HF 4: Flying Express

In this week's aviation podcast our pilots are joined by John, a regional pilot, to discuss regional flying and reserve flying. Our pilots chat about:

  • Qantas A380 Issues
  • Regional jets headed to the scrap heap?
  • Regional Airline pilot hours, schedules, and differences from their mainline counterparts
  • Flying reserve and airport appreciation time
  • Commuting and more...

If you're a pilot and would like to join us on a future episode, please email us at pilot@upgrd.com.

Thanks for listening!

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the personal opinions of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers.

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Rob December 4, 2010 at 04:13 am

Steve, you've mentioned a couple times being Chief Pilot for the old ACA. What's actually the role of the Chief Pilot for an airline? Sitting in lots of process-standardization meetings? Advocate for the pilots to management? Herding cats/pilots?


Niel December 9, 2010 at 03:40 am

I think you missed the point about the RJ's. The report says that the number of 50-seaters will decrease, but it also says that airlines are showing a preference for Embraer and Bombardier jets that seat 70 or more -- these are still regional jets. I don't think we'll see a trend away from RJ's, which we've seen more and more on flights of over 2 hours that used to be handled by full-sized jets. The reason seems clear: the RJs are flown by the smaller regional carriers, and the pilots get much less pay than the mainline jet pilots do.