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Old 1st Mar 2022, 01:15
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Current SO here 787 Sydney

we are still operating under Covid ops so things are still changing quite quickly. it’s been a great journey so far, mostly good crew to work with. Admin side is a bit overwhelmed and you will have to self manage yourself to some degree. At the moment divisor is 170 hrs per 56 days so lots of flights up for grabs, hence the recruitment.

to answer your questions:
2) each trip is different with some leaving you more fatigued than others generally heading east during the day time will leave you more jetlagged than flying west at night. The company does provide you with time to recover from his jetlag.
3) at the moment our slips are between 2 to 3 days depending on the pattern usually most guys and girls have plans to get out and see things and even hire cars and get about this will only improve with the lifting of Covid restrictions
4) it can affect your family lifestyle. I just plan and adjust accordingly and my family support me on this
5) Absolutely. I love it. Being of your age. As long as your comfortable with not being PIC you can still have a very fulfilling career, with lots of different opportunities in operations, training, recruitment, safety, human factors, union etc…

go for it!
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Old 1st Mar 2022, 02:35
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Originally Posted by C172R
Anyone currently an SO care to share a rough idea of earnings, or is the current thread we have on it still correct?
Their EBA is up on FWC if you want to find out pay rates and allowances etc.
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Old 1st Mar 2022, 04:31
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Originally Posted by HappyBandit

Lifestyle has been mentioned several times and I understand that LH crews typically work about 30 to 50% of an equivalent full time roster of eg domestic crew.
Depends what you mean by "work". You can say that LH and SH both fly the same amount of stick hours, but LH crew spend some of that time in the bunk. In terms of days at work it would roughly be the same, expect that more of that time in International is spent in a slip port on a layover.

What I'm interested to hear is what's the journey like. For eg are you looking at your watch every 30 mins dreaming that this epic flight would finish?
For the most part yes. Having said that you don't actually fly that many sectors vs SH (depends on your A/C but about 1/5th of the sectors of a SH aircraft roughly)

2) how much does it knock you around both on slips and back home?
Quite a bit. For the most part still find time to socialise but the fatigue's always there in the background.

3) is there enough time to see things at destination?
You can fit in a day trip every now and then, and some time to look at things in the layover city. But after you've ticked off the main highlights in any port that becomes less interesting and most layovers are usually spent doing normal things you would do at home like gym, exercise, study, reading, watching movies, occasional beer etc.

4) does it effect home life much with being away for 4 to 6 days at a time?
Depends on the relationship. You'll need your family to understand the lifestyle. You'll also have the advantage of being home free for 4-6 days at a time too. As a tip when you're away on a slip do things like study for sims, or other work you can do alone while away so your time at home can be devoted to family and friends as much as possible.

One advantage of LH is you can commute more easily, so can live several hours drive out of a major city if you choose without having to drive to work every 1 or 2 days

5) is the job interesting? To be honest I don't care much about being pic after all these years and quite happy for someone else to worry about whether there's enough fuel but interested to know if the trips are still interesting enough? I guess it's what you make of it?
It's still your job as an SO to worry about the fuel and put your input into the operation. At some time you'll want to upgrade (now that there's a clear pay rise going from 78 or 350 SO to 73 FO) and it'll be pretty obvious to your trainers if you've switched your mind off in the backseat.

As far as interesting? Sometimes, but mostly no. You're there for cruise relief, and as time goes by the altitude at which you're allowed into the control seat gets higher and higher. There's some who have decided that's what they seek in life, but most want 3 and 4 bars eventually.

As far as time away in slip ports? Well some do love it, it suits their personality or lifestyle. Some loathe it.

The good thing is, assuming recruitment and movement levels return to pre Covid norms which they seem they will, is that upgrade time to SH is only a few years even in the most senior SH base so you can come back to that type of flying reasonably soon if you find the LH lifestyle doesn't suit you. Or remain in LH if you choose, it's good to have quite a few options.
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Old 1st Mar 2022, 07:47
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How long to upgrade to FO from SO. I realize Captain is unlikely for those of us over 40. However one has to be realistic with regard to finances and retirement and weigh up the options that is best for them and their families?
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Old 1st Mar 2022, 08:16
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Dash Trash and Dr Dre thank you kindly. Very helpful responses.
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Old 1st Mar 2022, 09:06
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For me it is all about time with family and I don’t wanna spend 3 nights in LA or YVR…what are the shortest trips on the 787 and the 330?

Thanks,
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Old 1st Mar 2022, 10:43
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Originally Posted by TinFoilhat2
How long to upgrade to FO from SO. I realize Captain is unlikely for those of us over 40. However one has to be realistic with regard to finances and retirement and weigh up the options that is best for them and their families?
At the peak of pre 2020 training pretty much straight away for Perth base (slots offered to new recruits on day one), about 2 or 3 years for the Brisbane and the rest in the middle, I think Adelaide and Melbourne had some very junior FOs start at one point too, but not too long in all bases. At one point over a decade ago it was 5-7 years to the most junior FO position, so much better now.

Originally Posted by AQIS Boigu
For me it is all about time with family and I don’t wanna spend 3 nights in LA or YVR…what are the shortest trips on the 787 and the 330?

Thanks,
AB
3 day Asia, 4 day US and 5 day Londons. That’s assuming “normal” pre Covid trips and one flight a day to the destination, less than one a day and you’ll be spending longer in port. There are some longer trips too.
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Old 1st Mar 2022, 11:26
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Thanks for the answer(s)

Now the magic question - how long for an East Coast short haul command?

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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 02:39
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Originally Posted by AQIS Boigu
Now the magic question - how long for an East Coast short haul command?
I has got out to 20 years but hopefully some of the headwinds that caused that delay have abated.
Retirement age getting extended by 5 years and the shrinking of the mainline route network are seemingly behind us and they had a huge effect.
But…. who knows what new threat is around the corner.
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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 09:34
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Delta currently has time to command at 2.5 months, B737 NYC based (for those who want it). Gives some perspective.
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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 22:45
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Interesting to see helicopter drivers being included in the latest pre-requisites. Most multi-engine captains will be earning $170K-$200K but working 40+ hrs a week for it. Might be tempting but not sure if too many will have a current IPC (MEA). I wouldn't aspire to command at my age (closer to 50 than 40) but I think I could cope with SO/FO for the rest of my career pretty happily.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 08:25
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Originally Posted by aseriesofleftturns
1200+ internal applicants thus far, with a few days to go. Assume 3x that externally.

Hard to hang your hopes on those odds.
Wow if that number is true that’s got to be something like 70-80% of the total pilots in the group (including all JQ and Qlink entities).

Still shows a mainline seniority number is one of the most sought after things in Australian Aviation
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 08:27
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I heard 1200, total. Sounds more reasonable.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 10:03
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JQ might forecast a mass exodus. There has been a few positions going lately. Lots of WB positions even.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 10:54
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Originally Posted by SHVC
JQ might forecast a mass exodus. There has been a few positions going lately. Lots of WB positions even.
Carrot dangling? Fos bored of narrow body, entice them to stay with a wide body FO spot, and get the wide body FOs interested in a 320 command?
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 19:00
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I don’t think there is any carrot dangling. I think JQ are short as with tech crew, a number of retirements announced and there will be a lot more soon, Ppl getting the sack and others just leaving. JQ will be short I wonder how many they will actually release.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 21:23
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Interesting to see with all this movement whether Tamworth will firm up as a new base for LH QF?
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 22:29
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Any huge change in these numbers (with thanks to Keg) from 2018?

Command
East coast wide body- 740
West coast wide body- 850
Adelaide 737- 1400
Perth 737- 1400
MEL 737- 1300
SYD 737- 1000
BNE 737- 1050

F/O
PER 787- 1500
PER A330- 1650
737
PER, ADL- 2470... essentially next vacancies after you join if you have a bid in.
SYD/ MEL- Next Training year after you join.
BNE- 2150

Bottom seniority as at 31 Jul 18 is 2533. Probably 40ish joiners since then.
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Old 5th Mar 2022, 21:41
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Originally Posted by dr dre
Wow if that number is true that’s got to be something like 70-80% of the total pilots in the group (including all JQ and Qlink entities).

Still shows a mainline seniority number is one of the most sought after things in Australian Aviation
It also shows that life on the relatively unsupported and undervalued periphery of the operation has knobs on it. Of the dozen or so pilots I know who fly for these peripheral operations, all but one of them have applied and as one of those guys says, he would run from his operation like it was a burning house.
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Old 5th Mar 2022, 22:54
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Originally Posted by gordonfvckingramsay
It also shows that life on the relatively unsupported and undervalued periphery of the operation has knobs on it. Of the dozen or so pilots I know who fly for these peripheral operations, all but one of them have applied and as one of those guys says, he would run from his operation like it was a burning house.
Is it not at all concerning for manager's of theses groups (in particular JQ) that all your FOs and some captains want to leave? No matter what stage they are in their career, or what position they are on the JQ seniority ladder, they are signing up to be SO's and for those over 35, probably never have a command. All of this rather than work at JQ? Would management even be aware of how many apply, Doubt it.....but that's a pretty big vote of disapproval for JQ. Yes, the $ is less but time to upgrades are quicker so you would think it wouldn't be that different in the long-run. Can't just be about the $.
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