Saturday, March 31, 2007

Hey Everyone, Come see how good I look!

You know the day, when you're feeling good, the crew shirt is still neatly pressed and men, women and children look your way? You've lost twenty pounds, your shoes are polished and the rollaboard and Scott leather flight kit are still smelling new.

That's right, they're looking at you!

Later, you discover your fly was open. Oh well, maybe it was because you looked so good in spite of the fact.

Stay classy St. Louis.

Friday, March 30, 2007


Remind you of any of your favorite government agencies?

Milwaukee 'The Good Land'

According to Alice Cooper anyway. I got one of those weird trips. One leg to MKE last night, sit here until late afternoon and deadhead back. Oh well, it's $1.40 an hour per diem to sit here and blog. About 21 hours away from base IIRC. My budget allows for McD and then some.

First night landing last night. :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

TSA Training Advice

It appears like some people are reading my blog and looking for advice on Trans States Airlines training. Not all the things I'm going to tell you were issues I had, but that I might have seen.

Here's what I can tell you:

1. You can buy an EMB145 model for MS Flight Sim for $25. Review here. Disclaimer: I haven't used it and have no connection with them.

That would be really good if it works something like the real airplane so you can practice with the FMS, flight director, etc.

The review sounds promising. Flying the plane is not that hard except doing a visual which is challenging.

2. Get those profiles and flows down so that you don't think about what to say or do when, and the sim will be a LOT easier. I made up mnemonics and silly sayings to help me on the flows. You can sit in front of a CPT with a partner and get those down pat. Don't worry about the captain's flows or anything crazy. Managing yourself, the plane, the crew, and the emergency is the lesson they are trying to teach. Don't hurry. Time is the one element you can control someone told me. The engines are DESIGNED to sit there on fire for a while. :) I came in and studied every day, even off days because I was one of the first people into the sim. I was at FSI for about 8-9 hours every day during sim. The sim session was 5 of that.

3. Don't sweat the written tests too much. Study and learn though. Everyone made it through ground school. The oral and the sim are the real tests. Study in groups. Everyone's got little tricks or gouges.

4. Get to Jeff Baumann's house for his teaching sessions. Indispensable. 5 stars. Ask him for advice and help early, not after you've flunked something.

5. Don't study so much that it starts to affect your eating or sleeping. It's not THAT hard and it's not worth your health. You young folks won't be bulletproof for the rest of your life. Take some time off. Take a nap.

6. Lots of people flunked orals and sims. Smarter people than me flunked the oral. Don't sweat it too much, just keep working. It's not unusual.

7. The best cure for being nervous is being overly prepared.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

St. Louis Airport Ghost Town

The D concourse at St. Louis Lambert. They say the ghosts of old TWA pilots still flirt with the ghosts of gate agents there...

You can walk for 5 minutes and maybe see one or two other people, whom are probably maintenance.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Coca Cola with SUGAR in it!

So there I was in the Oriental supermarket, picking up knick knacks like young coconut milk with bits in it to drink. They had Coke hecho en Mexico in 12 oz glass bottles. It's got SUGAR as the sweetener vs corn syrup! The Diet Coke in plastic tastes like a$$ compared.

People make a big deal out of the Dr. Pepper made with cane sugar up around Dallas. I assume sugar means sugar, i.e. cane in the Cokes.


So I picked up my 3 choice container of food from the deli (General Tso chicken, tofu w/veggies, and a lo mein) and had lunch on the curb. No one thinks weird of you in the Asian strip mall, plus it was a nice day.

Line Check Complete

This is why we do it. (It sure ain't the money.)

I passed my PC/Line Check today. I got a reserve line for next month, but not the bottom one. :) I'll probably get a built-up line after that.

Extremely cool check airman. Got a little low on the approach (1 light on the VASI) but the energy was ok with a smooth touchdown.
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