I start recurrent ground on Saturday. Had a 2 day trip Thursday and Friday. This will be a short post.
My wife works in an office. All her co-workers are…well co-workers. She doesn’t understand why I am so adversarial with scheduling.
I’m not rude, but I’m not friendly either. I am very matter of fact. All contact between me and them is by the book. If I have to contact them I will, otherwise I play the game.
My training for recurrent starts Saturday and is 10 days long. I have one day off in the middle.
Our crew scheduling software has issues recognizing training days and training days off.
When I arrived to start my 2 day trip the computer stated I had a 7 day conflict as the software showed me working 12 days in a row. There was a message to call crew scheduling.
I didn’t feel like waiting on hold for 15+ minutes. Instead I went into the Chief Pilots office and advised them of my issue. They have a direct line to scheduling. They called for me. Scheduling knew I was there. Done.
Due to Hurricane/Depression/Storm Issac my overnight was canceled the day BEFORE I started my trip. I simply had 2 day trips (glad I don’t commute!).
First turn was long….a bit of weather. Sixty knot winds at 1500 feel AGL…..40 knot winds at the surface. Bumpy approach and later a bumpy takeoff and climbout. Done.
Next turn was short. Low clouds at 300 feet AGL…full ILS approach. I still love the adrenaline rush during a full ILS…will the approach lights be visible? Will the runway be visible? Both were. Done.
Heading back to the hub I requested our gate assignment using ACARS. Along with the gate came crew assignments. I was expecting nothing as my overnight cancelled. However I was assigned a different overnight flight…in theory.
My contract has lengthy sections covering reassignments. Since I was the bottom guy for 2+ years I have become very knowledgable in my contract. This was an attempt to reassign me. It wasn’t a legal reassignment per the contract. Two way communication is required. A representative of management or scheduling would have to meet me at the gate and talk to me in person to reassign me. If that occured I would ask them what section they are using to reassign me and I would need time to prepare as I was not expecting an overnight. I needed to eat and make sure I had supplies for the overnight (contact lenses, appropriate clothes and such).
Arrived on time. Pulled into the gate….no one there. I did my post flight and headed out the door. My phone began ringing, but I chose not to answer. I pay my cell phone bill, not my company. I could just as easily not have a cell phone. It rang several times. Google Voice handles all my phone calls. I saw I had a few voicemails from scheduling. Headed home.
Staffing the airline isn’t my issue. I am bound by my contract. I follow it. If management and schedulers fail to comply…that’s their issue. I slept in my bed last night just fine.
This morning I read my voicemails (again Google Voice is awesome, free transcription). Scheduling vaguely threatened me with a “missed assignment” for not calling them back as they stated I was contractually bound. A “missed assignment” goes on my permanent record. I wasn’t worried. I checked my record. Still clean. They made that statement hoping I would get “scared” and call them back….many have made that mistake before.
Burn me once…shame on you…..never going to burn me again.
Back to studying my profiles, limitations and memory items.