Question for @Oldman

Moon Rat

@oldman Why don’t you post some stories about your flying career? You must gave some good stories? Ever see any UFO’s? What’s it like up there at night flying across country with nothing below you?

Moon Rat—I saw this post a few days ago, but I don’t know what you asking for. I never had any accidents or even near misses, except a few taxiway incursions. I had one incursion with a student pilot who was in a Cessna that had he not stopped, he would have crashed his plane into my Boeing 767. His instructor apologized relentlessly I think because he didn’t want me to file a report with the NTSB and I didn’t. We all make a few mistakes while learning. BTW, I never saw any UFO’s.

I don’t know if you know it or not, but we can pm each other on this forum, so I will pm you some experiences that I had that may interest you.
@oldman How do you know when you can start your engines? Do you have to get permission to start the engines? I was told by another pilot that pilots have to have permission before starting the engines.

@oldman How do you know when you can start your engines? Do you have to get permission to start the engines? I was told by another pilot that pilots have to have permission before starting the engines.
We’ve been over this before. I have told you, most pilots wait until they are pushed back from the gate before starting their engines. The pilots make the ground controllers aware that we are ready for pushback and they will tell us when it’s our turn. The pilots then communicate through headphones with the driver of the pushback tug that we are ready for pushback. The pushback driver will then push the plane back onto the taxiway with the wing walkers kind of making sure no dangers exist behind us. Once the tug stops, the pin used to connect the plane to the tug is removed and held up so that the pilots can see the plane is now using its own power. The pilots will use thrust from the engines to get the plane out to the runway. Once we are at the runway and given clearance for takeoff, the pilot will release the breaks, push the accelerators up to full thrust and off we go.
1/. Did you have favourite airline flight attendants?
2/. What was your most exciting trip and why?
3/. Do you get deals on flight tickets?
4/. Do you miss flying?
5/. Have you ever flown small aircraft’s like Cessnas ?
1. I flew for United, but Singapore Air was my favorite for service onboard.
2. It depends on how you are using the word exciting. Two weeks after the L-1011 had crashed in Dallas due to a phenomenon called a "microburst," which none of us ever heard of before, we were landing in Dallas that afternoon during another very heavy thunderstorm. This was before the FAA put restrictions on us as to when we could not fly into certain types of weather patterns like now. It was almost like the same thing was happening to us as the Delta L-1011. Heavy rain and winds were being reported around the airport. The first officer was doing the flying and I was monitoring the instruments and taking care of communications with the tower. When they reported crosswinds and severe gusting, I made the decision to go around. We did a 20 minute go around and the weather pattern had not changed, I made the decision to divert to Houston for safety reasons. United didn't like it because we had to get the passengers back to Dallas later in the day, but I thought it best under the weather conditions and the NTSB/FAA agreed after they investigated.
My other experience that was exciting to me was when I was in Seattle and was asked to fly Alaska due to lack of coverage. I flew to Alaska and from there to Green land then back home the next day. I enjoyed seeing a little more of the world that I hadn't seen before, especially some of the glaciers
3. When I flew, I flew for free on standby, most of the time. Retired and because I was a senior Captain with 33 years time with United, I still fly for free in Coach only. I use my United credit card to build credits, so my wife and I can fly up in Business or First Class. Sometimes, if there are empty seats in B/C or F/C, they will allow us to have those seats for no charge.
4. Fly was my passion, so YES, I do.
5. When I started flying at flight school, I flew a Cessna 150 and a Cessna 172. I flew those small planes for just a few weeks and because I had signed up for jet training, I was moved over to the B-707 and then up to the B-737. Before graduation, I was named the number one student of the class and Air Wisconsin offered me a job. I took it and shortly after, United called me and recruited me to joining with them and I said "Yes." (B stands for Boeing.) I have flown the B-707, 737, 747, 757 and 767.

I was flying over the Rockies in the middle of winter going to Chicago from Denver. As we were landing in Chicago at O'Hare, the traffic controller said only two runways were open. The runway I needed was closed while plowing was taking place. I asked how long until it would open. The Controller said about 30 minutes. I asked what my alternates were. My best bet was Cleveland. I said no, we will stay in line and circle the airport until the longer runway is open, which was just over a half hour. My passengers were getting frustrated, so I told them, we could land now and slide down the runway or be patient until the runway has been cleared and have a soft landing. They voted to wait.

I could still fly today, if the FAA would life their age limitations.