Archive for: May 2013

Aeronautical Randomness
Am I on hidden camera?
May 28, 2013
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We were scheduled to fly four legs: LAX-SFO-SEA-SFO-LAS.  With weather delaying SFO arrivals, it became a very long day.  It helped that we kept the same aircraft and cabin crew.  Waiting for either to arrive would have added to the frustration. When we boarded the hotel van, it was thirteen hours after we reported for […]
Flying Stories
Newark
May 23, 2013
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“Go direct GRITY.  Keep the speed at 250 for as long as possible.  Let me know when you slow… you’re leading the pack.” FedEx and UPS were closing in quickly from behind.  At 5:30am following red-eyes, pilots just want to land and go to the hotel. We were cleared for the visual to 4R after […]
Aeronautical Randomness
Inspirational guest
May 17, 2013
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The aircraft was empty except for a couple and their two grown daughters.  Below us, ramp workers were busy unloading the gentleman’s 280 pound wheel chair from the cargo bin.  There was no sense in rushing the man off the jet until his wheelchair was ready and waiting in the jet bridge. We spoke with […]
Flying Stories
Sharklets
May 14, 2013
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Last week, I flew a monster of a four day trip.  As domestic airline pilots, we are limited to thirty flight hours in a seven day period. (Well, until the rest rules change… but, that’s another post for another day.)  My last trip was only ten flight segments but totaled twenty seven hours and fifty […]