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Old 9th Dec 2014, 00:11
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The last few times i've flown QantasLink, the following link isn't far from the standard of passenger
Frequent floater, not surprising, QantasLink regularly sends aircraft with U/S APU to destinations such as Roma on 34 deg+ days. I've been sitting in the cockpit watching the cabin temp exceed 40 degrees on more than one occasion with 74 punters on board
 
Old 9th Dec 2014, 01:13
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Well said Shapeshifter.

- Prop Brake being fitted to a few.
- Single Engine Turn arounds are being performed already in FNQ and work well where possible.
- GPU's used to save battery consumption and used where SET can't be done.
- Refuelling won't be required all sectors and GPU are available.
- Ground Air Con Units will be used where SET not being done, to keep cabin cool. Already used network wide.

Jenna - See Shapeshifters post!

Before you go criticising REX. Skytrans was a GA company that operated RPT services. REX is an Airline and was never a GA company.

In addition REX was probably the ONLY airline in Oz that made money last year. ~$10m. Q - $270m loss, VA - $80m loss? Maybe they do something right, and pay is certainly not "crap" as you are led to believe. On par with aircraft size, pax, and industry standard. IMHO

Enough said.
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Old 9th Dec 2014, 03:18
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To those who reckon we do it tough here in Oz working under the various Pilot Awards, you need to compare like-sized operations in the USA.
Plenty of commuter-level pilots there really do live in camper vans close to the airport, as that's all they can afford.
Many will fly a six day week and 1000 hours a year for about what we would pay a good barista. In their early years Yank pilots typically get two weeks annual leave, and it never gets to our standard six weeks no matter how far you make it up the food chain.
Not saying that our Pilot Awards are all that flash compared with conditions enjoyed by other professions, but still better than no protections at all.
No-one requires anyone to be a pilot. We take up flying for our own reasons and need to accept that it's a hard slog to the left seat of that nice jet.
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Old 9th Dec 2014, 04:28
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To those who reckon we do it tough here in Oz working under the various Pilot Awards, you need to compare like-sized operations in the USA.
Mach, why do we need to compare ourselves to the bottom of the barrel? Just because you "made it" and got your little pot of gold does't mean every bastard below you should get stuffed.

Your logic can be applied to any industry in the US.

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Old 9th Dec 2014, 06:38
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Quote: Before you go criticising REX. Skytrans was a GA company that operated RPT services REX is an Airline and was never a GA company.

Skytrans are close to being neither, MFO is a very decent individual desperate to retire, once he can see the bulk of his flock redeployed to others he will.

CASA stopped them doing hot turns on RPT flights in 2011, wonder how they will treat REX.
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Old 9th Dec 2014, 09:57
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Deadcu*t, did I say that we should accept Yank conditions?
All I said is some of us need to stop whining about our own, because we are so much better off.
Back on thread - hot turnarounds never hurt anyone anywhere where they were managed properly.
Putting the F/O outside to supervise makes a whole lot more sense than having the local part-time baggage handler doing it.
Hot turnarounds have been done safely in both civil and military operations in the REAL world for half a century.
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Old 9th Dec 2014, 11:11
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Mach agree with you, for whatever reason CASA did stop the practise whilst I was there. Caused major issues on the gulf run as APU in those days very unreliable in fact they ended up purchasing several newer units from QF
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Old 10th Dec 2014, 09:54
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REX SET SoP's are fairly robust. Maybe Skytrans weren't?
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