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Army route checks the RAF

Old 22nd Jan 2007, 20:49
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Originally Posted by November4 View Post
And yet another thread about AT as a whole descends into a let's slag the movers off
You say that like it's a bad thing........
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Old 22nd Jan 2007, 21:53
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Or like you can't understand why, I mean surely it's perfectly natural for the rest of the Military to do it, bearing in mind the service they offer
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Old 22nd Jan 2007, 22:30
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Originally Posted by Twopack View Post
Funny that, 20 years and over 5000 hrs of flying the Army around the world and unaware of any report being written on me.
Lucky old you. I have been one of the chosen report writers; a thankless task.
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Old 22nd Jan 2007, 22:46
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Ignorance is bliss as they say, Twopack.
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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 09:12
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ABIW - what a card eh? If only he dedicated some of his obviously copious amounts of free time to learning a bit about what he is so quick to slag off then maybe Movers and Loadies may be able to meet in the middle from time to time and not pull in different directions.

For every horror story a loadie has about a Movements Team I guarantee that every Mover has a horror story about an ALMs ineptitude and inflexibility.

Fortunately though we don't tend to air our dirty laundry in public (as often) as this particular character.

Now, back on topic...the Army are Route Checking RAF AT Routes eh?

Never let the Army EVER dare moan and bitch when one of their illustrious officers is nominated as the Passenger Reporting Officer in that case. Seems to me that now they are thrusting themselves forward for the job, and I for one will endeavor to oblige.

From now on I will ensure that on every flight I have any dealings with this job will go to an Army Officer. This way it saves them having to put someone specifically on the flight for Route Checking purposes and there is ALREADY a proforma that (should) be filled out with comments both good and bad and returned in the pre-paid envelope to the organisation formerly known as DTMA.

Amazing hey? A system already in place that is mis-utilised. I'm sure time, effort and money will be spent putting in place something entirely different though.

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ps Oh yes, as a footnote - apparently (according to ABIW) the majority of delays are down to the fault of Movers...care to back up your accusation with facts matey? Thought not...
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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 10:15
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CC,

I guess that will be a bit of a nibble

"ps Oh yes, as a footnote - apparently (according to ABIW) the majority of delays are down to the fault of Movers...care to back up your accusation with facts matey? Thought not..."

I love the Loadie/Mover banter and rarely like to "air" in public but you did ask me to substantiate my claim

Last year I was lucky enough to ONLY spend 8 weeks in either Basrah or Kandahar,many good folks I know spent much longer. I worked in both locations with some top movers and Atlo staff however it's a fact that in my own experience well over 50% of my trips were late departing due to some sort of movements issue.

I know that there is always a bigger picture and when Col Mustard is hopping up and down because his multi million pound four tonner is scheduled to leave with out him, or priority freight/pax turn up late or the fork's simply give up the ghost it's not always as simple as the bleedin movers again, but invariably as often very honestly admitted to by the DAMO, movers or Atlo staff it was. Head counts screwed up, baggage/freight not prep'd, paperwork not completed, shift change etc etc were all daily occurrences I am sad to say.

I know we are not BA or Virgin and simply shutting the doors and leaving on time is not an option so I am not sure what the solution is but what I do know is that from a crew point of view being late is like playing your joker, you can do it once,and once only and get away with it

PS ALM's are rarely inflexible as they know which rules can and can't be broken and are only ever accused of inflexability when they insist on having put right the mistakes of those who themselves should know better
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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 10:39
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Originally Posted by HEDP View Post
The army effectively "route checks" the AT continuously and to date AT has been found "wanting"!
I guess by giving some warning of a particular "check" it will give a chance to improve things and achieve an acceptable service.

The plane no longer departing when intended will now leave...........
Well there has been a battlegroup in Afganistan for nearly a year and we haven't won yet - should we send the RAF Regiment over to QA the Army/RM processes? What about Northern Ireland - Op BANNER has lasted 38 years - slackers.

We might spend out time more usefully on here understanding why there are problems than indulging in pointless inter-service or inter-trade squabbles.

On reflection, I am not sure the internet is about useful passage of one's time...

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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 10:45
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What I have found in my time on the AT fleet is that we are generally a bunch of good guys trying to do the best we can with massive budget cuts, lack of man power and lack of support from our government.

We have been asked to do far more than is reasonably expected and this is half the reason people are leaving in large numbers.

I have had many bad experiences with movers,police, guards etc etc BUT these guys are in the same situation as us - i.e they are under manned, over worked and stretched, and I'm sure these guys have had bad experiences with aircrew.

But like always, we have to fight amongst ourselves, slag off eachother and not look at the far bigger picture. That bigger picture, quite simply, is lack of funding, investment and support from our Government and lack of backbone from our military hierachy to say so.
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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 10:49
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And lets not mention the army absolutely destroying a perfectly serviceable Basrah International Airport when they took it in GW2.... ripping up the tasteful marble floor, playing dodgems with the fire engines, wrecking runway lighting etc etc....
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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 11:20
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Of course, it'd be 'high-spirits' if it was perfectly servicable OM that got trashed, carpets ripped up, fire-extinguisers discharged, light-bulbs lobbed around?
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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 11:30
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Of course, it'd be 'high-spirits' if it was perfectly servicable OM that got trashed, carpets ripped up, fire-extinguisers discharged, light-bulbs lobbed around?
Only if you pitched up first thing the next morning with a cheque book in hand to pay for any damage inadvertantly caused during the outbreak of high spirits
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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 11:36
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Fair comment.

(I wish there was a tongue-in-cheek smiley, trouble is it'd look like smiley-simulating-a-BJ).
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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 11:53
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One wonders how many other aspects of military operations at home and abroad would now be under scrutiny if only a TA wupert who also happened to be an MP had gained personal experience of it's short comings?
I guess if what's-his-face's house had burnt down during Fresco, the entire fleet of Green Goddi wouldn't currently be sitting in a disposal yard (yours for a couple of thousand quid each), and if he'd been kept waiting in a hospital queue, to then be seen by an Army doctor, no doubt they'd all be checked out by the Navy!
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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 14:26
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Din again - many apologies if you're tone is sarcastic (its hard to tell on here) but....

The impact of what the army did, which went largely unreported, was that the runway was unlit for a long time, no approach lights,inadequate fire cover and it cost millions to replace and repair!!!

They also took the pleasure of sh1tting in every single room possible, meaning alot of rooms and facilities were condemned for a very long time....
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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 14:31
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No apology necessary, 3bb. There's no way I would condone such behaviour.
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Old 23rd Jan 2007, 16:57
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diginagain,

But I will apologise for getting your name wrong in my last post!

An honest mistake made by a thick aircrew mate!
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Old 24th Jan 2007, 09:46
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I'm not sure what this adds to the debate but, for what it's worth, the link http://www.mercopress.com/vernoticia...4&formato=HTML may be interesting. It's not a MoD publication and only relates to the South Atlantic but is, nonetheless, a valid insight. The salient paragraph is; "when travelling on the Airbridge if there are any points that any passenger wishes to raise they should do so with the Passenger Reporting Officer (PRO), said Captain Philippson. "The PRO is a nominated senior military officer at the Lt Cdr/Maj/Sqn Ldr/ level travelling on the flight who is tasked with monitoring the performance of the service provided and completes a written report on each flight. Any comment on the service, positive or negative, should be passed on to him or her so that feedback will be passed on to the appropriate area at the time the issues arise. During your flight the PRO can be contacted via the cabin crew".

As you will see, the PRO doesn't have to be a Brown Job; it can be any SO2. There are DLO iterations of this arrangement but the Commercial one seems more succinct. This aligns with all the current QA expectations and is part of DSCOM's (DTMA as was) performance measurement against its agreed targets.
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Old 24th Jan 2007, 10:07
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GBZ, the PRO process was more appropiate for those kinder, gentler times when we had vaguely sufficient assest to deliver an airbridge to the Falklands and various bits of the Services to interesting and challenging exercises somewhere other than Salisbury Plain. If the cabin crew on the SA run are useless then you should certainly let the system know.

What we face today is a number of airbridges to more theatres than we are resourced to operate to, moving more pax and freight than we have for years (Berlin Airlift?), using a limited number of increasingly old (argueably obsolescent according to other, civil users) aircraft with critical limitations on er essential equipment. I am not sure there is a suitable from for registering a complaint about this, save the one you get to fill in every 4-5 years in a ballot box...
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Old 24th Jan 2007, 10:11
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Exactly my point on the previous page GBF...

There is a system already in place for monitoring and reporting on RAF AT Routes, it just so happens that in my experience the SO2's nominated for it generally see it as beneath them or that they are being 'dicked' and a lot of the time the reports are not filled out. Although DTMA may disagree with this as they are obviously the ones who get the feedback when it is sent.

I can assure you though that the necessary people do act on things that are mentioned in these PRO reports if it is constructive and not just whinging.

You are correct in saying that the PRO can be nominated from any of the Services, but my point was that if the Army are deeming it necessary to invoke their own form of Route-Checking then I will endeavor to oblige and from now on always nominate an Army SO2 for the job of PRO.

As I see it there is little or no point to this latest initiative because a system already exists for it. But I wonder how many man hours are being wasted on it as we speak...?

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Old 24th Jan 2007, 10:18
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Originally Posted by BluntedAtBirth View Post
I am not sure there is a suitable from for registering a complaint about this, save the one you get to fill in every 4-5 years in a ballot box...
BAB - sorry our posts conflicted there...

I can assure you that it is laid down policy for a PRO to be nominated for every single RAF AT Pax route, be it Cyprus, Falklands, Gulf etc.

Now I can't vouch for the fact that all PRO's are briefed correctly but in the pack-up it explains exactly what this task entails, including procedures on unscheduled diversions, complete passenger manifests and all salient details about the flight.

One of my previous jobs was in Ascension and it was part of my duty to call the PRO forward and find out if there had been any problems on the first leg of the flight and to then back-brief the passengers on the name of the PRO and where he was sat on the aircraft so that any comments could be given directly to them and they had the necessary paperwork to fill in and send back to DTMA.

Surprisingly for the amount of bitching that goes on about the service provided not many people actually get off their arse and speak to the right people, preferring instead to air their whinges in inappropriate arenas such as web-based discussion forums.

One of the things that came out of my personal chats with the PRO's was the facilities for Pax in Ascension and the upshot of that was these comments were taken further and funds were found to provide more creature comforts (but unfortunately the alcohol ban remained - a legacy of the behaviour of British Army pax during a delay...different story)

So you see, the system can and does work if used correctly.

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