM
Honestly? No not really. You can do something like that on the international side with seniority but not domestically.

Best case for you would be a 4-day trip with one day off, another 4-day. Then some time off (maybe 10 days) and another 4-day with one day off and then a 2-day. Then a few days off. But you'd need bidding power to get it and most trips are not droppable these days, which inhibits your ability to swap.

Al Czervik
08-07-2019, 01:09 PM
I'm a military pilot coming up on retirement. I'm neutral on continuing to fly, but it's good money, so I'm considering it.

I've already bought my retirement house 3 hours from DCA. Would it be possible - after paying my junior dues on reserve - to consistently work out a schedule where I drive to DCA once a month, fly however many consecutive days necessary, crash at a DCA hotel between trips, and then drive home? How many days of flying do you need in a month to make your hours? Thanks.

Go to FedEx or UPS. They have the schedules youre looking for.


thrust
08-07-2019, 02:48 PM
I'm neutral on continuing to fly, but it's good money, so I'm considering it.

Be sure to bring this up wherever you interview.

AAfng
08-07-2019, 05:06 PM
you are worried about a 3 hour drive to work? Geez.

To answer you questions, I think it is possible to string a lot of work days together. It takes a lot of time on the trip trading app but doing 6 day stretches is 100% possible. You have to get a day off every 7 so that is the limiting factor. Throw in a nice 31 hrs in Buffalo and boom you can keep stitching trips together. Then again, you could just drive the 3 hours home and come back the next week. Your decision making is lacking and I wouldnt even apply if I was you.

Peacock
08-07-2019, 05:30 PM
I'm a military pilot coming up on retirement. I'm neutral on continuing to fly, but it's good money, so I'm considering it.

I've already bought my retirement house 3 hours from DCA. Would it be possible - after paying my junior dues on reserve - to consistently work out a schedule where I drive to DCA once a month, fly however many consecutive days necessary, crash at a DCA hotel between trips, and then drive home? How many days of flying do you need in a month to make your hours? Thanks.
How on earth is avoiding a three hour drive worth staying away from home for weeks at a time and multiple nights in a hotel/crash pad?

There are tons of people working normal jobs who spend 1-2 hours per day commuting. 7-14 per week.

TallFlyer
08-07-2019, 05:33 PM
If youre three hours from DCA how far are you from IAD or BWI?

And Ill agree with the sentiment of other posters, youre looking at this the wrong way. Plenty of guys at all carriers who would kill for a three hour driving commute.


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zondaracer
08-07-2019, 06:30 PM
Which way do you live from DCA? DCA pilots also cover IAD and BWI so if you are closer to one of those, your drive wont always be 3 hours.

PRS Guitars
08-07-2019, 07:26 PM
First off, since youre on the fence about the job, you need to stop thinking like an active duty military pilot. Youre basically saying youd rather be away from your family for 14 days than do 6 hours of driving a week.

I occasionally back trips up together, fly home 2 hours, drive home 45 minutes and then fly back to my base the next day just to get a night home.

This job is way better than active duty, I can say that I enjoy my 4 to 5 hour commute better than any Monday morning driving 10 minutes to work while on active duty.

To answer your question though, you can back up about 6 days of work pretty easily. More than that is doable but get tricky because you need 30 hours off after about 6 or 7 days. There are trips with 30 hour layovers, that count, but not easy to bring all the pieces together, so count on just 6 or 7 days straight. You could do that twice a month...eventually.

mainlineAF
08-08-2019, 05:34 AM
Id give anything for a 3 hour drive.

UPTme
08-08-2019, 06:25 AM
Id give anything for a 3 hour drive.

..... Would you move?

mainlineAF
08-08-2019, 06:54 AM
..... Would you move?



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chrisreedrules
08-08-2019, 06:57 AM
Id give anything for a 3 hour drive.

1.5-2 hours is my threshold personally. Beyond that Id rather just make a quick drive to the airport and catch a flight.

mainlineAF
08-08-2019, 07:20 AM
1.5-2 hours is my threshold personally. Beyond that Id rather just make a quick drive to the airport and catch a flight.



True. But this summer has been brutal with my commute. Tons of cancellations and now Im jaded lol.

Plus commuting on RJs makes it that much harder.

Slowmover
08-08-2019, 01:58 PM
I am flying 15 days this month out of DCA. Five 3-day trips in three work blocks (6/6/3). You could cram 15 days of work into 17-18 days and then go home for 12 days if you want.

Plenty of captains I fly with live 2-3 hours from DCA and drive in. Long call would also be a good option for that distance.

I agree with Thrust. When you interview you have to be 100% committed. A mentor once told me "Try the airline thing... if you like it, great, if you don't, quit. But if you wait a few years and THEN try it, you will have given up a lot of seniority and will be in a much worse spot." Turns out I like it.