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22nd Oct 2020, 14:53
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Posted By thetimesreader84

MH370 Lost ships

Hi all,

While this is only very, very tenuously linked to Aviation history, I can’t think of anywhere else to ask this.

I remember at the height of the search for MH370, the sonar operators...
11th Oct 2020, 14:23
Replies: 1,952
Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

I was told the total reduction in Headcount...

I was told the total reduction in Headcount Equivalent (so VR,CR,CRS,RAF, etc) came to just shy of 900.


Numbers on the rumour network are:
270-ish Compulsory Redundant
200-ish Voluntary...
29th Sep 2020, 08:57
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Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

Jet II just because everyone’s in the same...

Jet II

just because everyone’s in the same situation, doesn’t make it ok.

However the banks, the train operating companies, even pubs / restaurants have all had help to “meet the new economic...
29th Sep 2020, 08:02
Replies: 1,952
Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

what you’re saying isn’t inherently wrong. If...

what you’re saying isn’t inherently wrong. If aviation was a declining industry (let’s say like Kodak film dealing with the rise of digital / phone cameras), as work dried up over time airlines would...
27th Sep 2020, 07:40
Replies: 1,952
Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

I don’t want to name names, but my “source” was...

I don’t want to name names, but my “source” was in the room when such things would have been discussed. While they could be spinning a line, I’ve no reason to doubt them.

As for lifo+ it’s been...
25th Sep 2020, 20:07
Replies: 1,952
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Posted By thetimesreader84

I have it on very good authority that it was...

I have it on very good authority that it was discussed, however BA wanted to furlough by fleet, seat and base. BALPA declined fearing it would undermine the all important LIFO*. Jury’s out whether it...
20th Sep 2020, 15:52
Replies: 12
Views: 1,982
Posted By thetimesreader84

Bill Lear must have had “little man syndrome”....

Bill Lear must have had “little man syndrome”. It’s the only explanation I can think of for why you can’t fit in his aeroplanes if you’re over about 5’5.

Flew the LR35, regularly on 4+ hour legs,...
19th Sep 2020, 09:57
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Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

just to put some meat on this bone. Yes, about...

just to put some meat on this bone. Yes, about 270 pilots were made compulsory redundant, but against the S188 target we have;
270 CR
220 VR approved (apparently; and rumours were > 300 applied)...
6th Sep 2020, 07:32
Replies: 1,952
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Posted By thetimesreader84

I think one things for sure, if there’s a round 2...

I think one things for sure, if there’s a round 2 (and I can’t see how there won’t be at this point), BALPA will have very little input into the consultation this time.
30th Aug 2020, 15:32
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Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

2 most common underlying heath conditions with a...

2 most common underlying heath conditions with a Covid death? Dementia and Alzheimer’s. A damning indictment on our (in)ability to protect care homes, and a stunning view on who is really at risk...
27th Aug 2020, 14:18
Replies: 23
Views: 10,438
Posted By thetimesreader84

I’ve been denied a direct routing at FL430 on an...

I’ve been denied a direct routing at FL430 on an Ambulance priority (not Cat A) due to “a couple of typhoons in a block 300-700”.

Possibly unguarded comment by the (civil) ATCO, on an optimistic...
26th Aug 2020, 10:45
Replies: 1,952
Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

GS-Alpha The problem is that as a PP3/34 SH...

GS-Alpha

The problem is that as a PP3/34 SH FO, I’ll never see the “jam” that you will GS. Not in pay, not in pension, not in lifestyle.

We are / were working 900 hours a year on SH, LH mates...
17th Aug 2020, 13:04
Replies: 34
Views: 2,897
Posted By thetimesreader84

What were the differences with the “Jetstream...

What were the differences with the “Jetstream 61”? One of the chaps teaching us on the (ATP-F) ground school at Woodford seemed quite enamoured by it, describing it as an “ATR-Killer”, but wouldn’t...
17th Aug 2020, 09:48
Replies: 34
Views: 2,897
Posted By thetimesreader84

I can’t speak for the rest of KnC’s post, but...

I can’t speak for the rest of KnC’s post, but this:



is all very true.

I only drove the things, and as I said I didn’t find them too bad, but my goodness the engineers despaired. 4...
15th Aug 2020, 17:49
Replies: 34
Views: 2,897
Posted By thetimesreader84

Yep, long noseleg was to “reach” airbridges. Was...

Yep, long noseleg was to “reach” airbridges. Was also told on ground school that it was to help certify it for rough strip operation (greater prop clearance) but no one required an off road version,...
20th Jul 2020, 20:14
Replies: 1,952
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Posted By thetimesreader84

The CRS is a mechanism to keep 747 pilots...

The CRS is a mechanism to keep 747 pilots employed but not flying at the expense of junior pilots (who would be flying but are now unemployed) and everyone remaining’s pay.

I’ll let you decide if...
Forum: Tech Log
17th Jul 2020, 07:01
Replies: 8
Views: 1,430
Posted By thetimesreader84

I don’t disagree that just chanting the same...

I don’t disagree that just chanting the same thing day after day without really thinking about it is of very little value, but rehearsing your actions, quizzing your oppo as to what s/he will be...
Forum: Tech Log
14th Jul 2020, 07:16
Replies: 8
Views: 1,430
Posted By thetimesreader84

Never flew the 45. But emergency brief for the 35...

Never flew the 45. But emergency brief for the 35 was along the lines of;

“I’ll stop for anything below 80kts. Between 80 and V1 only engine fire or failure, reverse unlock, sudden handling...
8th Jul 2020, 05:47
Replies: 1,952
Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

BA are going to rank everyone according to a...

BA are going to rank everyone according to a criteria (length of service, performance, training qualifications & disciplinaries) and then draw a line in the sand - at the moment that line is 450...
6th Jul 2020, 09:14
Replies: 43
Views: 26,760
Posted By thetimesreader84

Vaguely remember hearing / reading about a...

Vaguely remember hearing / reading about a Harrier in Belize that “downed” a drug smuggling aircraft by flying close to it as it took off - the distraction & turbulence from the jet efflux caused the...
4th Jul 2020, 13:00
Replies: 354
Views: 193,209
Posted By thetimesreader84

“You can’t put a price on Human life!” ...

“You can’t put a price on Human life!”

Well, it turns out you can. The NHS uses a “Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY)” as a measure of cost versus benefit for interventions - each extra year of...
29th Jun 2020, 10:37
Replies: 1,952
Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

Our MOA says “due regard shall be made to the...

Our MOA says “due regard shall be made to the principle of LIFO”. It doesn’t specify chopping the bottom 350/800/1200 to make room for people to be retrained off dead fleets.

Theres also the...
29th Jun 2020, 09:35
Replies: 1,952
Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

Like I said, these things don’t come around in a...

Like I said, these things don’t come around in a vacuum, but when BA come knocking it does seem that solutions are found that preserve lifestyles of those at the top. When retirement age was...
29th Jun 2020, 08:30
Replies: 1,952
Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

I can honestly say I’ve never worked with a more...

I can honestly say I’ve never worked with a more selfish pilot body than I have at BA. It’s not every pilot obviously, but it is a sizeable minority mainly skewed to long haul who have consistently...
28th Jun 2020, 07:22
Replies: 1,952
Views: 1,550,596
Posted By thetimesreader84

The basis of this is a WhatsApp message that did...

The basis of this is a WhatsApp message that did the rounds a week or so ago, and was vaguely dismissed by BALPA as being bollocks (wasn’t the strongest denial I’ve ever seen however...)
...
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