Comair to DFW

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I have an interview at the end of this month so I've just been looking around for info and one rumor has come up everywhere that I would actually like to see come true.

On the aviationinterviews.com gouge several people mention that they were told in the INTERVIEW process! that DFW would probably become a base for Comair. Plus I've seen the rumor fly around this message board a couple times.

Anyone have any new fresh info on a Comair base at DFW??
 

Broke in CVG

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Still just a rumor and not very likely at this time. Maybe.... way, way, way off.

Comair still has to replace the EMBs in Florida. MCO still is not a jet base yet. I have a 4 day trip tomorrow that goes though Florida, but it is still starts and ends in CVG. It is common to spend 3 solid days flying back in forth in FL, but you still start out of CVG.

CVG-OMA-CVG-SBN-CVG-MCO
MCO-TLH-FLL-TLH
TLH-MCO-PNS-MCO-GSO
GSO-RDU-CVG-DTW-CVG

Right now, we don't have a tremendous amount of flights going through DFW. IND-DFW and now DFW-CRP, etc. I beleive we had more pre-strike when we were running down to Mexico which we no longer do.

In addition, Delta has both Skywest and ASA with domiciles in DFW. I understand Delta's integration and multiple regionals in hub cities because of strike, but Skywest in non-union and it doesn't make sence to have three carriers. Perhaps if Skywest is dumped after the Olympics.... but fat chance.

As much as I would like to see a DFW hub, and as much as I hate living in Cincinnati.... I think it is still along ways off. Then again, maybe we will hear something next week. The one thing I have learned about this place is the longer a rumour runs (and DFW has been going pre-strike and then some) the less likely it is.
 

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PS. Don't EVER believe anything that is told to you during an interview!!!!

We were all told 1 year of reserve.... actually 1 year and 9 months.

We were told that 90 min. call outs on reserve were VERY RARE.... actually 90 min call outs were the norm.

And on, and on...
 

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My Comair experience as an FO: 7 mos on reserve and I usually called at the beginning of the window and found out if anything was on my schedule. Probably could count the number of 90 minute call outs on one hand.

So far as Captain 3 mos reserve and now CD lines are junior to me, I happen to like CD's so it works for me.

Just my $.02
 

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A bit off topic, but one of you mentioned Comair flying in Florida. I was wondering if the CRJ can land in Key West? It's a short runway for the Brazilia, is it not? If it can't land there, what are Comair's plans? Leave the Brazilia in service only on that run?
 

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Here's a long-shot and a half. I heard rumors of Las Vegas as the Delta/Comair hub. I can't make sense of it, but I've heard it from a few different people.
 

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vegas...that's one i haven't heard in awhile. we'll just have to wait and see, i guess...
 

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Key West and the RJ

I don't know about the RJ but PAN AM used to use a 727 on EYW to MIA. They filled it with just enough gas to get to MIA, so I guess an RJ will work. Maybe ACA with the Dorknobs might work. Seems like they get off the ground fast from what I see in LGA and BOS. But for landing no reverse. As for U it will be Dashes forever.
 

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The CRJ-700 can fit into EYW. So can the -200, barely. The 40 seater can fit as well. Not sure, at least from my standpoint, that I would want to send one in there though. I say we give MCOEYW to ASA and let them sling the ATR in there. Not sure about a Dorkjet with no TR's.

As far as bases? Got me. I would think that ATL would be a better bet before DFW. And MCO before ATL. But I'm just a dispatcher. ;)
 

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A dispatcher should know that thrust reversers are not used for landing distance calculations on a dry runway. Of course, I was only a dispatcher for five years, so I too could be wrong.
 

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"A dispatcher should know that thrust reversers are not used for landing distance calculations on a dry runway. Of course, I was only a dispatcher for five years, so I too could be wrong."

No sir. You got one right.
 

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DorkJet in Key West

I'm not sure how long Key West is, but if the 200 or 700 can fit, the 328 will fit. I've never seen us limited by runway lengths for landing. The reason is doesn't have reverse, or so I was told in training, is because the ref speed are so low. By the time we got the reversers deployed, it would be time to stow them again. It's got good brakes and I was surprised, but stopping isn't a problem.
 

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The Dork can EASILY land in 3000Ft. Our actual touchdown speed is as low as 90kts. I hope that answers the question.
 

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EYW is 4800'. Plenty of room for EMB-120, 727 yes, but consider leading edge devices. -100 and -200 do not have them, so the take off run is critical there.

some execs. at CMR told the ground staff that ASA might do ATL-EYW in the -700, considering most people that fly into EYW are connecting anyway, they could route them thru ATL instead of MCO.
whatever??? who knows....
 

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back to the original topic

Understand you can sit on reserve for as little as 7 months, or as much as 21!!! But how many hours a month can you actually average during all your reserve experience?
And also, can you easily pick up time?

Thanks...
 

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Things at Comair are still in a huge state of flux because of the strike and growth. It's all good, but it's awful tough to give you any averages. I finished IOE on Thanksgiving Day. I was about 30 numbers short of a line for March. I have a realistic shot at a line in April and a real good shot for May. That would make it about 5 months or so on reserve.

While on reserve you get a 75 hour minimum guarantee, so unless you are trying to build flight time money isn't an issue. You are going to get paid at least the 75 no matter what.

There are a lot of newhires currently in training and IOE so flying while on reserve is scarce unless you are trying to make the FAA mandated 100 hours in 120 days. In that the case you go to the head of the line until you get your 100. After that it slows down real quick. We also have a choice to 'bid to fly'. What that does is reverse the seniority while on reserve. Instead of calling the junior guy out for a trip they pick the most senior guy that has bid to fly. Of course they still pick the guys needing their initial 100 hours first. I've been bidding to fly and I'm averaging about 35 hours flight time a month.

It's nearly impossible for a reserve pilot to pick up open time. You can only accept open time that won't affect your reserve availability. That means you basically can only take open time on your 'hard' days off and you still can't exceed the 30 in 7 rule, no more than 6 duty days in a row, etc, etc. It's very impractical to get all the planets lined up to take advantage of open time while on reserve.

I hope this helps.
 

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Good info!

Thank you! that was good info! I gather: 5/6 months on reserve, avrage 35 hrs, 200 hrs or so total flying during reserve.
Do you know what the average to upgrade is these days?
And are they talking about these times getting lower with the expansion in progress (reserve time and upgrade)?

Thanks for the precious info!!! It's always hard to compare and decide between two airlines...
 

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Glasscockpit,
the most recent bid came out a week or two ago and the most junior award for the 50 seater is exactly at 24 months. That person may finish training in the summer.

we are supposed to receive up to about 30 more aircraft this year. so the numbers add up to about 210 more captains. My guess is that it will go fairly junior, who knows down to 18 months.

good luck!
 
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