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April 20, 2011

God is Not My Co-Pilot Today

Position: Over Lincoln, Nebraska

Altitude: 36,000 feet

Groundspeed: 337 knots (387 mph)

Another thing that turns me into a screaming mimi is union talk while being high and fast on a crossing restriction. This guy does it continually... He is bashing airline management or a sector of the seniority list that he hates all the while being 2,000 feet high and 80 knots too fast ten miles from the crossing waypoint. Fingernails on a chalkboard...

Do I really have to tell a 40 year old airline pilot to shut-up and fly the aircraft? -- Flight Level 390: Moonset... Sunrise

Posted by Vanderleun at April 20, 2011 5:51 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Wish Capt. Dave had not put this on the net.

Those of us who flew all worked with people like this gent. Fortunately, they make up a very tiny percentage of the pilots out there. The very careful and demanding selection process eliminates most of them, but a few slip though.

Most domiciles have local ALPA Professional Standards Committees to deal with slackers like Dave's co-pilot. That is the proper venue to complain about someone's prefessional abilities or lack thereof. Lacking that, the Chief Pilot's office is the other proper venue. Washing dirty laundry in public tends to create blowback on the industry. Most airlines are just barely making it now and creating doubts in the public's mind about professional standards doesn't help.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at April 21, 2011 3:17 PM

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