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Huge Phuckups


VS NFO. Blue and Gold Officer
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I thought wholesale clubs sold their merchandise in bulk. That's alright for some guys. Just not how I roll.

HAL Pilot

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I thought wholesale clubs sold their merchandise in bulk. That's alright for some guys. Just not how I roll.
It's all how you define bulk...large mass or large quantities.

I'm going for the large quantities.


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I know there are some real good ones out there that can be funny as well as instructional. The fatals that come as a result, are the sad part, but we can learn from them. With the depth of experience on AW, I'm hoping that this will draw from the pool of hard learned lessons and avoid making the same mistakes.
I'm not immune from making my share of really stupid mistakes, but to duplicate them has been difficult. Pain and suffering is a great teacher.
My really dumb one happened one night when I missed the fact that a 40kt headwind turned into a 40kt tailwind and I overflew an airport before I expected to (and it was right under me!!!). The reason was my groundspeed changed dramatically and I missed it with an engine that was giving up on me and I got distracted. Fortunately no one got killed but we got beat up pretty good. That happened over 43 years ago and the lesson remains with me every time I fly.
Care to share any stories that we can all learn from?
Semper fi
Sounds like wind shear to me. Scary

HAL Pilot

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That headline is completely misleading and bullshit. The pilot made a mistake programming his FMS that he could not fix it in the air and it made his navigation unreliable . He realized his mistake, admitted the problem, elected to do the smart thing, and turned back. Because of the error he had to stay VFR and could not shoot an approach. The weather in Sydney was bad so he diverted to Melbourne. End of story.

A huge fuckup would have been attempting to continue to Malaysia. This was comparatively a relatively small mistake gaining huge headlines.

Full investigated by the Australian version of the FAA and reported without dramatic misleading bullshit.


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Ok fessup which one of you jackwagons was this

Saturday, December 30, 2017
Flight attendant says pro-Trump pilot hit and berated her

A flight attendant says she was bumped and berated by a pilot for challenging his racist, pro-gun, pro-Trump rants before a La Guardia Airport flight.

In a dispute that brought turbulence to both their careers, Sara Nouhaili says Capt. Michael Swanson flew off the handle as they prepared to board a Delta Connection plane on July 24.

“A lot of people are going to die” if President Trump is impeached, Swanson allegedly said. “Me and my buddies are armed and loaded and ready to use our Second Amendment right.”

Nouhaili complained to one of two co-workers also waiting to board the plane, according to her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

Swanson overheard her — and allegedly responded by saying “she can get the f–k out” if she didn’t like what he said. He added: “Don’t let the Republican door hit her on the way out,” court papers claim.

Then he mocked Nouhaili, whose parents are from Egypt and Morocco, for her race, asking if she is “even American,” court papers said.

The feud got physical when the crew boarded the plane. Swanson body-bumped Nouhaili in the aisle, hit her on the wrist with an open hand, and called her “a real f–king piece of s–t,” the lawsuit alleges.

Nouhaili was “reasonably upset” over being manhandled by Swanson, and protested her treatment, her suit says.

She called the Port Authority Police and reported the incident to management of Endeavor Air, her employers and the operator of the Delta Connection flight.

Endeavor apologized publicly after the story went viral.

Neither Nouhaili nor Swanson were charged by police. But they both lost their jobs.

Nouhaili was put on leave that same day while the airline conducted an internal investigation. Endeavor fired her a month later, citing her response to the captain’s remarks, according to the suit.

“All she did was try to get this captain to stop making these disparaging comments about minorities and his response was to physically attack her on a plane,” her lawyer, Brian Heller, told The Post.

“And when she complained, she got fired.”

Nouhaili, who declined to comment, is seeking $10 million in the retaliation and discrimination lawsuit filed last week.

An Endeavor spokesman said the airline is “dismayed” by Nouhaili’s claims and “has absolute zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind.”
18 years old, freshman year of college, about 10 hours into my part 141 Instrument Rating. Deciding to go flying in inclement weather to keep current (Was my last of the 90 days). Ceiling was reported Broken at 1500'. I decided it was a good idea to take my friend flying with me to keep some company. Requested and approved for a special VFR to stay in the pattern and do a quick three landings to a stop and go. After takeoff clearance and establishing Vy, at around 700' I lose flight visibility, then get it back, then lose it again. I recorded in my head the altitude that I lost visibility and reported to the tower, hadn't started approaches yet so I resorted to skud running to get back on the ground. My friend was a punch drunk wrestler and had a huge smile on his face the whole time in the passenger seat so didn't have to worry too much about him. Did a very skewed traffic pattern to a short final to lay it back on the ground. I sighed super heavy as I asked for a taxi back to the ramp. My friend looks over and asks what the sigh was for and I asked, "Could you tell I was about to shit my pants that whole time?" He said no, so I guess I was decent at keeping my cool and getting the plane on the ground.

Definitely changed my perspective as being a pilot, focused heavily on safety and even added a safety minor the following semester to try and increase my knowledge on crash prevention and symptoms.