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Old 5th Jun 2019, 12:05
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post


Looking at the Long Haul schedules Iíd be seriously impressed if somebody can find a way of doing that...apart from the few oddballs you almost always end up operating in the WOCL at some point.
you do, but my point is if you end up doing 6 2 man low credit trips as opposed to 4x 3/4 man, with 4-6 hours in the bunk and 3 Local nights rest trips when you get back, one is not sustainable long term and the other one is. Guess which trips filter to the bottom.

That said, the culture imho is very different to the one represented above. I am curious to see if views are based upon actual bad experience or perception of how one would be treated. Iíve not heard bad things from people who have needed to take a little recovery time, itís a shame those views are not represented above.
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Old 5th Jun 2019, 12:20
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Originally Posted by pudoc View Post
To add some perspective to how fatigue is managed at 2 other UK airlines I've worked for.

Call crewing.

"Im fatigued for my duty"
"Ok I'll take you off"
"Thanks bye"

And you'd never hear about it again from anyone. No follow up phone call or email. All you would have to do is fill in a fatigue questionnaire as to what caused your fatigue. And anything from jet lag, to a night flight to a screaming baby at home are perfectly acceptable reasons. In fact, you're completely untouchable when you go fatigued. More so than if you call sick.
What is the procedure at BA?
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Old 5th Jun 2019, 13:07
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In my experience itís basically the same. Contrary to popular belief BA wonít hunt you down if you report fatigued. Iíve had nothing but support when Iíve called in fatigued and all theyíve asked me to do is fill in an ASR with ďFatigue ReportĒ in the title and let them know when Iím happy to resume my roster.
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Old 5th Jun 2019, 13:27
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Originally Posted by Mylius View Post
In my experience it’s basically the same. Contrary to popular belief BA won’t hunt you down if you report fatigued. I’ve had nothing but support when I’ve called in fatigued and all they’ve asked me to do is fill in an ASR with “Fatigue Report” in the title and let them know when I’m happy to resume my roster.
Agreed. Never any come back in my experience, although, its worth checking the ASR once its been through the system to check they haven't tried to reclassify it as unrested or sickness.
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Old 5th Jun 2019, 19:40
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Having said that, I understand that on not a few occasions, fatigued pilots were subsequently questioned why they had logged onto crewlink and emaestro in the run up to calling in fatigued. That to me shows a complete unawareness of the issue. If I was to publish the DFCM’s name I’d probably get banned, but would have several thousand pilots nodding in recognition.
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Old 5th Jun 2019, 20:28
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Originally Posted by hunterboy View Post
Having said that, I understand that on not a few occasions, fatigued pilots were subsequently questioned why they had logged onto crewlink and emaestro in the run up to calling in fatigued. That to me shows a complete unawareness of the issue. If I was to publish the DFCM’s name I’d probably get banned, but would have several thousand pilots nodding in recognition.

hmmmm...

When I went fatigued it was very easy and dealt with by one of our fantastic DFCMs (most of them are bloody good in my experience). I apologised and felt (wrongly I guess) as though I'd let the company down or dropped them in it some how to cover my roster. I was very impressed at the response I received and reassured that this was a daily occurrence and an extremely regular conversation.

What wasn't so clever was the DFCM (no names mentioned) who picked it up a day or so later and explained how I'm fine now I've had 24 hours at home and would likely be ready for work as they're very short of FO's. When I said no I was subtly interrogated on my drives to work, rest management / arrangements between day trips and home life situation. It was disappointing to say the least when I was then asked at the end of the call to put it all in writing via email. Gave them both barrels on my email but smelt a rat.....so when I was back in I had a look in the system audit trail to find that my fatigue had been re classified. Never got to the bottom of what to but I insisted it was changed back. The trail went cold but suspect it was re categorised. Shame really, it's just masking the problems.

Overall, a very very good experience initially but the follow up and company audit trail wasn't good at all.
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Old 5th Jun 2019, 20:51
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Originally Posted by VinRouge View Post
Is it not a problem partially of the workforces making though? If you have huge constraints placed on rostering by a seniority based system that has junior guys picking up multiple low credit trips, because those above them are picking out the highly credit dense stuff, leaving the scraps at the bottom?
Yes that's a very valid point. However the ultimate responsibility lies with the individual. That's what I find staggering, the reluctance of the individual to report fatigued.


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Old 6th Jun 2019, 08:04
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Originally Posted by 2 Whites 2 Reds View Post
hmmmm...

When I went fatigued it was very easy and dealt with by one of our fantastic DFCMs (most of them are bloody good in my experience). I apologised and felt (wrongly I guess) as though I'd let the company down or dropped them in it some how to cover my roster. I was very impressed at the response I received and reassured that this was a daily occurrence and an extremely regular conversation.

What wasn't so clever was the DFCM (no names mentioned) who picked it up a day or so later and explained how I'm fine now I've had 24 hours at home and would likely be ready for work as they're very short of FO's. When I said no I was subtly interrogated on my drives to work, rest management / arrangements between day trips and home life situation. It was disappointing to say the least when I was then asked at the end of the call to put it all in writing via email. Gave them both barrels on my email but smelt a rat.....so when I was back in I had a look in the system audit trail to find that my fatigue had been re classified. Never got to the bottom of what to but I insisted it was changed back. The trail went cold but suspect it was re categorised. Shame really, it's just masking the problems.

Overall, a very very good experience initially but the follow up and company audit trail wasn't good at all.
My advice when calling in fatigued is either call your Manager first (or immediately after a call to Crewing) and ideally don't email him. Why call your Manager? Firstly why not and secondly it means your being open and honest.
One of the two UK AOC's with approved FRMS now get a sleep scientist (who has done work for AOC's and BALPA to maintain a good balance) to give "science of sleep" training to all their Crew, Crewing staff etc. It might help if BA put some of their Pilot Managers in touch?
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 13:39
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post


As Toolong says itís definitely ďFake NewsĒ, though in various forms it has been circulating for a few days. Donít know why how or why it started and FWIW yours is the first version where itís been tagged as being associated with a specific fleet.
For resignations read resignations in order to take early retirement if you wish. Not to move to another company. Just people disillusioned with JSS / Pensions / Morale etc
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 15:28
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Originally Posted by red9 View Post
For resignations read resignations in order to take early retirement if you wish. Not to move to another company. Just people disillusioned with JSS / Pensions / Morale etc
Don't believe all the rumours, the retirees are at the moment pretty much only 65 year olds pilots, a few from within the bubble who moved to an airline up North and around 20 junior pilots who joined KLM and Aer Lingus.
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 18:24
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Originally Posted by Jumbo2 View Post
Don't believe all the rumours, the retirees are at the moment pretty much only 65 year olds pilots, a few from within the bubble who moved to an airline up North and around 20 junior pilots who joined KLM and Aer Lingus.
Correct. Iíve counted 10 777 resignations so far this year including a few FOs. For comparison thatís less than 1% of the fleet establishment.
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 21:42
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Originally Posted by Jumbo2 View Post
Don't believe all the rumours, the retirees are at the moment pretty much only 65 year olds pilots, a few from within the bubble who moved to an airline up North and around 20 junior pilots who joined KLM and Aer Lingus.
Not true, I personally know of 3 in the Jet 2 hold pool (DEPs last 5 years mix of LHS/RHS), one to a private jet operator, one in the TUI hold pool and one in the Easy hold pool for DEC. Then thereís the two who left in January to Virgin off the 787, plus another whoís gone back to Ryanair. BA is 100% now a ďif youíre from the SE and it suits your lifestyleĒ.

Someone will disagree with me, but hey ho, before Iím called massively negative, right now I quite like it, the pay cheque is regular and stable, my roster doesnít change and I have decent lifestyle control, would I recommend you join the bottom of any fleet on JSS, unless youíre 24 and single, or a realist who knows the score and is willing to put years in before you see fruits? Absolutely not. Even then, ask me in another five years time, if current trajectories of our T&Cs being assaulted continues, I probably wouldnít recommend it full stop. Very very sad to have that as my honest opinion right now.
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 22:00
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Originally Posted by RHS View Post


Not true, I personally know of 3 in the Jet 2 hold pool (DEPs last 5 years mix of LHS/RHS), one to a private jet operator, one in the TUI hold pool and one in the Easy hold pool for DEC. Then thereís the two who left in January to Virgin off the 787, plus another whoís gone back to Ryanair. BA is 100% now a ďif youíre from the SE and it suits your lifestyleĒ.

Someone will disagree with me, but hey ho, before Iím called massively negative, right now I quite like it, the pay cheque is regular and stable, my roster doesnít change and I have decent lifestyle control, would I recommend you join the bottom of any fleet on JSS, unless youíre 24 and single, or a realist who knows the score and is willing to put years in before you see fruits? Absolutely not. Even then, ask me in another five years time, if current trajectories of our T&Cs being assaulted continues, I probably wouldnít recommend it full stop. Very very sad to have that as my honest opinion right now.
My query here is that even for a 24 year old with no real commitments (other than the fact most of their friends will likely work normal mon-fri jobs, which makes socialising with them a nightmare), is JSS in 17 years time (or whatever roster system is in place) going to be very desirable as a new captain? Ie you spend 5-10 years doing the rubbish lines because youíre junior, the enjoy the next half a decade at the top of the FO list for your fleet, picking and choosing the trips you want and not working weekends. Youíre ready to take your command, age roughly 40 (which is when you more than likely will have commitments) and then just like that, youíre the most junior again. It takes until youíre 50 to regain any sort of relative seniority, all the while family are left for another weekend without you.

My question being will the introduction if this system / general assault in Ts+Cs result in more career SFOs who refuse to be junior again?
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 22:28
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The insanity of seniority!
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 23:26
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The solution to this is to stay single!
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Old 7th Jun 2019, 03:50
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How do the pilots in US and other airlines that use seniority rostering systems manage to recruit pilots?
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Old 7th Jun 2019, 07:01
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Originally Posted by hunterboy View Post
How do the pilots in US and other airlines that use seniority rostering systems manage to recruit pilots?
They pay a lot more :/
I donít think BA has trouble getting people through the door mind you. The pass rate in their assessments can only be about 20% max maybe from start to finish...

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Old 7th Jun 2019, 08:54
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Hi Guys and Gals

If anyone could assist in providing some info I'd be most grateful.

I'm a South African with British Passport (have lived in UK before), busy with my EASA ATPL (yes, I know the ins and outs with Brexit).

Living in SA I really don't know a hell of a lot about BA in terms of what fleet you get put on, LH or SH, career progression and roster patterns, as well as the ability to commute and even what starting pay is,
Unfortunately I don't know anyone at BA so figured this is best place to ask.

Not quite sure what direction SA is going at the moment so thought it best to have a plan B in case things really go to the dogs! (seems like they are)

Thank you!
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Old 7th Jun 2019, 09:14
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I understand there’s a certain amount of “doing your time” / earning your command etc but I struggle to see how one would enjoy the early years of their command having their well established home life totally ruined. Or am I missing something? Are the command lines somehow better?

Edit: obviously I’m talking about the situation where you join RHS long haul, and wait the full time to swap to LHS. I suppose swapping to the 320 would improve things a bit with all the junior commands recently.
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Old 7th Jun 2019, 10:03
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Originally Posted by Busdriver01 View Post


My query here is that even for a 24 year old with no real commitments (other than the fact most of their friends will likely work normal mon-fri jobs, which makes socialising with them a nightmare), is JSS in 17 years time (or whatever roster system is in place) going to be very desirable as a new captain? Ie you spend 5-10 years doing the rubbish lines because youíre junior, the enjoy the next half a decade at the top of the FO list for your fleet, picking and choosing the trips you want and not working weekends. Youíre ready to take your command, age roughly 40 (which is when you more than likely will have commitments) and then just like that, youíre the most junior again. It takes until youíre 50 to regain any sort of relative seniority, all the while family are left for another weekend without you.

My question being will the introduction if this system / general assault in Ts+Cs result in more career SFOs who refuse to be junior again?
Certainly career SFO is what Iím thinking of doing. I have the advantage that I was able to join young from elsewhere. But yes, realistically Iíll still be 40 odd by the time Iím senior enough for any sort of lifestyle in the LHS.

JSS has changed things in ways I donít think as yet have been quite understood. Someone else points out US majors, but itís a level playing field in that they are all seniority driven, they generally work less (certainly not 6x LH trips a month) which negates some of the negatives of juniority as at least you have a fair amount of time at home, and are paid a lot more.

In the UK that certainly isnít the case. Right now in BA itís the perfect storm. We have a seniority driven system unlike any other carrier, working to the absolute limits of both industrial and legal rules, which makes the lifestyle pretty tough even for the most senior, combine that with juniority and itís a nightmare.

All the while actually not being paid anywhere near what other even European legacy carriers earn never mind Easy/Ryr/TUI/Jet2 all paying their SH skippers more than the majority of ours.
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