Welcome again to a different roster submit! This yr has been fairly totally different when it comes to rostering, as I’m positive you’ve observed by now. Slowly however certainly, nonetheless, issues are beginning to get again on observe a little bit bit and I’m really getting just a few flights when the roster comes out every month.
This November I’ve had probably the most flying hours I’ve had all yr (effectively, does January/February even rely as this yr? 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 anticipate issues to get again to regular, each 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! Annually we’ve got 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 faculty, however because of the pandemic this yr the bulk must be performed on-line beforehand, after which we simply have sooner or later 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 today, I wasn’t in a position to depart the resort. 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 possibility this yr!
Up subsequent is a turnaround to Cairo, which is an in a single day flight. Flight time needs 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 yr. I used to be fortunate sufficient to have Christmas off final yr, and in our job it’s at all times a bet as as to if 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 have the ability to fly dwelling 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 dwelling just a few additional days and even perhaps 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 performed this flight earlier than, however in accordance with the crew portal I’ve really performed it twice! It’s a reasonably lengthy day at round 4 hours flight time every means, however however I’m glad to have all of the hours I can get today.
And similar to that, the ultimate roster of 2020 is right here! What a loopy yr 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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