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festus

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Hey in IAH yeasterday some big storms moved over the field in the early evening and had several windshear alerts up to 55 knots. I noticed a couple - a 73 and a 75 elected to take off on 33L & R right into the the approaching storms as we could see the rain starting to pour onto the north end of the field and move south closing the airport. Was wondering what the thunderstorm policy is - no flame intended.
 

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Hey in IAH yeasterday some big storms moved over the field in the early evening and had several windshear alerts up to 55 knots. I noticed a couple - a 73 and a 75 elected to take off on 33L & R right into the the approaching storms as we could see the rain starting to pour onto the north end of the field and move south closing the airport. Was wondering what the thunderstorm policy is - no flame intended.
None taken. They were idiots. Pure and simple. FLY SAFE should be first and foremost at CAL.
 

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Did they takeoff from the taxiway? :)
 

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None taken. They were idiots. Pure and simple. FLY SAFE should be first and foremost at CAL.
Well, in their minds, they were the only planes on the airport and they couldn't see far enough past their own selfishness to see the impending storms. After all, they saved the company in 1983. Why not keep saving it? Fred's heroes!
 

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In ATL the other day, American was next for takeoff on 9L. As they were taxiing on to hold, a microburst alert went off in the tower with a loss of 30 knots. American said they would not take off.

A few minutes later tower comes back and says, "American, are you guys ready to go?"

AA: "Yes, we're ready."

Tower: "American XXX, clear for takeoff, 9L, microburst alert, loss of 30 knots off departure end."

AA: "I said we're ready to go, but not if you're still getting a microburst alert."

Pretty comical to hear because everytime the tower guy keyed the mic, you could hear the microburst alarm going off in the background.
 

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None taken. They were idiots. Pure and simple. FLY SAFE should be first and foremost at CAL.

DId they crash? I guess not........ They got the job done. I think there are toom many kitten pilots employed now as airline pilots....

Don't be a kitten folks@!!
 

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DId they crash? I guess not........ They got the job done. I think there are toom many kitten pilots employed now as airline pilots....

Don't be a kitten folks@!!

Jesus Christ. When (if) the real Sean gets back to this account, all hell will break loose.

I think you just stole the title from TheGuat. The most amazing prank/flame assault of all time!
 

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That is the real Sean. He really is as pathetic as his posts.
 

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Last winter in LGA, ice storm. The ATIS and controllers were reporting freezing rain. No one could T/O because the report was not LIGHT freezing rain. I found it interesting that the only carrier that asked for and received takeoff clearance was CAL.
Not a fan of freezing rain myself, but maybe CAL pilots/aircraft are better equipped?
 

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On a different note, we (CAL) were in ATL in a 737 last month. Due to some weather on our radar and some wind shear alerts, we elected to taxi off the runway, get out of line and wait a bit. During which several aircraft from other airlines happily took off.

Did not mind waiting for the storm to blow past one bit. We are paid by the hour, right? I figure no one will mind if we wait a few minutes. They might mind crashing....
 

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Those were the ones with the very few under age 50 flight attendants that had to get to the overnight quick. You gotta play if you wanna win :)
 

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Did not mind waiting for the storm to blow past one bit. We are paid by the hour, right? I figure no one will mind if we wait a few minutes. They might mind crashing....[/QUOTE]

I agree...whats the hurry. I figured some guys are immune to the effects of thunderstorms :rolleyes:
 

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That's interesting you saw that. I've seen twice, in the last month, no less than 10 CAL airplanes and others in CAL livery delay departure a minimum of 15 minutes when LLWS alerts were issued. Two of the CAL flights were already P&H on their departure runway and taxied clear. American, Delta, and AC Jazz chose to wait. A Compass aircraft chose to takeoff as well as one UAL bus and a USAir 737.

I remarked to the CA "How much you wanna bet someone says yes when tower asks them if they can depart?"

I will be honest and tell you I thought it would be either another CAL aircraft or and XJT bird that did.

I was wrong. I was proud.
 

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If it's an increasing wind and the airport has terminal doppler radar or a weather processor, just recalculate your Vr and you're good to go. I know our management sucks, but our pilots do not.
 
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