The one thing I can tell you with absolute certainty about life here is that whatever is going on at any given time, it will change. See the Atlas thread on APC. In the end, it's best to bid what days off you want and not get too wound up over destinations. Enjoy the adventure while on the job and take advantage of whatever opportunities are available at whatever location you find yourself in. If I wanted to live in a particular city I would do so. I would NOT move from a place I liked to a place I didn't on the chance of getting a better schedule. That schedule would change before you completed the move. I'm an old MAC C-141 guy and I love this life. It's much like MAC without the tents and MREs. If one really likes schedules set in stone and plans that never change then they will be absolutely miserable here. If one kind of digs leaving home without really knowing what sights they'll see before they get home again and enjoys the adventure involved in that then this is the place to be.Thanks! I had been told by a local guy (dated info) that he would do either a Mexico City or Guadalajara turn, overnight at home, then do a Europe 3 day, overnight at home again, then rinse and repeat. Said he spent more nights in his own bed than in hotel rooms during his 17 day stretch. If that is anywhere close to the truth it beats my current job by miles.
Talon, your response brings up a good point/question. There was at one point a base in Stanstead. I'm guessing but the bases are dictated on the company's needs rather than set contractually like a commute "gateway", correct?
So just because someone lives in a 747 base this month doesn't mean there will be a 747 base there next month?
As of the last vacancy bid there are 17 captains and 28 F/Os listed in IAH. It's by far our smallest base.I see your 747 parked at IAH next to the FedEx boys.
How many guys are domiciled in Houston? It would be a whole 12 miles commute for me....
But the IAH bird flys to Angola, right? Luanda is a real garden spot.
Is it basically an on-demand schedule when you're one the road or do you know your schedule sometime before with the understanding that it's "subject to change"? I'm assuming it probably varies.Mostly...unless u r extended, or your training falls on days off....u can lose days off due to training or vacation, which I think is crap!
Thanks cliff, this is very informative and helped a lot.Here's an example 747 schedule:
Bidder was 50ish %tile of bidders in the base (JFK).
Was awarded their #1 choice of line.
60 Day Award (about half of the lines were 30 days, and half were 60 days):
Off: 2 Mar.
1. Coming off of an 8 day trip.
1. Home on afternoon of 1Mar, so home 2 nights, 2 days until leave for Trip One.
2. Minimum days off block is 5 days, but this requirement was waived to give more flexibility for getting awarded more lines.
Trip One: 3Mar - 17Mar.
1. Sched to airline out 3Mar, airline home 17Mar.
2. Trip starts at McGuire AFB and ends in MIA, except won't happen.
3. Training sched 10Mar, so the above Trip (travel schedule, destinations, etc.) will all change. It will probably show R1 (reserve at home) for the whole thing except the training, then scheduling will build up a trip using the work days around the training event on 10Mar. The training will not be pushed back one month, as that happened last month and this is the grace month, so it has to be done now.
Off: 18Mar - 29Mar.
1. 13 days off in a row. Normal.
2. Kid has vacation and the travel schedule is 20Mar - 29Mar, so this vacation will work great without using any vacation days.
Trip Two: 30Mar - 6Apr.
1. Sched to airline out 30Mar and probably airline home 6Apr.
2. Trip starts in Charleston and ends in JFK.
3. This trip probably won't change...going to very small European town with nothing to do there.
Off: 7Apr - 15Apr.
1. 10 days off (probably...may get home on 7th and 9 days off).
Trip Three: 16Apr - 26Apr.
1. Sched to airline out 16Apr and airline home 26Apr.
2. Trip starts at Mcguire AFB and ends in ANC or JFK.
Off: 27Apr - 30Apr.
1. 3-5 days off, depending on the trip ending ANC/JFK or elsewhere, and if travel day for the next trip is 30Apr or 1 Mar. If you want you can ask for the min 5 days off, and you will get it.
Bid Award Notes:
1. Awarded credit is 75 hours each month, but that will change. We don't have line guarantee (not guaranteed the min 75 hours of credit awarded...could be min of 62 hours). Rumour is Mgmt knows they have to give us Line Guarantee in the next contract (along with retirement increase).
2. Could end up more or less than 75 hours each month.
3.. Could have gotten a 30 day line. That was line choice #2.
4.. Could have gotten "Outbase" for Apr (not in Mar, I think, because of the scheduled training event), which means you work the whole month. I think the min guarantee for that is 140 credit hours.
4. Next bid is end of Apr, when can bid for either May (30 day line) or May/Jun (60 day line).
If you want to post questions, or PM questions, fire away. I try to help.