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Tool of the day

Old 11-25-2013, 08:35 PM
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Is it a new thing (saw it some posts below) with select captain widget tools in ATL giving a briefing at the gate podium? I was huffing my way to make a commute flight in B and past a flight headed for Houston hobby of all places. An -88. Captain introduced himself and gave an entire geographic overview of the longggggg flight to Houston and all about the -88. Thank goodness I got to keep running, my tool-o-meter almost broke.

I almost feel if it was a 747 headed overseas then that captain can do what the frick he wants. Awesome. But an -88 to Houston? Cool story bro.
 
Old 11-25-2013, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by PeopleMover90
Is it a new thing (saw it some posts below) with select captain widget tools in ATL giving a briefing at the gate podium? I was huffing my way to make a commute flight in B and past a flight headed for Houston hobby of all places. An -88. Captain introduced himself and gave an entire geographic overview of the longggggg flight to Houston and all about the -88. Thank goodness I got to keep running, my tool-o-meter almost broke.

I almost feel if it was a 747 headed overseas then that captain can do what the frick he wants. Awesome. But an -88 to Houston? Cool story bro.
DL mgmt want us to engage the customers more. They encourage PAs from the gatehouse if the flight is going to be delayed. Sometimes eager beavers take that a bit farther.

From personal experience, that does not correlate to a toolbag in the cockpit. In fact, on my last trip, they went up to the gatehouse again when the delay extended to make sure there weren't other pax/nonrevs/jumpseaters had walked up and wanted a ride. We should be very careful on our tool judgements.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by 80ktsClamp
DL mgmt want us to engage the customers more. They encourage PAs from the gatehouse if the flight is going to be delayed. Sometimes eager beavers take that a bit farther.

From personal experience, that does not correlate to a toolbag in the cockpit. In fact, on my last trip, they went up to the gatehouse again when the delay extended to make sure there weren't other pax/nonrevs/jumpseaters had walked up and wanted a ride. We should be very careful on our tool judgements.
True, sometimes it's just good customer service.
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:00 AM
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Originally Posted by 80ktsClamp
It's funny you mention that-

I've flown with a couple guys that do similar, as well as a guy that asked me what sort of mil experience I had. "none" Then continues on his PA explaining how much mil experience is in the cockpit.

Every...leg.... I heard that PA.

But, both (I'm in a small category) were excellent pilots and very enjoyable with their manner in the cockpit. While their PAs made me cringe, they were enjoyable to fly with and bought the beer on the layovers. Not all is as it seems.
Love that military question cause it was 40 plus years ago for me and when I tell them I walked they usually just change the subject..LOL
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:06 AM
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Originally Posted by PeopleMover90
Is it a new thing (saw it some posts below) with select captain widget tools in ATL giving a briefing at the gate podium? I was huffing my way to make a commute flight in B and past a flight headed for Houston hobby of all places. An -88. Captain introduced himself and gave an entire geographic overview of the longggggg flight to Houston and all about the -88. Thank goodness I got to keep running, my tool-o-meter almost broke.

I almost feel if it was a 747 headed overseas then that captain can do what the frick he wants. Awesome. But an -88 to Houston? Cool story bro.
You would be hard pressed to see a gate house brief by 747 crew...One two min announcement after level off is about all you get till TOD..
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted by filejw
You would be hard pressed to see a gate house brief by 747 crew...One two min announcement after level off is about all you get till TOD..
Beyond, Time and forecast weather...what more do you need? Pax are eating watching movies. If you tell them about a great view of Greenland you wake the pax and crew, use the little map thingy.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by 80ktsClamp
We should be very careful on our tool judgements.
Thats what I keep telling my wife! She just laughs at me.
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted by 80ktsClamp
DL mgmt want us to engage the customers more. They encourage PAs from the gatehouse if the flight is going to be delayed. Sometimes eager beavers take that a bit farther.

From personal experience, that does not correlate to a toolbag in the cockpit. In fact, on my last trip, they went up to the gatehouse again when the delay extended to make sure there weren't other pax/nonrevs/jumpseaters had walked up and wanted a ride. We should be very careful on our tool judgements.
Thanks for an answer! No qualms here, was genuine curiosity if anything. Glad to hear it doesn't translate to the cockpit.

As soon as I saw that, I thought what better way to find out what that is than ask on APC? And you gave me a real answer

+1. I commute a lot on you guys , thank you
 
Old 11-26-2013, 10:40 AM
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Multiple TOOLS of the week...

Line holding pilots who call in sick over Thanksgiving, when they are not. I'll re-post this over Christmas as well. It'll happen then too.

If you want Thanksgiving off, and you can't get a line that does this, then bid reserve. You have the seniority to do it. There ARE reserve lines with those days off.

Every year, it's the same &^%^ thing... 5X the amount of open time (like magic) between Wednesday and Sunday.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by ForeverFO
Multiple TOOLS of the week...

Line holding pilots who call in sick over Thanksgiving, when they are not. I'll re-post this over Christmas as well. It'll happen then too.

If you want Thanksgiving off, and you can't get a line that does this, then bid reserve. You have the seniority to do it. There ARE reserve lines with those days off.

Every year, it's the same &^%^ thing... 5X the amount of open time (like magic) between Wednesday and Sunday.
8 years of reserve. This happens too often. This year I had a trip over thanksgiving but I put it in open time and someone took it! Ha! If only that happens ever year.
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