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Old 29th Mar 2019, 13:17
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Originally Posted by Jwscud View Post


As soon as they can plug you into the training plan you will get called I believe, particularly if you are already rated on a type we operate. No swimming as such these days!
Great thanks for the info! Sort of - although the majority of my experience is on Boeing pencils and slightly fatter pencils.. which obviously aren't in your fleet anymore! Been waiting a couple of weeks now, but heard that some people have waited 24hrs-4weeks for a fleet/start!

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Old 30th Mar 2019, 09:10
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Originally Posted by ChrisE View Post
Great thanks for the info! Sort of - although the majority of my experience is on Boeing pencils and slightly fatter pencils.. which obviously aren't in your fleet anymore! Been waiting a couple of weeks now, but heard that some people have waited 24hrs-4weeks for a fleet/start!
it seems the manpower team in flight ops, are critically short of well, manpower.
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Old 31st Mar 2019, 02:22
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As someone with over 15 years in BA, I can say that, in my opinion BA is only worth it if you live within 60mins of LHR and want to remain living in the SE of England. To get any quality time with your family on SH you need to book parental leave and take strategic sickness to avoid alienation by your children and divorce from your other half. Pay is now on a par with EZY and the much touted safety culture is nothing more than a myth peddled by senior managers desperate to hit their punctuality targets at all costs. With hindsight, I should have joined EZY as the overall package is better, the training far superior and the operational culture more geared towards efficiency in a way that we could only dream of.
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Old 31st Mar 2019, 15:09
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In contrast there are guys commuting from outside of 60 minutes of Heathrow residing in a more tax friendly regime on Long Haul 75% Part Time living the absolute life doing (due to a mixture of part time weeks and leave) an average of two trips a month every other month and taking home as much as their full time counterparts living in the UK. Granted these guys are (occasionally) having to spend additional nights in the UK pre duty post the Staff Travel Audit - but not a significant amount - and itís a relatively unique position in which to be in but letís not pretend itís not still possible to make BA work for you.

If if youíre happy with the monotony (just my opinion, horses for courses etc) of doing multiple sector days day in day out for the rest of a 30+ year career then fill your boots, easyJet is a fantastic airline to work for Iíd never argue that. Iíve been there and done it. However if you want many varied directions in which to take your career, many of which are not available in the land of orange, then BA is (despite all its flaws and there are many) the best show in town.

(I appreciate the lack of coherence that because a small minority of the workforce can have it spectacularly good so thatís a convincing argument for the majority to join. However itís really just to highlight BA is a place where you can make it work for you, more so than any other airline).

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Old 31st Mar 2019, 18:26
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Originally Posted by RexBanner View Post
In contrast there are guys commuting from outside of 60 minutes of Heathrow residing in a more tax friendly regime on Long Haul 75% Part Time living the absolute life doing (due to a mixture of part time weeks and leave) an average of two trips a month every other month and taking home as much as their full time counterparts living in the UK. Granted these guys are (occasionally) having to spend additional nights in the UK pre duty post the Staff Travel Audit - but not a significant amount - and itís a relatively unique position in which to be in but letís not pretend itís not still possible to make BA work for you.

If if youíre happy with the monotony (just my opinion, horses for courses etc) of doing multiple sector days day in day out for the rest of a 30+ year career then fill your boots, easyJet is a fantastic airline to work for Iíd never argue that. Iíve been there and done it. However if you want many varied directions in which to take your career, many of which are not available in the land of orange, then BA is (despite all its flaws and there are many) the best show in town.

(I appreciate the lack of coherence that because a small minority of the workforce can have it spectacularly good so thatís a convincing argument for the majority to join. However itís really just to highlight BA is a place where you can make it work for you, more so than any other airline).
Hear hear, tax avoidance at its best. Paying tax is for plebs. Or something like that.
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Old 31st Mar 2019, 18:35
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Originally Posted by Boeing 7E7 View Post


Hear hear, tax avoidance at its best. Paying tax is for plebs. Or something like that.
Pray tell, if the guys and girls in question are residing and domiciled outside the UK in places where they have been born and bred then why the hell should they pay tax in the UK simply for setting foot in the CRC for an hour or so before their duty of which they will spend less than 10% of the time inside UK airspace?
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Old 1st Apr 2019, 07:25
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Because they are ferried from Dublin via London to Barcelona on staff travel and have great pride in telling me they pay bugger all tax. My question, so what trip have you got.......”oh nothing I just need to attend a hospital appointment then I will go back to Dublin”

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Old 1st Apr 2019, 07:59
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It is Monday so...colour me confused, what's this about DUB/LHR/BCN???..

Who are "they"? and how often does this "ferrying" happen?

..and to address the hoary old point about "commuters" and Tax avoidance: living outside the UK does not in itself automatically mean an individual is paying "bugger all tax"..(thinks..that reminds me, I must get back to working on my Tax return later..the non UK one)

Anyhow I fear we have strayed wildly off piste..
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Old 1st Apr 2019, 09:34
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They split their time between Dublin and somewhere in Europe. I believe it’s some dodge in Ireland but they can only spend x days a year there so they split their time. Fair enough but the hospital appointment got me. Anyway....Corbyn government and maybe we should all do the same.

What was the original topic anyway ����
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Old 1st Apr 2019, 10:08
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There are plenty of people commuting from outside the UK who pay their taxes in the countries in which they reside, and there are plenty of people who are pretty much avoiding paying tax altogether, by not actually being properly resident anywhere. To be honest I wonder why I donít go and become one of them. The taxation system on some BA pilots is extreme. I will be working for the next two years as a high earning UK tax payer and my net income during that time will be zero! The tax man will receive it all, via a mixture of my income tax, national insurance, and tax on my final salary pension increase due to promotion. That is not a fair taxation system and the fact it drives many to extremes to stop giving the tax man any more than they absolutely have to, is of no surprise to me. Many would call me lucky to have a final salary pension scheme, but it doesnít matter which way you skin it, working for free for two years is not a fair taxation system, and rebellion against that unfairness is why many people decide enough is enough and actively avoid as much tax as they can.
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Old 1st Apr 2019, 11:02
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I wonder how all these ME and China ex pats sleep at night knowing they’re avoiding all these first world taxes? Pretty well, I imagine.
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Old 4th Apr 2019, 10:34
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Apparently 'Inbox full' is prunish for 'newbies can't send or receive pms' (and similar restrictions) until established as genuine members, whatever that means. I still can't find specific C&V for those rules.


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Old 4th Apr 2019, 15:22
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Hi everyone, anyone else having issues with booking assessments? no availability in the last couple of weeks every time I log in...
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Old 8th Apr 2019, 12:26
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Does anyone have an idea of current waiting time in the hold pool for type rated guys/girls?
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Old 8th Apr 2019, 12:28
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Is there anyone who already received some feedback?
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Old 8th Apr 2019, 19:16
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Originally Posted by Percula View Post
Does anyone have an idea of current waiting time in the hold pool for type rated guys/girls?
Not long! A week or two max atm.
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Old 11th Apr 2019, 01:05
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Originally Posted by Stocious View Post
Not long! A week or two max atm.
Well i've been there for 4 weeks... not that i'm complaining considering there aren't any B777 or B787 courses until the summer (supposedly!)
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Old 11th Apr 2019, 14:47
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Originally Posted by ChrisE View Post
Well i've been there for 4 weeks... not that i'm complaining considering there aren't any B777 or B787 courses until the summer (supposedly!)
Try waiting 18-24 months that the batch before you had to
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Old 11th Apr 2019, 16:03
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So which are the most tax friendly havens these other pilots live in and commute from?
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Old 11th Apr 2019, 16:33
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Portugal seems to be the fav at the moment.
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