Life as a grooming scheduler

Last week, I was given the honour to learn the ropes and have a taste of life as a scheduler, managing the daily flight schedule and crew pairing. Simple as it may sound, I took up the challenge and soon realised it’s not an easy job after all! The significant difference between a real scheduler and mine is not having to worry the vital statistics and managing only a handful of events per day.

Based on the number of flights that can be launched for the day, I had to account for various considerations such as trainee’s flying currency, instructors availability, simulator restrictions as well as those with the most number of days of leave to clear before year ends. These aside, I had to ensure everyone have a fair share of duties and no one will be overworked.

Needless to say, during my time seeking exposure as a scheduler, I’ve seen those who are unhappy with the plan and will attempt to change the painstakingly drafted schedule to their own favour without even consulting me or have any due considerations for the others. I feel that this is unprofessional and these selfish individual simply pisses me off!

In any case, it has been a great opportunity and I have definitely gained a better perspective of being a scheduler.