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1 hour ago, DaysOff said:

Went non qualified as of midnight last night. Longest I've gone in almost 30 years without flying. The training center slots appear full of people doing courses from the displacement bids, so I don't know when I'll go up there and do 3 bounces.

We just had our currency extended by exemption something or other. My landing currency is up in July, but I’m now good until August 31st. 

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I didn't fly all of April, flew one 3-day trip in May.  Now back to a semi-regular schedule for the foreseeable future, Three 3-days for min guarantee.  Loads were 75-90 on every leg on the one I just finished.  Things picking up a little bit.  Of course, that's with half the fleet mothballed.  What I think are attractive early-out and leave packages have been offered.  Hoping that saves my job.  

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You have the benefit of single sleet ops with limited international exposure and feed, and your customer base isn’t hunting for executive travel perks and lounges. 

The LCC’s/ULCC’s will be the canary in the coal mine imoho. Business/international travel will be last to come back, but rapidly once it does as people are starting to come to terms with the real world lethality and transmission contingencies of Covid. 

That cargo MOU won’t hurt either. Hopefully the furloughs at the big 3 will be short lived. Interestingly, AA may have the least by shear dent of retirement numbers even though they are singularly the worst off financially.  

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I do wonder what's going through Dougweiser's head. Buying people of the top of the list and replacing them with someone at the same pay grade seems counterintuitive when everyone is trying to stem money from leaving your bucket. It's why U says they're not spending money to make people go away when in cash hoarding mode.

Our safety management system declined extensions for landings and consolidations so June begins a backlog of people needing bounces.

I will say the legacy U contract does make displacement and furlough as painful as possible for the company. Outsourcing of training is prohibited and most of the narrow body instructors are in the furlough danger zone as instructors are capped at 9 year FO pay at best held position. Evaluators are all captains. They need to think hard how deep they want to cut and still have instructors available.

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At the regional scum level, our July pairings put us at 50% block hours YOY. I was shocked to see that so quickly. Still very much in wait and see mode with respect to potential furloughs, but at just a shade under 75%, I think I'm going to be really close to the cutting line if they do.

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Who knows what Parker is doing? Crisis/BK operations are his wheelhouse so maybe he and his know what they are doing. 

Perhaps the buyouts are just shrinking the size of the bucket now as most of the debt service requirements are a few years off. 

28 minutes ago, Longhornmaniac8 said:

At the regional scum level, our July pairings put us at 50% block hours YOY. I was shocked to see that so quickly. Still very much in wait and see mode with respect to potential furloughs, but at just a shade under 75%, I think I'm going to be really close to the cutting line if they do.

Spoke to some Spirit guys and they’re looking at 50-60% ops in July. The Mouse, cruises and so on coming back online plus pent up demand will probably ignite the leisure market for awhile.  

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We're planning only a 75% reduction for July as opposed to the 90% down this month. Progress I guess. I'm also one of those idiots that would turn to the FO and say, "with all the retirements there's now way the airlines will furlough again, even another 911". Moron. 

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Well, exactly 0 people saw a pandemic leading to worldwide economic shutdown as a credible scenario. 

Btw, I checked and if you were scheduled to come in to get landing currency before the exemption was given then you will still come in and do them even though the FAA has extended grace to August 31. 

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Aaand another draconian displacement this morning kicking 1500+ pilots out of their seats. This from the same guy who said we'd be grabbing market share on the back side of this. Cuts way beyond what our peers are doing.

I survived the first two rounds, but I'm hanging on by a thread. Won't survive a third round. Eight years in the left seat probably gone. Poof. Beats bidding Home Depot. Full pay last day, no give backs ever. Public fuck you Scooter. Those AA boys warned us.

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We're planning only a 75% reduction for July as opposed to the 90% down this month. Progress I guess. I'm also one of those idiots that would turn to the FO and say, "with all the retirements there's now way the airlines will furlough again, even another 911". Moron. 
Although complaint now, on the United side the block hour ratios look back one year everyday. As the year goes on the Express side will be out of our scope compliance by doing more heavy lifting for the mother ship.

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I have my first trip in 2 months this weekend.  I've pretty much forgotten everything so we'll see how this goes.

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A bit of WW2 history here... Hope y'all find it interesting.

An English friend's dad was an RAF Lancaster pilot during the war. He flew 27 bombing missions over nazi-occupied Europe before being assigned as an instructor.

On June 5, 1944 he went on a 5 day leave so he missed the D-Day "fun". No leaves were canceled for that date because the allies didn't want to tip the Germans off. He went back on flight duty June 10th.

Anyway, Flight Officer Harvey's Lancaster bomber did get hit by flak pretty bad on one mission, killing one crew member and wounding a couple of others. He did manage to bring his plane home and made a belly landing that the rest of them walked away from. He was 21 years old.

My friend said her dad got out of the RAF in 1953. He still flew around in gliders as a hobby until he was 80. 

Here is a page from his June 1944 log book:

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Pretty cool.  Amazing how dry, mundane, matter of fact the logbook looks compared to what they were actually doing. 

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12 hours ago, CycleTex87 said:

Pretty cool.  Amazing how dry, mundane, matter of fact the logbook looks compared to what they were actually doing. 

Nothing like Paris in the summertime.

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On 6/11/2020 at 8:30 AM, RPM said:

Aye carumba!

Made me think of this, just in the opposite phase of flight 

 

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Did anyone else see the U-2 flying over NW Austin this afternoon at like 1500 feet? Pretty freaking cool. Apparently a funeral flyover for a former U-2 pilot.

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On 6/4/2020 at 10:40 PM, Assman said:

I have my first trip in 2 months this weekend.  I've pretty much forgotten everything so we'll see how this goes.

David Boreanaz Sealteam GIF by CBS

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On 6/4/2020 at 2:25 PM, DaysOff said:

Aaand another draconian displacement this morning kicking 1500+ pilots out of their seats. This from the same guy who said we'd be grabbing market share on the back side of this. Cuts way beyond what our peers are doing.

I survived the first two rounds, but I'm hanging on by a thread. Won't survive a third round. Eight years in the left seat probably gone. Poof. Beats bidding Home Depot. Full pay last day, no give backs ever. Public fuck you Scooter. Those AA boys warned us.
 

Damn. A few years back I debated whether I should make flying more than a hobby. I decided to keep it a hobby and kind of regretted it until now. 

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Finally Solo’d today in New Braunfels. Had issues with landings for the longest time and never fully understanding how to break it down into two parts. Kept thinking of the flare and touchdown as one continuous motion and would never ride out until the “sinking” part and had hard landings for the longest time. When it wasn’t that, I wasn’t bringing the yoke back far enough. When it wasn’t that I was bouncing. First lesson with a different CFI and he cleared it up literally after watching me go to land after the second attempt. Wish I would’ve done it sooner to save money but the mental wall feels like it’s been knocked over.

No shirt cutting, wore our uniform shirt.

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Congrats man!  Sometimes just having someone else's explanation of the same topic makes all the difference.  

I soloed in 1995 and remember it like yesterday.  I just about crapped my pants when the window popped open unexpectedly turning base.     

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I’ve heard ATC recordings about busting a Bravo but man this guy is belligerent about it like nothing I’ve seen...just floating along the approach path to McCarron?
 https://onemileatatime.com/atc-audio-negligent-pilot/
 
His Cessna is owned by ‘Wife Approved LLC’ lol
What a dumbass. He better not have anything else in the past because if so his license is gone.

Also, didn't know LV was class B.

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On 6/25/2020 at 6:53 PM, Homercles said:

I’ve heard ATC recordings about busting a Bravo but man this guy is belligerent about it like nothing I’ve seen...just floating along the approach path to McCarron?

 https://onemileatatime.com/atc-audio-negligent-pilot/
 

His Cessna is owned by ‘Wife Approved LLC’ lol

Bet that sumbitch doesn’t wear a mask either.

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3 hours ago, markstanco said:

What a dumbass. He better not have anything else in the past because if so his license is gone.

Also, didn't know LV was class B.

Oh yeah. Busy as hell there. Saw a Pilatus get confused and land on a runway of his choosing, one of the 25’s, proceed to get a chewing and a phone number to call. 

Normal procedure is to have most commercial traffic land 25L and most GA traffic proceed direct to the Stratosphere to join a left base to 19R. 

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Oh yeah. Busy as hell there. Saw a Pilatus get confused and land on a runway of his choosing, one of the 25’s, proceed to get a chewing and a phone number to call. 
Normal procedure is to have most commercial traffic land 25L and most GA traffic proceed direct to the Stratosphere to join a left base to 19R. 
You ever had to write a letter to OKC?

I did once, 5ish years ago. Landing in tulsa and my radio went out so I hit 7600 on the box. Ended up diverting to Jenks since it was 11p and didn't want to get ran over by AA or FedEx.

Another time tower at KTXK saved my ass since I know him, I was getting 3 night landings in for currency and on the 2nd take off i went full aggy and rolled the line and took off with out clearance. As I was about to rotate he said "(tail number) cleared for 22" or whatever the active was.

I called him after I got done and thanked him. He still picks at me to this day (2 weekends ago) about it.

I can tell this cool story bra again if you wish.

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11 hours ago, markstanco said:

You ever had to write a letter to OKC?

I did once, 5ish years ago. Landing in tulsa and my radio went out so I hit 7600 on the box. Ended up diverting to Jenks since it was 11p and didn't want to get ran over by AA or FedEx.

Another time tower at KTXK saved my ass since I know him, I was getting 3 night landings in for currency and on the 2nd take off i went full aggy and rolled the line and took off with out clearance. As I was about to rotate he said "(tail number) cleared for 22" or whatever the active was.

I called him after I got done and thanked him. He still picks at me to this day (2 weekends ago) about it.

I can tell this cool story bra again if you wish.

Nope. I did have my bacon saved when I took off from DFW without clearance one morning at about 2 am on a freight run by the tower crew.

Had to sit through a field investigation once with the FAA, Cessna and Lycoming reps when they were not so subtlety implying that I screwed up when the engine stopped during stall training and we had to do an off airport landing. 

That came to an abrupt end when they pulled the plane out of the field and the engine wouldn’t idle after starting, and they found the majority of the training fleet had the same , though less severe, issue. 

The LAS incident was an owner operator that didn’t spend much time around big airports. I saw him at Signature because we landed right after him. He probably should have considered Henderson or North Las Vegas instead. 

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So, I hear the Boeing Max flew its certification tests yesterday. Wonder how long it’ll take to get approval?

I can imagine Airbus is lobbying to drag it out for overseas certification?

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