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A proper send off

Old 11th Mar 2013, 08:29
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A proper send off

I've often felt that we could do a little better in the retirement send-off category....this is how I hope to go out.

Retiring Delta pilot never missed a day in 45 years - My29 WFTC Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Old 11th Mar 2013, 09:52
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Nice story, but cue all the FO's complaining about doddery old fools blocking promotion until age 65...
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Old 11th Mar 2013, 13:04
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When I read the name I thought it was the Irish dude with the same name leaving cx. I was also going to celebrate with him...then I realized that I was just dreaming!
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Old 12th Mar 2013, 02:30
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45 years at one airline! Pretty hard to match in today's world. He must of joined Delta at 20, minimum age for a commercial license is 18. That was the golden age of commercial flying, before deregulation. He must be one of the last guys to have a pension. Best wishes to his well earned retirement.
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Old 12th Mar 2013, 02:33
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Please, it's 'must HAVE'
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Old 12th Mar 2013, 03:49
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Actually, his pension is all but worthless after the bankruptcy. Only the portion backed by the government (PBGC) will be paid. The smart pilots got out before the restructure by cashing out their pensions via early retirements.
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Old 12th Mar 2013, 09:45
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I thought it was the Irish dude with the same name
We've got an Irish guy named Cal?

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Old 12th Mar 2013, 10:35
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No! Same surname!
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Old 13th Mar 2013, 00:44
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...and our dear Cap'n F Looks a little different, he doesn't have quite as many holidays in the sun.
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Old 13th Mar 2013, 03:25
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Flanagan ??
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Old 13th Mar 2013, 10:23
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Eh TB sure TB sure TB sure!!!!
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Old 13th Mar 2013, 14:22
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What a great send off! THAT WAS CLASS.

Some airlines are far from that nice & have a trick up their sleeve:- have heard of it from a guy who was warned & later experienced it:

Final flight & you're met with or flew with a senior pilot. He offers you a glass of champagne/beer/other either in the cockpit or at the airport office. The unwitting retiring Capt thinks its awfully nice & takes the offer.

Drinking while on duty (on blocks + 15 or 30 mins....) and/or drinking while in uniform.


Loss of certain entitlements or final month's pay in the contract world.

My buddy politely turned them down having been warned.
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Old 13th Mar 2013, 14:29
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That sounds like here!!

Don't give Slosar any ideas..
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