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I Had That “Big Grin,” Once…

May 11th, 2012 · 3 Comments

I normally try to keep to myself while I commute on my airline to and from Phoenix. I most always wear plain clothes and typically squirrel my identification badge away while I’m seated in the passenger cabin. I often busy myself with a book or sudoku puzzle on the iPad, or I simply shut my […]

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Tags: Aviation

Continuing Evolvement of the 737…

May 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Last December, the airline I fly for placed a rather LARGE order for Boeing’s newest iteration of their venerable and seemingly timeless 737, the 737 MAX. In fact, we will be the new aircraft’s launch customer, with deliveries starting in 2017 or sooner. The 737 MAX is Boeing’s answer to airline’s demands for a more […]

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Tags: Airliners · Aviation

NASA, El Paso style…

March 24th, 2011 · 1 Comment

At the end of January, I finished a day of flying just after noon in El Paso, TX. After checking into the hotel and changing into civvies, my partner (Captain Ray) and I walked Eastward along the road that runs along El Paso Airport’s southern boundary to see if we could get a closer look […]

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Tags: Aviation · Space

I’m Still Alive…

March 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

In case any of the seven readers of this blog were A) still readers of this blog, and B) wondering if I was still alive, the answer to B) is: Yes. Life has been extra-hectic. We moved Mom in with us last October. This involved a drastic pairing down of her own existence so that […]

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Tags: Aviation · Family · Personal · Photography

Good Riddance, 2009…

January 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Another 805 hours in the logbook during 2009. And I thought I slacked off in 2008! I’m down nearly 40 block hours year-over-year. A lot of that can be attributed to a great decrease in the airline’s schedule that began in February. Last year’s flying brought my totals to 4,101 hours in the 737 and […]

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Tags: Aviation · Logbook

So-Cal Sunrise…

September 15th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Our day started pre-dawn in Sacramento last Friday. While flying southbound on the SADDE6 arrival into LAX, we were treated to an amazing sunrise. The high cirro-stratus mixed with lingering smoke from the mostly-contained Station Fire created a wonderful mix of oranges contrasting with the purples of the San Gabriel Mountains as the sun behind […]

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Tags: Aviation · Photography · Uncategorized

Eight years later…

September 11th, 2009 · No Comments

I can remember no greater horror than we saw after turning on the television early in the morning eight years ago today. I will never forget. I may never forgive.

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Tags: Aviation · Patriotism · politics

An Interesting Week In The Industry…

August 17th, 2009 · 3 Comments

The last week has been an interestingly eventful one at work. My airline attempted to purchase another airline out of bankruptcy. The auction was held a couple of days ago. My airline lost. This is one of the few losses of a major business battle I can remember my airline taking. The funny thing is […]

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Tags: Aviation · Business/Unions

Footprints and Space Junk…

July 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Aside from the obvious continuation of the species and the pride a new mother and father feel for their newborn spawn, does the infant contribute anything to humanity? Of course not. At first, the neonate is simply a screaming, wiggling, out-of-control mess all covered in goo. Only after many, many years of nurturing (read: spent […]

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Tags: Aviation · Space

A New Deal…

June 1st, 2009 · No Comments

For the last month, the pilots at my company have been hotly debating the pros and cons of a new tentatively-agreed-to collective bargaining agreement. The negotiating between the Company and the Pilots took two-and-a-half years to come to the point where we pilots are now voting on the new deal. The CBA we currently work […]

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Tags: Aviation · Operations