Maybe it makes sense if you have lots of seasonal work only or lots of downtime depending on type of work you do. Lots of times you can make a case for a 7 and 7 or 14 and 14, because pilots working 20 and 10 or 14 and 3 burn out of time or just burn out working to much!
And:However to the original poster, if it helps, have it on good authority that both current crew members have just quit within days/ weeks of each other (maybe a red flag) and as a 2 crew machine you'll be on a 14 and 3 schedule, or put a different way, you are on call for about 300 days a year. That's 300 days that you can't plan to do anything. Yes you might only fly 300-350 hours a year, but when your day consists of flying an hour or two and waiting around all day for an hour or two flight back, it can take a while to build up.
If you're a low time guy, look for somewhere that builds time fast. This, or any other type of management outfit is not the place for time building, and without it you can forget about any upgrades.
Heck, if you went to work at 7-11, you'd work 5/2, 10/4, and 15/6...They'll dangle the only 300 ish hours a year carrot, which may distract some naive people from the terrible 14/3 schedule. But once you're on site and realize the only days off that you can rely on for planning purposes is only 10 vacation days, as they won't allow you to combine them with your scheduled days off, which will be moved however they see fit with zero notice, people get fed up and want to leave. Heck if your spouse or significant other gets what most companies see as the bare minimum vacation, you as a pilot wouldn't even be able to join them for them for the full 2 weeks. But I'm sure they'll appreciate you sitting around the house phone in hand, or your random unexpected/unplanned days off in the middle of the week.
Bad: After 14 days of 12+ hours each, you will sleep for the entire 3 days off. You will have no life and hate work.
FWIW, I get 3 times as many days off.
14 straight days. Means the very minimum you should have off is 5 days, and then 6 the next rotation.
And that is if your duty day does not exceed 8 hours.
Unfortunately, the federal govt, unlike the provincial govts, does not enforce these things like they should, and the penalty for non compliance is so low as to make it a non-incentive.
Companies are also side stepping the rules by "averaging" and a host of other loopholes.
i assure you, that any contract you sign will have you agreeing that effectively it is the entire contract and nothing the company represented to you means anything.
If you are promissed 400 hours a year...put it in the contracr
This abuse will eventually end as the pilot pool dries up even more.
I fly 15 days a month and 250 a year in a 704 operation. The guys are correct, planning ahead is impossible. It has its benefits but planning ahead isn't one of them