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Old 2nd Feb 2006, 15:05
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Revolutionary
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: USA
Age: 50
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Yes, I meant the judgement on the part of the dispatchers to say 'no' to a flight request before it even reaches the pilot, not to accept a flight on the pilot's behalf. It seems that sometimes, even when you're 'red', dispatch still relays flight requests just to see if maybe you can do it after all. What I am thinking of is more along the lines of what AEL is now doing: they have a pilot in the comm center at all times (either a retired guy or a guy who's lost his medical or someone who just doesn't like to fly anymore) who collects and relays weather data, info on TFR's and restricted areas and anything else a pilot in flight may need, and generally covers the back of the guy in the air. Now that's helpful.
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