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Old 04-02-2021, 11:43 AM   #1  
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What is life like as a WB reserve? Particularly NYC 330 and 765. Pre-covid how many trips and short calls were you averaging a month? Any thoughts on the QOL would be appreciated
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Not sure about NYC, but a lot of times junior pilots are forced into a line because the senior folks bid reserve. Especially in the winter.
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I’ve done WB reserve both in base and as a commuter. I could tell you but....... what’s your seniority number?
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I was the plug for a time on the NY 765 4-5 years ago, and I typically did 3 SC and 2-3 trips a month, with some variance but not much. Almost all 3-day, 44-50 hour TAFB. Glorious. I never got forced into a line, FWIW.

The only downside was the 2-day non-commutable domestic trans cons that started one winter, then came back permanantly the second winter. Non-commutable on both ends. If you live in NY, it’s great. If not, it sucked bad. They were always in open time. A lot.

I have no idea what the current bid packet has, or what network has planned. I left before the cabin upgrades, so maybe someone current can help out with how network has been using them, of if there are any rumors within the fleet. Good luck.
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NY 767-400 with domestic is going to suck big time for commuters...and clearly stated in the AE memo.
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Also remember with 7ER (and above) on Reserve, you have to do 4 days in a row minimum.
on smaller jets I would bid 5 Mon-Fri Reserve, then personal drop Wednesday a lot. That way I hardly got used. You can not do that on 7ER and larger
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Also remember with 7ER (and above) on Reserve, you have to do 4 days in a row minimum.
on smaller jets I would bid 5 Mon-Fri Reserve, then personal drop Wednesday a lot. That way I hardly got used. You can not do that on 7ER and larger
Where is that written? I know there are different lengths of block reserves days required based on the airframe, and I know you can't move X-days around to violate those requirements, but I'm trying to find where you aren't allowed to P/D or A/PD a day in that block.
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Where is that written? I know there are different lengths of block reserves days required based on the airframe, and I know you can't move X-days around to violate those requirements, but I'm trying to find where you aren't allowed to P/D or A/PD a day in that block.
pretty sure PCS will give you a “violates x day parameters” error if you try. Been a while since I tried it though.
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Where is that written? I know there are different lengths of block reserves days required based on the airframe, and I know you can't move X-days around to violate those requirements, but I'm trying to find where you aren't allowed to P/D or A/PD a day in that block.
23.I.9 Exception 1, and exception to if the category has an MSL (which I don't think any do right now).

It actually says a PD "may" be denied. I tried it occasionally over a couple year period and never once had it approved, even on days with plenty of coverage.
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What is life like as a WB reserve? Particularly NYC 330 and 765. Pre-covid how many trips and short calls were you averaging a month? Any thoughts on the QOL would be appreciated
Can you cover LC from home, including the domestic 2 day trips? That will be your biggest QOL variable.
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