Welcome again to a different roster submit! This 12 months has been fairly completely different by way of rostering, as I’m certain you’ve seen by now. Slowly however absolutely, nonetheless, issues are beginning to get again on observe just a little bit and I’m really getting a couple of flights when the roster comes out every month.
This November I’ve had probably the most flying hours I’ve had all 12 months (effectively, does January/February even depend as this 12 months? It looks like 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 look forward to issues to get again to regular, every time that could be! On that word, my December roster appears like this:
- SEP – Exams
- FRA – Frankfurt, Germany
- CAI – Cairo, Egypt (turnaround)
- KRT – Khartoum, Sudan (turnaround)
Beginning off the month with my yearly exams, which suggests it’s time to review! Yearly we’ve got to resume our licenses and ensure we’re absolutely up to date on all security and emergency procedures (SEP). Usually it’s two full days in coaching faculty, however as a result of pandemic this 12 months the bulk must be achieved on-line beforehand, after which we simply have someday in faculty 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 nowadays, I wasn’t capable of depart 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 can be excellent for a go to to the Christmas markets. Sadly I believe that received’t be an possibility 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 means, 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 depart, 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 at all times of venture 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 suggests I’ll have the ability to fly residence and spend time with my household with out having to quarantine.
I used to be really rostered a Düsseldorf layover immediately after my depart over Christmas, however this has been eliminated, which has left me with some reserve days. I’ll attempt to prolong my depart so I can keep residence a couple of further days and even perhaps for Christmas Day!
Subsequent up is the final flight of the month, a turnaround to Khartoum, Sudan. I don’t bear in mind ever having achieved this flight earlier than, however in keeping with the crew portal I’ve really achieved it twice! It’s a reasonably lengthy day at round 4 hours flight time every means, however nonetheless I’m completely happy to have all of the hours I can get nowadays.
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 business. Onwards and upwards for 2021, I believe issues can solely get higher from right here!