In case you missed the May 16 Flight Ops Weekly Update, Crew Resources will be posting contractually authorized options for time off in July and August. Several categories are expected to have a “short term staffing surplus,” meaning increased chances for time off during the peak flying season. Page 31 of the Scheduling Reference Handbook provides further information and references, but here is the gist:

Special Incentive Lines (SILs)

Not to be confused with our friends in the training department, SILs are lines awarded that contain no flying, but have pay credit. To be eligible, a pilot must have completed OE, be consolidated, and not be scheduled for (or anticipate) a known absence. This includes vacation, MIL leave, jury duty, sick leave or training. A SIL pilot cannot use leave or accident leave and cannot use their full service bank.

For the July bid period, SILs will be published May 23, bids will close May 28 and awards published May 29. Contractually, SILs have to be offered before other options. High SIL participation may prevent the need for KLOAs. July SIL pay credit is 25 hours.

Known Leave of Absence (KLOA)

For those who really appreciate time off, there will be full-month and half-month KLOAs. To be eligible, a pilot must have completed OE, be consolidated, and not be scheduled for (or anticipate) a known absence. A partial month KLOA could pay approximately 45-50 hours.

For the July bid period, KLOAs will be published May 27, bid will close June 1 and awards published no later than June 5.

Vacation Move-Ups

There is the potential for move-ups to be approved this summer. A clever use of this option could be to move your vacation out of a summer month to become eligible for a SIL or KLOA. Since vacation is a scheduled absence, its presence would make a pilot unable to take advantage of other options.

If these opportunities are of interest, you can learn more from the memo written by the Crew Resources general manager which can be found via link embedded in the May 16 Flt Ops Update, available on DeltaNet and in the Content Locker. Also, check out the Crew Resources/Scheduling page on DeltaNet to see if your category will be part of the program.