@HoodieAllen at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. Highlights include a pretty spectacular cover of Sum 41’s “Fat Lip” as well as a trip through the crowd in a rubber raft before an ill fated attempt at standing caused the raft to capsize which left him awash in a sea of sluttily dressed 14 year old girls.
I’ve never landed on the wrong runway, but I’ve sure as shit lined up on a few before thankfully either catching the mistake myself or being prodded a bit by the guy next to me.
It’s a thing that happens, unfortunately all too frequently. In the right conditions a visual approach can be the hardest to fly. It’s easy to come out against the pilots and say their mistake was inexcusable for a professional, they could have killed themselves or others, and it’s a fair criticism. It’s one that I might have made in the past until a few years back.
Before SkyWest, I flew for the now defunct Colgan Air, and when I was there, we had a crew land a Saab 340 at the wrong airport in Louisiana. Houston was a small base, and I knew the captain on that flight. I was able to talk to him about it afterwards and the story he told me scared the hell out of me, not because of how boneheaded they were, but because I realized how easily it might have happened to me. I’ll save the details because it gets quite complex, but suffice to say there were several factors conspiring against them that night, none of which were properly reported. That doesn’t excuse their mistake, but it makes me understand that not just piss poor, oblivious pilots land on the wrong runway. And unless you were in the seat, it’s probably best to withhold judgement until the facts come out.
You may not have heard of Atlas, the company to whom Boeing contracts out the Dreamlifter flying, but it’s a great airline to work for. In the world of cargo it’s right beneath the standalone top tier of FedEx. It’s a career destination. So I get really conflicting feelings when I see people calling for this crew’s heads and saying they should be fired immediately. Yeah, they really screwed up, but this is likely the company at which they were planning on retiring. To fire them for one (albeit huge) mistake would be a devastating end to their career. There wasn’t willful negligence. Everyone make mistakes. Termination seems like too strong of a reaction.
Just like the Colgan crew, these guys fessed up and didn’t try to take off again to cover their mistake. I’m hoping that just like the Colgan crew, their labor union will fight for them and they’ll be able to keep their jobs (after what I imagine will be extensive company mandated retraining).
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The Dog Whisper said it’s best to assert dominance with your dog during games like tug of war in order to maintain his respect, so I figured I’d just remind him I can pick his ass up with one arm.
It came up in conversation with my facility’s union president that I’m a flight instructor. He owns an airplane up in Hagerstown and mentioned that he was looking for an instructor to sign him off for a flight review. I told him I’d jump at the chance to go flying with him.
Him: Where do you live?
Me: Here in Leesburg.
Him: Ah, you gotta come up to Hagerstown. I don’t fly into the airport down here.
Me: Why not?
Him: It’s under the Potomac shelf. I don’t like talking to air traffic control.
Me: …but…you’re an air traffic controller.
Him: Yeah. Exactly.
So don’t feel bad if you’re a student pilot afraid of controlled airspace. I guess it happens to a lot of people.
Get your puppy a Nylabone, they said. It’s super high quality, they said. There’s no way you’ll ever look over and see him consuming it after having begun to destroy it with his razor sharp puppy teeth.
w1llpower asked: thoughts on the Southwest pilot who went on the PA to shout "we're going down!"?
Garbage ass irresponsibly reported sensationalism dreamt up by a single idiotic passenger. They had a pressurization problem. I guarantee that no airline captain on earth would be, as the CNN story said, “panicked” by such a benign malfunction, nor would one say the phrase “we’re going down” either on the PA or off it. Along with the oft misused phrase, “pull up,” that’s some blatant Hollywood-ized bullshit right there. What I’m assuming went down on the PA was something like, “Ladies and gentleman, we’re experiencing a pressurization problem so we’re going on down to 10,000ft in order to maintain a safe cabin altitude. Please remain seated” This idiot heard “blah blah we’re going down blah blah panic.” Perhaps there’s better phrasing for that but I will bet that Southwest captain’s annual salary that he didn’t JUST key up the mic and say, “We’re going down” end of transmission. A pilot’s job is to handle this stuff with an even keel and it’s almost always routine and well rehearsed. Passengers can be ill informed and jittery to begin with so they tend to project their own fears and worries onto the crew which is usually so wrong and misplaced that it’s comical.
Situations like this are precisely why some United pilots prefer to keep Channel 9 (the audio selection which allows passengers to listen in on air traffic control communications) turned off. Lets say, for whatever reason, the controller asks if the pilots are able to make a certain crossing restriction over a navigational aid or fix during a descent. It’s one of the most common control instructions that can happen several times per flight. If the controller doesn’t issue it in a timely manner or if he needs a slightly early descent for conflicting traffic, it might sound something like, “United 123, can you cross Richmond at flight level 190?” The pilots plug it into the computer quickly and if it’s a little too steep of a descent clearance, they might respond with, “No, we’re not going to be able to make that.” No big deal whatsoever, the controller just goes to plan B and slows them or turns them. However to the uninitiated passenger in back, all their ears might pick up is, “We’re not going to make it!” Everybody panic! In its mundanity it’s the equivalent of me asking if you want to meet for dinner at 6pm, but you respond and say you can’t make it then but 6:30 works. Aviation has a language of it’s own and it’s very easy for things to get lost in translation, especially when many people are already nervous and on edge.
Coincidentally, though I wasn’t working, my area of specialty controls the airspace around and above Raleigh-Durham, above 12,000ft, so that plane would have most likely been in one of my area’s sectors when the incident occurred. At the least they would have later entered my airspace in order to divert to Raleigh, where they landed safely.
The rest of my outfits will only feature leggings or jcrew minnie pants, stolen flannel, and Walter.
…that’s my shirt.
I know everyone thinks their dog is especially smart, but Walter has been an exceptionally quick learner which has been great with things like potty training, learning what to chew and what not to chew, and simple commands like sitting to get the leash put on or the word ‘no’ when he’s heading out of bounds.
However the one really notable example is his ability to pick up on, in his eyes, the futility of fetch. He’s super excited at first and he’s down for like two throws before that third one when he inevitably watches the ball sail away, sits down peacefully, and looks back at you over his shoulder as if to say, “Look, bro, you and I both know I could go get that ball and bring it back, but there’s a proven track record here and it’s pretty obvious that you’re just going to throw the fucking thing again. And quite frankly I think that’s bullshit and I don’t have time for it because there are a plethora of other things out here that I’d like to put in my mouth as well, like leaves and sticks and dirt and poop.”
Then of course there’s always the possibility that I’m creating this narrative and he’s a 3 month old puppy who doesn’t quite yet get the concept of fetch.
The government spent a lot of your money making this little chemical hazards online course and associated test for its employees.Like it was legit someone’s job to write this question. And their boss okayed it.
I love a good bandwagon. I’m not sure how Wyoming and Alabama slipped through the cracks of my airline career, but as I went through this list I realized that I had slept in damn near every state at least once (also missing from the lower 48, NH, VT, DE, CT). My only long term, permanent homes have been in Illinois, Arizona, and Virginia, but the other green states include airport crashpads (TX, MN), as well as multiple weeks or months in a hotel for airline ground school (TN, MO, UT) or simulators (WA, UT again). There was also the 4 months I spent in Oklahoma at the FAA academy. I was surprised at how many Canadian provinces I’ve slept in as well. Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary. I was once awarded a trip with a Victoria layover but I dropped it to go to a wedding. Cool story, bro.
Red means I’ve just passed through, maybe seen a thing or two.
Amber means I’ve at least slept there and seen a few things. I have a first-hand idea of what the state is like.
Blue means I’ve spent a good amount of time in that state.
Green means I’ve spent a lot of time in that state, weeks at at time on multiple visits – or lived there.
Good news everybody, the wedding is back on!