I’m a bit behind. Here’s the catch-up. I flew a 4-day IOE trip with a Brit named Rory Kay, a very fine gentleman. IOE means Initial Operating Experience. Rory is an LCA, or Line Check Airman. His job was to fly as my first officer (co-pilot) for the first three days, honing my knowledge of the 767/757 and polishing me up for the fourth day, which was a checkride.
Rory proved to be an outstanding instructor as well as an affable travel companion. We made friends immediately, but that didn’t hold him back from giving me the constructive criticism I needed. He was very patient in correcting my “Guppyisms.” Those are habits carried over from the 737 that are not applicable to the bigger jets. He flew the first leg from Dulles to
The trip included overnights at
Our last day, the checkride, was supposed to be a 767 leg from SFO to Dulles, but it didn’t materialize. Rory called me and told me to sleep in. Our plane, which had been scheduled to come up from
Because our trip was a top priority (the company wanted me to get qualified so they can put me to use) Rory had authority to commandeer any 767/757 flight he wanted. He found one going to
After a perfect 757 landing in
And so, you’re wondering about the riot on the plane I was supposed to fly but got cancelled. Well, I’m giving you a link to a video site called LiveLeak where you can view the ugly incident yourself. Someone got it on tape and posted it. It was initially on YouTube but got pulled, so it may not be on LiveLeak too long. This video does not reflect well on United Airlines, but keep in mind that the crew landed that plane without hurting a single person. The people got mad, but people tend to take air transportation for granted, believing that a trouble free flight is a guaranteed birthright. Little do they realize the complexity involved in getting their soft butts half way around the earth in a few hours safely and at an affordable price.
Anyway, here’s the link. You’ll notice the fire department wetting down the hot brakes. The plane landed at an extremely heavy weight.
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