Airline travel _ WARNING RANT_ inside

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Re: Airline travel _ WARNING RANT_ inside

Postby jackhodgson » Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:06 pm

Agreed. Great story, and great ambassador for the airlines. They need more like him, or, the ones they have need more opportunities to interact with the passengers.

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Re: Airline travel _ WARNING RANT_ inside

Postby lucaberta » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:35 am

Heard about this story catching up on some 3 months or so without listening to UCAP, I felt I had to share this pic... ;)

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My girlfriend and I paying a visit to the office of a buddy of mine MD80 Captain at Alitalia, on the ground in Brussels just a few minutes before boarding the passengers.

The good news about him is that he is not too far from flying his homebuilt RV-8! So, after some six years of bulding it, he will be back at enjoying low speeds and short runways, after flying DC9-30, A321, MD11 and now the MD80!

Not all the human mailing tube drivers are evil, Dave, you see? :lol:

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Re: Airline travel _ WARNING RANT_ inside

Postby Dave Higdon » Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:15 pm

;) What fun, Luca...and a nice shot; lovely lady, your girlfriend...

...but to dispel any misconceptions, consider the crew of Human Mailing Tubes to be great people; several friends of mine pilot them for a living...

...still, I do feel that commercial air travel in the U.S. today is one of the more tortuous methods of travel invented by minkind :cry: ...and my coining of the term "Human Mailing Tube" reflects my feelings about the experience...not the fine folks laboring in the face of sometimes senseless management, long hours, strange hotels and stranger clients :lol:

And please pass on my congrats to your pilot friend -- finishing any homebuilt-airplane project is quite an accomplishment!

Ciao!

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Re: Airline travel _ WARNING RANT_ inside

Postby lucaberta » Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:39 pm

Dave Higdon wrote:;) What fun, Luca...and a nice shot; lovely lady, your girlfriend...

couldn't agree more! And she also likes my small plane, and even falls asleep sometimes, with the quiet humming of the 80HP Rotax in my Pipistrel Virus...

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...but to dispel any misconceptions, consider the crew of Human Mailing Tubes to be great people; several friends of mine pilot them for a living...

sure, sure, but your constant bashing on the podcast needed some funny reply, don't you think? :lol:

And please pass on my congrats to your pilot friend -- finishing any homebuilt-airplane project is quite an accomplishment!

sure will. He has been working countless days, and even took a few months of sabbatical from the airline to get more work done a few years ago... still, it's impossible to get a clear indication of a date for his first flight from him! :)

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Re: Airline travel _ WARNING RANT_ inside

Postby Dave Higdon » Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:31 pm

lucaberta wrote:
sure, sure, but your constant bashing on the podcast needed some funny reply, don't you think? :lol:

Ciao, Luca


:lol: :lol: :lol: Well, ya got me on that one...it is somewhat in my nature to rant about the airlines as a collective industry and their management as a collective of...well, let's just say we've seen better-run businesses ;)

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Re: Airline travel _ WARNING RANT_ inside

Postby jimg » Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:04 pm

Having earned the pilot license in my mid-40's means that for a few decades
I flew only with the general public and never was aware that there were
affordable alternatives. I've had great experiences, such as described
by JHWellington and awful experiences as per Mad Max, and most somewhere
in between. Magazines/books, an iPod, and noise-canceling headphones
are essential!

For those who have
earned and used many thousands of frequent flyer miles, you know
that the range of experience reflects the range of the personalities of the
flying public... in other words, humanity. Just think about your one
jerky neighbor who you can't stand to say hello to... getting a ticket
for the seat next to yours for four or five hours. Ouch!

(By the way, that goes for the airline employees (flight crews) as well.
Sometimes you get great people in a good mood, and airline travel is
almost fun, as illustrated by the cockpit visit story. And then
sometimes you get the flight crew from hell. Oh well.)

Unfortunately, the competitive nature of the "deregulated" airline business
combined with high fuel prices, costly medical (labor) benefits, and additional
security burdens imposed by our government (to be fair, at least a little
bit of which is a reasonable response to the a++holes of September 11, 2001)
have caused a situation where the air-traveling public, as uniformed as
they usually are about most things, accepts what is shoved at them and
pays. And pays. And pays.

Having now had the privilege and opportunity to fly a small GA airplane
from Minnesota to Maine to Florida, what I used to accept as "normal"
has become awful, and I see where Mad Max is coming from. And I too
have taken the "never again on the airlines" pledge... until my wife
reminds me that she is not going to spend a week flying a piston
single coast-to-coast in the winter, and realistically, neither am I. So
there you go.

But from April through October, east of the Rockies, no airliners.

The larger battle is to show Mr. & Mrs. Public that private aviation, whether
of the DIY variety, or the charter variety, can be in so many ways
practical, cost-effective, and enjoyable. But that is a very expensive
and very difficult message to effectively communicate. Let's try.

Jim


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