I’ve been browsing airlinepilotcentral and checking out the pay grades for various airlines. Often times I see “Deadhead” pay at 150% or 200%. Can someone explain what that means? I’m pretty sure I know what deadhead is, but just curious on the details.
Deadhead simply means the airline is transporting a pilot in the back. While you’re not “operating” the flight you’re still working. DH at 150-200% is unusual. Usually DH pay is your normal rate or even less at some carriers.
What airlines show deadhead pay at 200%? At my airline, it is 100% pay, just like everything else is.
You know what…I think I read this paragraph wrong…my mistake!
This is lifted from Air Wisconsin’s page on airlinepilotcentral…
Paid the greater of scheduled or actual time on a leg-by-leg basis
100% cancellation pay
100% deadhead pay
150% open time pay
150%-200% pay for flying determined to be critical to the operation.
Retention bonuses being offered for pilots currently on property
The bold part is where I seen the 150% - 200%
So, whilst we’re at it, what is “Open Time Pay?”
“Open time pay” means that if a pilot picks up flying on their days off from open time, then that pay will be at 150%. “Open time” means flying that is not currently assigned to a pilot, i.e. an uncovered trip or flight. This 150% is an incentive for pilots to pick up extra flying t help keep the operation moving.