I was told that one of my colleagues had an interview after me and got PFO'd 2 or 3 weeks later.
So there is still hope! No news is good news! (maybe?)
It's just too bad they are not telling "Yes, you're in, just waiting for a class" or "No, thanks for applying" so that I would stop or continue to look for other opportunities.
Commuting is definitely possible at Sunwing and quite a few of our pilots do it successfully. Sunwing has jumpseat travel agreements with a number of airlines including Westjet and Air Canada so cheap standby travel is available to all of our pilots. When hired at Sunwing a pilot will be assigned a permanent base in either Montreal or Toronto. From that initial permanent base assignment non Montreal or Toronto residents have several options...
In the winter Sunwing operates seasonal bases in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Quebec City. These bases are awarded on seniority plus residency followed by seniority. As an example if you are a Winnipeg resident & last on the seniority list you will be awarded a Winnipeg seasonal base over a Toronto resident who is first on the seniority list however if there are only 10 available spots in Winnipeg and 11 Winnipeg residents, the last person will not be able to hold the base. So if you're a commuter living in one of these cities you'll be able to live at home for the winter. The only place where this may not be true is the Vancouver base on the Captain's side as there are already more Vancouver residents than spots.
If you are not a resident in one of the winter seasonal base cities and are able to hold the base on your seniority Sunwing considers you as a 'domestically deployed pilot'. As a result the company will provide you with a one bedroom apartment at the seasonal base, a rental car and $1500/month in per diem to assist in the commute. Most commuting pilots at Sunwing who don't live in one of the seasonal bases choose this option and in fact some Toronto and Montreal residents choose this option for the winter as well as a way to explore a new part of the country.
Of course you can always just go the traditional way as well and commute to your permanent base in Toronto or Montreal using standby travel just like every other airline commuter does.
For the summer season, commuters have three options. They can bid to do a European deployment, choose to remain at the permanent base they've been assigned (Toronto or Montreal) or do a combination of the two. Most commuters or people who live in one of the winter seasonal bases tend to bid the six month European deployments as they would rather be paid to live in Europe versus having to commute to Toronto or to Montreal on their own dime.
For pilots who do not bid to go over to Europe and who have been flying out of a seasonal base for the winter they simply slot back in to their permanent base for the summer months. (Typically May 1 - Oct 1). The only word of warning I have is the company reserves the right to force people to deploy to Europe for six weeks in order of reverse seniority if they can't fill all of the required European deployment spots through the voluntary bid. That being said, I wouldn't worry about it too much as it's been years since that happened and typically is more of an issue on the Captain side of things as FOs are excited for Europe and the money makes more of a difference
The other option for summer is to bid a 3 month deployment to Europe and then commute to your permanent base of Toronto or Montreal for the other three months. This option is popular for people who either can't or don't want to be away in Europe for six months. Commuters who choose this option typically try to bank their European per diems and then use them to pay for the cost of their commute for the other three months.
Hope that helps. In terms of bidding a commutable schedule, Sunwing uses seniority bidding but from the people I talk to it's normally still fairly easy to build a commuting schedule.
The deployments are quite popular. I am very bummed I won't be going to Europe this summer and my wife even more so.Speedalive wrote: ↑Wed May 16, 2018 1:34 pmWhat is it like being based in Europe for the summer? Is accommodation paid for? Same pay and working conditions? Do you have to convert your license to a European equivalent or does it not matter since you'd be flying a Canadian registered plane? I imagine there would have to be some additional training for the differences between flying in Europe vs. North America too, right? It definitely sounds like a cool experience!
We get our regular pay plus quite a significant amount of money in "allocation" which is tax free (per diem if you will). The rates differ depending on the contract you are working on. Some places you will be provided accommodations and a car with less allocation and some places you have to fend for yourself but you get significantly more allocation. We more less work under our own working conditions unless a European regulation doesn't allow it (ie duty times).
We only fly C reg airplanes so no issues with licensing.
This year the company reinstated a short groundschool for crews that are deploying. It is the first one in a number of years. Although some things are done somewhat differently across the pond, it isn't rocket science and with a little bit of self study you can figure it out.
Hope this helps.