Welcome again to a different roster put up! This 12 months has been fairly totally different when it comes to rostering, as I’m positive you’ve seen by now. Slowly however certainly, nevertheless, issues are beginning to get again on observe just a little bit and I’m really getting a number of flights when the roster comes out every month.
This November I’ve had essentially the most flying hours I’ve had all 12 months (nicely, does January/February even depend as this 12 months? It looks as if one other world away!), with 3 ULR (extremely lengthy vary) flights to Houston, Sydney and Chicago.
It’s made me realise simply how a lot I miss flying, and I can’t await issues to get again to regular, every time that could be! On that observe, my December roster seems to be like this:
- SEP – Exams
- FRA – Frankfurt, Germany
- CAI – Cairo, Egypt (turnaround)
- Go away
- KRT – Khartoum, Sudan (turnaround)
Beginning off the month with my yearly exams, which implies it’s time to review! Yearly we have now to resume our licenses and ensure we’re totally up to date on all security and emergency procedures (SEP). Usually it’s two full days in coaching school, however as a result of pandemic this 12 months the bulk must be completed on-line beforehand, after which we simply have sooner or later in school for exams and a few practicals.
My first flight of the month is a 48 hour layover to Frankfurt, Germany. I used to be there simply the month earlier than final, and as normal for all of our layovers as of late, I wasn’t capable of go away the lodge. I don’t anticipate issues altering on that entrance any time quickly, however you by no means know. I’m itching to get again out and discover, and usually Germany in December could be good for a go to to the Christmas markets. Sadly I feel that received’t be an choice this 12 months!
Up subsequent is a turnaround to Cairo, which is an in a single day flight. Flight time ought to be round 3 hours every method, plus we keep on floor whereas the cleaners come on and put together the plane for the return sector.
That leads properly into my annual go away, which sadly doesn’t fall over Christmas this 12 months. I used to be fortunate sufficient to have Christmas off final 12 months, and in our job it’s all the time a bet as as to whether or not you’ll be off for birthdays, Christmas and particular events! The UAE has opened up a journey hall with the UK, which implies I’ll be capable to fly residence and spend time with my household with out having to quarantine.
I used to be really rostered a Düsseldorf layover instantly after my go away over Christmas, however this has been eliminated, which has left me with some reserve days. I’ll attempt to prolong my go away so I can keep residence a number of additional days and maybe even for Christmas Day!
Subsequent up is the final flight of the month, a turnaround to Khartoum, Sudan. I don’t keep in mind ever having completed this flight earlier than, however based on the crew portal I’ve really completed it twice! It’s a reasonably lengthy day at round 4 hours flight time every method, however nonetheless I’m blissful to have all of the hours I can get as of late.
And similar to that, the ultimate roster of 2020 is right here! What a loopy 12 months it’s been for everybody, and particularly so for the aviation trade. Onwards and upwards for 2021, I feel issues can solely get higher from right here!
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