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Post by (A/229) BBall on Thu 4 Jun 2015 - 3:14

Greetings guys.

I'd like to start by apologizing for being "AWOL" for the last several months. I've had the pleasure to do the occasional pop-in to Team Speak, and fly a circuit around the airport, but I'm hoping all that is about to change, and I can become an active member of the unit again.

As some of you know, I've been off flying status at the airline for the last six months with a slight medical issue (vision related), but that has (thankfully) healed itself. With that said, anyone that's ever earned their paycheck from a cockpit, knows that when a bump in the road like this hits your career, the paperwork and/or beauracratic bullsh*t one has to deal with is insane. Thankfully, all that is behind me now.

As of last Sunday evening, I have been certified to return to the cockpit (in fact, I'm writing this from the Westin in San Diego). I was home a grand total of 24 hours (from my 3 day "special requal" simulator checkrides in Atlanta) when the Crew Schedulers called and asked if I'd be willing take out a 2-day trip (for extra pay of course)! Apparently the bastards can't run the airline without me!!!!

Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy

With all that rot spewed, I was thinking of this little adventure as my next write-up. If anyone is interested, I took some rather copious notes after each days ride in the Boeing 757 simulator (while sitting at the hotel bar of course), with the thought of doing a piece on just what it takes to go from "village idiot" back to certified "line dog" (in regards to what the FAA requires us to do). Took a few pics too...

Let me know....oh, and just in case anyone cares....YES the weather in San Diego (and the bikinis) are spectacular!


(A/229) BBall
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Rated Senior Aviator
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Rated Senior Aviator

No. of Flights: : since 1973? are you kidding me? oh, you mean FLIGHT SIM flights!
Killed In Action: : is a zillion too many times?
Slick No. of landings: : you mean the ones I walked away from?
CAS Tanks destroyed: : not many.
CAS Vehicules destroyed: : more than the tanks.
CAS Bunkers destroyed: : have no idea! were they selling beer there?
Messages : 490
Age : 61
Location : Dresser, Wisconsin

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Post by (B/229) NeF on Thu 4 Jun 2015 - 5:13

Good to hear from you BB, enjoy the bikinis study
(B/229) NeF
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Rated Senior Aviator
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Rated Senior Aviator

Killed In Action: : At least a six pack
Messages : 940
Age : 33
Location : Brussels

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Post by (HHC/229) flyer on Thu 4 Jun 2015 - 6:24

Hey BBall...I'd love to read your take on the long road back to the cockpit.

Head Quarters Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1stCavDiv
Battalion S-1
(HHC/229) flyer
Instructor Pilot
Rated Master Aviator
Major S1 Instructor Pilot Rated Master Aviator

Messages : 1289
Age : 57
Location : Titusville, Florida

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Post by (HHC/229) Strut on Thu 4 Jun 2015 - 9:22

Gday BBall, i certainly would love to read about your battle with bullshit castle. Good to hear your ok and squared away.

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Rated Senior Aviator
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Post by (A/229) Hawkeye on Thu 4 Jun 2015 - 22:14

Start the musing's BBall..... but I believe you're waaaay  ahead there. !

Coming from an Aviation background, I've gotten to see/hear/chuckle about different Acronym's throughout my career. Lord knows.... Aviation is FULL of these.  While I was reading your (above) post I remembered these two below  & had another chuckle..  Thanks !

    A Work Of Love
    Always On lunch
    Anal WithOut Lube
    A Waste Of Liquor
    A Woman Of Luxury

  Friday Afternoon Alcoholics
  Federal Association of Assholes
  Fucking Around AGAIN
(A/229) Hawkeye
Rated Senior Aviator
Captain Rated Senior Aviator

No. of Flights: : 764-(on 229th Servers)UH-1H only
Killed In Action: : Lots... :O
Slick No. of landings: : Always Landed
Messages : 157
Age : 55
Location : KBTV

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