Real Answers from Real Pilots

October 18, Seriously I may forget how to fly!


I’m not going to lie, life on Reserve is making me lazy. Although I have been doing much more hiking, paddling, cycling. Pretty much everything BUT flying. #lifeisgood :slight_smile:

Oct 1-6: Vacation
Oct 8-11: OFF
Oct 15: Resv No Call
Oct 16: Resv No Call
Oct 17: Mx Check Flight *Premium Pay
Oct 18: Resv No Call
Oct 19: Resv No Call
Oct 20: Resv No Call
Oct 21: Resv No Call
Oct 22-25: OFF
Oct 29-30: OFF
Oct 31: Resv No Call

27.5hrs Flt Time / 79hrs Pay

(Colton Parker) #2


You’ve got an awesome schedule, I’m definitely jealous! How often do you actually get called on reserve?



Look at the schedules. It varies but not much.



Versus pilots at my airline that fly almost every single day on reserve. So it really varies a lot from one airline to the next.

(Colton Parker) #5

Thanks Chris. That’s what I was wondering, compared to other airlines. It seemed surprising to me that he got so many days off!


It’s called “proper staffing”. Reserves are supposed to be extras to be used “just in case” (mx issues, cancellations, sick calls, etc), NOT to cover scheduled flying the airline simply doesn’t have pilots to cover. If Reserve pilots are flying 70+hrs/flying every day (or the equivalent of a line) that means the airline is short on pilots and should be hiring. We (like most airlines) have staffing clauses in our contract. We were short, the pilots complained, the union pushed for enforcement and voila! Adam has LOTS of days off! :slight_smile:


(Tory) #7

I’m inspired. I’m going to bid my first month of reserve for December.


(Daniel ) #8

This isn’t even a job. It’s retirement :smile:

(Sergey Kireyev) #9

If you forget how to fly, come to ATP. They’ll train ya! :blush:

(Jordan Lascomb) #10

7 legs?!?!? In one day?! Holy cow haha I mean I know it’s island hopping, but dang. I had no idea Hawaiian did that. Sweet schedule - you really are “livin the dream.”



Yea wasn’t happy when I got that one but really couldn’t complain too much in light of the rest of the month. Contractually the most we can do is 9 but 6 is the norm. Actually sounds worse than it is. Our LONGEST flight is HNL-ITO which is about 30min, shortest is HNL-LIH at 20 so not too terrible.


(Jordan Lascomb) #12


Wow a 10 min difference between shortest and longest? You guys must never get above 10k ft! So interesting…

I’m curious, what’s the average credit on a decent 2 or 3 day trip? And what’s the min daily guarantee?




We do get above 10K but not by much and we’re not there long enough to absorb all that nasty radiation.

Interisland we have no overnights. No 2 days, no 3 days, ONLY day trips. Min guarantee is 4:10. We have am and pm schedules. I’m an am guy and usually home for lunch.


(cameron) #14

I remember reading your responses when you were filing for the loan, how has atp training been going?

(Sergey Kireyev) #15

First checkride is today. Standby for an update.

(Arthur) #16

I loved Hawaii when I was stationed out there and single. Took my wife out there this past June (her first time and my first time back since 2005) and was shocked how much things had changed. Even Kailua and Kaneohe were a pain to drive around, so much more crowded than I rembered. I always dreamed of moving back to that side of the island one day but the cost of living in Hawaii has been a turn off but I love the idea of only day trips. Would make family life so much better! I currently do pretty much only day trips in a C550 while I work towards my 1500. Thanks for the update, Adam!