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Old 07-26-2014, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by CandlerKid View Post
If every junior FO leaves it doesn't increase upgrade time. 1000 pilots now. 517 is the junior Captain. 30 retirements a year. I'm not good at math but that's a long time to upgrade. Assuming no growth of course.

That assumes the only attrition is retirements and junior FOs. It might be a fairly long upgrade, but I think 15+ is rather unrealistic.
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Old 07-26-2014, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by NightIP View Post
That assumes the only attrition is retirements and junior FOs. It might be a fairly long upgrade, but I think 15+ is rather unrealistic.
That is all I was trying to say, NightIP...nothing as complicated as other scenarios above.
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:09 PM
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We're not shrinking ... yet. If you look at the vacancy bids, we're actually up a few numbers since the beginning of the year, despite losing almost 50 pilots thus far. Attrition is definitely up, we lost 53 pilots in all of last year, and most likely it'll get worse before it gets better. Clearly we're understaffed with the unstoppable flood of open time emails, but that's also due to a large increase in block hours and pulling a BCF out of the desert. If we get more airframes, maybe a couple more 767-300Fs or especially the long-rumored 777, they'll really be screwed. I think they're behind the curve on the 767, but it looks like other than the handful released so far, they won't let anyone else go until late this year, at best.

Upgrade times are not a good indication of anything. They can go from fast and furious to furloughs/infinity in a heartbeat. But keep in mind Atlas has increased in size tremendously in a short period of time, something like 40% of the list has been added in the past 5-8 years.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:22 PM
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The numbers don't really add up on the new list. I count two guys who are past their retirement age, 1 who retires today and 1 guy I know of who's working for Delta. I'm believing the 1009 number on the previous vacancy award which correctly left off my buddy at Delta.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:32 PM
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I am hoping that this is the new math:
Is it better to have 100 6-8 year FOs, or 60 1-4 year FOs, and you were forced to park 2 airframes in the desert for lack of crew.

Going forward, it will get more and more difficult to find new pilots to come here, than it has in the past 10+ years, in my opinion.
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by captainv View Post
...Atlas has increased in size tremendously in a short period of time, something like 40% of the list has been added in the past 5-8 years.
That is my point exactly. The LARGE number of hiring over the last few years will dramatically affect upgrade time for new hires now.

Junior captain is just over 500 of 1000. The vast majority of the 500 FOs are relatively young and, if they stay, will have a long time to retirement, some have 36 years left now. So, a new hire today would be looking at 16-17 years to upgrade based ONLY on retirements (assuming 30/yr.)

For every 30 or so CURRENT pilots who leave for reasons other than retirement, time to upgrade would decrease by a year. So, if 300 leave, then, yes, upgrades would remain at about the seven year point. If 200 leave, it would be about 10 years, 100 leaving equals 12-13 years.

Growth would also help to keep the times at the shorter end, but finding pilots to staff may become a limiting issue.

I'm not trying to forecast what WILL take place, just providing information to be used or discarded as one sees fit, but to tell a new hire upgrades are at seven years is a disservice.
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:52 AM
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Originally Posted by atpcliff View Post
I am hoping that this is the new math:
Is it better to have 100 6-8 year FOs, or 60 1-4 year FOs, and you were forced to park 2 airframes in the desert for lack of crew.

Going forward, it will get more and more difficult to find new pilots to come here, than it has in the past 10+ years, in my opinion.
I don't think it'll be difficult to find people... If I were an RJ Captain with 1000 PIC I'd come to Atlas for the type in the hopes that it'd complete my resume. On 2nd year pay I'd be making what I was making and it'd be a great place to hang out until a major came calling... That being said the days of 2nd year 747 pay might be over...
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Globemaster2827 View Post
If I were an RJ Captain with 1000 PIC I'd come to Atlas for the type in the hopes that it'd complete my resume. On 2nd year pay I'd be making what I was making and it'd be a great place to hang out until a major came calling... That being said the days of 2nd year 747 pay might be over...
2nd year pay on the 767 is nothing to write home about. And even if 2nd year pay on the 747 is so much better, if you're stuck in ANC with a commute that makes you give up most of your days off to get to work...

Three years ago, this felt like a great place to hang out. Now, not so much.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:43 AM
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2nd year pay on the 767 is nothing to write home about. And even if 2nd year pay on the 747 is so much better, if you're stuck in ANC with a commute that makes you give up most of your days off to get to work...

Three years ago, this felt like a great place to hang out. Now, not so much.
Get your apps in and make room for others!

All joking aside, as a wishful new hire I hope things improve. As bad as everyonesays it has become in just the past few years it still sounds like a much better place than every single regional.

Have you been at Atlas 3 years?
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by MoarAlpha View Post
Get your apps in and make room for others!

All joking aside, as a wishful new hire I hope things improve. As bad as everyonesays it has become in just the past few years it still sounds like a much better place than every single regional.

Have you been at Atlas 3 years?
To each his (or her) own. I've been here 4 1/2 years and am still enjoying life. I have a 747 perspective and fully understand that life is different on the 767. To be certain, there are things that can improve; particularly in the work rules area as well as stronger contractual language and beefed up retirement. Having said that, I still very much enjoy wandering the planet, the adventure of changing schedules and leaving home not knowing really where I'll end up.

It's been said in these pages many times before but this life isn't everyone's cup of tea. If you can deal with the ACMI life then this is a pretty good place to hang your hat. If not then I guarantee you will be miserable since this is what we do here. That's not said to cloud the issue, just an honest assessment of how things are. I'll also caveat that I am nearing the end of my career and only have five years left. Were I just starting out it would be harder to choose between eminently enjoyable flying over greater earning potential over the years.

Short synopsis: Take in all the information you have available and then fit it into your own personal goals and desires. Neither leaving or staying is an incorrect choice in itself. It all depends on your own situation.
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