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Tis the season →  December 24, 2009 Comments Off

Fifteen feet above me is a terminal full of passengers yelling at gate agents (who all smile and politely restate what the policy is). Then there are passengers swearing they will never fly my airline again (I’m sure I will see them in the Spring….and Summer..and next Winter). I feel bad for the passengers as […]

Airlines Hiring in 2010? →  December 23, 2009 Comments Off

For almost any business requiring a skilled worker there is a time period between when a new hire employee isn’t useful. Each year, just prior to Lent, managers at Long John Silvers look at staffing and consider hiring. The Friday’s during Lent are the busiest times for Long John Silvers. Years ago I used to […]

Another year almost done →  December 20, 2009 3

I thought I would fly a lot in December seeing as senior pilots take vacation and/or time out (flying 1000 hours thus far). Nope. I think I have flown 12 hours this month. Bidding recently closed for next month. Some poor senior First Officer either failed to bid, or bid the normal airport reserve line […]

Off all things ironic….I left people behind →  December 15, 2009 Comments Off

Almost by design my last flight was weight restricted. Weather at the outstation was horrible…the approach was 60 knot quartering headwinds from 2000 AGL till 300 AGL. Visibility was 3/4 mile in rain. Ceiling 300 broken. Winds were just 13 knots on the ground. Huge difference. Windshear in effect. The whole approach had our airspeed […]

Old man winter is here →  December 13, 2009 Comments Off

Preparing for work is now more complicated. I feel like the little brother in A Christmas Story. I don’t do cold. Not my thing. After I layer up I grab my hat, gloves, and ear clips (collapsible ear muffs). Again I don’t do cold. Along with the cold comes the winter winds. Anyone flying eastbound […]

Why airlines leave passengers behind →  December 8, 2009 1

“Ladies and Gentlemen due to weight restrictions we are looking for 7 volunteers who have flexible travel plans to volunteer their seats for a later flight.” Words that send shrills down the spines of travelers. If there are 50 seats on a plane, why can’t all 50 be occupied? MLW or Maximum Landing Weight. To […]