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Old 11-18-2010, 08:17 PM
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LAX- do we have a base there? I thought we gave that up to Alaska. I'm sure its highs in the 60s and clear skies, I won't even bother looking it up. Too bad, that was probably a nice base. Ugh, I'm sorry. It's thanksgiving. This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let's not bicker and argue over who killed who.
Ahh, who cares....used to be really cool here.

I'm just alarmed that nobody has noticed my new avatar. I was, at one time, so proud. Now, not so much.

I'll just go away now....(sounds of TSA-approved shoes, g-string and falsies walking away).....
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:21 PM
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Did everyone do their health insurance enrollment? You've got an hour and a half.
+1, didn't know that my HSA contributions would stop unless I entered a new amount for the year to be deducted.
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by forgot to bid View Post
It seems stressful really.

What if you don't get your 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice for meals?
Don't know - never happened. I guess that's what the ETP divert airports are for. I mean, we do all that planning, I think not getting one of your choices would be a reason to divert.
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:31 AM
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As a southie I always hated our pay schedule. This even check thing would be very nice!
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:13 AM
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Don't know - never happened. I guess that's what the ETP divert airports are for. I mean, we do all that planning, I think not getting one of your choices would be a reason to divert.
Yeah, that little story i put up about the mafia and the 28 year old A line, thats when The Captain and I got our meals at the end of first break and it wasn't one of the three either of us had put down. It made you long for oscarette the 65 year old grouch A line.

My favorite was the A line who said give me only 1 choice and make sure I get it before we start boarding. That was classy.

Nowadays I get my choice of Charleys, Sbarro, chinese, popeyes, wall st over priced deli, wrap place with really yummy breakfast burrito, snarly pascals, mini pizza hut from a hole in the hallway, or assorted coffees from SEA... or dunkin donuts.
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:32 AM
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no 80, i will not join your flash mob.
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:42 AM
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The short answer is yes, but you have to find the one you want to swap with and work it out with them and through scheds. or the vacation guru. On the DALPA forum there is a Vacation Swap conference where you can post yours to see if anyone there is interested.

I'm not sure if there is a way to find out who has which week however so good luck finding them, maybe the vacation guru knows who has which weeks. I beileve that guru is Lynn Ivey, but call your CPO and ask who to call, might be different up north.
Now that one resolution was sucessfull, what about one that concerns vacations...like the old North any day vacation.
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:53 AM
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Now that one resolution was sucessfull, what about one that concerns vacations...like the old North any day vacation.

Being a southie, I don't know anything about the old way at NWA but I'm all for any changes that allow for more flexability when it comes to moving vacations around. I was able to slide one of my weeks over by 2 days last March, but I was looking to move over about 5 days worth, they denied it....with 5X the required reserves sitting around, never flying.
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:53 AM
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Not that we fly A380s, but it is kind of an interesting story:

WASHINGTON Nobody trains for chaos like this. Out the pilots' left window, far above the ocean, an engine as big as a bus had disintegrated, blasting shrapnel holes in the superjumbo's wing. And now an overwhelming flood of computer alarms was warning the pilots that critical systems might be failing.

Two weeks after the pilots somehow landed their Qantas jetliner and its 450 passengers, their two-hour cockpit drama was described Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press by the vice president of the Australian and International Pilots Association.

"The amount of failures is unprecedented," said Richard Woodward, a fellow Qantas A380 pilot who has spoken to all five pilots. "There is probably a one in 100 million chance to have all that go wrong."

But it did.

Engine pieces sliced electric cables and hydraulic lines in the wing. Would the pilots still be able to fly the seven-story-tall plane?

The wing's forward spar one of the beams that attaches it to the plane was damaged as well. And the wing's two fuel tanks were punctured. As fuel leaked out, a growing imbalance was created between the left and right sides of the plane, Woodward said.

The electrical power problems prevented the pilots from pumping fuel forward from tanks in the tail. The plane became tail heavy.

That may have posed the greatest risk, safety experts said. If the plane got too far out of balance, the Singapore-to-Sydney jetliner would lose lift, stall and crash.

And then there was that incredible stream of computer messages, 54 in all, alerting the pilots to system failures or warning of impending failures.

One warned that a ram air turbine a backup power supply was about to deploy, although that never did happen, Woodward said. The message was especially worrisome because the system deploys only when main power systems are lost. The smaller backup supply is able only to power vital aircraft systems.

That's "the last thing you need in that kind of situation," he said.

The pilots watched as computer screens filled, only to be replaced by new screenfuls of warnings, he said.

"I don't think any crew in the world would have been trained to deal with the amount of different issues this crew faced," Woodward said.

As luck would have it, there were five experienced pilots including three captains aboard the plane. The flight's captain, Richard de Crespigny, was being given his annual check ride a test of his piloting skills by another captain. That man was himself being evaluated by a third captain. There were also first and second officers, part of the normal three-pilot team. In all, the crew had over 100 years of flying experience.

De Crespigny concentrated on flying the plane, while the others dealt with the computer alarms and made announcements to the giant planeload of passengers, some of whom said they were frantically pointing to flames streaming from the engine. Working flat out, it took 50 minutes for the pilots work through all of the messages.

When pilots receive safety warnings, they are supposed to check the airline's operating manual and implement specific procedures. But with so many warnings, the Qantas pilots had to sort through and prioritize the most serious problems first.

It's likely that for some of the problems there were no procedures because no airline anticipates so many things going wrong at once, John Goglia, a former National Transportation Safety Board member said.

Attention since the Nov. 4 incident has focused on the Airbus 380's damaged Rolls Royce engine. As many as half of the 80 engines that power A380s, the world's largest jetliners, may need to be replaced, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said Thursday. That raises the possibility of shortages that could delay future deliveries of the superjumbo.

Qantas has grounded its fleet of six A380s.

The drama two weeks ago still wasn't over when the pilots finally got the plane back to Singapore and the runway was in sight.

Wing flaps that are used to slow the plane were inoperable. So were the landing gear doors. The pilots used gravity to lower the gear.


Brake temperatures reached over 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit during the landing, causing several flat tires. If fuel leaking from the damaged wing had hit the brakes, it could have caused a fire. The pilots allowed the plane to roll almost to the end of the runway so it would be close to fire trucks that could put foam on the brakes and undercarriage.

Among the other issues Woodward said the pilots faced:

When the engine failed it caught fire, but the fire suppression system was difficult to deploy.

An electrical bus a connection between electrical devices on the left wing failed. The plane was designed so that a second bus on the same wing or the two buses on the opposite wing would pick up the load. That didn't happen.

Actually, Woodward praised the plane, saying it was a testament to its strength that it was able to continue to fly relatively well despite all the problems. But he also said it's likely reconsideration will be given to the design and location electrical wiring in the wings.

Airplanes are supposed to be designed with redundancy so that if one part or system fails, there is still another to perform the same function. That didn't always happen in this case, safety experts say.

"The circumstances around this accident will certainly cause the regulatory authorities to take a long and hard look at a number of certification issues," said Goglia, the former National Transportation Safety Board member and an expert on aircraft maintenance.

"What we have got to ensure is that systems are separated so that no single point of failure can damage a system completely," Woodward said. "In this situation the wiring in the leading edge of the wing was cut. That lost multiple systems."

However, Michael Barr, who teaches aviation safety at the University of Southern California, said a commercial plane can't be designed with certainty to withstand a spray of shrapnel, which can inflict damage anywhere. The proper focus, he said, should be on determining what caused the engine to fail and fixing that problem.

All the experts were agreed on one point.

"It must have been an exciting time on that flight deck," Barr said drily. "It's not something you'd ever want to try again."
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:01 AM
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Originally Posted by forgot to bid View Post
Nowadays I get my choice of Charleys, Sbarro, chinese, popeyes, wall st over priced deli, wrap place with really yummy breakfast burrito, snarly pascals, mini pizza hut from a hole in the hallway, or assorted coffees from SEA... or dunkin donuts.
Hey, I second the "wrap place with really yummy breakfast burrito!" It's pretty sad when you actually look forward to having breakfast at the airport... but that breakfast burrito is one of the things I really miss about being based in ATL. And they give us a discount! Does it get any better than that?!
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