Posted on August 1, 2011 by basicman
It’s 94 degrees outside, the ship is full of hot people, the air conditioning cannot keep up, thunderstorms are moving in and we’re #43 in line for take-off. It’s rush hour at JFK and I’m the Captain taking 172 people non-stop to San Francisco. We have 5 ½ hours of real estate in front of us – after we wait in the runway queue. The folks onboard probably think the toughest part for them is over; TSA security check-points, time constraints and long lines top their lists. Tonight, they are wrong.
We’ve been put in special penalty box until the bad weather has passed along our route of flight. The ATC system is already at capacity and in addition to those 42 airplanes in front of us there are four of them on a similar routing. We each need 20 minutes of spacing between us. Have you done the math yet?
Filed under: Business | Tagged: airline delays, ATC, flight crews, flyersrights.org, kate hanni, moving parts, passenger bill of rights | 2 Comments »
Posted on April 26, 2011 by basicman
Somebody fell asleep in the control tower and a plane full of women and children were in peril. “Oh, the humanity”. Relax folks, you were never in danger of losing your life – if the pilots in the cockpit are napping when it’s time to land – then it’s time to worry. Trust me on this one; they won’t be.
The recurring questions I’ve been asked lately surround the spate of incidents where an air traffic controller has been caught dozing on the job. Having been a commercial airline pilot for the last 28 years, my take on issue at hand is a little less impassioned and lot more matter of fact. It goes something like this; yes, they dozed off much the same as you have at some point in your life – while on the job, behind the wheel of your car, or listening to your spouse. Like you, they’re human and at times succumb to the frailties of humanity.
Filed under: Business, Politics | Tagged: Air Traffic Control, control tower sleepers, DOT, FAA, NASA sleep study, Randy Babbitt, Ray LaHood | 2 Comments »
Posted on November 2, 2010 by basicman
No, Delta Air Lines, Inc. isn’t going under. However, as of November 3, 2010 Delta’s staid employee culture will have forever changed. On that day 20,000 flight attendants will find out if they will become unionized or remain as they have for 86 years, non-union.
This is one commentary I would love to reread a few years down the road and admit that I had been overly pessimistic. Unfortunately this event is destined to be a lose-lose proposition for the company because of the parties involved, the emotion and contention surrounding the issue, and the relative impotence company leadership has to orchestrate a desirable outcome; no matter who ends up being the winner.
Filed under: Business | Tagged: AFA, Delta Air Lines, flight attendants, Northwest Air Lines, union vote | 4 Comments »
Posted on January 2, 2010 by basicman
This new regulation now compels me to make a decision that is possibly not in
- No Way Out
the best interest of my passengers when I approach the newly imposed time limit; continue toward the runway or return to the gate. Remember, Secretary LaHood now has a $5.9 million gun pointing at my company’s wallet and I decide if he gets paid. Under those terms you can guarantee that I will elect to return to the gate. Then we’ll see what those 216 passengers originally bound for Europe really think about their new Passenger Bill of Rights.
Filed under: Business, Politics | Tagged: airplane delays, flyersrights.org, government over reach, kate hanni, passenger bill of rights, Sen. Boxer, Sen. Snowe | 3 Comments »
Posted on July 23, 2009 by basicman
Imagine a city devastated by a natural disaster where unemployment and poverty reach such levels as to witness lines over a mile long to get meals from community soup kitchens. No imagination needed as it’s happening right now in the US and not just in one city but throughout a large region of one of our most resourced states; California. Years of drought in the Central Valley of the Golden State has produced just such a scenario. Known for its agricultural base it presents an incredible irony in that the silent people standing in these food lines are the same ones that in the recent past grew and harvested over 12% of the nations food and represented our country’s most prolific milk producers. But that was before the government and parochial environmentalists shut their irrigation water off. This is a story of good people versus do-gooders.
Filed under: Business, Culture | Tagged: California agriculture, delta smelt, environmental activism, environmental extremists, Katrina, obama, San Joaquin Valley | 2 Comments »
Posted on May 17, 2009 by basicman
George McGovern that is.
McGovern; Economic Renaissance Man
…. at age 66, after purchasing The Stratford Inn in Connecticut, George McGovern joined the real world of profit and loss business where his own money was at risk. In short order he found out that government regulation and intrusion were a small business owner’s worst enemy.
Filed under: Business, Politics | Tagged: democrat overstep, government regulation, McGovern, new business perspective | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 5, 2009 by basicman
When the ‘experts’ speak in clichés about being “too big to fail” or “we simply had to step in” they attack the whole idea behind the American entrepreneurial spirit, free markets, and the essence of a capitalist system. Let me say it another way; discounting or ignoring the survival spirit of the small business entrepreneurs in a capitalist, free enterprise economy disregards the very foundation on which it is built.
Filed under: Business, Politics | Tagged: business failure, federal intervention, GM Chrysler bankruptcy, too big to fail | Leave a comment »