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Flying Stories

Flying Stories
Almost made it…
February 7, 2014
13
Almost made it…
“Ding.” Both pairs of eyes glanced at the master caution light and then to the lower ECAM screen.  Once my brain took a quarter second to process the malfunction, I knew what was about to happen. We had departed Los Angeles ninety minutes earlier.  On a nice day, the flight from LAX to San Francisco […]
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THE Jamaica trip
November 22, 2013
9
THE Jamaica trip
I am not a fan of waking early.  But, I will admit there’s a certain appeal to flying early in the morning.  Without the normal daytime background noises, airports are quiet at the break of day.  Every once in awhile, the calm is disrupted by a departing or arriving aircraft.  Jets sound better slicing through […]
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So you want to fly around us, eh?
June 10, 2013
10
About three and a half hours into the flight from Los Angeles to Boston, the radio monotony was broken by an interesting conversation.  Since I have no desire to mention another airline by name, I’ll just call them Anonymous Airlines flight 123. “Center, is our route going to take us through Canadian Airspace?” the pilot […]
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Newark
May 23, 2013
2
“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 […]
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Sharklets
May 14, 2013
4
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 […]
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Checkers
December 13, 2012
1
Our inflight lead was signing us into the hotel when the captain’s phone rang.  I could only hear half the conversation, but I knew it was someone from the training department. “A line check on the Vegas leg tomorrow?” he said.  “What’s the captain’s name?  Uh huh, OK.  Do you know the inspector’s name?” The […]
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Philadelphia stories
May 17, 2012
2
This week, I returned to Philadelphia.  Every flying job since college has brought me in and out of the City of Brotherly Love.  As you may recall, we just started flying there from San Francisco and Los Angeles. I like the city.  I don’t care for the airport.  Like so many others on the east […]