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20th Feb 2019, 20:05
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Posted By blind pew

The first and most disappointing of my three airlines

Sadly immortalising the most two faced captain I came across...promised everything to become our Balpa rep then sold us out, the next week went into management. Inventor of the silent cockpit. Walked...
18th Feb 2019, 10:00
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Posted By blind pew

Yup..thanks phil.

Yup..thanks phil.
18th Feb 2019, 07:59
Replies: 7
Views: 4,378
Posted By blind pew

Researched it in the 80s

When Swissair was trying to change retirement age from 55 to 58.
Surprisngly short haul pilots had a lower life expectancy than long haul!
But the overall stats very difficult to give a meaningful...
18th Feb 2019, 07:22
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Posted By blind pew

Swissair in the 70s

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yR0YAVhJnDs&feature=youtu.be
Not in English but worth watching for a snap of the bygone age.
12th Feb 2019, 11:03
Replies: 38
Views: 3,157
Posted By blind pew

I was hod carrying for that sort of money in the...

I was hod carrying for that sort of money in the mid sixties. “the caring” corporations took the grand back after tax. My starting pay was around a grand gross in 1971..bit more than half of that...
22nd Jan 2019, 20:05
Replies: 2
Views: 1,381
Posted By blind pew

Are you looking for a stunt double for nigel mansell then?

Probably still has is tweed jacket and the beaujolais nouveau that he laid down in the 80s. ;-)
20th Jan 2019, 23:17
Replies: 37
Views: 8,951
Posted By blind pew

Standards

Twenty years after I graduated from Hamble I decided I would get a FAA ATP.
I had the FAA question answer book air freighted over and read through it whilst doing a 5 day short haul rotation then...
13th Jan 2019, 20:53
Replies: 84
Views: 19,268
Posted By blind pew

The passengers made their choice and were helped by the crew.

Remember a colleague gave the cockpit jump seat to a business passenger who pleaded to get home.
later demanded a refund from the company as wasnt seated in business class. Tosser.
After that I was...
13th Jan 2019, 13:24
Replies: 22
Views: 7,443
Posted By blind pew

Amphetamines

John Taylor had a significant amount of amphetamines in his bloodstream iirc. You could get them over the counter in those days to calm your nerves. I saw him wheeling the prototype along the cycle...
31st Dec 2018, 13:04
Replies: 2,618
Views: 688,673
Posted By blind pew

Brian..e tickets

From what I understood when I tried to buy one is that I still had to get one printed from the station ticket machine..or maybe I was trying the wrong app as it didn't give me the choice of using my...
31st Dec 2018, 08:58
Replies: 2,618
Views: 688,673
Posted By blind pew

E ticket

Tried that but the only link had buy the ticket and collect it at the machine in the station which I saw others doing using their phone. But there was a 15 minute wait on the machine. Doesn't seem...
31st Dec 2018, 07:07
Replies: 2,618
Views: 688,673
Posted By blind pew

Railway tickets

anyone with contacts with the train service. Two out of three recent visits up to fifteen minutes to buy a ticket including at the ticket machine! Generally two staff at the counter with one window...
21st Dec 2018, 10:01
Replies: 1,180
Views: 668,822
Posted By blind pew

Flatmate of mine whilst beating up the...

Flatmate of mine whilst beating up the countryside very low and fast got a model aircraft with the intake of the hunter. The energy in a large heavy lump of aluminium at more than double the speed of...
Forum: ATC Issues
4th Dec 2018, 22:24
Replies: 13
Views: 2,778
Posted By blind pew

Worse one I had was into Conakry when I did a...

Worse one I had was into Conakry when I did a month with air afrique just after a coup which saw the last lot hanging from a bridge. Skipper a Swiss german racist and not terribly bright. The new...
Forum: ATC Issues
3rd Dec 2018, 19:01
Replies: 13
Views: 2,778
Posted By blind pew

Instruction meant immediately enter and take off...

Instruction meant immediately enter and take off with traffic on short final..dont ask me the yank text but it was plain to me.
I should add that when in first flew into Kennedy in the late 70s I...
Forum: ATC Issues
2nd Dec 2018, 21:56
Replies: 13
Views: 2,778
Posted By blind pew

Several but mainly in the cockpit

First was a near miss climbing over Belgium where the captain made small heading changes when we were on a radar heading..blamed me but I had told him that we were radar heading until level then own...
25th Nov 2018, 08:20
Replies: 13
Views: 2,827
Posted By blind pew

reverse bucket

nah..got turned down for H M shilling if that's what you mean..if not then the Glen Stewart affair was an assistant controller at Norwich iirc in the 60s and a part time assistant instructor for a...
21st Nov 2018, 17:34
Replies: 13
Views: 2,827
Posted By blind pew

A Walter Mitty character was behind the...

A Walter Mitty character was behind the prosecution of Glen Stewart. .unfortunately I came across him before he got into the CAA..continued in spite of the one off prosecution. So no one in reality...
19th Nov 2018, 16:21
Replies: 11
Views: 1,953
Posted By blind pew

The only thing that really helped me was using...

The only thing that really helped me was using nlp, accepting that there wasn't a lot that I could do about it, relaxing and getting what rest I could.
Best remedy was taking unpaid leave and...
11th Nov 2018, 17:15
Replies: 29
Views: 13,012
Posted By blind pew

One seems to remember Air France getting 2.4 billion illegally

And have witnessed the massive slump in tourism, increase in crime and poverty in the Gard region due to the French screwing Ryanair who moved to Northern Italy creating a boom there. Knock on effect...
9th Nov 2018, 04:15
Replies: 190
Views: 62,455
Posted By blind pew

The old ones are the best

Hamble course mate brand new on 400 as chief trainer blxxxcks long time SFO for moving heading bug whilst sir is giving his life history to pax...standard operating procedures boyo!
short final into...
Forum: Jet Blast
8th Nov 2018, 08:59
Replies: 49
Views: 2,141
Posted By blind pew

Had dinner with a BEA first officer, horses...

Had dinner with a BEA first officer, horses doures served on first class plates, with cutlery and napkins.
Steward nicked the drapes from vanguards, dyed them and adorned his flats windows.
Another...
26th Oct 2018, 05:35
Replies: 37
Views: 8,951
Posted By blind pew

It was all "new" at the time YL

Hamble was airwork services training until 1960 and prior to that the base of the ATA during the war who ferried the aircraft. The corporations realised that they needed differently trained pilots...
25th Oct 2018, 16:04
Replies: 37
Views: 9,608
Posted By blind pew

turbo discus

closest that I've come to getting seriously injured in 50 years plus of flying has been with a pop up motor.. three separate occasions. when I first got it was asked by the Cfi of the Ulster club as...
24th Oct 2018, 23:21
Replies: 37
Views: 9,608
Posted By blind pew

layers

Having taught all the way down from big boys pax jets through alpine soaring and flying off Irish beaches and now playing with paragliders the atmosphere isn't quite as most people understand it and...
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