World's Favourite Airline
- Oct 10, 2005
- Total Time
I don't want to defend Gulfstream, but that Captain refused to fly an airplane because the TCAS was defered, and the WX was bad. Big deal.
Uhhh... no. If it's deferrable and safe, you move on. Just as an example, the 1900 allows you defer the very same RMI that's your only source of nav information in the event of a dual generator failure. And while it's perfectly legal to go at night or in low IMC with that equipment deferred, I won't do it. (And at my previous operator, I've run into exactly that scenario [low IMC], and refused the plane for safety reasons. I waited for the low clouds to dissipate before we took off.)This is how 121 works, if its deferable, you move on...get the aircraft back to a base, then fight with DX about a swap.
As I said, it wasn't just the TCAS -- it was several deferred items that added up to an unsafe situation.I'd be really ticked if my flight was cancelled because the TCAS was defered. Talk about unrelaible service.
Maybe it is overkill, but I try to digitally photograph every aircraft logbook page before I leave the airplane to prove that the times I have are official. It has helped me out in two instances when my company was trying to make me legal in a 30/7 situation. Crew trac times have no value...what is in the can is what counts.
As for GIA, it sounds like life at every regional I have worked at, some more so than others. Mx tends to ignore certain pilot complaints, to ops check good half the write ups, and just move a bad part from one plane to another and hope the next crew doesn't write it up for a while. These behaviors tend to get caught, go away, and eventually resurface when pilots let their guard down again.
I hope GIA gets their act together. It seems like there are multiple cries for help coming from the rank and file... will the FAA listen?
As for the TCAS thing, give me a break! Okay it has been said a few times and i just dont get it. Your telling me you dont take the AC because of scary VFR traffic?? Look at the case it was night, there were multiple thunderstorms in the area, and it was getting late. So yea it sounds like a great time for Private Joe Bob to get some training or be out practicing?? Yea give me a break!
I belive in the capt. authority to deny an aircraft and will do it in a heart beat if i feel my passengers, myself, or the airlplane is dangerous.
Is this, To Hell With Safety, the kind of attitude/culture you guys are promoting at Gulfstream?