Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Fear of Flying

You know, I really don't like this kind of post. At work, I tend to take on extra mid-shifts to keep away from the negative talk and away from the stupid things that management is always coming up with. I guess it's a way of guarding my overall attitude. However, as an active union member, I can't help but be exposed to some of the nonsense that seems to be running rampant in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during the Bush tenure in the White House.

If you've been reading any of the articles posted by past National Air Traffic Controller Association (NATCA) President and retired controller, John Carr on The Main Bang, you already know what I'm talking about. If you haven't read any of that stuff, reading this article may be enough to make you check the Amtrak (the unofficial airline of NATCA) schedule before taking your next trip. I'll tell you that I have known Kevin, Scott and Howard (three controllers interviewed for the article)for quite a number of years and have a lot of respect for them and their dedication to this once grand profession.

If you are planning a trip via the nation's airways anytime soon, check out this site before scheduling your flights. It's put out by NATCA and offers many tips on avoiding delays on your trip.

Sorry about the bummer post. Consider it to be information that's nice to know. I'll try to have something more uplifting real soon.

Eligible to retire in 4 yrs, 2 mos, 20 days.

1 comment:

Bilbo said...

You're right - it is a bummer post, especially considering that I fly to Las Vegas this morning. I doubt I'll fly through any of your airspace, but please try to let all the other controllers look out for us!