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Strategies for Sit Time with Delays

To maximize your pay, you may not want to enter a delay for some legs.

When you enter a delay, that lengthens the hard-time for the leg, but shortens the paid sit-time. Usually that is the best deal because only half of sit-time is paid whereas all of hard-time is paid. However, if the sequence isn’t a hard-time sequence then you won’t be paid for the hard-time anyway, but you will lose the additional sit-time.

Entering delay codes (ATC, RCD, RFD and others) will have this effect. How do you decide?

First, if there is no sit-time at all (at least 2:30 of ground-time), always enter the delay.

If sit time is projected to exceed 2:30, consider these scenarios:

1. F or G-time sequence. Do NOT enter delays unless the delay time would cause the sequence to become hard time. In this case, total pay would be greater if the delay is not entered.

2. Hard time sequence. E-time day. Do NOT enter delays unless the hard time gain will exceed the E-time pay (usually twice as much delay time to E-time is needed to begin making money). Delay entries do not increase E-time, but they do decrease sit time. Here is a real life example where a pilot cost himself 10 minutes of pay by entering a delay:

Before entering the delay, sit pay was 32 minutes. Notice in the second image, the sequence value for legs worked goes unchanged after entering this delay on an E-time day:

After entering the delay, the sequence time worked is unaffected and remains at 11:57, but the sit pay drops to 22 minutes:

3. Hard time sequence. Hard time day. Enter delay times as sit time only pays 50% of the delay. Hard time pays 100%.

4. Even if the sequence is hard time, if you expect to arrive early enough on the second leg of the sit time, sit time might be reduced by entering a delay while not gaining any hard time. Example:

In the sequence above 7 minutes of sit would normally be paid without the delay (2:44 – 2:30 = 14 14/2 = 7 mintues paid sit time).

The RCD of 0:08 sets a true departure time of 11:30 (in green above, 1138 – 0:08 = 11:30), which reduces the sit time to 2:36 (1130 – 0854 = 2:36). 2:36 – 2:30 = 6 6/2 = 3 minutes pay sit time.

In this case, the SKD length of 3:39 exceeded RCD (0.08) + ACT length of 3:30 = 3:38. Even with the delay, the SKD length of 3:39 was paid, therefore, 4 minutes of sit were lost without gaining any hard time.

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