I, like many others in this industry, ask myself if I can continue to work early mornings, late at night, weekends and holidays for the next 30 years. Having said that, I don't feel ready to hang up my headset just yet...
I'm interested to know which are the best flying jobs out there - if you want to put your life and family before your pay packet. Let's face it, there's not too many airlines who are happy to keep their aircraft parked until the sun comes up, and have them tucked in in time for supper so is corporate or GA the answer?
If I were you I would hang up the head set and go searching for the Loch Ness Monster, you are more likely to succeed.
Seriously though I've never heard of any 9-5 flying jobs anywhere. You just can't make money from an airplane if it's sitting on the ground for 16 hours a day. I consider my hours civilised because I seldom encroach on the WOCL.
Probably high seniority in an airline where you can bid for your trips. That way you get the choice of what trips you do and I guess that goes for your report and checkout times.
That said... the benefits to not heading to/from work/supermarket/etc. at the same time as everybody else 80% of the time far outweigh, in my opinion, the irritations of missing 50% of the things I want to attend. So the other option might be to go part-time in your current role, if you can.
Last edited by The African Dude; 19th Jul 2012 at 17:39.
I went to groundschool with one of the pilots from Specsavers and they are apparently almost 9-5 flying. I believe they fly Mon-Fri with occasional weekend work and as they are flying staff about they almost work office hours. Not quite 9-5 but very nice hours if you can get a licence to live in Guernsey.
Location: In some hotel downroute or in some hotel doing union negotiations.
Sounds like a good idea, however quite often is not as shorthaul airlines at airports with a night curfew find ways around that problem. Usually by having flights with departure right before the curfew starts and arrival when it is lifted again. And night flying aint nice.
Back in the days of instructing at what was then BAE Systems Jerez I used to value lightly the fact that we worked Monday to Friday, 9 - 5 with a bit of flex either way as suited, stacked early on a Friday to the bar and had every public holiday off. All I wanted was an airline job on a jet and a Captains wage.
Now I've had those things for some years all I want is a little job in the sun buzzing around in a light aircraft, maybe teaching some bright young things how to fly, with every weekend off and a good nights sleep every night.