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1st Jul 2017, 16:09
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Posted By retrosgone

The latter. Zero tolerance policy backed up by...

The latter. Zero tolerance policy backed up by management at every level-even if it leads to significant delays and costs including diversion etc,
13th Oct 2016, 14:40
Replies: 4,329
Views: 2,674,271
Posted By retrosgone

While I am relieved and pleased that Monarch...

While I am relieved and pleased that Monarch appear to have lived to fly another day (and hopefully much longer), it wont have escaped anybody's attention that they required a bailout when Greybull...
29th Jun 2016, 17:44
Replies: 53
Views: 27,964
Posted By retrosgone

The major problem up here for Scots wishing to...

The major problem up here for Scots wishing to keep the UK together, is that at the time of the Independence Referendum the EU and the UK Government put out the same message, namely - the only way...
20th Jun 2016, 16:25
Replies: 37
Views: 10,146
Posted By retrosgone

Well some Vulcans did have a Maritime Radar...

Well some Vulcans did have a Maritime Radar Reconnaissance role in the latter years. Performed by 27 Sqn if I remember correctly. I certainly remember carrying out Canberra "Lopro" training flights...
14th Apr 2016, 12:58
Replies: 61
Views: 16,399
Posted By retrosgone

The problem with the "beat-up" is that there are...

The problem with the "beat-up" is that there are set rules governing number of passes, distance and minimum altitudes for these situations. As far as I know, they were agreed 40 years ago and haven't...
27th Nov 2015, 21:32
Replies: 367
Views: 100,266
Posted By retrosgone

Nine aircraft may not sound like a lot, but it...

Nine aircraft may not sound like a lot, but it really depends upon availability.

I flew around 6,000 hours on the Nimrod, a fair proportion of those with important bits of kit either not working...
30th Oct 2015, 16:51
Replies: 157
Views: 92,010
Posted By retrosgone

That would be because Glasgow (738) is further...

That would be because Glasgow (738) is further from Tenerife than NCL, MAN, LBA and EMA. Even 20 minutes makes a difference of a ton or so of fuel.
8th Aug 2015, 18:16
Replies: 2,722
Views: 1,232,601
Posted By retrosgone

Alasdair - I think you will find that TCX are not...

Alasdair - I think you will find that TCX are not the sole operator from Glasgow to Bodrum. Jet2 fly the route too, with very high load factors so perhaps that has had some bearing on the decision.
13th May 2015, 20:14
Replies: 4,104
Views: 2,354,817
Posted By retrosgone

I don't think you will find a 737-300 making it...

I don't think you will find a 737-300 making it from Edinburgh to either Zante or Kefalonia! Certainly not a QC, so I expect they will be -800 routes too.
1st Feb 2015, 18:20
Replies: 1,173
Views: 964,115
Posted By retrosgone

Mach 79. As an ex forces person, who served my...

Mach 79. As an ex forces person, who served my country with a pretty fair degree of dedication and loyalty for 25 years, and now working at Jet2, I would like to know how exactly is it that I am not...
11th Aug 2014, 17:29
Replies: 12
Views: 3,874
Posted By retrosgone

Well Mr Hogan wants them to focus on service....

Well Mr Hogan wants them to focus on service. Given that, for the past 4 decades, Alitalia staff have had a laser like focus on serving only their own narrow self interest, he could face an uphill...
7th Jul 2014, 19:43
Replies: 118
Views: 82,692
Posted By retrosgone

As someone who operates into BCN regularly, it is...

As someone who operates into BCN regularly, it is evident that something went wrong on this occasion. Firstly, ATC cannot clear anyone to land until runway crossing traffic is fully vacated - so...
16th Jun 2014, 16:01
Replies: 4,104
Views: 2,354,817
Posted By retrosgone

Well I fly both variants on a regular basis, and...

Well I fly both variants on a regular basis, and I can assure you I am just as happy and reliable in the Classics as in the NGs!
10th Dec 2013, 15:30
Replies: 4,104
Views: 2,354,817
Posted By retrosgone

And the EXT 737-300 freighter (G-CELW) is moving...

And the EXT 737-300 freighter (G-CELW) is moving to BFS in April.
3rd Sep 2013, 18:57
Replies: 14
Views: 3,637
Posted By retrosgone

I am pretty sure Rex Roe was the first Air...

I am pretty sure Rex Roe was the first Air Officer I ever met, when I was an 18 year old Cadet Pilot on Aberdeen UAS. He came all the way up to attend our Annual Dinner (I think he went to pretty...
13th Mar 2013, 16:41
Replies: 96
Views: 16,723
Posted By retrosgone

Flying circuits and bumps at the controls of a...

Flying circuits and bumps at the controls of a French Navy Nord 262 Fregate at Ajaccio airport in 1980. Exchange visit from METS at Finningley. Engine fail procedure involved a huge trek through the...
13th Mar 2013, 13:26
Replies: 60
Views: 50,450
Posted By retrosgone

As a member of a course slightly behind the...

As a member of a course slightly behind the "Fighter Pilot" studes (on a different FTS Squadron), we spent a bit of time with the director - Colin Strong - while he underwent some pilot training on...
12th Mar 2013, 12:28
Replies: 26
Views: 8,764
Posted By retrosgone

Not sure I altogether understand the question -...

Not sure I altogether understand the question - however. I was a regular who then went FTRS for 5 years before leaving the Service aged 48. I passed the 55 point last year and the following happened:...
6th Dec 2012, 13:54
Replies: 1,718
Views: 411,477
Posted By retrosgone

The future of the cross runway is unclear, but it...

The future of the cross runway is unclear, but it is not yet withdrawn permanently. In fact, it will be in use overnight for 15 nights during March when the main is to be closed for works. That means...
9th Nov 2012, 12:05
Replies: 21
Views: 3,947
Posted By retrosgone

Hindsight is great, but I do remember saying...

Hindsight is great, but I do remember saying "what on earth?! were they thinking of ?!"

Getting into bed with a second rate carrier with ridiculous legacy working practices, intransigent dinosaur...
21st Oct 2012, 17:10
Replies: 205
Views: 62,897
Posted By retrosgone

Hi Tommee - I was on 360 from 1980 to end of '84....

Hi Tommee - I was on 360 from 1980 to end of '84. Might be able to fill in some of the details!

PM me - cheers
15th Oct 2012, 20:32
Replies: 87
Views: 17,927
Posted By retrosgone

Bulldog (as UAS Stude) JP3 Jetstream ...

Bulldog (as UAS Stude)
JP3
Jetstream
Canberra T4, B2, T17,
Bulldog (as UAS QFI)
Nimrod MR2 (as volunteer!)
Chipmunk, Bulldog, Tutor (as AEF pilot)
Boeing 737 - 300/800 (as what I am doing...
8th Oct 2012, 13:48
Replies: 47
Views: 16,064
Posted By retrosgone

Up until 1994, the Northernmost Nato Command was...

Up until 1994, the Northernmost Nato Command was AFNorth at Kolsas (Oslo). The CinC was always a Brit, with a German deputy and the Andover was at the CinC's disposal.

I believe the Andover was...
27th Sep 2012, 16:35
Replies: 127
Views: 22,881
Posted By retrosgone

I am sorry - I am no tree hugger, but when total...

I am sorry - I am no tree hugger, but when total nonsense is spouted it sometimes has to be challenged. It is certainly true that volcanoes emit Co2, but all the world's volcanoes put together emit...
11th Sep 2012, 22:24
Replies: 42
Views: 14,619
Posted By retrosgone

Prof RV Jones was still lecturing when I had my...

Prof RV Jones was still lecturing when I had my first year physics classes at Aberdeen in 1974/75. Later, in about 1982? when I was on 360 Squadron at Wyton, he came to the Sqn for the day when we...
13th Jul 2012, 10:38
Replies: 4,104
Views: 2,354,817
Posted By retrosgone

The QC aircraft have strengthened cargo floors...

The QC aircraft have strengthened cargo floors and a large main deck cargo door. All this adds nearly two tons in weight, which has the effect of restricting payload/fuel in passenger mode. This is...
12th Jul 2012, 15:25
Replies: 4,104
Views: 2,354,817
Posted By retrosgone

The EDI 300s are all QCs which, with a full load...

The EDI 300s are all QCs which, with a full load of passengers and bags, struggle to go more than around three and a half hours with reserves. That makes places like Faro and Malaga close to the...
24th Apr 2012, 13:30
Replies: 31
Views: 6,962
Posted By retrosgone

Having served 3 tours on 206, I can certainly...

Having served 3 tours on 206, I can certainly confirm that the Sqn was indeed originally No 6 Sqn RNAS - formed during WWI and serving as a fighter Sqn in France. I even travelled with an official...
12th Mar 2012, 15:57
Replies: 1,416
Views: 632,262
Posted By retrosgone

Jamieboy Man has 2 based NGs. The other 2...

Jamieboy

Man has 2 based NGs. The other 2 will be based in GLA for this summer, making a total of 4 (not 5 as stated elsewhere). All other 737 bases will have -300s/300QCs.
24th Dec 2011, 13:34
Replies: 4,104
Views: 2,354,817
Posted By retrosgone

The Dublin Chambery Charters have been operated...

The Dublin Chambery Charters have been operated for the last 3 or so winters by EDI based 737-300 QCs. This winter is the same, with a crew operating EDI - CMF - DUB, then positioning home. A second...
3rd Dec 2011, 16:14
Replies: 39
Views: 7,121
Posted By retrosgone

Sounds like a very difficult situation, and not...

Sounds like a very difficult situation, and not much fun for those involved. Can I ask though - how much profit has CSA made over the past few years?
12th Jul 2011, 19:06
Replies: 129
Views: 42,792
Posted By retrosgone

course profile

Firstly - it was rossian and not me who replied to your earlier post. Secondly, it was we "old farts" who were (probably rightly) the recipients of the mickey taking, so we decided to retaliate...
12th Jul 2011, 15:30
Replies: 129
Views: 42,792
Posted By retrosgone

SFO

The beret plot is indeed a true story - and resulted from a clash between the old culture (in which aircrew looked like aircrew), and the new nonsense of everyone having to look like an infantry...
4th Feb 2011, 17:54
Replies: 129
Views: 42,792
Posted By retrosgone

In fact, one of the CXX roof painters was a...

In fact, one of the CXX roof painters was a red-headed Nav and former dentist. Bob Joseph, who was then OC206 helped deflect some of the ire by pointing out that. as 120 had recently won an award...
21st Jan 2011, 12:17
Replies: 42
Views: 15,899
Posted By retrosgone

Jet 2 are paying 2.5% on basic, and 20% on sector...

Jet 2 are paying 2.5% on basic, and 20% on sector pay. Works out at roughly 3.5% on gross income.
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