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Change... again

Postby David Reed » Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:10 pm

Flying may be great fun, but as a career it can sometimes be a horrible bitch goddess.

Over the past 40 years, I've had several flying jobs. Each one changed for the same reasons- place went out of business/sold the airplane or moving up to a better opportunity. This time it's a medical reason. On my last physical I listed a medication I was taking and the doc informed me that it is no longer approved by the FAA, so the renewal was denied. Rats! So I went to my family doctor, got the prescription dropped (turns out plain Tylenol would work just as well), sent a note from him to the FAA. Not that simple! First, the regional office reviews it. Then it get's denied officially. Then you have to submit an application for reconsideration. This is reviewed and passed on to the head FAA Medical office in Oklahoma City. Believe me, they're in no rush. Four months later they notify me that I have to submit a ton of paperwork to a specialist in St Louis, then go visit with him (to prove I'm not a raving drug addict). That little 1.5 hr visit is going to cost $2650! WTF! Meanwhile all my personal and vacation days have run out, so now I'm unemployed. My boss at Aero Charter says I can get the job back soon as I get the issue resolved, but I'm not holding my breath.

When I wasn't flying, I drove a semi-truck. Why? No matter what the economy, they always need a driver. I've worked for three different companies over the years- Burlington Motor Carriers, Witte Bros, and my own business, Broadreach Transportation. Not as high paying, but it pays the mortgage. So now, while the FAA takes it's sweet time reconsidering my application, I'll be driving... again. This time it's for Dart Transportation. They have a dedicated run out of St Louis for Purina/Nestle's. Newer vehicles, decent pay, and you never touch the freight. This is good because my 65th birthday is Saturday and I'm not feeling like loading/offloading 40k lbs anymore.

But life goes on! Here at Historic Airline Group, I keep my sanity by running our little VA. Seriously, when I need a break from reality, this is where I go. So nothing will change here.

Hopefully I'll be back in the cockpit of my KingAir 350 with my sweetie copilot soon, but till then, I'll be driving the highways of America... again.

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Re: Change... again

Postby EAL0739 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:34 pm

Dave Reed wrote:But life goes on! Here at Historic Airline Group, I keep my sanity by running our little VA. Seriously, when I need a break from reality, this is where I go. So nothing will change here.


Dave,

Sorry to hear about red tape problems with FAA. Hope you get approval from FAA sooner!!!

What AMAZES me is that how you manage to run your successful VA ALL BY YOURSELF SINGLEHANDEDLY!!!!!!!

By the way, HAPPY 65TH birthday to you!

Regards,

Aharon
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Re: Change... again

Postby David Reed » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:55 am

Thanks! It's not that hard if you enjoy it.

Fifty was nothing. Sixty was "God, I'm old!" 65 is "Damn! I'm so freakin' old!"
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Re: Change... again

Postby PAA0691 » Thu May 02, 2019 9:13 am

Sorry to hear (read) that Dave. And hope that you can get in the air as soon as it can get! Damn burocrats.

It's an example on how to face problems what you are writing here. You should be proud! I facing a recovery for a second surgery for herniated disc, but your post lift my spirit. There's no other way than fight for your things!

And, AGAIN, thanks for running this VA! I didn't fly for a very long time now, but everyday I check news and the forums. It's nice to have a place like this, and that's for your passion for managing it. Thanks.
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Re: Change... again

Postby David Reed » Thu May 02, 2019 5:04 pm

You guys always lift my spirits! I’m going to drive for LTI Transportation. They work the Midwest, just Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee. Mostly flat country! Woo hoo! I start indoc on Monday.

Anyone try the Caravelle VI from HJG? I tried that this morning. Jeesh, I couldn’t even get autopilot to navigate!
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Re: Change... again

Postby EAL0739 » Fri May 03, 2019 9:04 am

David Reed wrote:Anyone try the Caravelle VI from HJG? I tried that this morning. Jeesh, I couldn’t even get autopilot to navigate!


I once flew three years ago HJG Carvelle with Air France livery to recreate real world historic flight from KMIA to MTTP and wow Caravelle III had very very slow climbing speed!!! Took me LONG TIME to climb to FL310 so I gave up and settled for FL250!!! No wonder it was popular for short hop flights because of slow speed climbing meaning they did not care if it had slow speed climbing as long as the trips were short and 250 nautical miles or less!!! My 650 nautical mile flight from KMIA to MTPP took very long time instead of 90 minutes. The plane would not go above 240 kt during climb

By the way, autopilot was working well.

Here is video of real life Air France Carvelle service from KMIA to MTPP that I recreated:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4lxLfBpO4o
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Re: Change... again

Postby hermankreimes » Mon May 20, 2019 7:09 am

Hello Dave;

Just got around to reading some Post's. Sorry to hear about your problems with the medical certificate renewal.

As in some of the previous mails, your continued interest in keeping the HAG alive is greatly appreciated.

Hopefully your medical certificate will all be approved and put you back in the Captain's seat soon. In the meantime the trucking job will keep you out of trouble.

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