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SocialD

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  1. Unfortunately this photo was taken when the leaves were still on, otherwise you'd see a bunch more planes. Used to fly over this all the time in college. I'm fairly certain there was part of a B-36 fuselage there in the early 2000s. The Soplata Airplane Sanctuary. More Pics.
  2. Yup, that's what makes it so puzzling.
  3. Only thing that seems logical is that he went back to "take a peek" at the gear and fell.
  4. 0400 takeoff for a 7 hour block flight, with a 2-man crew...that does sound pretty bad. This ain't Vietnam, there are rules and we're not barbarians! Hell, I get upset when I get a flight over 1.5 hours in my current jet. Nothing worse than seeing > 60 minutes to top of descent when I reach my cruise altitude of FL280 🤣. Though I can't top Weeds story, I've ran across the same types. One 330 Captain spent the entire trip to Rome, trying to convince me to go to Kiev with him to bang chicks. I mean full court press, time share sales pitch, trying to convince me I should join him. Want to see more of this in action. Watch dudes lose their minds when São Paulo or Singapore either leaves their fleet or gets cancelled all together. Watched that happen when they moved São Paulo to a different base (same fleet). Dudes lost their shit. Of course they bid over to the new base on the next bid. Their Brazil families must have been pissed for those few months lol.
  5. I'd prefer it stay 65, but I honestly don't see it having all that big of an impact on movement. At DAL, they say the average age of a retiree is now ~62.5. Lots don't want to, or likely won't be able to work to age 65. I'd have to imagine the number of dudes actually flying the line until age 67 would be fairly minuscule, though it won't be zero, so it has an impact. One huge plus, is getting disability until age 67. Right now, our contract simply says you get disability until retirement age, so for many, that means 2 more years of a damn good disability benefit. All that said, moving from age 60 to 65 made sense because it aligned us with ICAO and most of the rest of the world. So unless ICAO (more importantly every other nation) changes their age limit, I can't imagine why we would do that. It really doesn't seem like it would have the intended impact. Never-mind the nightmare it would create wrt to seniority/bidding if none of the other nations follow suit.
  6. What serious said. At DAL anyway, FO's can bid to avoid certain employee numbers. I've never actually bid to avoid anyone because I'm not going to let one asshole take away any of my bidding power. I have heard of Captains telling FO's to add him to their no-fly list lol.
  7. This is what happens when we cater to the kids who got beat up on the playground...they're now running HR. Since my move to the left seat, I've thankfully only ran into one FO that I was glad we only had one, short leg together. She was a SJW type who clearly hated old, white men (good thing I'm not 40 yet lol). A vast majority of the pilots out there are great to chat with, but there are the occasional odd balls that you're ready to be done with.
  8. Oh I've seen that happen for sure, and I'll even admit there are a few positives to being attached to an AD base. But in the context of not having to deal with a MTF, I'll take civilian medical care over an MTF every time. To my other point, I just meant that I've had shake my head at some friends who jumped to the Reserves at their last duty station and were surprised that it was same bullshit, different patches.
  9. One of the great things about being in the Guard, is not living anywhere near an MTF...not to mention all the other negatives of being on an AD base. For those looking to get out soon, add this to the long list of reasons why you shouldn't just hit the easy button and join the Reserve squadron on the AD base you're currently based.
  10. Wow, I've flown with some real pieces of work, but never someone so bad that I'd walk off the plane at an outstation. I've had to tell one to kindly go fuck himself (in a more PC way) and dude never bothered me again, even on subsequent flights (if there are any DAL DTW330 guys, it was Joe...). Would love to know the full story on that one!
  11. Another good video on the matter. Not sure if this has been posted on here before.
  12. Not sure where you live, but there is a "Canard flyin-in," on Rough River Lake in Kentucky (2I3). Looks like it's 23-25Sep this year. Never been, but I'm guessing it might be worth a visit...you'll likely get tons of info, get to know the community and probably find a few leads on a few EZ's not on the mainstream market. Also, if Huggy's link doesn't work, I've reached out to an acquaintance of mine whose owned one for a while to see if he'd chat with you (I'm sure he would love to talk EZ, I just haven't got a reply yet). Dude just finished up a trip around the Caribbean with a few other EZ owners.
  13. Time to spare, go by air! Sadly, I'm not surprised at your experience and wouldn't expect it to have been all that much better at any one of the other carriers. I cautioned all my friends and family that I wouldn't be planning on counting on the airlines to get me anywhere on-time this summer...absolute shit show out there right now. I think management is hugely relying on the pilots "get shit done" attitudes and trying to use the "imagine it's your family back there," shtick for us to make the operation flow. While there are plenty to fall for that, many are starting to fly the contract... I expect nothing less from them. What do they have to gain by doing a good job when they know they'll walk out the door with a golden parachute either way?
  14. And well worth it! This is from a stop at a local grass strip for a piss break.
  15. Extremely sickening. If we started actually punishing people for their crimes, maybe there would be less of this shit. The dude that pulled the trigger does not belong among the living, anything less than the death penalty is a disservice to justice. The dude executed an innocent person for a damn cell phone. Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll die from an overdose from whatever drug he bought with the sale of that cellphone. Mentioned this before on this site, but someone hit on it above. My Guard base is filled with great dudes/dudettes who are staying on orders rather than go back to their LEO jobs. Many of their friends are leaving for other careers because of the way things have become. With good people leaving, I cringe at who fills their spots...
  16. Reminds me of way back when I was an Airmen Crew Chief during an ORI. We had an old school (flew in Vietnam) WG/CC who must have wanted to "make a good first impression." They had all our jets lined up on the ramp and each DCC/ACC stood at ease in front of their respective jets. The WG/CC picked up the IG/CC from his C-40 transport on the taxiway, then on their way to the in-brief, they made a pass down the line of jets. As the car approached each of us came to attention and saluted (on the flight line no less) the car as it passed. What a fucking ridiculous waste of time and pepper grinding to the max. Does anyone think this shit really matters? My guess is the IG was cringing on the inside.
  17. They also used to ground loop the shit out of planes back in the day...even with a multiple runway configuration that mean they rarely had a huge crosswind. However, though I think Tac's post is likely the case, I'm 100% in a agreement with you on this. Then again, I own tailwheel aircraft and love flying anything TW.
  18. And people are actually wearing them? Even on the the Guard side?
  19. Worked under ALPA at two carriers now, as well as APA for a short while...agreed, same shit, different day! Which is not all bad, as much as we love to bitch about he union, they do some great shit for us (and me personally). It's just that, no matter the union, the ugly politics are there.
  20. With this TA, it appears they haven't even gotten off the couch to reach for the neck of that goose.
  21. As always, there are plenty of people who challenge their study, but there is some thought on it. I'm suggesting that some people don't really want really want the kids, yet don't put them up for adoption and "raise" them in neglect...often in single-parent/drug-ridden situations.
  22. I don't consider myself a liberal/democrat and I generally stay out of this shit, but I can't really get behind this decision (of course that doesn't really matter lol). Though nothing is done in a vacuum and we can always get into correlation vs causation, it will be interesting to follow crime stats over the next 15-25 years to see if there is a spike in crime. It will be especially interesting since we'll likely have many states that impose heavy bans on abortion and others that keep it mostly open. It's not as easy as "just going to another state," and many more children will now be born into destitution and parentless and sometimes pretty horrific situations (ask any LEO friends that work the "rough" areas of any big city). Many of these kids will be unwanted and likely treated as such by their parent/the system...this is a powder keg for criminalistic activities. I think many will rue the day we overturned ROE. Look that that, a damn poet, I should be writer or some shit...jk, my grammar suck ballz.
  23. If that turd passes, it's going to be a massive uphill battle for the rest of us. At best, we'll have to hope that the already agreed upon sections will have been good enough to make a passable TA. I didn't think it was possible, but appears they made their reserve even worse than it already was. Here's hoping it gets overwhelmingly rejected.
  24. I'm 100% onboard with that. Resisting arrest is generally not going to end well for you and I really don't have much sympathy if things go wrong for you. Should you be shot for simply resisting arrest...no, but if you start to make moves that could be construed as reaching for their taser/gun or even a potential weapon on you, you 100% just won a stupid prize. My Guard base if littered with cops/troopers who would rather stay out on orders then go back to their police jobs. Most of the ones I talked to have said they're not going back and many of their friends are searching for jobs elsewhere. Great dudes/dudettes who say it's just not worth it anymore. They all say the same thing, you're one edited video aways from losing your job, going to prison or ending up in a pine box. We just had a Sheriff deputy shot on a routine stop in my area last night...I have to wonder if any of this cause him to hesitate, just for a second, that may have nearly cost him his life. Maybe not the mainstream ne (err...) entertainment media who just want to stir up discontent. This "we" certainly is there.
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