No this post is not about the standard retort a pilot gives when asked whether they sky dive and the answer being..... "why jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" lol
This is about pilots "parachuting in" above you in the pecking order.
Last week I alluded to an equipment bid with some positive movement, promotions and potential hiring. As I mentioned, I have a "standing bid" to position me on the bottom wrung on the Toronto base B767 captain's ladder.
Well I didn't get any closer to the "B767 Captain ladder." The bottom B767 captain is now 829 so seniority number 1171 (moi) is still 342 numbers away. Why didn't it move with open slots? Because senior B777, A330 and B767 first officers (with about 20 to 25 years or so seniority) plus senior A320 captains "parachuted in" ahead of me. But even when I do make it on the list, I will always run the risk of pilots parachuting in for years to come. Translation: being on reserve (on call), no summer vacation, no weekends or holidays off...no life. Hence, it goes back to the adage..."stay senior on junior equipment."
One good thing out of all of this...I went from 55% to 49% on the A320 list meaning Captain D may have Christmas off. It's a good thing because we booked two weeks in Mexico during that time.
There is more to being an airline pilot than just flying an airplane...being a part time lawyer to figure all this stuff out is one of them.... :)
Enjoying my layover in Montreal soon to launch for Mexico City....