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Old 08-31-2006, 08:29 AM   #1  
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Default Typical Schedule for an RJ pilot

I was wondering if any of the regional pilots on here could provide an example of what a typical schedule looks like at any given time. I'm curious as to how many cities you visit in a day, how many hours do you work at a time, etc.
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It varies greatly depending on seniority, the company you work for, the airline your company supports (IE which "express" you fly under), the type of trips you desire (multi-day vs standup vs day trips), and where you are based from. There's no simple "equation" that creates a typical trip.

For your reference, I pulled up some old flight pairings/schedules that I flew when I was working at Atlantic Coast Airlines (Flying as United Express). They might give you a bit of insight as to what a typical work week might look like.

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I was wondering if any of the regional pilots on here could provide an example of what a typical schedule looks like at any given time. I'm curious as to how many cities you visit in a day, how many hours do you work at a time, etc.
Here at ExpressJet we have 1, 2, 3 or 4 day trips. Usually you will have anywhere from 1 to 5 legs each day. We do very little point to point flying (just a few places out of LAX and Mexico) so you will typically fly out from the hub to an outstation and then back to where you started or continue on to a different hub (like fly Houston to Nashville then to Newark). Some days you will fly very close to 8 hours with a 12 or 13 hour duty day but then usually the next day is shorter to compensate. About the only time you will have 5 legs back to back is on a 2 day trip. Here is an example of a typical 4 day trip.

Day 1
IAH-BNA
BNA-EWR
EWR-SYR
SYR-CLE
CLE-BUF
7h41m flight time 11h54m duty time

Day 2
BUF-EWR
EWR-SAV
3h55m flight time 5h55m duty time

Day 3
SAV-IAH
IAH-STL
4h30m flight time 6h41m duty time

Day 4
STL-EWR
EWR-CVG
CVG-IAH
7h35m flight time 10h58m duty time

Obviously there are many variables when it comes to schedules but I hope this answers your question at least somewhat.
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This might be a typical 2 day trip:

I6192C 01/01/02 BSE REPT: 1545 REPORT- 01/01/02 LOCAL Times
Tu 01 7520 IAD-BDL 1645 1802 0117 030
Tu 01 7175 BDL-IAD 1832 1953 0121 052
Tu 01 7735 IAD-GSP 2045 2215 0130 0408 0000 0408 0408 0645 GSP 1535
D-END: 2230 (NR 0900) REPORT 1405 HYATT REGENCY GREENVILLE (864)235-1234
We 02 7734 GSP-IAD 1450 1620 0130 0130 0000 0130 0130 0230
D-END: 1635 --------------------------------------
TOTALS BLOCK 0538 DHD 0000 CREDIT HRS. 0538 T.A.F.B. 2450
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This might be a typical 4 day:

I6116 01/11/02 BSE REPT: 0630 REPORT- 01/11/02 LOCAL Times
1 11 7572 IAD-BHM 0730 0820 0150 040
1 11 7416 BHM-IAD 0900 1200 0200 050
1 11 7738 IAD-BTV 1250 1420 0130 0520 0000 0520 0520 0805 BTV 1515
D-END: 1435 (NR 0900) REPORT 0550 SHERATON BTV (802)865-6620
2 12 7765 BTV-IAD 0635 0810 0135 104
2 12 7394 IAD-DAY 0914 1029 0115 031
2 12 7395 DAY-IAD 1100 1215 0115 040
2 12 7252 IAD-MHT 1255 1420 0125 0530 0000 0530 0530 0845 MHT 1525
D-END: 1435 (NR 0900) REPORT 0600 THE WAYFARER INN (603)622-3766
3 13 7653 MHT-IAD 0645 0820 0135 050
3 13 7634 IAD-PVD 0910 1025 0115 030
3 13 7635 PVD-IAD 1055 1215 0120 040
3 13 7636 IAD-PVD 1255 1415 0120 0530 0000 0530 0530 0830 PVD 1535
D-END: 1430 (NR 0900) REPORT 0605 COMFORT INN (401)732-0470
4 14 7633 PVD-IAD 0650 0820 0130 045
4 14 7621 IAD-SDF 0905 1027 0122 030
4 14 7222 SDF-IAD 1057 1218 0121 0413 0000 0413 0413 0628
D-END: 1233 --------------------------------------
TOTALS BLOCK 2033 DHD 0000 CREDIT HRS. 2033 T.A.F.B. 7803
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Here's another 4 day:

I6212 01/27/02 BSE REPT: 1610 REPORT- 01/27/02 LOCAL Times
1 27 7743 IAD-IND 1710 1855 0145 050
1 27 7590 IND-ORD 1945 1947 0102 118
1 27 7890 ORD-CRW 2105 2332 0127 0414 0000 0414 0414 0737 CRW 1243
D-END: 2347 (NR 0900) REPORT 1230 RAMADA (304)744-4641
2 28 7803 CRW-ORD 1315 1348 0133 056
2 28 7301 ORD-MEM 1444 1624 0140 030
2 28 7300 MEM-ORD 1654 1838 0144 057
2 28 7178 ORD-BNA 1935 2100 0125 0622 0000 0622 0622 0945 BNA 1540
D-END: 2115 (NR 0900) REPORT 1255 DOUBLETREE GUEST SUITES (615)889-8889
3 29 7172 BNA-IAD 1340 1605 0125 040
3 29 7520 IAD-BDL 1645 1802 0117 030
3 29 7175 BDL-IAD 1832 1953 0121 057
3 29 7272 IAD-LGA 2050 2200 0110 0513 0000 0513 0513 0820 LGA 1600
D-END: 2215 (NR 0900) REPORT 1415 WYNDHAM GARDEN LGA AIRPOR (718)426-1500
4 30 7233 LGA-IAD 1500 1614 0114 036
4 30 7245 IAD-CHS 1650 1815 0125 034
4 30 7207 CHS-IAD 1849 2015 0126 0405 0000 0405 0405 0615
D-END: 2030 --------------------------------------
TOTALS BLOCK 1954 DHD 0000 CREDIT HRS. 1954 T.A.F.B. 7620
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Here's a 3 day:

I6036 02/04/02 BSE REPT: 0815 REPORT- 02/04/02 LOCAL Times
1 04 7682 IAD-LGA 0915 1030 0115 030
1 04 7693 LGA-IAD 1100 1215 0115 040
1 04 7252 IAD-MHT 1255 1420 0125 0355 0000 0355 0355 0620 MHT 1525
D-END: 1435 (NR 0900) REPORT 0600 THE WAYFARER INN (603)622-3766
2 05 7653 MHT-IAD 0645 0820 0135 050
2 05 7634 IAD-PVD 0910 1025 0115 030
2 05 7635 PVD-IAD 1055 1215 0120 050
2 05 7636 IAD-PVD 1305 1425 0120 0530 0000 0530 0530 0840 PVD 1520
D-END: 1440 (NR 0900) REPORT 0600 COMFORT INN (401)732-0470
3 06 7633 PVD-IAD 0645 0820 0135 040
3 06 7645 IAD-DTW 0900 1040 0140 030
3 06 7600 DTW-IAD 1110 1222 0112 0427 0000 0427 0427 0637
D-END: 1237 --------------------------------------
TOTALS BLOCK 1352 DHD 0000 CREDIT HRS. 1352 T.A.F.B. 5222
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And since you probably can only make out some of the jumbled mess that airline pairings look like, here's a magic decoder ring that you can download. I created it for my family members, so they could figure out what it all meant when they looked at my schedule:

http://www.crosswindlanding.com/temp...AC_Decoder.doc
(You might have to right click and then "save target as" for this to load correctly. MS Word file.)

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One last one... A typical day trip. Lines consisting of all day trips probably have 3 or 4 days like this in a row, then 2-4 days off, depending on how much block time there is:

I6007 05/29/01 BSE REPT: 1330 REPORT- 05/29/01 LOCAL Times
Tue 29 7692 IAD-LGA 1430 1540 0110 050
Tue 29 7693 LGA-IAD 1630 1755 0125 125
Tue 29 7694 IAD-LGA 1920 2035 0115 055
Tue 29 7695 LGA-IAD 2130 2244 0114 0504 0000 0504 0504 0929
D-END: 2259 --------------------------------------
TOTALS BLOCK 0504 DHD 0000 CREDIT HRS. 0504 T.A.F.B. 929
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Old 08-31-2006, 10:08 AM   #10  
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FlyerJosh, nice decoder!

Sioux39....GO UND! I'm a '98 grad...loved every minute there! Like the others said, there really isn't a typical schedule. Too many variables like base, seniority, and what your priorities are when bidding. There's usually something for everyone though, whether we want it or not!
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