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A Reinforcements Haiku…

January 18th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Round white office goods

Reinforcing my Jepp charts

Thanks, paper bungholes!

Tags: Publications

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gcalvin // Jan 18, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Yep. I need a new set of approach plates. These are looking a bit too “battle-worn.”

  • 2 Ron // Jan 19, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Wow, and I thought MY Jepps were in bad shape. :)

    It doesn’t help that the paper they use to print the plates is about as thin as a human hair. I understand why they do this — it’s the only way to pack that many pages into each binder — but still, I’d rank the durability of a Jepp page somewhere near that of a snowflake in the middle of an Arizona summer day.

    If I had a dime for every page that I’ve had to mend…

  • 3 gcalvin // Jan 19, 2009 at 1:32 am

    My main problem is that I’ve got too much in that one binder. Unfortunately, I’ve got nothing else I can do. I’ve got two binders filled with Jeppesen stuff, with one having all the enroute low and high charts in it, and the other having all the terminal area stuff like SIDS, STARS, IAP charts, and airport diagrams inside. With those two binders, my Flight Operations Manual (itself a very thick binder) and my Sennheiser HMEC-25KA headset, there isn’t enough room for a third Jeppesen binder in my brain bag.

  • 4 Philo // Jan 24, 2009 at 7:45 am

    How long before your company decides to install EFB’s? Maybe they have already figured out the weight difference isn’t significant enough of a fuel savings…I’m just thinking about your tennis elbow here…;)

  • 5 gcalvin // Jan 26, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Flight Ops says that the EFBs are “on the way.” They’ve been “on the way” for about five years. I’ve been told that two years ago, they selected a provider, and then found out that provider couldn’t give us a package with all the features we wanted in an EFB package. If I recall the rumor correctly, FedEx’s decision to scrap their EFB program using the same company’s product was part of what led to our decision to drop them.

    The latest info about the program is that we haven’t been able to find a company to provide exactly what we’re looking for in an durable-enough package to meet our needs.

    I’m not going to hold my breath until it happens, but I’m sure it will happen eventually.

    And the weight of the system isn’t necessarily the only concern. Every year, we have probably fifty to one-hundred pilots go out on medical leave while their injured backs heal. A lot of those injuries come from lugging the brain bag into and out of the bag well next to our seats. The 737 isn’t exactly the most ergonomic creation, and lifting a thirty-pound flight kit, leaning over a seat at an awkward angle, and dropping the bag into the well is an easy way to tweak your spine. Removing the flight kit from that bag well is even worse.

    If every pilot only had to show up to work with their overnight bag and a headset, then those injuries could be decreased greatly.

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