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Cathay Pacific "A Day in The Life of a Pilot"

Old 2nd Nov 2012, 04:36
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Sir does not wear a hat indoors/on a tarmac. What knife and fork school did you go to?
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Old 2nd Nov 2012, 05:09
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Absolutely!

I was always told that only Air Force Officers and Postmen wear hats inside!
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Old 2nd Nov 2012, 12:31
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The long term goal of any airline should be to get rid of the hats !!!!

Hats are a total waste of money ! Especially in summer.

But most airline managers have an archaic way of thinking. In about 10 years from now hats will be a thing of the past !

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Old 3rd Nov 2012, 01:52
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So MFL "calls a spade a spade". I have not done the on-line discrimination training package, but I am sure we are not allowed to call anyone a spade.

Something strangely ironic about Trafalgar saying some people are a bit precious. This is PPRuNe and it's called banter.... just let it go.....

Why did MFL choose the username Californication?
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Old 3rd Nov 2012, 03:25
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Unless it is a Spear and Jackson Number 3
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Wasn't Jackson Number 3 Jermaine?

Oh wait one.... You are actual talking about a digging appliance.
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Old 3rd Nov 2012, 13:12
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Must have sniffed a lot of glue when he was making model aeroplanes
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Old 4th Nov 2012, 01:09
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I've been here 20 years and there are a dozen idiots in C and T. That is not debatable.
What surprises me is that the third floor knows who these individuals are and tolerates it.
At least NR got most of them out of the fleet offices. One thing I respect him for.
I'm not sure why people become bullies but MFL is one of them.
Sorry gents, but sometimes the truth hurts.
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Old 4th Nov 2012, 02:53
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I am not sure why a North American freighter pilot didn't get the chance to audition for this "Day in the Life Of..." deal. It's glamourous.

The day normally starts with an economy class, cross-continent commute/PT followed by 10 hours 'sleep' in a roach-ridden rathole. Shortly after entering a deep sleep, the alarm goes off or the phone rings for a midnight (or later) showtime.

The transport - which could be used to transport Indians to work in a high rise in Dubai - takes you to the Cargo office. Nobody's expecting you, so you have to call someone on your cell phone to get them to come and get you from the street (eg. LAX/JFK).

Finally, you drag your bags up the freighter stairs, get on the upper deck and get the desperately needed coffee on the go. You anticipate landing in the turbulence and gloop at ANC after a tortorous, all-night two-man arriving just before dawn. The 10 pages of NOTOC contain 1000s of batteries and other noxious sh#t, and you have to scrutinize everything on paper and on the main deck.

The flight itself goes as per SOP except for the caviar, smoke salmon and soup, but a high-sodium, low-quality meal subsitute is provided for your dining pleasure. The ugliest, foulest smelling flight attendant throws it in your lap though.

So, why aren't North American freighter guys getting a "Day in the Life Of...." look-in?
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Old 4th Nov 2012, 05:40
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Yes had the "pleasure" of being line checked by him a long time ago, let's just say it wasn't very pleasant and he didn't know jack about the 400.
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Old 4th Nov 2012, 09:15
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A bully will try his actions out as a form of experimentation to see how far he can go without being challenged. It often starts with his/her own sense of self-importance or superiority which can be when he/she is put in a position of authority. In our world there are a few classic examples of bullying behaviour ie people being promoted to a check position who then research obscure questions with which to catch out their victims. How can the victims (who didn't know the answers) possibly report the examiner for being 'unreasonable' to, say, the Fleet office? Who is the Fleet Manager going to support? Perfect bullying country.
Eventually, enough of the abused recipients will bring this kind of behaviour to the attention of the authorities. Unfortunately it is normally too late now because the bully has been chosen by the same people who are then being asked to reconsider. Either the 'Office' does something (unusual) to restrain the bully or, ( more likely) they adopt Trafalger's misguided stance that 'every airline needs a few people like this' to maintain standards and keep us all on our toes'.What utter rubbish! Why do you think brilliant trainers like Karl V left the department? What a fantastic waste. Perfect bullying country.
We don't need bullies who surround themselves with sycophants and are fun in the bar, we need instructors who are there to teach, guide and nurture and examiners who, pretty much are similarly motivated.
Don't tolerate bullies - why should you?? Report their behaviour and get your peers to do the same.
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Old 4th Nov 2012, 09:53
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I'll be first in line to criticize our training department and management style, but MFL has my respect and - as far I can tell - the respect of most capable pilots in this company.

He's got his particular ways of doing things, but his heart in in the right place and he's an excellent trainer for those willing to be trained.
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Old 4th Nov 2012, 10:34
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if he has your respect then why call him MFL?
because the man is utterly incapable of speaking a sentence without using F either as a verb, adverb, noun or adjective.
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MFL has my respect and - as far I can tell - the respect of most capable pilots in this company.


The man is a joke. I have sat on the JS a number of times watching his incompetent 'teaching style'. Funny old thing people do not learn while being directed / shouted at / humiliated. If the FTM or GMF had an ounce of management competence the man would have been out ages ago.
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Old 10th Nov 2012, 01:43
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Californication,


You have flight attendants on your freighters ?!
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Old 10th Nov 2012, 15:48
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Yes ! One's with 3 legs who make up the min flight deck crew requirement!
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Old 10th Nov 2012, 18:17
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Yep they are inflatable and come out of the dry stores, when finished they go back into wet stores.
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Old 12th Nov 2012, 16:37
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If you don't know who MFL is wheelie, guess your nick should be FNG
Ooh - Lowe blow
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Old 21st Nov 2012, 11:25
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After the videos about CX FA, pilots... now for the lonely cadet...

hahahahaha
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Old 21st Nov 2012, 13:14
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However jaded, cynical, disillusioned, bored......?... any of us have become, is there really any need to laugh/scoff at the obviously heartfelt words of these young guys? We were probably all there or thereabouts back in the day.
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