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Old 09-09-2020, 03:28 PM   #11  
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I havenít done it bc I would be commuting but if I lived in ATL with young kids it would be an absolute no brainer.
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Old 09-09-2020, 04:27 PM   #12  
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I havenít done it bc I would be commuting but if I lived in ATL with young kids it would be an absolute no brainer.
I would add, ďlive close in ATL.Ē

my Sim buddies who lived on the North Side and fight the crazy traffic. 😬
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I havenít done it bc I would be commuting but if I lived in ATL with young kids it would be an absolute no brainer.
i wouldn't say it's an absolute no brainer. you have to be able to stomach the sim; if you can't, it's going to be a miserable job. It's great QOL wise, would be much better if we got more than 6 specified X days.
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i wouldn't say it's an absolute no brainer. you have to be able to stomach the sim; if you can't, it's going to be a miserable job. It's great QOL wise, would be much better if we got more than 6 specified X days.
Serious question: By ďstomach the simĒ do you mean motion sickness or the general dread of being in those buildings?

I have reasons for asking. I can work through the latter. Not sure about the former when thinking day in, day out life.
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Serious question: By ďstomach the simĒ do you mean motion sickness or the general dread of being in those buildings?

I have reasons for asking. I can work through the latter. Not sure about the former when thinking day in, day out life.
I read 'stomach the sim' as doing sim work instead of flying. Watching others do something you love to do. If you made it through training, you can probably deal with the 'motion' as the instructor. YMMV
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For those curious. Itís a good gig, but itís not perfect (no job is).

if youíre hired as an FO SLI, you get paid 85 hours of highest FO plane you can hold. So if you can hold Capt, it doesnít matter. You only get FO SLI pay. With the exception of if you canít hold 350, but can hold A, they will give you 350 pay. The 85 hours is for 17 Sims....so only 5:00 per event.
You give up some flexibility. Letís say youíre senior in category as a ďregularĒ line guy/gal. If you want to stack all your trips in the first 2 weeks of the month, and go on a vacation the last half of the month, you can do it. Not as an SLI. You only get to pick 6 ďX daysĒ Per month.
Also, you can preference bid what periods you want. But not many guys want A, D, or E...so you will get stuck with some.

ive been here 5 years, and recently left one of the Departments. I enjoyed it. The people are great, and your customers are your fellow delta pilots. The pay pre-MOAD was awesome cause I was making 777 pay.
if I went back now Iíd be on 7ER pay, and on my fly months Iíd be junior....vs being senior as a line guy on 737 or 717 where I pick EXACTLY when and how I want to work.

thatís the beauty of the gig. Something for everyone. Happy to answer any PMs
"Only" 5:00 per event in the highest category you can hold? That's what... for 8 hours TAFB? The line pays me 10:30 for 36 hours TAFB, and only in a category I'm willing to hold.

I had an instructor tell me he probably averaged 100-110 hours/month...is 85 the minimum or the norm? It sounds pretty darn lucrative - perfect job or not.

Is there a swap board of sorts to move your schedule around?
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85--17 sim periods--is the minimum.
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"Only" 5:00 per event in the highest category you can hold? That's what... for 8 hours TAFB? The line pays me 10:30 for 36 hours TAFB, and only in a category I'm willing to hold.

I had an instructor tell me he probably averaged 100-110 hours/month...is 85 the minimum or the norm? It sounds pretty darn lucrative - perfect job or not.

Is there a swap board of sorts to move your schedule around?
85 is the minimum and normal. You can try to GS on your off days, but you go after ALL line pilots in base. You can not WS on off days.

there is no swap board. But you can cold call broís and ask for a switch if you NEED it.

no one is going to take your A or E unless itís an emergency though
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85 is the minimum and normal. You can try to GS on your off days, but you go after ALL line pilots in base. You can not WS on off days.

there is no swap board. But you can cold call broís and ask for a switch if you NEED it.

no one is going to take your A or E unless itís an emergency though
How prevalent are the E periods?
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How prevalent are the E periods?
Careful with that line of thinkingólike bidding a fleet for certain layovers. Things change.

There are always instructors who like (or donít mind) the As and Es for their own reasons. The schedulers work to avoid Es in particular, but once the student load gets to a certain point, itís gunna happen.

itís a good job, I enjoy it
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