It's not a huge conspiracy, just a little one.
It's interesting how much I've learned about the airline industry in these 6 months, even more interesting how much more there is to learn.
Here's how the chain of events is working right now:
Spirit decides to furlough 45 pilots starting 8/1, and another 80 starting 9/1 (including yours truly).
The initial furlough results in a huge amount of open time being available.
95% of the pilot base refuse to pick up said open time (5% remain whores!), since logic maintains that if you don't have enough pilots to cover all your time, maybe you should hire more!
I love how this works...hopefully it'll lead to us getting recalled sooner.
I heard a rumor that they're offering 400% pay to people who pick up open time; while I'd be tempted, I'd still be taking work away from furloughed pilots. Don't be a whore!
I'm in ACY now for a 4 day starting tomorrow morning. I traded my 30th for tomorrow so that another FO could go on a church trip. He's obnoxiously into religion but at least hasn't tried to "save" me yet, so I'll give him credit for that.
So I work tomorrow through the 18th (which happens to be my 25 birthday, yay me!), then the 23rd/24th and the 31st (which I'm going to try and get rid of). Thank goodness I have a lot of days off.
Which, speaking of, I need to do something nice for Dave. He's been putting up with so much lately, and he's been under a huge amount of stress, too, that I feel like I should do something for him. I mean, I bought him a card to send him tomorrow, but that's not really enough...must think of cute stuff to do for him. I'd get him a model kit he wants but the kid HAS everything he wants (well, that I can afford). Anyone have any ideas?
Too bad I can't find some super-rare Martin stuff in an antique shop - he'd love that.
I also need to find some time to go to Houston, while trying to find time to go to Tampa and pack up all my stuff in my room there to make room for all my stuff I'm moving from the Creek. Ah crazy time!!!
Yay I turn 25 on Monday!! Maybe I should contact ATC with "Good morning Washington Center, Spiritwings 347, level 360, and it's my birthday today!"