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Old 01-26-2016, 06:08 PM   #21  
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Depending on the airline you choose expect to make between 27k and 43k your first year.

Expect between 11 and 15 days off a month (varies from five on two off to 3 on 4 off depending on a lot of factors).

Duty times will vary as well. Expect 8 to 13 hours of duty per day.

Unless you're on reserve (75 hours a month) expect to credit between 80 and 90 hours a month.

If you commute you'll hate the job. If you drive to work its pretty nice. Consider moving over commuting.

Don't go to Republic!

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First year at a regional differs depending on how quickly you can get off reserve. I was only on reserve for 3 months, two of which I commuted to reserve. But I seriously considered 1) moving or 2) quitting because commuting to reserve is a special kind of hell. The third month of reserve I was home based and that is glorious. You have a guaranteed 11 to 10 days off a month but for the most part they won't use you every day so you get way more days at home. For instance I had the entire month of January off one year and got paid to sit around at home and spend time with my family.
Moral of the story: don't commute to reserve.
And then being a line holder is fine it's an immediate pay raise pretty much but you work the not so great trips like 16hr 4 days, 12hr 3days, or 8hr 2days.

As a reserve I would take home about 2600 a month. As a line holder I'd take about 3200. Then before you know it you're on second year pay taking home the big bucks! (4000 a month or so.) did I mention we are under paid? this my experience at Skywest.
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A lot! I'm not going to write it all down but you can feel free to search other threads.
I only ask because I read few RAH bashing posts here and there but not many if any can say why it's so bad. Only argument now days are possibility of bankruptcy. And I did my share of search on older threads and biggest complaints have been no cancelation pay, no contract, low pay. These all have been fixed with the new contract so what's the problem now???
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^^^^^

I'd also add:

1) Commuting to reserve will make you want to stab your eyes out with a rusty spork

2) After a particularly long trip in the shiny RJ, you will find yourself desperately longing for those days when you flew a beat-to-heck Seneca with 2 engines on fire through icing and TSRA+, because at least you were home most nights.

3) You will not think it ironic that you spent your whole flying career doing anything and everything to build hours...only to now turn around and do anything and everything to escape having to report to the airport and go fly a plane.

4) Remember when you secretly dreamed that your uniform would make guys want to be you and girls want to do you? Yeah...no. You're a bus driver in their eyes. That's it. And the guy who drove the bus that took you to the airport? He probably makes more than you.

5) If you assign a special ringtone to your airline's Crew Torture department, after a few weeks of abuse you will start to twitch uncontrollably when you hear the ring. If you happen to be snoozing in an airport immediately after your reserve shift has ended, while you're waiting to catch the +35 oversold flight home, and some passenger nearby happens to have the same ringtone go off... you may experience a psychotic break, a la Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now.

6) Regional FAs are only hot after you've had three drinks. Maybe four. Sorry to spoil the dream...

7) When you wake up at 0430 in a panic, leap out of bed and into the shower, and only realize as you're frantically putting on your uniform that it's your day off, and you're not late for your showtime....then you know you've arrived.
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^^^^^

I'd also add:

1) Commuting to reserve will make you want to stab your eyes out with a rusty spork

2) After a particularly long trip in the shiny RJ, you will find yourself desperately longing for those days when you flew a beat-to-heck Seneca with 2 engines on fire through icing and TSRA+, because at least you were home most nights.

3) You will not think it ironic that you spent your whole flying career doing anything and everything to build hours...only to now turn around and do anything and everything to escape having to report to the airport and go fly a plane.

4) Remember when you secretly dreamed that your uniform would make guys want to be you and girls want to do you? Yeah...no. You're a bus driver in their eyes. That's it. And the guy who drove the bus that took you to the airport? He probably makes more than you.

5) If you assign a special ringtone to your airline's Crew Torture department, after a few weeks of abuse you will start to twitch uncontrollably when you hear the ring. If you happen to be snoozing in an airport immediately after your reserve shift has ended, while you're waiting to catch the +35 oversold flight home, and some passenger nearby happens to have the same ringtone go off... you may experience a psychotic break, a la Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now.

6) Regional FAs are only hot after you've had three drinks. Maybe four. Sorry to spoil the dream...

7) When you wake up at 0430 in a panic, leap out of bed and into the shower, and only realize as you're frantically putting on your uniform that it's your day off, and you're not late for your showtime....then you know you've arrived.
Boy, been THERE!!!

I would also add waking up and genuinely not knowing what city you're in without looking at the hotel room phone or your schedule. And when a passenger or hotel employee is trying to be friendly and asks where you came in from, you exchange a couple blank looks among your crew and are unable to recall without some real thought.

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I only ask because I read few RAH bashing posts here and there but not many if any can say why it's so bad. Only argument now days are possibility of bankruptcy. And I did my share of search on older threads and biggest complaints have been no cancelation pay, no contract, low pay. These all have been fixed with the new contract so what's the problem now???
The management hasn't changed since the contract. Yes the some things were wondering with the new contract but BB has never done anything without a game plan. Anything. The company is positioning itself for a bankruptcy. In this bankruptcy the newly won contract is going to be gutted. How hard will it be for BB to say "this pilot contract put us in this position". It was the last thing that was negotiated.

The fleet will shrink because it can no longer be "cost competitive". Sure RJET owns the planes but how will they pay for it if flying (routes) gets moved to one of the other 4 airlines that fly 175s. RJET will either have to sit on leases for other planes (go further into debt) or sell off some of their assets and hope that they can "right size" themselves.

In the meantime lifers will take huge concessions. Downgrades will happen. Junior pilots will chase the planes.

It happened before with Pinnacle. It is happening now with Republic.

Management hasn't changed. That's why you don't go to Republic.
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I only ask because I read few RAH bashing posts here and there but not many if any can say why it's so bad. Only argument now days are possibility of bankruptcy. And I did my share of search on older threads and biggest complaints have been no cancelation pay, no contract, low pay. These all have been fixed with the new contract so what's the problem now???
There is nothing wrong with working at RAH. Having worked there for seven years with no issues, I can say this from personal experience. I have since moved on to greener pastures, but with the new contract, I would expect it meets or exceeds pretty much everyone else. Unfortunately, you get the elementary school banter in this forum about how one regional is better than the other. They're not. Just work at wherever is most convenient (ideally, no commute).

Please keep in mind that GoHomeLeg interviewed with Compass back in June, which means that he may be a newb to the business and really cannot offer any experienced or unbiased information with regard to other regionals, and the simple fact that he can breathe allowed him to be hired at the first place that called him. There is nothing worse than a know-it-all who knows nothing, but doesn't know that... But, if that is not the case, the obvious bias against RAH is simply ridiculous.

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Can somebody give me an in-depth and detailed look as to what a first year regional FO pay and work schedule would be? How many days on/off per week? How much would starting pay realistically be? How much flight time per month? And how many duty/commuting hours per day? Assume I work for Skywest, Republic or PSA.
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Variables, variables, variables. There is no one answer to your questions. My story will be nothing like the next guy. Some shoot for max days off, others max credit/flying. Iv flown 75 this month and have 15 days off. 10 of which, in a row. Crappy seniority, but i didnt request any specific days off and took what I got. Sometimes it works,sometimes I have 11 days off (like next month).
Oh, and dont go to PSA or Republic...
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Hilarious, man! You have a way with words.
Why, thank you, sir. (Or ma'am, as the case may be.)
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...you wake up at 0430 in a panic, leap out of bed and into the shower, and only realize as you're frantically putting on your uniform that it's your day off...
A friend went to sign in for a trip, but someone else's name was already there. He called crew sked and found out that he was on vacation that week.
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