Professional Flying

Pilot Crash Pads – Nothing New

February 21, 2011

There has been quite a discussion going on over at AvWeb concerning the current series of reports being aired by ABC.  The FAA Administrator has even weighed in on the subject. The Crash-Pad Experience It has been a bit over 20 years since I started working for Northwest Airlines, but I can still remember those […]

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Departing EHAM – Photos

February 2, 2011

If you have been following along you know that my last trip was to Europe and shuttled in and out of the Amsterdam a few times.. The last leg of the trip was from Amsterdam to Seattle. I had the first break for that leg, so I was in the cockpit jumpseat for the takeoff […]

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A Challenging End to the Trip

January 23, 2011

On the final leg of my trip I was in the seat for the last 2/3, having taken the first break. I usually try to take the break that has me sleeping near the right time for my home time zone. Copilots get either the first or last break since the captain will be in […]

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A Layover Lost

January 18, 2011

I mentioned the last time that I had been having problems sleeping in the European time zone. I guess I reached my limit of sleep deficit on that layover. We reached our layover hotel and were checked into our rooms by about  10:30 in the morning. Some of us on the crew said that we […]

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Jetlagged

January 16, 2011

I know I’ve only been posting link articles on Fridays – I said I was going to be doing that and didn’t want to go back on my word. I’m in the middle of my second 12-day Europe trip in 30 days and it is really kicking my butt. I guess my body is too […]

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