Professional Flying

Pacific Crossings

February 5, 2010

My last couple of airline trips have been to Europe but this month the magic bidding machine gave me a 10-day Pacific trip. It started out really well – a deadhead (DH) leg to a layover.  That rough day was followed by a flight to Honolulu for a 42-hour layover. After that we had to […]

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Back and Forth Again

January 31, 2010

We successfully completed another two crossings of the North Atlantic to complete our six-day trip. Our flight back to Europe was with the same plane with the inoperative APU that had caused us all the problems on the previous crossing. This time, however, things went smoothly. One important factor was that the plane had been […]

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Back and Forth

January 17, 2010

I’m half way through my first trip of the month, meaning I just finished my second Atlantic crossing. Once we get into the air the flights are usually fairly uneventful. The hard part, it seems, is getting away from and into the terminal. Our flight back to the U.S. yesterday left the gate an hour […]

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The End of an Era

January 3, 2010

A friend of mine forwarded an email to me today that I thought you might be interested in reading. The message was written by a Boeing 747 captain for Northwest Airlines after his flight from Narita, Japan to Anchorage, Alaska last month. I’m sure that you are aware that a merger is in progress with […]

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Training Complete

December 22, 2009

I have finally finished my airline’s Airbus A-330 qualification course. I started training on November 1st and completed my Operating Experience (OE) and Line Check on December 19th. Fortunately not all of that time was in training. I had a 5-day break over Thanksgiving and I had a had a 7-day break between my type […]

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