The pilot training facility runs as a 24-hour, seven-day per week operation. In order to accommodate this operation, American needs additional flexibility for scheduling Ground School & Simulator Pilot Instructors.
Looking ahead, we expect a number of factors will contribute to an increase in pilot training requirements, including pilot movement, the arrival of new fleets types and new FAA pilot rest rules.
To accommodate this amount of work, the agreement gives American the ability to schedule 55% of Ground School & Simulator Pilot Instructors’ bid schedules for 21 days in a calendar month at the normal compensation rate. Currently, if an employee works more than 20 days in a calendar month, they receive overtime pay.
The increased flexibility and productivity we will gain from this change will allow us to efficiently run the operation and to have additional flexibility for unexpected situations that would cause an influx in pilot training.