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Old 6th Sep 2022, 19:26
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Hoping for some advice from those in the know.

My wife is taking a non aviation job in Sydney next month and her visa has restrictions on who she can work for. But as her partner I have no such restrictions.

I'm a 58 year old Brit line captain current on A330 (c 3000hrs) and A350 (c 1000hrs) Total flight time c 17000hrs mainly on A340-300/600. Ex RAF multi jet. Still working in the UK for a major airline.

Would anyone in the know from QF think they would even look at me as a prospect? Or should I just relax into retirement? I still enjoy the flying but this job is too good for my wife to pass up and I want to consider all my options.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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Old 6th Sep 2022, 23:21
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Originally Posted by conanthelibrarian View Post
Hoping for some advice from those in the know.

My wife is taking a non aviation job in Sydney next month and her visa has restrictions on who she can work for. But as her partner I have no such restrictions.

I'm a 58 year old Brit line captain current on A330 (c 3000hrs) and A350 (c 1000hrs) Total flight time c 17000hrs mainly on A340-300/600. Ex RAF multi jet. Still working in the UK for a major airline.

Would anyone in the know from QF think they would even look at me as a prospect? Or should I just relax into retirement? I still enjoy the flying but this job is too good for my wife to pass up and I want to consider all my options.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
I’d be applying for Sydney Trains. You’ll earn more and get to do something different before retirement.
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Old 7th Sep 2022, 00:39
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A difficult situation to be in and this site is not always helpful these days. With your background a Sim Instructor is a Sydney possibility. Have you any check and training experience? The Australian licence is another hurdle, the clouds are different down here.
Aviation jobs are advertised on 'Seek'. Just enter 'pilot jobs' on the search function. Also, AFAP Pilot Jobs.org.com is another site. I admire your support to your wife, a tough move. Good Luck to you both.
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Old 7th Sep 2022, 04:49
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Originally Posted by conanthelibrarian View Post
Hoping for some advice from those in the know.

My wife is taking a non aviation job in Sydney next month and her visa has restrictions on who she can work for. But as her partner I have no such restrictions.

I'm a 58 year old Brit line captain current on A330 (c 3000hrs) and A350 (c 1000hrs) Total flight time c 17000hrs mainly on A340-300/600. Ex RAF multi jet. Still working in the UK for a major airline.

Would anyone in the know from QF think they would even look at me as a prospect? Or should I just relax into retirement? I still enjoy the flying but this job is too good for my wife to pass up and I want to consider all my options.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

I'm not with QF, but as a former overseas airline Captain with similar age & experience to your own, my advice would be to find an opportunity outside the airline world, or just relax into retirement. I approached several Australian operators (including Qantas) after being made redundant during the pandemic. They had ZERO interest and most of them didn’t even have the courtesy to reply.

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Old 7th Sep 2022, 04:55
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Hmmm. You guys should round up every older pilot who didn’t get hired, which would be all of them, and get a juicy class action going.
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Old 7th Sep 2022, 07:15
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Well, wouldn't being an SO be relaxing into retirement?
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Old 7th Sep 2022, 15:08
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Looks like direct recruiting of SO’s onto the A380 is also about to start happening.
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Old 8th Sep 2022, 05:14
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Q-Link salary

Anyone know what the starting salary is on the B717 at Q-Link/National Jet?
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Old 9th Sep 2022, 04:06
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Anyone know what the starting salary is on the B717 at Q-Link/National Jet?
Latest EBA can be found: National Jet Systems Pty. Ltd. Pilot Enterprise Agreement 2022 | Fair Work Commission (fwc.gov.au)

First year pay FO is 118.5k.
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Old 9th Sep 2022, 04:14
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Thanks Gunner
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Old 13th Sep 2022, 06:11
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Meanwhile in the rest of the world, none of this is required for 'Group Pilots':

British Airways are recruiting Direct Entry Captains for their EuroFlyer subsidiary on their A320 fleet based at London Gatwick in the UK. You will join the BA Mainline Master Seniority List on Day 1 and eventually get bidding rights to Heathrow / Long-Haul.
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Old 13th Sep 2022, 07:43
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Well, wouldn't being an SO be relaxing into retirement?
Couldn’t think of a better way to do it if you still wanted to keep your toe in!
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Old 16th Sep 2022, 14:33
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Hi all, could anyone please shed some light on the roster for A330 SO in Sydney? For instance what does a normal month look like? Length and frequency of trips? Destinations?
Is it viable to commute from the NT or WA? Do many SO's commute from interstate? How often do you get reserve periods and what is the callout time?
Any info will be appreciated thanks
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Old 17th Sep 2022, 13:26
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Originally Posted by fr8ter View Post
Hi all, could anyone please shed some light on the roster for A330 SO in Sydney? For instance what does a normal month look like? Length and frequency of trips? Destinations?
Is it viable to commute from the NT or WA? Do many SO's commute from interstate? How often do you get reserve periods and what is the callout time?
Any info will be appreciated thanks
Commuting to the 330 is doable, but not the easiest in terms of a commute. Wouldn’t plan to spend too many years doing that. Also runs off strict seniority for bidding, so if there’s not much more recruitment below you you’ll be waiting a while for good rosters.

However if you’re in WA there’s also the 787, and a short wait to 737 FO. Far better options than an extended commute to the 330.

Reserve rosters (blank lines) are now shared amongst the pilot group so no more perpetual reserves.
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Old 18th Sep 2022, 08:31
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Originally Posted by dr dre View Post
Reserve rosters (blank lines) are now shared amongst the pilot group so no more perpetual reserves.
Thanks for the info Dr Dre,

Regarding reserve the perpetual reserve you talk of is it spread across all rosters ie may have a reserve period in any roster or are there whole reserve rosters for the full 56 (or significant portion) of the roster. Also anyone know what the call out time from reserve generally is?

Thanks
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Old 21st Sep 2022, 00:33
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Does anyone know anything about the 'cut-e' test the qantas academy seem to be using these days? Seems to be various types online

TIA
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Old 21st Sep 2022, 09:22
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Thanks for the info Dr Dre,

Regarding reserve the perpetual reserve you talk of is it spread across all rosters ie may have a reserve period in any roster or are there whole reserve rosters for the full 56 (or significant portion) of the roster. Also anyone know what the call out time from reserve generally is?

Thanks
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You do the entire 56 day roster as a “blank line” as opposed to the normal “pattern line”.

This will be made up of days off and available days. If you are called on an available day it will generally be for a duty with at least 8 hours notice. Ie the next day.

You can / will also be assigned standby duties on some of those available days which usually last 12hrs. You can be assigned up to three days in a row. During those standbys you are required to leave home within 45minutes AND be available to depart within 3hrs.

Hope that helps!
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Old 22nd Sep 2022, 02:14
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Also be aware that commuting the day of duty is now impossible for most duties due to fatigue risk management, and in fact actual fatigue.

In SYD (and maybe elsewhere too) there are commuter rooms for rent for those reserve occasions. You will need a high pain threshold.
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Old 23rd Sep 2022, 08:30
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Recruitment on to B Scale has begun…
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Old 23rd Sep 2022, 09:40
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Recruitment on to B Scale has begun…
Didn't think that happened until the a350 arrived?
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