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Yearly Sim Ride →  November 21, 2009 4

Sim time is expensive. In order to get the most bang for the buck the sessions are often non-stop. This was my third visit to the simulator. My first was my initial training. About a year ago I had my probation ride. This year I just had flight training. I arrived at 10:30AM and met […]

Rumors….take them with a grain of salt →  November 19, 2009 Comments Off

From the day I started at my airline I have been enjoying the craft that is the rumor. Pilots, for the most part, gossip. Rarely a day goes by that a rumor isn’t overheard or told to me. Some start with, “I heard from a gate agent in Newark that we are going to be […]

Status Quo →  November 17, 2009 4

Sitting in the crew room. Seems as though the great news about recalls isn’t so great. The recalls at Trans States was predicated on that airline getting additional flying from United. Yesterday it was announced that Expressjet (who currently flies for Continental) will get the flying. All of the recalls Trans States sent out were […]

After 2 years I still haven’t learned to not answer the phone →  November 15, 2009 2

‘Unknown Caller” or “Unknown Name”. Most people don’t answer such calls. Heck my wife doesn’t answer such calls. I do. When I have to. When Crew Scheduling calls called ID is blocked. Never asked why. Just is. I was supposed to do a 5 1/2 hour turn Friday. Friday morning at 8:08AM my phone rang. […]

Wall of fog →  November 13, 2009 Comments Off

My overnight went fine. Leaving in the morning (5:45AM departure!) required too much thought. As we pushed out we got a unrequested print out via ACARS. The print out was weather in base from our dispatcher. Weather was below mins (1/4SM and 001OVC) . The previous forecast on which the flight was planned was wrong….by […]

Too hard for one leg →  November 11, 2009 Comments Off

Today was my first day back to the line in a little over a week. I had a 11:15AM report time for my trip. Even though I live just 8 miles from the airport, I have to give myself 45 minutes to get through the security portal and sign in. Since I had to update […]