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Old 13th Apr 2016, 14:27
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Inevitably. Whatever the economy does they will need some pilots. Numbers depends on how many short haul slots go to LH which will depend on the economy.

Retirements have to start again in October and there's a large backlog in part time requests as it hasn't been available recently.

In 5/6 years time though retirements dry up again and then you'll be waiting for the current mid 40's long haul Capts to retire which will be a while.
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Old 13th Apr 2016, 14:39
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Retirements have to start again in October
According to today's hot rumour due to a combination of challenging rosters and an apparent lack of availability of Part Time in the near future there's already a bit of a rush on.......
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Old 13th Apr 2016, 18:57
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Good news all round then
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Old 13th Apr 2016, 20:06
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Thinking of applying.

If I where lucky enough to be offered a position, what is the current time to command on short / long haul.

Currently left seat for Loco, 8500hrs ( 7000 Jet ).

Thanks in advance.
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Old 13th Apr 2016, 20:09
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Rosco - at the moment, your first bid for SH Command could be successful. Last year's bid saw people who joined in 2015 being offered SH Commands at LHR and LGW.
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Old 13th Apr 2016, 20:57
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You do need to recognise that this year's seniority for short haul commands may well turn out to be an anomaly. A significant number of junior FOs failed to bid last year; not because they did not want a command, but because they did not think there was much point. I doubt they'll make the same mistake again this year...
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Old 13th Apr 2016, 21:13
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I assume when you use the term " junior FO " this is someone new to the company?.

Do you bid once a year?.
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Old 14th Apr 2016, 06:22
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I assume when you use the term " junior FO " this is someone new to the company?.
In the context of the current situation on the A320 fleet, I assume that's what GS-Alpha means, but it's also used in general for the FO's (and even SFOs) near the bottom of their status list. You can certainly be referred to as a "junior FO" for years if there's no movement on the fleet.

..and yes, normally you bid for type/seat change once a year.

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Old 14th Apr 2016, 06:44
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You do need to recognise that this year's seniority for short haul commands may well turn out to be an anomaly.
Hence the word "could".
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Old 14th Apr 2016, 17:52
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The key point is that there are no long haul deliveries in 2017, so fewer senior short haul captains moving on. The part time bulge may still cause commands to be junior again though. 2018 has loads of deliveries.
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Old 15th Apr 2016, 13:49
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Asked this a few pages ago, as of yet I don't think I saw a reply, but of those of us who were emailed to come back within the 12 months, has anyone had a reply yet?
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Old 15th Apr 2016, 15:08
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VJW,

I was mailed back beginning of the month to sit the new verbal and day 2 combined at once. As for now I have not received a reply either. It keeps showing submitted on the career page.
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Old 15th Apr 2016, 22:47
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No reply here either!
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Old 15th Apr 2016, 23:18
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Originally Posted by stockportonealpha View Post
Hi all,

I am due to attend the initial assessment soon. Just wondering if anyone has done it recently, by that I mean in the last week or so. I have heard on the grapevine that the Pilapt test (numbers counting down, flying cross-hairs with the joystick and the shapes and colours test) have disappeared? Is this fact or fiction? Can anyone help!?

Thank you!
Hi,

I attended day 1 about 4 days ago.
verbal reasoning 36 questions in 20 mins
numerical reasoning 25 questions in 12 mins
computer based test lasting 24 min, you have a ND on your left side(to check for traffics) and an instrument panel on your right side of the screen (to check fuel page,elec page and altitude settings) meanwhile atc is calling you to change frequency and clearing you to new altitudes.
good luck for your day 1!
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Old 15th Apr 2016, 23:25
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Hi all,

anyone who attended day 2 in the last 1 or 2 weeks??
thank you in advance!
regards
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Old 16th Apr 2016, 08:24
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Point of info on the current state of play for those who ask about Bidline and rosters.

Those headed for 744 (and no doubt other Longhaul Fleets) can expect a busy time until the numbers get sorted out...if they get sorted out..

May final final rosters have just been released. One 744 P2 has a three day carry in from April i.e. trip departs end of April, but continues until 3rd May. He/she then has another 5 (yes, five) trips in May, plus a ground training day.

Another P2 has, for the third month in a row, achieved the mythical CAP level after bidding...but then had another trip assigned to his/her line by scheduling.

No doubt those are examples of the worse case outliers but perhaps food for thought for those planning on joining BA for the easy life/time off/roster control.

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Old 16th Apr 2016, 08:45
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It's very very quiet on the 787 P2 side. Flying blindlines. April 1 carry in from March and 2 trips. May 2 trips and 2 weeks leave. Same that we lost our FPA
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Old 16th Apr 2016, 08:57
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nrn

Interesting, manning not (yet) in the right place perhaps - I'll admit I haven't (yet) looked at your CAPs/rosters but I assume you are still slightly overborne due to the Fleet build up??? I recall decades back it being similar when I was a blindline holder on the 744 (it also helped that there were more long trips in the mix with shuttles, etc.... ).

The 744 P2 I was referring to earlier has effectively got the three day carry in plus 5 three day trips, plus the GT day........how times have changed.

Same that we lost our FPA
I know what you mean..........

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Old 16th Apr 2016, 09:49
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Angelo26 - just to confirm that the Joystick Moving Criss and Colours/Shape no longer feature in the BA selection at any stage?

Thanks
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Old 16th Apr 2016, 12:41
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Hi all
I know this question was asked a few pages back but nothing seems to have changed ;
Yesterday I got the stage 1 invite (15th), logged in today to book but the only date available is tomorrow (17th). Too short notice really, and I'm flying anyway.
Does anyone know if & when more dates will be available ? Is anyone else still waiting for more dates as I am ?
Thanks
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