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ADVANCED PILOT CAREER PILOT

My experience during this strange
year has been a bit of both worlds. I spent
four months at home being paid minimum guarantee and watched my landing
currency lapse (see " Career Pilot: Flowing
Backward, " November 2020 Flight Training). When furloughs were threatened, I
faced being displaced from captain back
to first officer. That displacement came
in the summer, and I braced for a 40-percent pay cut. In August 2020, I went back
to the schoolhouse to knock off the rust
and get retrained in the captain's seat,
followed soon after by right-seat training.
Because of an agreement with our
union, however, pilots sharing my seniority were pay protected as captains even
though they were flying as first officers.
So I had the high seniority of a first officer
with captain's pay protection. Not a bad
deal! To make hay while the sun shined,
I flew as much as I legally could from
fall 2020 to this writing in March. Some
months put me at more than 100 hours
and brought my annual pay nearly back
up to where it normally would be despite

making minimum guarantee for four
months. On the skills side, in six months,
I'd gone from atrophied pilot to a busy bee
flying at his personal best.
Having spent months adapting to this
pandemic, airlines have become more
comfortable with operating with the virus.
That is true of all the frontline employees
as well. Some policies and procedures
seem ridiculous on their face. For example, spacing passengers out by at least
six feet throughout the airport and gates
only to be later crammed elbow-to-elbow
on the airplane. It's justifiable, though,
as the air circulated on the airplane is
filtered much better than what you'd find
in most airports. We pilots are instructed
to have the auxiliary power unit up and
running both air conditioning packs prior
to boarding passengers to maximize air
filtration and keep those packs running
until the last passenger walks off.
In February, encouraging news came
that I would be returning to the captain's seat and assigned training in late
April. I'm sure the company has not been

MY EXPERIENCE DURING
THIS STRANGE YEAR
HAS BEEN A BIT OF BOTH
WORLDS.
happy with pilots like me being paid as
captains and flying as first officers, so it's
in their best interest to return us to the
left seat quickly.
Encouraging news is that some widebody, long-haul jets are being reactivated.
International flights were devastated by
the pandemic, and many heavies were
pressed into cargo-only duty. The cargo
flights continue, but now more passenger
flights are occurring, which is great news
for the whole industry. FT
PETER A. BEDELL is a pilot for a major airline and
co-owner of a Cessna 172 and Beechcraft Baron.

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