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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:51 pm

ORYX wrote:Moertoe, why is that changing soon?

Schedule is going to expand, Dar es Salaam (night stop), Goma, Entebbe and Mombasa. We're looking at fleet upgrade as well, either -300 or the -400, I personally hope the -400. Maybe we'll meet up in Dar for a few swift halves.... :thumbs:


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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by ORYX » Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:39 am

Well have to synchronize rosters meneer muntu, since i am sitting in dar again tonight, have five dar's next month :) beer sounds like a plan, make sure you stay in the serena hotel dar, then we wont have to walk far :)



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:26 am

Will let you know when I'm sure that this new schedule is taking effect :thumbs:


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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by ORYX » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:53 am

Sorry Raffles, only saw your question now.

Uhm, good question. The short to the answer is March 2016.

This company works in a strange way, experience does count but so does time in the company.
When I joined, I was short 500 hours for direct command.

Once you in, the policy is you have to do three years from final line checked to be eligible for command (also the time to become SFO)
However, they started a fast track to command program, basically taking one year off. I qualify for the fast track to command, so theoretically, That should make it march 2015.

But its a long drawn out process, so I will see how things go.

In this place things change weekly, guess it also depends on supply and demand. With the new airport set to open by end july now, with the A380's arriving and the 350's by october , things might speed up again.

But if all else fails, I will bother muntu for a seat on their "new" 400's :)



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by ORYX » Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:41 pm

Hello Peeps
Been a while,
So the A380 finally arrived, and...... now they have to do "training" until 10 October before launching the new service to Paris and London.
Between you and me, methinks the crew shortage might have something to do with it, but lets pretend its training.

In the mean time, Some clever dude summed up your experience at qatar the other day on the net.

Before joining : Fantastic opportunity
Months 1 - 6: Needs improvement but it will get better
Months 6 - 12: Housing is very expensive and rising but I heard a rumour….
Months 12 - 24: Im tired of Doha, Im tired of the company, constant degrading hotels, positive rumours that never materialise.. etc etc
Months 24 - 36: I don't care any more, I've had enough, Im leaving once my bond is up
Month 36…. Bon voyage

The fact that they have now lowered the direct entry requirement to 4000 hours total time but still internal transfers are at 5000 hours pretty much sums it up. Its a pity, because this company has so much to offer if they just play the cards right, but alas, like any middle eastern company, ............ where is my cv, I hear fast jet is looking, Moertoe, hows my seat on the 737 :)



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by Raffles » Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:05 am

Thanks for the update! Yessir, like any middle eastern company...


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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by ORYX » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:33 am

Hello Peeps,

Another long overdue update. Been here now for three years, how time flies when you're in a coma :)

So, firstly, command upgrade has not materialized yet, latest requirements is 4,000 hours jet time in an airline environment. As usual, I suspect that will change again soon since after the announcement, a few f/o's resigned the next day.

In general though, things have been improving overall so still happy to sit right on the plastic magic and do my Africa flights. Have not seen the Indian subcontinent for two years. It's amazing how Tanzania has been booming in the past two years, looks like the new terminal will be up and running end of October. I can see that world aviation is recovering, lots more opportunities starting to materialize world wide.

First company to feel this pinch is deffinately Emirates, having recently reduced their requirements. Unfortunately I believe more than just lowered requirements are going to be needed to get people back to the UAE. With the latest deregulated fuel price hike, introduction of VAT and I foresee personal tax soon, the middle east no longer looks like the rosy opportunity. I see more and more guys starting to learn Mandarin, seems contracts that side is very lucrative. Word of warning, apparently the Chinese are just as "honest" as the Arabs. So contracts mean as much there as here.

Right run-down of "our" latest fleet:

A319-100 = 2 (both been configured to full business class and rumoured to eventually be allocated to the corporate side).
A320-214 = 6 (all in the green AL MAHA colour scheme and high density seats, not sure what's happening with this low cost carrier).
A320-200 = 31.
A321-200 = 8.

Since these are all common type rating, I'm qualified on all with the A320-NEO still to come

A330-200/300 = 29
A330F = 6
A340-600 = 4 (rumours going around that this fleet will be made obsolute soon)
A350-900 = 4
A380-800 = 5
B777-200/300 = 38
B777F = 8
B787 = 23

So total count is 164 aircraft, another interesting stat: We have now 2817 pilots and 9157 cabin staff.

On a personal note, after 15 years I became a bachelor again. The middle east is definitely not a place suited for family life I'm afraid. But kids are back home adjusting to their new lives. Overall a better choice for now. As far as I'm concerned, I am working on a two year plan here right now. In the near future I might have a grey bird in it :).

Cheers for now.



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:47 am

I can't believe they're still stuffing you around with your upgrade. Obviously they can't see that guys that have been there a while will throw in the towel and move on elsewhere. Dumb move Qatar! :stupid:



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by Bell 407 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:28 pm

Greetings Oryx, thanks for the update from the Sandpit. Any chance you could post a couple of pics of your "working environment"? I would do the same but all I could show is a PC on a desk in an orifice :sad:



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:44 pm

Bell 407 wrote:Greetings Oryx, thanks for the update from the Sandpit. Any chance you could post a couple of pics of your "working environment"? I would do the same but all I could show is a PC on a desk in an orifice :sad:

How about when you're office is the Bell 407 and you do surveys?



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by ORYX » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:00 pm

Ill try and post some later :Like:



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:09 pm

ORYX wrote:Ill try and post some later :Like:

How about a trip report for tomorrow's flight to DAR (I'm not talking about Punani :bingo: )?



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by Bell 407 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:21 pm

Moertoe Pilut wrote:How about when you're office is the Bell 407 and you do surveys?

I was waiting for Moertoe to have a dig. The trouble is you guys get to flyfly all day, most days. I only see the front end of a chopper twice every 3 months :running:



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by ORYX » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:40 pm

Moertoe Pilut wrote:
ORYX wrote:Ill try and post some later :Like:

How about a trip report for tomorrow's flight to DAR (I'm not talking about Punani :bingo: )?


:lol: putting me on the spot but ok........ trip report it shall be, but might be a day or two late, have a loong day tomorrow, and not a lot of time to sit in front of a pc :outtahere:



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by Bell 407 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:49 pm

ORYX wrote:and not a lot of time to sit in front of a pc :outtahere:

Understood and that's fair too. But it don't have to be an essay either :mail: . Just one or two pics or something interesting during the flight will suffice us LandLubbers :fantastic:



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:51 pm

Bell 407 wrote:I was waiting for Moertoe to have a dig. The trouble is you guys get to flyfly all day, most days. I only see the front end of a chopper twice every 3 months :running:

Last time I flew was on the 29th of June ... :whistle:



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by Bell 407 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:53 pm

Moertoe Pilut wrote:
Bell 407 wrote:Last time I flew was on the 29th of June ... :whistle:

Jirre, but I am not going to win this one ... my last flight was 19 August :whip:



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by ORYX » Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:39 pm

http://s128.photobucket.com/user/jacobest/library/FLYING

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here are some images as requested
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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by Bell 407 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:23 pm

Thanks ORYX, this is just so cool. You guys flying up there must have the best office around :clap: :clap:

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Interesting to see the Side Stick Priority switch there on the right as well :good:



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Re: New life in Doha

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Post by Raffles » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:24 pm

Thanks for the update and picture!

Don't talk about who flew last! :wacko: Lucky I have X-Plane to keep my mind in flying.



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