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shamrock1
09-05-2007, 05:19 AM
I am waiting to hear from CAL and have a few questions for someone that is on the line. Thanks for the responses.

1. How long does it take to hold a block in EWR?

2. Are there two types of reserve? If so a brief explanation would help.

3. How about commuting from the central Florida area? Possible for a
blockholder?

5. Once benefits kick in, are the good? Are they expensive?

6. Is CLE a tough base to get? Can you TDY in other bases?

Again, THANKS!


catIIIc
09-05-2007, 05:43 AM
I am waiting to hear from CAL and have a few questions for someone that is on the line. Thanks for the responses.

1. How long does it take to hold a block in EWR?

2. Are there two types of reserve? If so a brief explanation would help.

3. How about commuting from the central Florida area? Possible for a
blockholder?

5. Once benefits kick in, are the good? Are they expensive?

6. Is CLE a tough base to get? Can you TDY in other bases?

Again, THANKS!

1. Depends on when you get hired. ie winter 4-6 months, summer 2-3 months.

2. Yes long call which is 9 hour call out, and short call 3 hour call out.

3. Yes it is possible, but tough. The 737 out of EWR is not very commutable but productive (more days off) and the 756 is commutable but not productive(everone below 50% get 12 days off).

4. Yes very good insurance about 200 choices in plans and costs and not to expensive. I pay 240/mo minus an $80 credit because my wife and I don't smoke, for 100% PPO.

5. Yes you can get CLE within a year but only on the 737, and no we have not had TDY's since I have been here, only 1.5 years.

hope that helps.

ewrbasedpilot
09-05-2007, 08:40 AM
I am waiting to hear from CAL and have a few questions for someone that is on the line. Thanks for the responses.

1. How long does it take to hold a block in EWR?

2. Are there two types of reserve? If so a brief explanation would help.

3. How about commuting from the central Florida area? Possible for a
blockholder?

5. Once benefits kick in, are the good? Are they expensive?

6. Is CLE a tough base to get? Can you TDY in other bases?

Again, THANKS!

You would be junior in CLE for quite some time. If you love being on reserve and being abused, bid it, otherwise EWR (as bad as that place is...;) ) has the best flying at CAL. I commute out of FLL and we have from 6-13 flights a day depending on the time of year. Most of the commuters are pretty good about listing and showing up for the jumpseat, so you have a pretty good idea when you need to commute up for a trip. Good luck.


jdt30
09-05-2007, 12:43 PM
Short call is three hours if I'm not mistaken.

Ottopilot
09-05-2007, 12:59 PM
"A" reserves: on call 24 hours per day (except for release for rest period). Must REPORT for a trip less than 9 hours from first attempt at contact by scheduling. Minimum monthly pay is 72 hours.

"B" reserves: On call during their phone availability period. Must BLOCK OUT on the flight within 3 hours of call by scheduling. (think of it as two hour call and one hour showtime prior to flight OR 2.5 hour call out and .5 hour show time) Minimum pay is 76 hours.

luv757
09-05-2007, 02:19 PM
A reserves also get used first for trips the next day and also have first crack at trips in open time.

flybynuts
09-06-2007, 04:52 PM
I hear that living in EWR is pretty bad, especially if you have a family. I also hear that Northern PA is pretty good but expensive now because a lot of people live there now and commute to EWR. Any insight to this? I just found out today that I "got the job" and looking to class next month.

JoeyMeatballs
09-06-2007, 05:08 PM
I hear that living in EWR is pretty bad, especially if you have a family. I also hear that Northern PA is pretty good but expensive now because a lot of people live there now and commute to EWR. Any insight to this? I just found out today that I "got the job" and looking to class next month.

If you think PA is expensive look at Morristown, or any other North Jersey town you need to be a UPS CA to live comfortably there....................... But either way Congrats on the job...........

LifeNtheFstLne
09-06-2007, 05:53 PM
I hear that living in EWR is pretty bad, especially if you have a family. I also hear that Northern PA is pretty good but expensive now because a lot of people live there now and commute to EWR. Any insight to this? I just found out today that I "got the job" and looking to class next month.

If you are young and single, I beg you - move to Hoboken, NJ. You'll thank me later. If you're married with kids - probably should steer clear.;)

shamrock1
09-07-2007, 03:23 AM
Thank you everyone for the respones. All of this information is a great help.

Murdoc
09-07-2007, 11:47 AM
Well, according to people I talk to, living in N PA is the way to go, if you want to be based in EWR. (I commute, and I don't have much trouble. It all depends on where you commute from!) MUCH lower taxes in PA, and I don't think that the housing prices have risen that much. Or you can get to IAH. Houses real cheap there.

Congrats on the Offer!! I think you'll love it, despite of what some say. (I do!).

I hear that living in EWR is pretty bad, especially if you have a family. I also hear that Northern PA is pretty good but expensive now because a lot of people live there now and commute to EWR. Any insight to this? I just found out today that I "got the job" and looking to class next month.

JoeyMeatballs
09-07-2007, 12:33 PM
If you are young and single, I beg you - move to Hoboken, NJ. You'll thank me later. If you're married with kids - probably should steer clear.;)

hahah Im young, but live with my G/F in Hoboken, so much ass, sooooooooooooooo much, and they love the uniform, that is until a Hedge fund manger rolls up in his Porsche...........

timman19
09-07-2007, 05:47 PM
I hear that living in EWR is pretty bad, especially if you have a family. I also hear that Northern PA is pretty good but expensive now because a lot of people live there now and commute to EWR. Any insight to this? I just found out today that I "got the job" and looking to class next month.

I am EWR based and live in Northern NJ. It's not really all that bad provided you do some research and look around. I have only a 20 minute drive from the house to EWR. My wife works as well which helps us afford the higher cost of living.

I have two stepsons and my wife and I seriously considered Northern PA or the Poconos. However, her ex would not consent to it since they would be moving out-of-state even though his time with them would not change.

If you looking at Northern NJ, Clifton and Bloomfield are pretty affordable and decent towns that are not far from EWR either.

In any event, congratulations and welcome aboard!

flybynuts
09-07-2007, 06:21 PM
Thanks all. I am really excited about the opportunity and made CAL my choice over others. I believe that CAL has great potential and all the people I know there are people that I want to work with. Hopefully, I will get IAH in class but I am checking all my options. Regardless, I look forward to meeting all you fine CAL co-workers and ready to give it my best.

timman19
09-07-2007, 06:23 PM
Thanks all. I am really excited about the opportunity and made CAL my choice over others. I believe that CAL has great potential and all the people I know there are people that I want to work with. Hopefully, I will get IAH in class but I am checking all my options. Regardless, I look forward to meeting all you fine CAL co-workers and ready to give it my best.

Well put. Best of luck!

flyboy1987
09-08-2007, 11:29 AM
Thanks all. I am really excited about the opportunity and made CAL my choice over others. I believe that CAL has great potential and all the people I know there are people that I want to work with. Hopefully, I will get IAH in class but I am checking all my options. Regardless, I look forward to meeting all you fine CAL co-workers and ready to give it my best.

If you're able to see past the scab kiss management's a-- attitudes and the "occasional" ATC delay into/out of EWR, you'll be able to keep that good mindset. I escape from probation hell in Oct and am very excited.

flybynuts
09-08-2007, 01:23 PM
The way I see it, number 87 for departure out of EWR is still better than mortars 300 meters from me throughout the day is still a good life. As for the scab thing, not sure but CAL cannot let themselves stagnate over the next few years (contract). I think life will only be better for all. From who I know and who I see getting hired at CAL in the last few years, CAL just got some really quality people (1500 and counting) that have the ability to make this stuff happen. A guess in a few years we will see?

BTW...I guess anything with the word probation attached to it isn't that much fun?



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