posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 07:04 PM
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
Delta recently announced that you can become a Captain at something ridiculous like 6 months, if you were willing to fly the MD-80 because everyone
wants the new gee whiz planes.
Delta doesn't have any MD-80s left. They do have a few 88s, but those are going away in less than 36 months. One guy did make captain in 6 months by
choosing the 88, but he'll be back in the right seat when the 88s go away since his seniority is so low. Making captain isn't the only way to make
money. A 10 year First Officer ("?Co-pilot") on a 747 makes the same as a new Captain on the 'baby Boeing 717 (about $221,000/year). Seniority on
equipment also gives better odds of bidding the "line" you want, allowing you to pick routes and scheduling days off. A fellow airshow pilot chose to
remain a co-pilot for years, turning down captain upgrades, because he made more f lying airshows and needed to control his schedule to keep doing
that. Regs limit flying to 30 hours in any 7 day period, and you can get that on a single Asia turn. So you work a Tuesday-Thursday 3 day trip each
week and you are off Friday through Monday. The mad dog 88 is a short haul aircraft so you end up working every day to get your 30 hours and your
layovers are in spots like Allentownm PA or Des Moines, IA instead of the Ginza or Bangkok. As a contract 747 pilot for various carriers, I get the
best of all worlds. I can pick the specific trips I want, when I want, for the particular carrier I want. And I get to see wonderful places like
Kinshasa, Sao Paolo, Tripoli, Ubatuba, Brazil (what a party town!) And some of the aircraft even have wi-fi, so I can keep up with ATS at 40,000 feet
over darkest Africa.