Real Answers from Real Pilots

July ā€˜18 Schedule

80 hours, 92 credits, 11 days off

DH = Deadhead

  1. SEA-ABQ
  2. ABQ-SNA-SFO-SNA-SFO
  3. SFO-SNA-ABQ-SEA
  4. Local Forum Meeting
  5. DH to SFO, SFO-SNA-SFO
  6. SFO-SNA-SFO, DH to PDX
  7. PDX-OAK-PDX-OAK-PDX
  8. PDX-SEA-RNO-SEA
  9. SEA-PDX-OAK-PDX
  10. PDX-BOI-PDX-SJC-BUR-SJC
  11. SJC-BUR-SJC
  12. SJC-PDX-SBA-PDX-SEA
  13. DH to PDX, PDX-SJC-BUR-SJC
  14. DH to SEA
  15. SEA-FAT-SEA-PDX
  16. PDX-BOI-PDX-SJC-BUR-SJC
  17. SJC-BUR-SJC
  18. SJC-PDX-SBA-PDX-SEA
  19. SEA-RNO
  20. RNO-PDX, DH to SEA

Tory,

I know this schedule is a year old, but Iā€™m noticing some different patterns regarding Deadheading. What causes a pilot to require a DH to different airports. My assumption right now is the only DH a pilot is required to do is if they commute to their domicile. Does the airline need pilots to DH to different locations while they are away from the base? I notice Deadheads to PDX, SFO, and SEA.

Josh,

Commuting is not the same as deadheading. Commuting is done on your own time and at your own discretion. Deadheading is paid, on company time and is arranged by the company. It is for the purposes of getting crews to where airplanes are and happens frequently. In a perfect world, an airline would not ever have to deadhead pilots, but schedules are not created perfectly, airplanes break, and crews time out, all driving the need for deadheads.

Chris

Josh,

Chris astutely answered your question for me. Does it make sense now? Commuting is unpaid. Deadheading is paid.

Tory

It makes sense. Thank you for your responses.

Josh

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