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Old 22nd Mar 2018, 12:07
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Imagine if they actually enforced a 90min rule....BA would be cancelling an awful lot of flights for the foreseeable.

Which would cost the company an awful lot of money, which is why the whole audit process is simply to stop the piss taking commuting habits of a minority of crew, no more no less. The CAA will never impose something that severely damages the finances of one of its biggest cash cows. If it does, Iím buying shares in the Premier Inn group.

In other news, great to see some new DEP folks appearing on the seniority list of the long haul fleets - the chap at the bottom of my status list can finally give his shoulders a rest!
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Old 22nd Mar 2018, 15:09
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Originally Posted by Windshearescape View Post
Why do you live 100 miles away? Not very committed to your coveted BA pilot job is it. Why don't you live in Hounslow?
Not that the tone of your post deserves a reply, but BA closed my original base 20 years ago.
If you want the job that badly then to my mind you need to assume the m25 could be snarled up. If you have a different attitude to risk then fair enough.
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Old 22nd Mar 2018, 19:57
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Originally Posted by Basil View Post
Recollect, long time ago, a guy sleeping in a VW camper at GLA.
Top floor of the LHR car park was my second home for a few years.
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Old 22nd Mar 2018, 23:12
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Not that the tone of your post deserves a reply, but BA closed my original base 20 years ago.
And offered you a generous financial package to relocate, I presume?

The rumour is that BA are ‘after’ a few serial offenders, who think it perfectly acceptable to pax 8-12 hours overnight. (Potentially in economy) Then expect to operate after a little time in the CRC!

They then have a habit of sleeping through much of their operating sector!

From what I’ve heard. BA have a point!
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Old 24th Mar 2018, 00:29
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Top floor of the LHR car park was my second home for a few years.
I wondered who that was!
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 12:43
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Sim assessments being offered to 320 rated
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 23:07
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Originally Posted by Basil View Post
Oh, yes, my dear, I've a penthouse suite in London
My penthouse in Vauxhall Towers, combined with my southern drawl, kept me knee deep in clunge for ages, brother,

Sadly, the penthouse got towed away so I’ve got to rely solely on my looks, charm and wit now.

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Old 26th Mar 2018, 09:21
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Any updates?

Have there been anymore calls made to the hold pool for 320 TR'd?

The last word I heard was from 'thetimesreader84' that they had an early Dec sim date and had been given a start in May.

Any other 320 TR'd people still treading the water?

Thanks
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Old 26th Mar 2018, 09:31
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Surely it's just a matter of time for everybody in the pool, on the basis that they're putting people through fresh assessments for A320 positions?
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Old 28th Mar 2018, 18:08
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Good news! Lindsay Craig is back at the helm.
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Old 28th Mar 2018, 19:44
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Andre as well? Decent guys who actually care about flying, good news.
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Old 28th Mar 2018, 20:11
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Not sure about Andre or Andy but hopefully good news for swimmers and future DEPs/cadets. Rumours of being many hundreds short on the pilot front.
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Old 31st Mar 2018, 14:50
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What about the 5 years fleet freeze engagement is it still there or has been removed? If so would you foresee any possible early movement out of the 747 fleet as they are due to retire?
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Old 31st Mar 2018, 16:19
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Where do questions of removal of engagement freeze come from? The engagement freeze has been five years for at least two decades. I cannot see that reducing. If anything, I expect they would like to see it increase.

As for 747 retirements; yes hull numbers have been reducing, but we are years away from people being directed off or released from freezes. In fact at the moment, they cannot get people trained onto it quickly enough!

Are you saying you have been offered a 747 course but you do not really want it?
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Old 31st Mar 2018, 16:52
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The engagement freeze has been five years for at least two decades. I cannot see that reducing. If anything, I expect they would like to see it increase
+1...every course is a cost to the company.....
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 20:13
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Looks like BA are going to be short of flight crew this summer. This was hinted at a while ago but looks like itís going to result in extraordinary measures😗

Getting new recruits in is harder when your existing crews are being run ragged just keeping the show on the road....
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 20:53
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Although we clearly have a stressful summer ahead, I think this is great news for potential DEPs and existing BA pilots generally. Glass half full and all that

It's also very reassuring to have L.C back in control of Manpower Planning.
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Old 8th Apr 2018, 06:03
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It is great news of potential DEP recruitment, but I really hope LC doesn’t let a whole lot of good potential pilots go for not holding a moving cross or not playing silly cruise ship games, still like in previous recruitment drive, I know its is their train set, but surely the large drive for DEP long haul recruitment and roadshows a few years back in a few Gulf States and Hong Kong for experienced long haul pilot but turning them down must have the cost the company so much money.

I really hope LC can respectfully modernise BA’s recruitment.
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Old 8th Apr 2018, 07:00
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Modernize indeed. The first step towards fixing any recruitment issue within a company is to get board approval to totally bypass HR and their involvement. HR are a burden and curse on a department's operational needs. I've seen it in multiple industries prior to aviation. Why does a granny from HR who is about to retire think she knows what makes a good BA employee in 2018? Cut out the bullshit and archaic paper based exercises that reveal nothing about experienced pilots that a proper 1 hr chat on a pilot to pilot basis covering background and future desires can't.

Limit the intolerable and most off-putting "describe a situation when..." questions to 2 or 3, not 10! That just pisses adults right off. Some of us are left thinking, what is this nonsense?

Most of us walk away from the BA process feeling deeply annoyed and as if we just interviewed for a high profile city banker's job. In my case bailed out at 2nd stage after an hours worth of pointless questions and during the interview not one operational or tech question was asked. I'm a pilot ffs, treat and test me like one!

Sour grapes? Well yes. When you keep seeing pilots well known to have inferior skills getting hired by BA, it does turn your world a bit sour. I'm sure a lot of people in this room will back me up on this last part.

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Old 8th Apr 2018, 07:11
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Apparently some offers have been made this week, can anyone elaborate?
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