Flying Stories
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 […]
Aeronautical Randomness
The hypocritical briefing
December 2, 2015
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The hypocritical briefing
(Photo by RAF-YYC from Calgary, Canada [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons) Prior to two pilots flying together for the first time, the captain briefs the first officer.  A thorough initial briefing covers some required items and sets the overall tone for the entire trip. As I scrambled to complete the pre-flight duties, the captain […]
Pilot Lifestyle
Pointless
November 13, 2015
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Pointless
When I opened the letter from the big hotel chain, I really wasn’t sure how to react.  Some would say it was funny… others, infuriating. My emotions fell somewhere in the middle. The letter informed me that my stay-points were getting ready to expire.  If I didn’t have a “qualifying activity” in the next few […]
Aeronautical Randomness
When a pilot becomes incapacitated
October 8, 2015
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When a pilot becomes incapacitated
Twice this week, a pilot of a commercial airline flight has become incapacitated.  An American Airlines pilot passed away during a red-eye flight from Phoenix to Boston.  The next day, a United Airlines first officer suffered a seizure on a flight from Houston to San Francisco. Before I go any further, please know that my […]
Pilot Lifestyle
Double duty day sleep
September 25, 2015
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Double duty day sleep
On paper, the trips look rough. The first time I saw one of the pairings, I thought pilots would have to be insane to bid them.  I felt sorry for the junior pilots forced to fly them.  I wondered how the FAR 117 rest rule overhaul could legally allow the trips to be built. About […]
Pilot Lifestyle
Displaced
September 14, 2015
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Displaced
About 8:30 in the morning, we returned home from dropping off our youngest two children at the elementary school.  As I walked across the kitchen, I happened to notice a voicemail notification on our home phone.  I must admit that with ninety something percent of calls coming to our cellphones, we’re really bad about checking […]
Aeronautical Randomness
Answering mail
July 29, 2015
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Answering mail
Three and a half years ago, I wrote a blog post about the “barking noise” on the A320.  In that post, I did my best to explain the source of the noise and when the passengers are likely to hear it. The post was well received.  According to my stats, it has been viewed over […]