Right On, the way it SHOULD be!LJDRVR said:A good "sparky" means different things to different folks. My opinion is this. Someone who is competent at their job and fun to work with. Lets take these one at a time.
-Good at job: Feed me information dude. The PF should be able to just sit there and stare at instruments. Get stuff done. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, we should never start the descent without the card completed. Keep the VORs tuned up to something, so that when Pa Kettle asks "what town izat?" we have an answer. Verbalize everything you do. Don't touch my navaids without teling me what you're about to do. Be assertive and keep me honest. Don't worry about my EGO. Don't worry about whether or not I like you. If we finish the day with no violations, alive and with happy customers, dude I like you. We fly a two-person jet. Do not turn it into a single pilot environment by trusting me. Mentally question everything I do and say. If it's not right speak up. If I miss a transmission that you heard and read back, don't become a solo pilot by telling me he said: "Cross 18 right and left, yankee route, .65 on top. Make him repeat it. It's your ticket too. DON'T SCARE ME! (ALTITUDE, AIRSPEED AND HEADING)
-Fun to work with: Do not try to sell me anything except your airplane. everything else is off-limits. Kwityerbichen. A little bit is OK, but save it for long-range cruise. Smack me if I violate this rule. Do not describe recent health problems. I really don't want to hear about your wife's irratable bowel syndrome. If we are on a long layover, do not feel that you have to eat every meal with me. I respect your desire to be alone, please respect mine. PLEASE OBSERVE STANDARD AMERICAN HYGIENE GUIDLINES. Deoderent is nice, and dude, you are not gonna wear that same shirt again in my cockpit.