Category Archives: At the Airlines

Have You Thought About…

About 9 or 10 months before I retired from Northwest Airlines I was called to take a flight from Detroit to Ft. Myers, FL.  I was an A-320 Captain at the time, and was sitting ‘Alert;’ essentially “on call.”  I … Continue reading

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Awaiting a Gate Assignment in Sioux Falls

I had to divert into Sioux Falls, SD one day because of inclement weather in Minneapolis.  Rain, snow – I cain’t remember; doesn’t matter.  There were a “few” of us who diverted that day, and we all ended up sitting … Continue reading

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Airline Executives

(Time to ‘uncork’ one…Warning:  Contains adult language, and directed contempt.) I went to work for Northwest Airlines in January 1989.  I left the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel, having served as a flying squadron commander.  The challenge I was … Continue reading

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From the Other Side of the Door

It is being reported this morning that 2 pilots were discovered asleep in the cockpit of their A-330 on their way across ‘the Pond.’  Crap… Well, be it as it is, let me give you a perspective from the other … Continue reading

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“You Probably Should Have Taken That One, Sir”

I have always considered Cleveland Hopkins Airport as one of the most treacherous airfields I have flown in to.  The field configuration – runways and taxiways – look like they were laid out by Charles Manson, when he was off … Continue reading

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The Cost of Bureaucrats in Charge of Aviators Is, Dead Aviators…

On the morning of 9/11/2001 the policy guidance we had at Northwest Airlines (NWA) with respect to hijackings was: “The first consideration in a hijacking is the safety of passengers and flight crews.  If the hijacker is armed, comply with … Continue reading

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Armando!

As so often at the airlines, after level-off on the first leg, we – the guys up front – would begin to get to know each other.  Usually things like; Where are you from?  Where do you live?  What did … Continue reading

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“Look Out My Window?”

I was hired at Northwest Airlines in Jan. 1989.  Initially I was thrilled to be working at NWA.  Flying was a “skill set” that just seemed to come to me, and on ’89 I felt I was “set” for the … Continue reading

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“And So, How Do You Think I Like My Coffee?”

Sitting in the cockpit of a DC-9 one morning, just as passengers were about to board.  The Lead Flight Attendant, an attractive woman in her late 30s, sticks her head in and asks, “Would you guys care for anything to … Continue reading

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