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Entries from June 2005

Mmmm…donuts!

June 16th, 2005 · No Comments

Thank the Lord for Nintendo! It looks like all the years of habitual video-game playing have finally paid off!! I got a chance to fly the simulator using the HGS a little bit tonight (see Through The Looking Glass post of June 7). In order to make the airplane fly in the direction you want […]

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Flagship 3701

June 15th, 2005 · 1 Comment

USA Today Article Lots of people have been asking me about this accident over the past several days. I have some thoughts about the above article, and this accident. Before you read any further, I’d like it to be understood that in no way am I passing judgment upon dead crewmembers. I am merely relating […]

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One down…

June 14th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Nine to go. We completed our first session in the CPT (cockpit procedures trainer) today. I learned a lot, but a the same time I was amazed at how well I did for my first time. I went in feeling woefully underprepared, but came out feeling fairly comfortable with the situation. I don’t think there’ll […]

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Through the looking glass…

June 8th, 2005 · 6 Comments

Today we were taught about the HGS system that is installed on all of our 737s. HGS stands for Head-Up Guidance System, and it essentially allows our aircraft to be operated in visibility conditions that would keep most other aircraft on the ground. The HGS In Action Basically, the system projects an image containing operational […]

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Back to the grind…

June 6th, 2005 · 1 Comment

I’m back in Dallas again after being home for a few days. It was wonderful to see my wife and daughter. On Saturday we threw our daughter her first birthday party. If you’ve never seen a one-year-old with birthday cake covering her from head to toe, you don’t know what you’re missing! Today is my […]

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Go Fly a Chair…

June 2nd, 2005 · 2 Comments

Some would call it “visualizing.” In the world of the pilot, it’s called “Chair Flyin’.” So here I am in my hotel room. I’ve just gotten back from taking my lay-z-boy on a short round-tripper to Houston and back. Basically, I’ve run through every cockpit flow and checklist that I’m responsible for as I verbalized […]

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