I know this is a silly question and it doesn’t sway my opinion of the career either way, but coming from a different career where I am never off work and my phone/emails are buzzing every hour of the day, I am curious if someone could shed some light onto how intrusive the work/dispatch is when you’re scheduled off work as a regional or major pilot.
To frame where my thought process is, are pilots ever hesitant to have a beer when grilling out with the family (for fear that they’ll get called to fly as a fill-in within 8 hours) or does the phone ringing ever induce stress for some pilots? With the industry in need of pilots, I’m curious if the low seniority pilots are constantly getting called to fill in for pilots that get sick or something. Or are there times when pilots are “on call” and know this ahead of time? I would expect corporate pilots to be more on-call, but I’m curious about airline pilots. I know we shouldn’t get stressed to be called to fly because it’s a passion fueled career, but I’m thinking about the affects that stretch to our families too.
(I’m guessing that’s what “Reserve” pilots are for, but do the “Reserve” pilots ever get so short handed that the non-reserve pilots are getting called in their time off?)
Thanks for taking the time to answer everyone’s unique questions, you guys/girls have a ton of patience.