Flying Stories

Flying Stories
Hurricane Harvey
August 30, 2017
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Hurricane Harvey
“Captain, we need to change your alternate to Shreveport.  You can’t go to Dallas,” read the ACARS message from the dispatcher.  “It is full.” We were about halfway into the three and half hour flight from Newark to Houston.  It was day one of a three day trip, but day four for me.  I’d just […]
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Whoosh! (There It Is)
September 16, 2016
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Whoosh! (There It Is)
Whoosh! The first officer heard the strange noise and immediately turned towards the pilot-in-command. He wasn’t surprised to see the captain looking forward seemingly unaware of the loud surge of air.  Over the first few days, the FO noticed the captain was a little hard of hearing.  Earlier, in the hotel van, the skipper did […]
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Wrapping up 2015
December 31, 2015
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Wrapping up 2015
The last trip of 2015 has been entered into the logbook: Day One: EWR-AUA (deadhead/not in logbook) AUA-IAH Day Two: IAH-RTB RTB-IAH IAH-DFW Day Three: DFW-DEN DEN-EWR The pairing finished a few days before Christmas.  After a challenging commute home to Nashville, I began a stretch of eighteen days off.  Being a senior first officer […]
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Flying, feats and family
December 14, 2015
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Flying, feats and family
As we climbed through 10,000′, I glanced down at the flight management computer.  The PROG page predicted a touchdown in Newark at 19:20 zulu.  With nearly an entire trans-con flight from San Diego still in front of us, I normally wouldn’t have concerned myself with the arrival time.  However, it was day four of the […]
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Mama said there’d be days like this…
July 23, 2015
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Mama said there’d be days like this…
The day started with my bottom parked on a chair under a thatched umbrella on the beach in the Dominican Republic. I enjoy the beach and clear blue water, but there was no sense in burning my milky white skin.  It had enough sun exposure during the thirty minute walk around the resort before I […]
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Quito
January 8, 2015
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Quito
At first, I thought a vent above the terminal was releasing steam.   It was flowing at such an alarming rate that it caught my attention from the corner of my eye.  After a few seconds of staring, I realized it wasn’t steam. We were sitting in the flight deck all ready to depart for […]
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Hello world, this is your captain speaking
October 29, 2014
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Hello world, this is your captain speaking
“Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain speaking.” That’s a great start.  It’s always good to establish your identity when speaking to a crowd.  Passengers love hearing from the captain.  Honestly, sometimes I wonder if people are a little disappointed when I introduce myself as the first officer on the public address (PA) system. “We’ve […]