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How are Medivac standby hours accounted for?

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:46 pm
by CFMEA
Hi Folks,

I just completed a four month contract flying as a medivac captain from a remote mining camp in the Yukon and I'm wondering if anyone has experience with how standby hours are accounted for with respect to EI? I was stationed 24/7 in the remote camp on standby. All of the employees of the mining camp were getting 12 hours a day.

In my case I was paid a daily rate, but it looks like the employer is only crediting 8 hours a day towards EI. This puts me at a slight disadvantage after being laid off as I'm just under the wire for applying for EI.

Does anyone have any experience with a scenario like this?

Many thanks,

Bruce

Re: How are Medivac standby hours accounted for?

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:45 am
by ragbagflyer
On call hours don't count as duty time in the eyes of TC. Perhaps you should count yourself lucky to get even 8 hours per day.

Re: How are Medivac standby hours accounted for?

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:20 pm
by Ki-ll
ragbagflyer wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:45 am
On call hours don't count as duty time in the eyes of TC. Perhaps you should count yourself lucky to get even 8 hours per day.
They don’t count as off time either though.

Re: How are Medivac standby hours accounted for?

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:43 pm
by ant_321
Most Medevac companies are desperate for pilots. Why would you need to apply for EI? In today’s market there should be next to 0 pilots on EI.

Re: How are Medivac standby hours accounted for?

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:06 am
by Beefitarian
I hope this sounds more supportive than mean but I think ant is right here.

EI seems like a trick. I stopped applying for it a long time ago. It felt like too much hassle. I consider it another layer of taxes. Since around 1996 it slowly became much easier to just get another job.

Good thing too. I got married in 2000. That's expensive.

Re: How are Medivac standby hours accounted for?

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:00 am
by FishermanIvan
Beefitarian wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:06 am
I hope this sounds more supportive than mean but I think ant is right here.

EI seems like a trick. I stopped applying for it a long time ago. It felt like too much hassle. I consider it another layer of taxes. Since around 1996 it slowly became much easier to just get another job.

Good thing too. I got married in 2000. That's expensive.
EI literally takes five minutes to apply for online now.

But yeah, if you’re flying medevacs, keep flying. You’re obviously hireable.

Re: How are Medivac standby hours accounted for?

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:37 am
by ayseven
If you can go flying, do it. In the bad old days, sometime during the mid/late last century, there was NOTHING going on in the winter, and EI was nice. In fact, I never worked full time as a pilot during winter, and applied everywhere. It is still not the easiest way to go through life, but it is better than it was for a lot of reasons.