Freight DogsFinally a forum for those midnight prowler types who utilise the unglamorous parts of airports that many of us never get to see. Freight Dogs is for pilots and crew who operate mostly without SLF.
You Might Be A Freight Dog if.........................
Apologise if this has been here recently, some really 'on the money' ones and probably a lot more to add!
You might be a freight dog if
Your airplane was getting old when you wereborn.
You have not done a daylight landing in the past six months.
ATC advises you of smoother air at a different altitude, and you dont give ashit.
When you taxi up to an FBO they roll out the red carpet, but quickly take itback when they recognize you.
You call the hotel van to pick you up and they dont understand where you areon the airport.
Centre asks you to "keep the chickens down" so they can hear youtalk.
Your airplane has more than 75,000 cycles.
Your company call sign is "Oil Can".
The lady at the FBO locks up the popcorn machine because you plan on"making a meal of it".
Your airplane has more than eight faded logos on it.
You wear the same shirt for a week, and no one complains.
Centre mispronounces your call sign more than three times in one flight.
Your Director of Operations mysteriously changes your max. take-off weightduring the holiday season.
Every FBO makes you park out of sight of their building.
You have ever walked barefoot through the FBO,.................................... because you just woke up.
You mark every ramp with engine oil.
Everything you own is in you flight bag and suitcase.
All the other pilots wait for you to "test the squall line" first.
All the other airlines hold to see if you get in.
You request the visual approach with 300 overcast and ½ SM vis.
You make no attempt to deviate around weather.
Last edited by parabellum; 4th Oct 2012 at 04:56.
Reason: Can't spell
If you have lost 45%of your hearing because the aircraft soundproofing was removed to save weight. If real airlines wait for you to land first to test the braking action. If you have the sleep habits of a vampire. If you call for transport and the operations officer has never heard of that parking stand. If you think TCAS might be an internet expression. If other airlines post guards on their aircraft whenever your maintenance teams are on the ramp. If your aircraft has more than 30 collared circuit breakers. If the "differences" section of the AFM is larger than the "systems" section. If you hear of an aircraft with an integral drinking water system and you say, "Wow what will they think of next?" If you walk along the ramp and a GA pilot asks you to clean his windscreen. If you are always the last to cleared to taxy or take off no matter who called first. If you think a terminal area with 3 food vending machines is a "food court". If you think BALPA is an Austrian breakfast cereal. If you go to bed when your wife wakes up. If pilots from real companies look at your aircraft and say, "I flew them when I was young" If your maps show Gaul and The Holy Roman Empire. If 10% of your basic weight is paint and repair patches. If the freight bay fire extinguishers have been removed to let you carry more flammable D/G.
As a Non-Pilot, just a Lonely Old Refueller at a Little Known Airport i Read this with a wry smile as i was also an Ex Movements Controller in the Airforce and moved a Lot of Freight in my time, can still Picture the Heavylift Belfast Rolling in to Brize for a Quickish Turnaround and then back to Ascension. Personally, i think you Freight Guys are the Unsung Heroes of the Aviation World and had i been a Little bit more Intelligent upstairs and managed to become a Commercial Pilot i certainly would have Preferred Freight...............................................I think, Possibly.