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Aeronautical Randomness

Aeronautical Randomness
Wrapping up 2014 with a new look
December 23, 2014
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Wrapping up 2014 with a new look
I’m going to be honest with you: A few weeks ago, I thought I was done. I was a little bored of writing, sick of the blog’s “look” and a little concerned that the media was starting to turn on pilots like me who willfully contribute our experiences to others. I took the site offline. […]
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Do you believe me?
December 5, 2014
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Do you believe me?
The captain immediately caught my attention as soon as his voice started to broadcast over the PA system. Like everyone else seated around me, I was interested to hear what he had to say. “Ladies and gentlemen, due to the inclement weather, I’m afraid we’re going to have to cancel today’s trip.” A collective groan […]
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Braving the non-radar environment
September 30, 2014
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Braving the non-radar environment
In aviation, there always seems to be something throwing the proverbial wrench in the gears. I started my airline career flying a turbo-prop in a massive ice storm in the Northeast.  Since then, I’ve watched 9/11, hurricanes, accidents, runway closures, contract negotiations, mergers, sky-high fuel prices and over-hyped deadly diseases mess with my career.  Just […]
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Landing a perfect ten
July 30, 2014
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Landing a perfect ten
“Whose leg is this?” the man blurted out as he arrived in the entryway of the flight deck. The captain immediately took offense to the sudden interruption.  “Do you mind identifying yourself?” he asked. We were sitting on the ground in Denver preparing for departure.  Normally, we welcome visitors to the cockpit with open arms.  […]
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Are you happy with your decision?
July 1, 2014
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Are you happy with your decision?
Since March, I’ve heard that question countless times from family, friends, co-workers and blog readers. The short answer? YES. I thought I’d take some time to tell you why I love my new (old)  job.  Some items are major while others may seem a little trivial.  Some will comprehend these reasons more than others. Please, […]
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Friday giveaway: A320 cockpit panels
January 31, 2014
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Friday giveaway: A320 cockpit panels
Recently, I stumbled upon an unopened packet of paper Airbus A320 cockpit panels.  These panels are used by pilots during initial training.  When unfolded and setup correctly, the panels help new pilots memorize switch locations and “cockpit flows.”  (If you’re not familiar with the term, a flow is a memorized series of steps that are […]
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Year in review: 2013
December 26, 2013
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Year in review: 2013
The first three weeks of December were a challenge.  I intentionally stacked my schedule heavy at the beginning of the month so I wouldn’t have to fly over the holidays.  Three weeks in a row, I worked the same high time four day trip that finished late on the last day.  After a redeye commute, […]