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Everything posted by HuggyU2

  1. The 570's are a pretty strong group at UAL. Good on you, Springer. I was bored at breakfast and looked over my pilot list. As of today, there are 7 active L-UAL scabs at United... the last of which retires in 2025. And there are 88 L-CAL scabs at United... the last of which retires in 2028.
  2. Y'all are a little insensitive, don't you think?
  3. Ok, what happened to the limousine driven by a UPT student that lived in base housing a few months ago. It's not here now. I hope another class bought it.
  4. Interesting... https://www.marketwatch.com/story/jetblue-and-spirit-airlines-to-merge-in-deal-with-equity-value-of-38-billion-that-ends-3-way-merger-battle-with-frontier-2022-07-28?mod=home-page
  5. Surprised it wasn't posted yet, but happy 50th to the Eagle bubbas here. An amazing combat aircraft and a brilliant piece of American technology.
  6. I was unaware there were only nine Block 40 airframes. https://breakingdefense.com/2022/07/exclusive-air-forces-rq-4-global-hawk-drones-headed-for-the-boneyard-in-fy27/
  7. Not to many of us. For a long time, UPT grads were FAIP'd to Nav Training back when it was done with the T-37. Worked fine. Why does this seem to be a big deal?
  8. Their first pilot, Katie Higgins, was selected in 2014 for the 2015 season (IIRC). She flew Fat Albert. I don't know the numbers of women in the Naval tactical aviation, but I would guess it's a smaller number than the AF.
  9. Yes. I know of a few Blues. And I'm sure there's are plenty of Thunderbirds too.
  10. https://www.paddleyourownkanoo.com/2022/07/20/pilot-walks-off-plane-and-abandons-passengers-because-he-had-a-fight-with-the-co-pilot-before-takeoff/ An important case study in CRM.
  11. So... AFPC is going through this huge effort... changing the culture of the instructor pilot cadre... and creating 2nd and 3rd order effects that may not be desirable... to get 7 candidates? For how many actual selections? Well... I'm sure this will quickly solve our UPT issues. Just curious. Do some of you see this as a good idea? I'm probably just an out of touch ol' gummer.
  12. Smart move by the Blues. it's obvious she is going to have a lot of pressure on her, and media attention/scrutiny. Fortunately, she will be in El Centro which will insulate her from a lot. And yes... pilots occasionally do not make it through winter training for the Blues. However, as the first woman in the Blues' Delta, they were able to give her a de facto 6+ month interview on the Airshow circuit. She's been able to learn the ropes of the airshow circuit, including the personalities and day-to-day grind... and not having to also focus on that should help her make the transition easier. And she's a crowd favorite. Just my opinion. In any case, Stalin's a proven quality demo pilot. I'm sure she will do great. Now... time to start working her right arm to handle the 40 lbs spring...
  13. Kerry's trying to cutback, though. https://nypost.com/2022/07/19/climate-buster-biden-green-czar-john-kerrys-jet-unleashes-tons-of-co2/
  14. Congrats to Stalin. I'd say she's already had a successful run these past few months as the East Coast TACDEMO pilot. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/meet-lt-amanda-stalin-lee-first-woman-blue-angels-jet-demo-pilot
  15. The last RQ-4 Global Hawk left Beale recently.
  16. Scooter, well presented case and thanks. No argument from me. The mission complexities supersede the "savings" of single-pilot ad that's where the AF should focus their effort. Certainly, a discussion on single-pilot ops is in order becomes it generates this sort of valuable discussion... and input. I hope the General considering this listens to the full range of mission impacts.
  17. The Citation CJ4 (which I am rated in) and the Phenom 300 are the largest FAA certified single-pilot aircraft. I'm told it is because the pilot can see both wingtips. That said, even as a 767 co-pilot, I couldn't see the right wingtip... so does that matter? I personally don't see an issue with "the mechanics of flying" the 767 single pilot. Please understand, I'm talking just "flying", not "employing". Now doing the tanking mission? I have no clue and other, smarter people can chime in on the need for two pilots.
  18. What did the FAA say to the AF when we told them we weren't putting ADS-B on our fighter aircraft?
  19. Baby steps. For starters, let's get the FAA (and everyone else) to agree that it's ok when two pilots are flying, if one decides to take a nap, in the seat, at cruise... while the other pilot stays awake. Why is this such a big deal? If we cannot get past that, then being OK " with fully RPS big jets doing cargo" is a long, long way from reality... and really shouldn't be discussed much until the former issue is solved.
  20. Give Kyle Fowler a call. He knows the plane well. I don't really know him but knew his dad... and I have no doubt Kyle would be a big help. http://longez.ca
  21. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-boeing-737-max-ceo-severance/boeings-ousted-ceo-departs-with-62-million-even-without-severance-pay-idUSKBN1Z92DQ Disgusting.
  22. The L-1019 design is over 50 years old, and the human factors thought that went into the design of the control lock appear to be just about nil. A lot of mishaps and near mishaps over many decades in all sorts of aircraft due to 1) the control lock, and 2) not doing a simple flight control shake out prior to takeoff. Case in point: Spectrum Aircraft's twin-jet crash 16 years ago. The mechanic hooked up the ailerons backwards... and no one, including the pilots, checked to ensure that the ailerons moved correctly with the stick position. http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=a03a3c8c-9ba1-413f-9a0f-5a4ed2e5730e
  23. Ironically, that's doesn't appear to be the case at UAL currently. I would say it's not "the old guys" that are caving to the "independent contractor" mindset as we move through our TA process. Obviously just my opinion.
  24. Grand Forks is a Global Hawk base, so no worries.
  25. Doubtful. Accurate observations don't indict the speaker just because someone doesn't like it. The truth hurts only when it should.
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