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Aeronautical Randomness
Do you believe me?
December 5, 2014
18
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 […]
Flying Stories
Hello world, this is your captain speaking
October 29, 2014
22
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 […]
Aeronautical Randomness
Braving the non-radar environment
September 30, 2014
12
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 […]
Aeronautical Randomness
Landing a perfect ten
July 30, 2014
28
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.  […]
Aeronautical Randomness
Are you happy with your decision?
July 1, 2014
18
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, […]
Career History
The return to the legacy carrier
March 25, 2014
22
The return to the legacy carrier
It was the day after the Superbowl in 2003.  My pregnant wife, two sons and I were walking out of the Logan’s Roadhouse in Manassas, Virginia.  As I opened the car door, my cellphone rang.  While settling down into the driver’s seat, I flipped the phone open to answer. Although we lived twenty minutes away, […]
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 […]