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TreeA10 last won the day on November 4 2016

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  1. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    They need to make this about "a cause." For example, wear a vagina hat and you are sending a message and applauded. These guys need to say they were showing solidarity with prostate or testicular cancer victims or something along those lines.
  2. There are power outlets by each seat.
  3. Airline hiring prep, gouge, advice

    Can't comment on anything regarding the hiring process since I was hired at AA in January of 99. I am a 787 FO. Flying history-wise has been the 727, 757/767, MD80, back to the 757/767, 737, and 787. Currently got a bid in for the 777. All was sitting reserve except the 737. I live just over an hour from DFW so I bid short call since I'm too junior to hold a line. Sitting short call means I don't fly much, maybe one or two trips a month. I went 95 days last Spring and 105 days last Fall between trips. My observation is wide body international is a completely different airline than domestic narrow body. The airline life sucked in the 2003-2015 range with our faux bankruptcy then the real bankruptcy but things have definitely improved regarding pay but work rules have taken a hit.
  4. Grounding guys while suffering a shortage of pilots at the same time giving monetary incentives to keep pilots fails to pass any semblance of a common sense test. Which is why you may be correct regarding AF decision making.
  5. Leather Flight Jacket

    Order a leather nametag with just a set of wings. Remove the Command patch and put your favorite squadron patch on. Wear. Leaving it hanging in the closet seemed like such a waste.
  6. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I've always thought limits were set for a reason. If anything goes wrong, whether fatigue related or not, extending your day is going to be questioned by just about everybody and will be the first nail driven by the higher food chain CYA crowd.
  7. RIP Doc

    Steve, After reading your book "Red Eagles", I was visiting a neighbor and discussing your book. His eyes got kind of big and he took me into his "I love me" room with all of his memorabilia from his military career. There was a Red Hat patch on the wall along with a variety of instruments like altimeters, airspeed indicators of Russian extraction along with a couple MiG models on his desk. I hope Doc's family will eventually hear the story of how unique and important his job was to our nation and to the survival of his fellow aviators who may have to face those threats.
  8. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    I think that pegged the fabulosity meter at full rainbow.
  9. Professional pilot kill recreation?

    After 30 years and 12,000 hours of flying commercial and military jets, I finally got around to getting my Commercial Single Engine Land rating a couple years ago. Haven't done much with it other than rent a Cessna or fly a friends Navion around the local area. My 175 hour CFI looked at my background and said "Hey, you can probably teach me." My response was, "I know nothing of small airplanes and will probably kill us both." Went fine other than the humorous attempts trying to find the runway in the flare after many years of sitting 10-12 feet off the concrete.
  10. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    I think it might be hard to figure out an average number of legs per day and, if you did, it might be meaningless because it your bid seniority drives a lot of your schedule. You could probably fill the entire list of permutations and combinations, for example, it could be 2-1-3, 3-0-3, etc. On the 73, I recall being scheduled for 8:20 total flying time for 3 legs on the last day of a 3 day trip.
  11. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    I didn't write it, just did a cut and paste.
  12. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    WHAT'S THAT NOISE AND WHY IS IT THE FUEL BURN OUT OF WHACK??? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/air-india-forgotten-landing-gear-low-fuel/ Plane nearly ran out of fuel after pilots forgot to bring up landing gear Hugh Morris 28 July 2017 • 12:31pm 3-4 minutes Two pilots have been suspended from duty after their aircraft, carrying 99 passengers, nearly ran out of fuel because they forgot to retract the landing gear after take-off. Air India Flight AI676 was en route to Mumbai from Kolkata on July 22 but was forced to divert to Nagpur when the crew became alarmed by the speed at which the aircraft was losing fuel thanks to the additional drag created by the extended wheels. An unidentified source told the Times of India that the “brand new Airbus A320”, one of the most fuel efficient aircraft in existence, had struggled to climb after take-off, prompting the pilots to settle on an altitude of 24,000 feet as opposed to a usual cruising height of 35,000 feet. The source, who made a point of saying that both pilots were women, said it flew like this at 230 knots - as opposed to around 500 knots - for about an hour-and-a-half, while the extended landing gear dragged heavily on the aircraft. At this point, 90 minutes into a two-and-a-half-hour flight, the crew requested permission to divert to Nagpur as their fuel would have run out before reaching Mumbai. “When preparing to land, they decided to lower the landing gear. At this point they realised that the wheels had been out all the while from Kolkata,” said the source. A playback of the flight from FlightRadar24.com shows it failing to reach an altitude higher than 24,000 feet but put the aircraft’s speed at just over 300 knots. A spokesperson for Air India told the Times of India the pilots have been “de-rostered” and the airline is investigating. The problem is more often experienced in reverse when pilots have difficulty lowering the landing gear during an approach. Such landings are called “belly landings” as aircraft attempt to negotiate a touchdown without wheels. This has been known to occur because crew simply forget to lower the gear. One such incident happened to a light aircraft in 2015 when a pilot, distracted by a moose on the runway in Alaska, forgot to lower the landing gear, meaning his twin-engine Piper PA 31-350 landed on its belly, skidding across the tarmac. The report from the National Transportation Safety Board read: “While on final approach, an airplane that landed in front of him reported a moose in the vicinity of the runway. An airport maintenance person announced on the common traffic advisory frequency that he was attempting to chase the moose off of the runway. The pilot became distracted trying to avoid wake turbulence from the preceding airplane and monitor the location of the vehicle and moose and failed to extend the landing gear prior to landing.” A remarkable video from 2011 shows a LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767 landing at Warsaw Chopin Airport without its landing gear, grinding to a halt on the runway on only its fuselage. There were no injuries.
  13. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    I sit reserve so there isn't a whole lot that can be unclustered.
  14. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    At AA, your bid window is the 8th-13th and published on the 16th.
  15. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Here in Texas, a medal license plate to include the air medal, will get you free parking at the terminal so you don't have to park in the employee lot and wait to ride the bus with the cast of thousands.