Folks it’s gearing up to be a busy week here at Cap’n Aux HQ. Just wanted to clue you in!
FIRST UP: Avid Cap’n Aux blog reader Brian B., a PHX TRACON Air Traffic Controller, has secured official permission from his employer (Yes, the FAA!) to jumpseat with Cap’n Aux on today’s flights!
From this historic event, I am planning on writing a TWO Part blog series about it: 1.) His Jumpseat experience, and 2.) My experience touring his PHX ATC facility!
We’re throwing a HUGE flight track party over on my FB page: www.facebook.com/capnaux. JOIN US! I’m also hoping to Tweet out updates when I can (though not in flight, LOL!), so Friend me over on Twitter at: @capnaux!
As for today’s flights, we will traipse up to KSEA and back.
#75 PHX-SEA 1340-1631 Local Time (1740-2331Zulu, or GMT)
#18 SEA-PHX 1740-2033 Local (0040-0333 Zulu)
Which Airline, you ask? That’s left as an exercise for the Reader! 😉
NEXT UP: After our historic “turn” (fly to Seattle, turn around and fly back), Cap’n Aux is off to KDFW for an overnight. Tomorrow, before check in for the next flight, we are planning on another historic event: lunch with two other blog readers and FELLOW BLOGGERS, Brad T. at Airline Pilot Chatter (http://www.airlinepilotchatter.com/) and Justin C. at Standing Tall, Being All I Want to Be (http://standingtalll.blogspot.com/)!
(Note: Brad is on Reserve over at his airline, so it remains to be seen whether he gets to join us, or will get called out on a trip!)
For now, the weather looks like it won’t be a factor for our historic runs!
FINALLY: Much to my surprise, Cap’n Aux blog reader Alessandra S. notified me yesterday that the BBC had quoted me in an online piece! It’s from an article called, “What Airline Pilots Won’t Tell You” (http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20130725-what-airline-pilots-wont-tell-you)
BBC or not, there’s a TYPO in the quote, and it is not the full quote. So, without further adieu, here’s the original quote!:
“There is also an art to revealing just what’s going on without giving away TMI. While I can’t exactly jump on the PA and say, “Folks, pay no attention to the burning wing,” I also must avoid describing ad nauseum exactly what the mechanics onboard are fixing. For example, I can’t launch into a five minute dissertation of just why our our IAE V-2533-A5 Engine Number 2‘s ECU (Engine Control Unit) on the FADEC (Full Authority Digital Electronic Control) is triggering spurious warnings from the SDAC (System Data Acquisition Concentrator) to the EWC (Engine/Warning Display) without sounding alarmist. And I certainly can’t say, “The doohicky on the whatchamajig is causing quite a nasty ruckus with that gizmo thingy.” But I can say, “Our ace mechanics are onboard resetting one of our black boxes. We should be under way in a few minutes.”
This quote is from a piece I wrote last year (requoted on Quora where the BBC writer found it), called, “Zen & the Art of Passenger Maintenance” (http://capnaux.com/?p=140
It’s always a surprise to me to find out that my words have reached the farthest corners of the globe. Writing has always been one of my biggest passions (hence my 2 novels and counting!), and I’m always delighted when readers like you share these gems!
HAPPY FLIGHT TRACKING!
- Zen & the Art of Passenger Maintenance (http://capnaux.com/?p=140
- Zen & the Art of Aircraft Maintenance (the most popular Cap’n Aux post ever) http://capnaux.com/2012/01/zen-and-art-of-aircraft-maintenance.html
- Around the World in 80 Jumpseats (http://capnaux.com/?p=64
- BBC: What Airline Pilots Won’t Tell You (http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20130725-what-airline-pilots-wont-tell-you)
- Cap’n Aux’s 3 Seconds of Fame (http://capnaux.com/?p=121)
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