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24th Nov 2020, 11:02
Replies: 33
Views: 2,744
Posted By G SXTY

So much of this game is down to luck - and...

So much of this game is down to luck - and specifically luck with timing - that everyone will have different experiences. Ask 10 pilots and you’ll get 15 opinions.

Me, I’d do it again in a...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,784
Posted By G SXTY

I wouldnít claim to be an expert, but I am an...

I wouldnít claim to be an expert, but I am an airline pilot who remembers the last 3 downturns (1990, 2001 & 2008) - none of which were remotely as bad as this one. Every time the industry hits hard...
20th Sep 2020, 09:35
Replies: 23
Views: 3,847
Posted By G SXTY

7 years from trial flying lesson to CPL/IR/MCC: ...

7 years from trial flying lesson to CPL/IR/MCC:

https://www.pprune.org/interviews-jobs-sponsorship/333092-zero-hours-airline-pilot-my-story.html

First airline job within a few months and still...
26th Feb 2020, 18:50
Replies: 105
Views: 36,740
Posted By G SXTY

At a Pprune wannabe seminar many years ago, an...

At a Pprune wannabe seminar many years ago, an airline DFO gave a presentation about the job market for low-hours pilots.

He started by drawing a graph of pilots jobs over time, and noted the way...
3rd Dec 2019, 23:21
Replies: 113
Views: 110,641
Posted By G SXTY

In the latter half of 2015, flight crew fatigue...

In the latter half of 2015, flight crew fatigue ASRs at Flydubai were running at around 20 per month. Some of them submitted by me. There were 21 reports in December 2015 alone. I believed then (and...
29th Aug 2019, 16:39
Replies: 577
Views: 688,243
Posted By G SXTY

Does he think BA are barking? :)

Does he think BA are barking? :)
10th Aug 2019, 15:40
Replies: 577
Views: 688,243
Posted By G SXTY

Thatís just what I was thinking Wiggy. ...

Thatís just what I was thinking Wiggy.

Frustrating as it is, Iíll accept there are probably very good reasons for suspending the forum for a few days.

BA isnít exactly a stranger to...
9th Aug 2019, 17:49
Replies: 21
Views: 14,389
Posted By G SXTY

In an ideal world, they'd pay. However,...

In an ideal world, they'd pay.

However, having flown for three different airlines and worked for three (big) companies in a previous career - including recruitment and management - none of them...
Replies: 16
Views: 3,191
Posted By G SXTY

I was a career changer, completed a modular...

I was a career changer, completed a modular CPL/IR aged 36, first airline job a few months later, now longhaul BA.

It can be done (and UK employers are not allowed to discriminate on age grounds),...
13th Dec 2018, 14:18
Replies: 19
Views: 6,712
Posted By G SXTY

North of the wall we get free NHS prescriptions,...

North of the wall we get free NHS prescriptions, free eye tests, a heavily subsidised bus and ferry service, and university fees are a fraction of whatís charged in England or Wales.

I live in a...
23rd Oct 2018, 21:08
Replies: 7,016
Views: 6,393,001
Posted By G SXTY

Long haul, around 3 years in, and previous...

Long haul, around 3 years in, and previous experience with Exeter Airlines and the Middle East.

BA is far from perfect, but life so far has been pretty gentlemanly Ė helped in recent months by...
Forum: Middle East
8th Sep 2018, 19:35
Replies: 8
Views: 5,237
Posted By G SXTY

At little brother across the runway, they simply...

At little brother across the runway, they simply make you sign an employment contract accepting you will fly to war zones.

Problem solved. :D
Forum: Middle East
30th Jul 2018, 17:20
Replies: 4,035
Views: 1,995,740
Posted By G SXTY

Seconded. A good guy to fly with.

Seconded. A good guy to fly with.
Forum: Middle East
30th Jul 2018, 13:51
Replies: 4,035
Views: 1,995,740
Posted By G SXTY

Cool T’was ever so. When I joined, the initial...

T’was ever so. When I joined, the initial interview at CTC was with two ex-cabin crew ladies, asking experience-based piloty type questions - with a grand total of 0 hours flying experience between...
30th Jul 2018, 13:40
Replies: 7,016
Views: 6,393,001
Posted By G SXTY

At the risk of getting lynched by my SH...

At the risk of getting lynched by my SH colleagues, my junior LH roster has around 14 days off, plus or minus a couple. That said, my fleet is having a relatively quiet period due to certain, ahem,...
20th Jun 2018, 13:03
Replies: 232
Views: 177,154
Posted By G SXTY

Having done UK regional flying, the sandpit, and...

Having done UK regional flying, the sandpit, and now BA LH, I – personally – find BA the easiest of the three. That said, it probably helps being on the 787, as everyone else is doing our flying for...
18th Jun 2018, 01:56
Replies: 58
Views: 19,440
Posted By G SXTY

I had the pleasure of being there when John gave...

I had the pleasure of being there when John gave a presentation to a group of us wannabes at a Pprune bash many years ago.

Typical of his style was when he showed a picture of the Harrier ski...
22nd Mar 2018, 11:36
Replies: 7,016
Views: 6,393,001
Posted By G SXTY

Several hotels around LHR offer discounted...

Several hotels around LHR offer discounted aircrew rates. All subject to availability, but work on around £40 per night for the likes of the Ibis & Premier Inn. Privately owned B&Bs can be...
20th Feb 2018, 20:26
Replies: 7,016
Views: 6,393,001
Posted By G SXTY

Ooh, you are naughty. :ok:

Ooh, you are naughty. :ok:
Forum: Middle East
19th Feb 2018, 14:13
Replies: 11
Views: 4,226
Posted By G SXTY

I used Allied Pickford a couple of years ago. ...

I used Allied Pickford a couple of years ago. Highly professional, excellent service (I know, a rare thing for this place) and everything arrived on time and in one piece.
2nd Jan 2018, 13:58
Replies: 7,016
Views: 6,393,001
Posted By G SXTY

About a 50% pay cut in my case. As for...

About a 50% pay cut in my case.

As for 'benefits', let's put it this way. I now have union protection and no longer fly to war zones, or have to endure 45 degree heat and dust, infuriating...
7th Dec 2017, 08:46
Replies: 7,016
Views: 6,393,001
Posted By G SXTY

My most recent interview where expenses were...

My most recent interview where expenses were reimbursed was in 1990.

Since then, off the top of my head, Ive had at least 13 job interviews, and no-one - in any industry - has offered to pay for...
Replies: 933
Views: 487,184
Posted By G SXTY

BusAirDriver Wrong. Completely wrong. ...

BusAirDriver


Wrong. Completely wrong.


I'd recommend a bit more research then. Flybe gave me my first job, and I distinctly remember doing modular training. As did many of my colleagues. ...
Replies: 933
Views: 487,184
Posted By G SXTY

I’m mid-forties, and left behind a safe but...

I’m mid-forties, and left behind a safe but boring office-based career in my mid thirties.

First flying job was aged 36, flying TPs with a UK regional that sounds suspiciously similar to...
Replies: 17
Views: 4,181
Posted By G SXTY

Yep, that's about right. 1990 - Job market...

Yep, that's about right.

1990 - Job market collapsed due to Gulf War 1

+11 years

2001 - Job market collapsed due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks

+7 years
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