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  1. The new airline thread

    Widebody flying depends on Short Call vs Long Call. As I've successfully clawed my way to a relatively more junior position, despite wanting and bidding Short Call, I've been stuck with Long Call for the last two months. I did 3 trips in January and I've done 2 so far this month. Compare and contrast that with Short Call where I might fly once per month. My personal "they don't need me so my phone didn't ring" best was 95 days last year and 105 the year before. I was wondering if I could find the airport again.
  2. Future T-38 replacement?

    The 787 has a cursor control like a touchpad on a laptop but it has a hand rest so your hand isn't bouncing around excessively. Some are touch sensitive and therefore very quick and skittish and you can find yourself zipping over 4 screens quickly. If they could dampen that out, it would be more user friendly, particularly in rough air. Screen displays are nice. If you don't need it, you don't see it. For instance, once the gear is up, no more gear indicator, same for flaps. Cabin pressure, etc. not displayed unless abnormal. I think a touch screen would be a pain in the ass.
  3. The new airline thread

    If you ever decide to walk into the Passport office to do a one day update, you will have an unpleasant flashback. Some "security" guy yelling "PLEASE SILENCE YOUR CELL PHONES. NO PHONE CALLS WHILE IN LINE. DO NOT SIT ON THE FLOOR (this is in the hallway before being allowed entrance into the hallowed waiting room with seats). DO NOT BLOCK THE HALLWAY. HAVE YOUR PAPERWORK OUT READY TO REVIEW" and then you get into the inner sanctum and you encounter the federal employees of which you have such fond memories. It did bring back such unpleasant memories of endless BS.
  4. F-35 Lightning info

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-24/lockheed-f-35-s-reliability-progress-has-stalled-pentagon-told
  5. The Next President is...

    I think Trump's whole statement was "....like people from Norway AND ASIA." The media conveniently leaves the last two words off his statement because it does not fit the liberal narrative and hampers their ability to stir up shit. Having been involved in Operation Support Democracy (also known as Operation Support Democrats, The Haitian Invasion, and/or Operation Rum Punch by those of us that ended up in Puerto Rico), the pre-attack briefing given by the Intel folks pretty much painted a shithole picture of a country. We were only going to shoot TP ammo so we would decrease the odds of setting the slums on fire which could not be put out once burning. Our only "armored" targets were thin skinned V-150s and the 30mm TP ammo will punch through 4 inches of armor so no big deal but you lose the HEI effectiveness on area targets that have no armor such as people. I flew into Haiti after the latest earthquake with a 767 full of relief cargo and aid workers. Looked and smelled like a shithole. Last but not least, liberals will say we can't send illegals back to their home countries BECAUSE????...their countries are shitholes. The liberal "scream at the sky" emotional meltdown continues. For those who haven't read it, author Jared Diamond (also wrote Guns, Germs, and Steel) wrote Collapse. The book covers failed cultures from the past that are no more other than what we find via artifacts. He also does a great job describing FAILING cultures and compares Haiti to the Dominican Republic where the former is failing and the latter is doing okay despite being neighbors on a small island. Both books are good reads.
  6. Overseas PCS and your cars

    Moving back to the lower 48 from Alaska, we drove one car and shipped one car, a 7 year old Mazda 626. A couple months later, we drive from Shaw to Charleston to pick it up and actually walk right past it. Didn't even recognize it. The hood, trunk, and roof had numerous dents, crush areas, and lots of rust. Fortunately, no glass was broken so water inside the car wasn't a issue. I can only guess they threw chains OVER the car and tightened them to chain it down. Insurance paid to have it fixed.
  7. Syrian Su-22 Shot Down by US Aircraft

    Not the ideal post location but it is Syria related. http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17493/russia-says-january-5th-attack-on-its-syrian-air-base-was-by-a-swarm-of-drones
  8. Latest Movies

    I'm not sure how "The Disaster Artist" would stand on its own without having seen "The Room." Last week, my son cued up "The Room" with Rifftraxx (snarky commentary from the same guys that did Mystery Science Theater 3000) and it was both painful and funny watching this train wreck of a movie. The thoughts of A) who paid for this crap to be made? and B) who thought it was good or a good idea? kept running through my head. We saw "The Disaster Artist" yesterday. "The Disaster Artist" answers some of those questions and it's funnier having watched "The Room." "The Disaster Artist" is the faithful recreation of the story of making that movie and a damn near exact recreation of some of the scenes from the movie (Just before the credits roll, they do a split screen showing clips from the original and "The Disaster Artist") so you get a taste of how truly bad the original movie was. So, funny movie but funnier if you see both and I don't think it matters which you see first.
  9. F-22 Pilot's comments after flying the F-4

    Nothing was more amusing than a Blk 42 F16 dude complaining about being thrust limited to a Hawg driver.
  10. 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.
  11. There are power outlets by each seat.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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